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Sensational India!

Sensational India!

From March 31, 2012 to April 01, 2012

The Peabody Essex Museum celebrates an unparalleled 200-year legacy of cultural exchange with India, the longest of its kind in America. Join us as we honor that legacy and make connections between the rich Indian art and culture represented in our collection and India's remarkable performing arts (both traditional and contemporary) in its many exciting forms, including visual art, dance, music, film, hands-on art activities and more. This year's festival celebrates Faces of Devotion, Indian Sculpture from the Figiel Collection and focuses on the theme of devotion — spiritual and artistic.

 

Included with museum admission

 

Sensational India! is made possible in part by Samir and Nilima Desai, The Desai Family Foundation; Gennari Aronson LLP and The Sharma Group/PBIG.

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Sensational India! ›
Saturday, March 31, 2012 to Sunday, April 1, 2012 from 10am - 5pm

SATURDAY, MARCH 31

10 am–noon

CLASS
Yoga with Kofi Busia
For adults and teens; all skill levels welcome
Reservations by March 29

Enjoy this rare opportunity to experience yoga with Kofi Busia, one of the world's foremost teachers in the Iyengar tradition. Please do not eat immediately before class. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your own yoga mat and water bottle.

SOLD OUT  

11 am–noon

ADULT COOKING DEMONSTRATION
Festival Food: An Offering to the Hindu Gods
Bartlett Gallery | Reservations by March 24

Chef Shruti Mehta returns to create and demonstrate special cuisine from India that is traditionally associated with Hindu festivals and devotional practices.

 

SOLD OUT 

 

11 am–4 pm

DROP-IN ART ACTIVITY
Block Printing
Atrium

See and handle different types of meticulously hand-carved woodblocks. Then use the woodblock to print a beautiful image to take home.

 

11:30 am

STORY TIME
The Closet Ghosts
Meet at the information desk | For families with children ages 4 and up
Tickets available at admissions desk on day of program

Sometimes moving to a new a new home can be a little frightening, but it's even worse when there are ghosts in the closet!

 

11:30 am–12:15 pm and 2–2:45 pm

PERFORMANCES
Parul Shah Dance Company
Atrium

Parul Shah Dance Company presents works in Kathak, a classical dance tradition from the courts of North India. This dance style blends the lyricism of music, the kinetics of the body and an irresistible visual appeal to create a heady mix for the senses.

 

12:15–12:45 pm

DANCE WORKSHOP
Parul Shah Dance Company
Atrium

Learn the basic steps of Kathak and the use of hand gestures and rhythmic footwork.

 

1–2 pm

PRESENTATION
Dar┼Ťan: Seeing the Divine Image in India
Morse Auditorium | For adults
Reservations by March 29

Diana L. Eck is considered one of the West's greatest experts on Hinduism. Using examples from the exhibition Faces of Devotion, she explains the role of the visual image in everyday Hindu practices.

 

A limited number of tickets may be available at the door.

 

1–4 pm

DROP-IN ART ACTIVITY
Toran
Art Studios

Toran are hung above doorways to welcome gods and people into the home. Create a large collaborative hanging piece for the Art Studios.

 

1:15–2 pm and 4:15–5 pm

CONCERTS
Hindustani Classical Music
Atrium

Hindustani music, or classical music from North India, traces its origins to approximately 1000 B.C.E., when music was a way of memorizing and preserving philosophical and religious texts through repeated chanting. At PEM, students of Kumkum Sanyal, a Hindustani Classical singer and teacher, perform with live musical accompaniment and demonstrate ragas (melodic modes) and talas (rhythmic cycles) in a uniquely classical format.

 

3–5 pm

FILM AND CONVERSATION
Sita Sings the Blues
3–4:30 pm | Film Screening | Morse Auditorium
4:30–5 pm | Conversation with filmmaker Nina Paley and Curator Susan Bean
For adults and teens
Reservations by March 29

The stories of two women separated by several centuries come together in this comedy-drama from artist and animator Nina Paley. Join Nina Paley after the screening as she discusses concepts in the Ramayana with Curator of South Asian and Korean Art Susan Bean, and the animation techniques in the making of this film. 2008, 82 minutes. Unrated.

A limited number of tickets may be available at the door.

 


 

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SUNDAY, APRIL 1

10 am–noon

CLASS
Yoga with Kofi Busia
Art from India Gallery & East India Marine Hall
For adults and teens; all skill levels welcome

Enjoy this rare opportunity to experience yoga with Kofi Busia, one of the world's foremost teachers in the Iyengar tradition. Please do not eat immediately before class. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your own yoga mat and water bottle.

SOLD OUT 

 

11 am–4 pm

DROP-IN ART ACTIVITY
Block Printing
Atrium

See and handle different types of meticulously hand-carved woodblocks. Then use the woodblock to print a beautiful image to take home.

 

11:30 am

STORY TIME
The Closet Ghosts
Meet at the information desk | For families with children ages 4 and up
Tickets available at admissions desk on day of program

Sometimes moving to a new a new home can be a little frightening, but it's even worse when there are ghosts in the closet!

 

11:30 am–12:15 pm and 4–4:45 pm

PERFORMANCES
Parul Shah Dance Company
Atrium

Parul Shah Dance Company presents works in Kathak, a classical dance tradition from the courts of North India. This dance style blends the lyricism of music, the kinetics of the body and an irresistible visual appeal to create a heady mix for the senses.

 

12:15–12:45 pm

DANCE WORKSHOP
Parul Shah Dance Company
Atrium

Learn the basic steps of Kathak and the use of hand gestures and rhythmic footwork.

 

1–2 pm

LECTURE
Iyengar: The Yoga Master, with Kofi Busia
Morse Auditorium
Reservations by March 30

Indian yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar is the subject of Kofi Busia's collection of essays, stories and interviews that offer a deep understanding of Iyengar and his unique approach to yoga.

Tickets available at the door.

 

1–4 pm

DROP-IN ART ACTIVITY
Toran
Art Studios

Toran are hung above doorways to welcome gods and people into the home. Create a large collaborative hanging piece for the Art Studios.

 

1:30–2:15 pm and 3:00–3:45 pm

CONCERTS
Hindustani Classical Music
Atrium

Hindustani music, or classical music from North India, traces its origins to approximately 1000 B.C.E., when music was a way of memorizing and preserving philosophical and religious texts through repeated chanting. At PEM, students of Kumkum Sanyal, a Hindustani Classical singer and teacher, perform with live musical accompaniment and demonstrate ragas (melodic modes) and talas (rhythmic cycles) in a uniquely classical format.

 

2:30–3:45 pm

LECTURE
Amitav Ghosh
Morse Auditorium
Reservations by March 30

Amitav Ghosh is a critically acclaimed novelist, journalist and anthropologist and the author of several best-selling works of fiction and nonfiction, including the recently released River of Smoke. Join Ghosh for a talk and discussion of his recent work and his perspective on trade, culture and world history.

 

A limited number of tickets may be available at the door. 

 

Sensational India! is made possible in part by Samir and Nilima Desai, The Desai Family Foundation; Gennari Aronson LLP and The Sharma Group/PBIG.

Bollywood Dance Party ›
Featuring DJ Rekha
Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 9pm - 12am

DJ Rekha transforms PEM’s soaring Atrium into a nightclub with the latest in Indian dance fusion. Lounge areas and a cash bar set the stage so you can join the party on the dance floor.

A limited number of tickets will be available for sale at the door.


Doors open at 8:45 pm
For adults 21 and older
Cash bar