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ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING DIRECTOR, JAMES IVORY, HEADLINES CELEBRATION OF INDIAN ART AND CULTURE

SALEM, MA -- The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) celebrates a 200-year legacy of cultural exchange with India, the longest of its kind in America. Join us for our annual Sensational India! weekend festival as we honor the rich traditions of Indian art and culture. This year's Sensational India! is headlined by Academy Award-winning director, James Ivory, and includes film, dance, art making, cooking, yoga, and more!

All activities FREE with museum admission | Reservations: 978-745-9500 x3011

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Yoga in Philosophy and Practice | 10:30 am - noon | Reservations by April 8

Align your mind and body through the time-tested tradition of yogic contemplation and practice with Iyengar yoga guru, Kofi Busia. All ages and levels welcome. Dress comfortably and bring your own yoga mat.

Indian Cooking Demonstration | 11 am - noon | Reservations by April 2

Chef Shruti Mehta returns to PEM, this time to prepare an array of easy-to-make sweets you won't find in restaurants -- Shreekhand (yogurt fat mixed with sugar, cardamom, and nuts), Laapsi (bulger, sugar and clarified butter) and Falooda (a cold drink of rose syrup, boiled noodles and ice cream).

Indian Storytelling with Surabhi Shah | 11 am and 3 pm

Storyteller Surabhi Shah performs tales of extraordinary women from popular Indian culture.

Sari Demonstration | Noon to 4 pm (ongoing)

Designer Shelley Chhabra and her staff display various styles of saris and demonstrate how to wrap a sari so you can try one of the color gowns and model it on your runway.

Art Activities | Noon to 4 pm (ongoing)

Join us of kite making, mehndi designs, and more!

SATURDAY ONLY

Textiles and Fashion Presentation | 11 am - noon | Reservations by April 8

Shelley Chhabra, a designer and bridal fashion consultant, talks about the sari's importance in India. She also discusses the history of the sari and relates it to other cultural forms such as the kimono.

Natya Dance Theatre | noon and 4 pm

Chicago-based Natya Dance Theatre presents excerpts of its signature work Shakti Chakra (The Cycle of Energy), a philosophical take on the cyclical nature of the life through the classical medium of Bharatanatyam, and Margam (Path), a work that explores a soul's journey in life as a friend, young lover and a spiritual entity. Natya is the only dance company selected to create an original work for performance at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, a six-time recipient of the Chicago Reader "Critic's Choice" and a collaborator with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble before an audience of 13,000 in Chicago's Millennium Park!

Dance Workshop: Step Inside the Story | 1 - 1:45 pm

Discover the contemporary approach to Bharatanatyam, the classical Indian dance style. Learn the warm-up session using yoga postures and the basic rhythmic foot patterns along with hand gestures, eye movements and poses. Explore relationships between Bharatanatyam and Western classical dance styles!

Natya in Conversation | 2:30 - 3:30 pm | Reservations by April 8

Join Susan Bean, PEM's curator of South Asian and Korean Art, and Krithika Rajagopalan, principal dancer of Natya in conversation that highlights thematic treatments of universal value through Bharatanatyam dance.

Film: Shakespeare Wallah | 5- 7:15 pm | Reservations by April 8

As a troupe of English actors performs Shakespeare throughout India, we see the country evolve: Maharajas become hotel owners, sports become more important than culture and the theatre is replaced by Bollywood movies.

SUNDAY ONLY

Film: The Sword and the Flute | noon - 12:30 pm | Reservations by April 8

This short documentary traces the history of Indian miniature painting after the Moghul invasion as it develops into two principal schools, the Moghul (Muslim) and the Rajput (Hindu).

Film: Autobiography of a Princess | 12:30 - 1:30 pm | Reservations by April 8

An Indian princess long divorced and living in London invites her father's ex-tutor to a tea party to celebrate a happier past. While the princess remembers a fun-filled world dominated by her dazzling father, the tutor recalls the surfeit and the brutality of ceremonial occasions, and the princess's father as manipulative and cruel.

Natya Dance Theatre | 1:30 pm and 4 pm

Chicago-based Natya Dance Theatre presents excerpts of its signature work Shakti Chakra (The Cycle of Energy), a philosophical take on the cyclical nature of the life through the classical medium of Bharatanatyam, and Margam (Path), a work that explores a soul's journey in life as a friend, young lover and a spiritual entity. Natya is the only dance company selected to create an original work for performance at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, a six-time recipient of the Chicago Reader "Critic's Choice" and a collaborator with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble before an audience of 13,000 in Chicago's Millennium Park!

Director James Ivory in Conversation | 2:30 - 4 pm | Reservations by April 8

Join six-time Academy Award-winning film director James Ivory in conversation about his illustrious career and history with Merchant Ivory Productions. At PEM, the master filmmaker discusses his creative collaborations with producer Ismail Merchant and the screen writer Ruth Pawar Jhabvala and his most recent film, The City of Final Destination.

Music from the Chamber Opera -- Phoolan Devi -The Bandit Queen | 5 - 6 pm

Enjoy a premiere performance of selections from the forthcoming chamber opera production, Phoolan Devi - The Bandit Queen. This dramatic work by Shirish Korde illuminates the life of Phoolan Devi, a controversial figure whose turbulent biography exemplifies the violent tension between traditional values and modern notions of social justice. Influenced by Indian classical, folk, and popular music, this concert will feature performances by Zorana Sadiq (soprano), Jan Muller Szerawa (cello), Aditya Kalyanpur (tabla) and Chirag Katty (sitar).


ABOUT THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM

The Peabody Essex Museum presents art and culture from New England and around the world. The museum's collections are among the finest of their kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture (including four National Historic Landmark buildings) and outstanding Asian, Asian Export, Native American, African, Oceanic, Maritime and Photography collections. In addition to its vast collections, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions and a hands?on education center. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens and 22 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200?year?old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States.

HOURS: Open Tuesday?Sunday and holiday Mondays, 10 am?5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

ADMISSION: Adults $15; seniors $13; students $11. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang.

INFO: Call 866?745?1876 or visit our Web site at www.pem.org.

PR Contacts:

Whitney Van Dyke  -  Manager of Public Relations  -  978-745-9500 X3228  -  whitney_vandyke@pem.org

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