Salem, Mass.—The Peabody Essex Museum celebrates the opening of its latest exhibition, Gateway Bombay, with a series of live dance, music and film highlighting the art and culture of India. Events kick-off with a performance by acclaimed Indian dancer Padmashri Geeta on July 19th, followed by a full day of Bombay-related programming on Saturday, July 21st. From noon to 4:30 p.m. the museum’s Atrium will transform into a scene straight out of bustling Mumbai. Bollywood dancers will perform while Boston DJ Komal Trivedi spins music from India’s greatest films and vendors offer samples of Mumbai-style street food.Throughout the afternoon, visitors can attend guided tours of the exhibition, make Bombay-inspired art, or catch one of the Indian films on view in the museum’s Morse Auditorium. (For full program details, see the schedule below or visit

Please note: There is a $20 admission for the dance performance by Padmashri Geeta on July 19th. All other programs are free with museum admission.

Gateway Bombay opens July 14, 2007, and remains on view through Dec. 7, 2008. The exhibition has been generously supported in part by Samir and Nilima Desai; the Desai Family Foundation.

Media Partner: India New England

Image caption: Gateway, 1981, Gieve Patel (b. 1940), Oil on canvas (54 x 107 3/8 in. (137.2 x 272.7 cm), Gift, The Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection, 2002.


7pm – 9pm, Morse Auditorium
General public $20, members and students $15
A meet-the-artist tea reception follows the performance.
Acclaimed dancer Geeta Chandran presents a new two-hour long production in the classical dance technique of Bharatanatyam that reiterates Indian values of Truth, Eternity, and Aesthetics. Geeta uses dance as a means of communicating key artistic and aesthetic values in the Indian classical tradition.

SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2007 (Noon – 4:30 pm)

All programs free with museum admission.

1-4 pm | Atrium
Disc jockey Komal Trivedi of WZBC radio at Boston College shares her passion for South Asian and underground music by playing selections from the greatest Bollywood films.

2-3:30 pm | Atrium
Students from Aangikam Dance Academy in Nashua, NH perform Bollywood dances.

1- 4 pm | Atrium
Meet vendors that can be found almost everywhere in Mumbai as offer samples of popular street food in the museum's Atrium throughout the afternoon.

1 and 3 pm | Gateway Bombay Gallery

1-3 pm | Art Studios
Make a cityscape of Bombay, also known as the Queen’s Necklace.

FILM: One City, Two Worlds
2001, 24 min., directed by Zafar Hai
Noon and 4 pm | Morse Auditorium
Witness the eloquent juxtaposition of parallel worlds in Bombay-one where vendors in bustling street markets meet daily challenge of survival, and one where privileged upper-class Bombayites navigate their posh, technologically modern world.

FILM: Merchants of Bombay
2004, 24 min., directed by Zafar Hai
2 pm | Morse Auditorium
This documentary touches on the lives and times of four men whose spectacular business careers spanned the 19th century and transformed Bombay: Jamsetjee Jejeeboy, David Sassoon, Premchand Roychand and Jamsetji Tata. Made possible by the Lowell Institute.

FILM: Dabbawallas
2004, 60 min., directed by Paul S. Goodman
3 pm | Morse Auditorium
Every day in Bombay, 4,000 Dabbawallas, or box people, deliver 100,000 lunches from people's homes to their place of work and then back again. This 100-year-old system operates without technology or modern management practices, yet is nearly 100 percent reliable. Discover the secrets of its success as the semi-literate workers go about their jobs on the streets of Mumbai.


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