Past Cultural Events

“Being Becoming” – Classical Indian Dance

Malini Srinivasan and Dancers, a NYC-based Indian classical dance company, is performing Being Becoming – a Bharatanatyam dance that explores an idea central to Hindu and Buddhist philosophies, namely that one can become the object of their devotion, meditation, or desire. Devotional transformation, the idea of losing oneself or being consumed by the other, is extensively expressed in Indian traditions of poetry, music, painting, and dance. Each soloist, duet, and trio piece in Being Becoming explores the different ways in which the individual seeks to become one with the other, as well as traditional Indian theater techniques that enact the transformation from actor to character. Choreographer Malini Srinivasan is a third-generation Bharatanatyam artist, a Lecturer at the Asian & American Studies Department at SUNY Stony Brook, and performs with the Young Indian Culture Group and Anamika-Navatman. Malini received the 2012 Fringe NYC overall Excellence Award for the choreography of Being Becoming, as well as rave reviews during the show’s sold-out run at the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival.

This event is free and open to the Public. Doors Open at 2 p.m.

Presented by the International House Global Voices Performing Arts Series and the South Asia Language and Area Center.

Dates: 
Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 2:30pm to 5:00pm
International House, Assembly Hall

The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989

Since 1989, the influential Delhi-based Sahmat has offered a platform for artists, writers, poets, musicians, actors, and activists to create and present works of art that promote artistic freedom and celebrate secular, egalitarian values.

The collective formed in the weeks after playwright, actor, and activist Safdar Hashmi was beaten to death by politically patronized thugs while performing a street play. In the more than twenty years since, Sahmat has drawn on India's secular heritage and an expansive group of collaborators to produce a series of projects that engage in important political and social debates through a mix of high art and street culture.

Dates: 
Thursday, February 14, 2013 (All day) to Sunday, June 9, 2013 (All day)
Smart Museum of Art

Film Screening - The Buddhas of Mes Aynak

The Buddhas of Mes Aynak chronicles the fight to save a 5,000-year-old city — called one of the most important archaeological discoveries in Asia — from imminent destruction by a Chinese mining company in volatile Logar province, Afghanistan. Award-winning director Brent E. Huffman will be present to answer questions about his documentary.

Co-Sponsored by The Divinity School & Southern Asia at Chicago

Dates: 
Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 4:30pm
Swift 106

Indian Dance of Manipur

Two of the most important Vaishnavite classical dances of the northeastern Indian state of Manipur-Rasa-Lila and Sankirtan-are featured in Indian Dance of Manipur, a one-case exhibit on display in the Third Floor Reading Room of the Joseph Regenstein Library from November 19, 2012, to March 8, 2013.

Dates: 
Monday, November 19, 2012 (All day) to Saturday, March 9, 2013 (All day)
Joseph Regenstein Library, Third Floor Reading Room

Concert by Josh Feinberg (sitar) and Manpreet Bedi (tabla)

Join us in an evening concert with Josh Feinberg (sitar) and Manpreet Bedi (tabla), who will perform some of northern India's cherished ragas. Reception to follow concert.

Sponsored in part by the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, Department of Music, and The University of Chicago Arts Council.

Dates: 
Friday, November 16, 2012 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
David Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Penthouse, 9th floor

Film Screening - Death and the Queen

Death and the Queen: The Legend of Ponnivala and discussion with director, Brenda Beck

Dates: 
Friday, November 16, 2012 - 1:00pm
Pick Hall Lounge

Sitar Workshop with Josh Feinberg

The sitar is today one of India's most iconic musical instruments. Josh Feinberg (sitar) will lead a workshop that explores the acoustic intricacies of the instrument and its function in the Hindustani musical domain.

Dates: 
Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Room 703

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