Center For the Arts 

Navaratri Festival

Navaratri, one of India’s major festival celebrations, is a time to see family and friends, enjoy music and dance, and seek blessings for new endeavors. Wesleyan’s 39th annual festival in 2015 celebrates traditional Indian music and dance. To view the archive of past Navaratri Festival events, please click here.

Subscribe now and save 25%! Navaratri Festival Subscriptions include all three ticketed performances below and are available for $36. To purchase a Navaratri Festival Subscription, call 860-685-3355, or visit the Wesleyan University Box Office, located in the Usdan University Center at 45 Wyllys Avenue in Middletown. Offer ends Friday, October 9, 2015.

Made possible by the Music Department, the Center for the Arts, the Jon B. Higgins Memorial Fund, the Madhu Reddy Endowed Fund for Indian Music and Dance at Wesleyan University, the Raga Club of Connecticut, and the New England Foundation for the Arts.

Upcoming Events

Navaratri Festival: Music Department Colloquium
Navaratri Festival: Music Department Colloquium
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 4:15pm
CFA Hall
A talk and performance Assistant Professor of Dance Hari Krishnan and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan
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Navaratri Festival: Henna and Chaat
Navaratri Festival: Henna and Chaat
Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 7:00pm
Olin Library Lobby
Experience South Asian culture through henna art and sampling of chaat (savory snacks), hosted by Shakti, Wesleyan's South Asian Students' Association.
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B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India
B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India
Friday, October 9, 2015 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Vocalist and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan is joined by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music David Nelson on mridangam and violinist K.V.S. Vinay.
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Navaratri Festival: Film Screening Lasya Kavya: The World of Alarmél Valli
Navaratri Festival: Film Screening Lasya Kavya: The World of Alarmél Valli
Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 2:00pm
CFA Hall

Lasya KavyaThe World of Alarmél Valli, a film by award-winning director Sankalp Meshram, about the internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer.

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Sri Rajesh Vaidya
Sri Rajesh Vaidya
Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 4:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Sri Rajhesh Vaidya's veena (plucked string instrument) playing will be accompanied by two mridangam players, plus tabla and gatam.
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Bhojanam (Feast)
Bhojanam (Feast)
Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 6:30pm
Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center
Treat yourself to vegetarian Indian delicacies at the Navaratri Festival’s Bhojanam (Feast) following the 4pm concert by Sri Rajesh Vaidya. 
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Saraswati Puja (Hindu Ceremony)
Saraswati Puja (Hindu Ceremony)
Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 11:00am
World Music Hall
This religious service, led by A. V. Srinivasan, marks the most auspicious day of the year for beginning new endeavors. The audience may participate and bring instruments, manuscripts, and other items for blessing.
 
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Alarmél Valli
Alarmél Valli
Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Internationally acclaimed Indian dancer and choreographer Alarmél Valli turns the traditional Bharatanatyam style into subtle, deeply internalized, personal dance poetry in her Connecticut debut.
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