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 42nd annual festival celebrates traditional Indian music and dance. To view the archive of past Navaratri Festival events, please click here.

Presented by the Center for the Arts, Music Department, and Dance Department, with leadership support from the Madhu Reddy Endowed Fund for Indian Music and Dance at Wesleyan University, and additional support from the Jon B. Higgins Memorial Fund.

Navaratri Festival Colloquium: Temples, Sanskrit, and Tamil in the Karnatak Songs of Muttusvami Dikshitar
Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 4:30pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall

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The 42nd annual Navaratri Festival Music Department Colloquium features a lecture by Dr. Indira Viswanathan Peterson entitled Temples, Sanskrit, and Tamil in the Karnatak Songs of Muttusvami Dikshitar.
B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India
Friday, October 12, 2018 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

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Vocalist and Adjunct Associate Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan is joined by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music David Nelson on mridangam and violinist Mysore Srikanth.
Gayathri Venkataraghavan
Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

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Indian singer Gayathri Venkataraghavan will perform with violinist Mysore Srikanth and B.Sivaraman on mridangam as part of the 42nd annual Navaratri Festival.
Saraswati Puja (Hindu Ceremony)
Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 11:00am
World Music Hall

FREE!

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.
Mythili Prakash
Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

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The dynamic Mythili Prakash makes her Connecticut debut to conclude the 42nd annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.