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 44th annual festival celebrates traditional Indian music and dance. 

Adjunct Associate Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan shares a tribute to S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, “a rare combination of humanitarian and legendary singer,” to whom the Navaratri Festival Committee has dedicated Wesleyan’s 44th annual Navaratri Festival.

Click here to join the event page for the Navaratri Festival on Facebook.

Read more about these events from Navaratri Festival Intern Aditi Mahesh ’21 on the Center for the Arts blog.

Also on the Center for the Arts blog:

Listen to the “Music of India for Wesleyan Navarati” Spotify playlist by Joseph Getter MA ’99.

Graduate music student Suhail Yusuf reflects on the Navaratri Festival and shares a YouTube playlist.

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.

Image above: photo of Ananya Chatterjea by Paul Virtucio courtesy of Ananya Dance Theatre.

To view the archive of past Navaratri Festival events, please click here.

Navaratri Festival: Music Department Colloquium - Anna Morcom
Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 4:40pm


A virtual talk by Professor of Ethnomusicology and Mohindar Brar Sambhi Chair of Indian Music at U.C.L.A.'s Herb Alpert School of Music Anna Morcom at the start of the 44th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan University.
Navaratri Festival: Conversation with “Sakthi Vibrations" Director Zoe Sherinian
Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 8:00pm


A virtual conversation about the ethnomusicological documentary "Sakthi Vibrations" with Director Zoe Sherinian. Moderated by ethnomusicology doctoral student Bianca Iannitti as part of the 44th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan University. The film will be available for viewing online before the event with a link included with the reservation confirmation.
A Conversation with Ananya Chatterjea and Hari Krishnan: Rethinking “Navaratri”
Friday, October 2, 2020 at 7:00pm


Professor and Chair of the Dance Department Hari Krishnan will speak with Ananya Chatterjea, Artistic Director of  Ananya Dance Theatre in this free talk, part of the 44th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.