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 45th annual festival celebrates the diversity of Indian music and dance with the virtual events below.

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.

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

Film Screening and Discussion: Kattumaram (Catamaran)
Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 7:00pm
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Part of an emerging queer cinema from South India, this free virtual screening of the 2019 film Kattumaram (Catamaran) as part of the 45th annual Navaratri Festival will be followed by a discussion with director Swarnavel Eswaran and Professor and Assistant Professor of Film Studies Anuja Jain, moderated by Chair of the Dance Department and Professor of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Hari Krishnan.
B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India
Friday, October 1, 2021 at 7:00pm
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Vocalist and Adjunct Associate Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan will be joined in this free virtual concert by Adjunct Associate Professor of Music David Nelson on mridangam as part of the 45th annual Navaratri Festival.
Dance Workshop and Conversation with The Post Natyam Collective
Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 2:00pm
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The Post Natyam Collective (Sandra Chatterjee, Cynthia Ling Lee, and Shyamala Moorty) will engage with this free workshop's participants through creative exercises and video documentation of performance works from the past fifteen years as part of the 45th annual Navaratri Festival. Moderated by Professor and Chair of the Dance Department and Professor of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Hari Krishnan.
Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan’s Raag Bhimpalasi
Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 2:00pm
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World-renowned sitar virtuoso Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan belongs to the seventh generation of an influential musical lineage. This free, pre-recorded concert as part of the 45th annual Navaratri Festival will be followed by a live discussion and Q&A with the artist moderated by sarangi (bowed string instrument) player and vocalist and Wesleyan graduate student Suhail Yusuf.