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 46th annual festival celebrates the diversity of Indian music and dance.

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.

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Virtual Graduate Music Colloquium: Lara Pearson
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 4:30pm
Zoom

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Lara Pearson is a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Music Department.
Kinetic Visualities Exhibition Opens
Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 12:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, South Gallery

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The exhibition Kinetic Visualities will present art processes by the members of SAEDA (South Asian Experimental Dance Artists), a United States-based collective which explores shared and divergent artistic processes and disrupts representations of South Asian bodies in the diaspora. This exhibition is part of the 46th annual Navarati Festival at Wesleyan.
Film Screening: The Other Song
Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 7:00pm
Powell Family Cinema, The Jeanine Basinger Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut

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This screening of the documentary The Other Song will be followed by a Zoom conversation with Director Saba Dewan based in India, and moderated by Assistant Professor of Film Studies Anuja Jain as part of the 46th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.
B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India
Friday, September 30, 2022 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

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Vocalist and Adjunct Associate Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan will be joined by Adjunct Associate Professor of Music David Nelson on mridangam as part of the 46th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.
Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan
Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

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World-renowned sitar virtuoso Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan belongs to the seventh generation of an influential musical lineage. His playing focuses on exploring and expanding the possibilities of the melodic framework for improvisation in North Indian classical music, or raag, often to mind-blowing effect. This concert is part of the 46th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.
Saraswati Puja (Hindu Ceremony)
Sunday, October 2, 2022 at 11:00am
World Music Hall

FREE!

This religious service, led by Joseph Getter MA ’99, 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. This event is part of the 46th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.
Dance Performance: Nrithya Pillai
Sunday, October 2, 2022 at 2:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

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Nrithya Pillai is an acclaimed performer and activist from the hereditary community of South India’s former courtesan artists. She presents her dance in the context of critical perspectives on the form, and her performance will be accompanied by live musicians. A talk-back moderated by Professor and Chair of the Dance Department and Professor of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Hari Krishnan will follow the performance. This event is part of the 46th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.