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  • April 05, 2014 - April 06, 2014

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) celebrates an unparalleled 200-year legacy of cultural exchange with India with its Sensational India! festival, April 5 and 6. Join us for a vibrant array of dance and music performances, art-making activities and the popular Bollywood Dance Party with DJs from Boston Sound and Light Company.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
SATURDAY, April 5| 10 AM - 5 PM| DAYTIME ACTIVITIES FREE WITH ADMISSION
SATURDAY, April 5| 9 PM - MIDNIGHT | BOLLYWOOD DANCE PARTY | $15 & $20
SUNDAY, APRIL 6| 10 AM - 5 PM| DAYTIME ACTIVITIES FREE WITH ADMISSION


SATURDAY, APRIL 5
10 AM - 5 PM | ART DEMONSTRATION | ATRIUM
See original works inspired by the Indian art collection at PEM created by fiber art students from Massachusetts College of Art. Engage with these works and explore the range of fiber materials used as different media.

10:30 - 11 AM | STORYTIME: Ganesha's Sweet Tooth | MEET AT INFORMATION DESK
FAMILIES W/ CHILDREN AGES 3 AND UP
One of the most well-known Indian deities, Ganesha, is taken on a journey led by his love of sweets. Join us for this fun and beautifully illustrated book by Sanjay Patel and Emily Haynes.
11 AM - 1 PM | DEMONSTRATION: LESSONS ON A LOOM | ADULTS | ATRIUM
Meet textile artist Suruchi Kabra as she demonstrates some weaving techniques and talks about her work. Her practice focuses on designing fabrics for interiors.
NOON - 12:45 PM | DANCE PERFORMANCE | ALL AGES | ATRIUM
Awarded the title of "Jewel of India" by the Government of Sri Lanka, Rama Vaidyanathan is one of the leading exponents of Bharatanatyam, a popular classical dance. At PEM, she presents a specifically commissioned repertory to highlight the theme of design in Indian classical dance, accompanied by live music.
1 PM |PRESENTATION: MODERNISM IN INDIAN ART | MORSE AUDITORIUM
PEM's Curator of Indian and South Asian Art Sona Datta discusses the inception of modernism in Indian art, focusing on PEM's collection and the work of artist Jamini Roy, the subject of her 2010 book Urban Patua.

2 - 4 PM | DROP-IN ART MAKING: TEXTILE PRINTING | CREATE SPACE
FAMILIES W/ CHILDREN AGES 3 AND UP
Join Suruchi Kabra to try your hand at developing your own concepts and turning them into textile designs.
2:30 - 3:30 PM | DEMONSTRATION: INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC
Carnatic musicians present an interactive demonstration to highlight the design, the form and structure of Indian classical music including the use of notes and the genesis of Ragas.
9 PM - MIDNIGHT | BOLLYWOOD DANCE PARTY | ATRIUM
DJ Yogz and DJ D-Xtreme of Boston Sound and Light Company transform PEM's soaring Atrium into a nightclub by spinning the latest Bollywood, Bhangra and Western remixed music. Cash bar, 21+. Members $15, nonmembers $20. Advance tickets preferred; limited tickets at door.
Reservations by April 2. pem.org/calendar
SUNDAY, APRIL 6
10 AM - 5 PM | ART DEMONSTRATION | ATRIUM
See original works inspired by the Indian art collection at PEM created by fiber art students from Massachusetts College of Art. Engage with these works and explore the range of fiber materials used as different media.

10:30 - 11 AM | STORYTIME: Ganesha's Sweet Tooth | MEET AT INFORMATION DESK
FAMILIES W/ CHILDREN AGES 3 AND UP
One of the most well-known Indian deities, Ganesha, is taken on a journey led by his love of sweets. Join us for this fun and beautifully illustrated book by Sanjay Patel and Emily Haynes.

11 AM - 1 PM | DEMONSTRATION: LESSONS ON A LOOM | ADULTS | ATRIUM
Meet textile artist Suruchi Kabra as she demonstrates some weaving techniques and talks about her work. Her practice focuses on designing fabrics for interiors.
1 - 1:45 PM | DANCE PERFORMANCE | ALL AGES | ATRIUM
Awarded the title of "Jewel of India" by the Government of Sri Lanka, Rama Vaidyanathan is one of the leading exponents of Bharatanatyam, a popular classical dance. At PEM, she presents a specifically commissioned repertory to highlight the theme of design in Indian classical dance, accompanied by live music.
2 - 4 PM | DROP-IN ART MAKING: TEXTILE PRINTING | CREATE SPACE
FAMILIES W/ CHILDREN AGES 3 AND UP
Join Suruchi Kabra to try your hand at developing your own concepts and turning them into textile designs.
2:30 PM | PRESENTATION: GOOGLE'S ART PROJECT | MORSE AUDITORIUM | RESERVATIONS SUGGESTED
Piotr Adamczyk of Google's Art Project will discuss the extraordinary program that puts the best art collections of the world on the Web. Thanks to this effort, people can now view 30,000 works of art from more than 150 museums, without leaving their house. Adamczyk will specifically focus on work in India, including the recently launched Archaeological Survey of India, which seeks to protect the cultural heritage of the nation. This lecture made possible in part by the George Swinnerton Parker Memorial Lecture Fund.

3:30-4:30 PM | DEMONSTRATION: INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC | ATRIUM
Carnatic musicians present an interactive demonstration to highlight the design, the form and structure of Indian classical music including the use of notes and the genesis of Ragas.

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