Center For the Arts 

Past Navaratri Festival Events

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 annual festivals celebrate traditional Indian music and dance.


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2014
September

2017

September

Lalgudi Duo
Lalgudi Duo
Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan and his sister Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi perform as a violin duo, blending tradition and innovation, and mesmerize the audience.
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Saraswati Puja (Hindu Ceremony)
Saraswati Puja (Hindu Ceremony)
Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 5:00pm
World Music Hall
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.
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Darpana: Nataraja Vandanam - Love Songs to Shiva
Darpana: Nataraja Vandanam - Love Songs to Shiva
Friday, September 29, 2017 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Mallika Sarabhai and three dancers from India's Darpana Academy of Performing Arts perform Nataraja Vandanam: Love Songs to Shiva, choreographed by Ms. Sarabhai and her mother Mrinalini Sarabhai.
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Navaratri Festival: Henna and Chaat
Navaratri Festival: Henna and Chaat
Friday, September 29, 2017 at 7:00pm
Olin Memorial Library Lobby 252 Church Street, Middletown
Experience South Asian culture through henna art and sampling of chaat (savory snacks), hosted by Shakti, Wesleyan's South Asian Students' Association.
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B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India
B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India
Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

Vocalist and Adjunct Associate Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan is joined by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music David Nelson on mridangam and violinist L. Ramakrishnan.

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Navaratri Festival Film Screening: Mrinalini Sarabhai - The Artist and Her Art
Navaratri Festival Film Screening: Mrinalini Sarabhai - The Artist and Her Art
Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 5:30pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
Mrinalini Sarabhai: The Artist and Her Art (2012) tells the story of Indian dancer and choreographer Mrinalini Sarabhai (1918-2016), and is directed by Yadavan Chandran and Mallika Sarabhai (Ms. Sarabhai's daughter).
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Navaratri Festival: Music Department Colloquium—Balasaraswati: Her Art and Life
Navaratri Festival: Music Department Colloquium—Balasaraswati: Her Art and Life
Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 4:30pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall

Author and mridangam virtuoso Douglas Knight '70 will discuss Balasaraswati: Her Art & Life - one book in three editions, for three audiences, first published in 2010 by Wesleyan University Press.  

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2016

October

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble
Nrityagram Dance Ensemble
Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The internationally acclaimed Nrityagram Dance Ensemble from Bangalore, India,  redefines both dance and theater with powerful imagery and captivating dance as part of the 40th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.
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Saraswati Puja (Hindu Ceremony)
Saraswati Puja (Hindu Ceremony)
Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 11:00am
World Music Hall
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.
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Shenkar
Shenkar
Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Indian-born American violinist, singer, and composer L. Shankar Ph.D. ’74 will perform as part of the 40th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.
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B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India
B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India
Friday, October 28, 2016 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Vocalist and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan is joined by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music David Nelson on mridangam, violinist Sandhya Anand, and Karthik Venkataraman on kanjira as part of the 40th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.
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Navaratri Festival: Henna and Chaat
Navaratri Festival: Henna and Chaat
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 7:00pm
Olin Library Lobby
Experience South Asian culture through henna art and sampling of chaat (savory snacks), hosted by Shakti, Wesleyan's South Asian Students' Association.
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Music Department Colloquium Building a Home: The First Half-Century of Music and Dance of India at Wesleyan
Music Department Colloquium Building a Home: The First Half-Century of Music and Dance of India at Wesleyan
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 11:50am
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall)
Ph.D. candidate Joseph Getter presents the historical background of Indian music and dance in the United States, the Wesleyan University World Music Program, and the Navaratri Festival.
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2015

Alarmél Valli
Alarmél Valli
Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

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Internationally acclaimed Indian dancer and choreographer Alarmél Valli turns the traditional Bharatanatyam style into subtle, deeply internalized, personal dance poetry in her Connecticut debut.

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Saraswati Puja (Hindu Ceremony)
Saraswati Puja (Hindu Ceremony)
Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 11:00am
World Music Hall
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.
 
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Bhojanam (Feast)
Bhojanam (Feast)
Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 6:30pm
Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center

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Treat yourself to vegetarian Indian delicacies at the Navaratri Festival’s Bhojanam (Feast) following the 4pm concert by Sri Rajesh Vaidya. 

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Sri Rajhesh Vaidhya
Sri Rajhesh Vaidhya
Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 4:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

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Sri Rajhesh Vaidhya's veena (plucked string instrument) playing will be accompanied by two mridangam players, plus tabla and gatam.

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Navaratri Festival: Film Screening Lasya Kavya: The World of Alarmél Valli
Navaratri Festival: Film Screening Lasya Kavya: The World of Alarmél Valli
Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 2:00pm
CFA Hall

Lasya KavyaThe World of Alarmél Valli, a film by award-winning director Sankalp Meshram, about the internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer.

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B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India
B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India
Friday, October 9, 2015 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Vocalist and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan is joined by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music David Nelson on mridangam and violinist K.V.S. Vinay.
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Navaratri Festival: Henna and Chaat
Navaratri Festival: Henna and Chaat
Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 7:00pm
Olin Library Lobby

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Experience South Asian culture through henna art and sampling of chaat (savory snacks), hosted by Shakti, Wesleyan's South Asian Students' Association.

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Navaratri Festival: Music Department Colloquium
Navaratri Festival: Music Department Colloquium
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 4:15pm
CFA Hall
A talk and performance by Associate Professor of Dance Hari Krishnan and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan
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2014

September

Malavika Sarukkai: Rasamanjari
Malavika Sarukkai: Rasamanjari
Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Acclaimed dancer Malavika Sarukkai presents the New England premiere of Rasamanjari, a celebration of the classical dance language of India, as the conclusion of the 38th annual Navaratri Festival.
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Saraswati Puja (Hindu Ceremony)
Saraswati Puja (Hindu Ceremony)
Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 11:00am
World Music Hall
This religious service, led by A. V. Srinivasan, marks the most auspicious day of the year for beginning new endeavors.
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Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Keyboard Sathya
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Keyboard Sathya
Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The United States debut of the duo of Grammy Award–winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (pictured), who plays Mohan Veena (a modified lap slide guitar), with 19-year-old virtuoso Keyboard Sathya.
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Film Screening: The Unseen Sequence
Film Screening: The Unseen Sequence
Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 3:30pm
CFA Hall
Directed by Sumantra Ghosal, this new film celebrates Malavika Sarukkai’s distinctive intellectual and creative approach to Indian dance.
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B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India
B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India
Friday, September 26, 2014 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Vocalist B. Balasubrahmaniyan, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music, is joined by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music David Nelson on mridangam and L. Ramakrishnan on violin.
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Henna and Chaat
Henna and Chaat
Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 7:00pm
Olin Library Lobby
Experience South Asian culture through henna art and sampling of chaat (savory snacks), hosted by Shakti, Wesleyan's South Asian Students Association.
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Colloquium: Richard Wolf—The Voice in the Drum, Creative Non-Fiction, and Ethnomusicology
Colloquium: Richard Wolf—The Voice in the Drum, Creative Non-Fiction, and Ethnomusicology
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 4:15pm
CFA Hall

Harvard Professor of Music & South Asian Studies Richard Wolf discusses his forthcoming novel about drummers, dancers, and other participants at a Sufi shrine in Lahore, Pakistan.

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