Center For the Arts 

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 41st annual festival in 2017 celebrates traditional Indian music and dance. To view the archive of past Navaratri Festival events, please click here.

The Navaratri Festival is presented by the Center for the Arts and the Music 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, the Raga Club of Connecticut, Haveli Indian Restaurant, and individual patrons.

Upcoming Events

Navaratri Festival: Music Department Colloquium
Navaratri Festival: Music Department Colloquium
Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 4:30pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall

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 41st annual festival celebrates traditional Indian music and dance.

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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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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: 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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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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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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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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