A Night in Indiaat Crow Collection of Asian Art
Come celebrate India’s Independence Day here at the Crow Collection of Asian Art. Relax and enjoy two traditional Indian Dance Performances by Indique Dance Company and Ahila Gulasekaram, while sipping on summer refreshments made by Ayurvedic nutritionist and practitioner Sapna Punjabi-Gupta. If you are feeling patriotic, share your thoughts on our “What Does Freedom Mean to You?” community wall and create your own Indian flag to decorate your home. Don’t miss your chance to show your pride for this great nation.
ART ACTIVITY: FREEDOM BRACELETS
6–10 PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd floor
India’s Independence Day, a national holiday observed annually on August 15th, commemorates the nation’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1947. The holiday is observed throughout India with flag ceremonies, parades and cultural events. The Indian community celebrates the day by displaying the national flag on their attire, accessories, homes and vehicles. Show your pride by creating an Indian flag bracelet.
ART ACTIVITY: INDIAN FLAG BUNTING
6–10 PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd floor
On August 15, 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, raised the Indian national flag above the Lahore Gate of the Red Fort in Delhi. Since then, it has become a common tradition for India’s Prime Minister to raise the flag and give a speech on Independence Day. Create your own Indian flag bunting to adorn your home in remembrance of this day.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITY: FREEDOM WALL
6–10 PM | Jade Room, 2nd floor
India attained independence following an Independence Movement noted for largely nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience led by the Indian National Congress (INC). Mahatma Gandhi, a vital leader of the INC, said “Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” Tell us what freedom means to you and share your thoughts and ideas on our community wall.
GOPI DOTS FACE PAINTING
6–8 PM | Jade Room, 2nd floor
Have your face painted with gopi dots by the artists from Your Enchanted Face. Gopi dots are a type of traditional Indian face painting used in weddings and festivals and can also be seen on deities. Face painting will be offered on a first come first serve basis.
LECTURE: DEVOTIONAL POETRY WITH DR. GARDNER HARRIS
6:30 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor
Join Gardner Harris, Ph.D., Director of the Shraman South Asian Museum and Learning Center Foundation, for an intellectual discussion on devotional poetry.
GALLERY TALK & TOUR
7 PM, 8 PM & 9 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor
Join a Crow Collection Gallery Educator for a unique tour experience that includes an activity in the galleries, while learning about a work of art from the collection or exhibition.
PERFORMANCE: FUSION INDIAN DANCE WITH INDIQUE DANCE COMPANY
8 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor
Established in June 2008, Indique Dance Company has set its course to achieve an artistic composite of what is Indian and what is unique. The group represents a synergy of years of experience in a variety of Eastern and Western classical dance forms. Sit back, relax and enjoy as the Indique Dance Company showcases a fusion of traditional and contemporary Indian dances.
SAMPLING: INDIAN SPICED LIMEADE (SHIKANJI) BY SAPNA PUNJABI-GUPTA
7 – 9 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor
Shikanji is a refreshing summer drink made with limes, roasted cumin seed powder and rock salt. Join Sapna Punjabi-Gupta, a Registered Clinical Dietitian and Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner as she showcases her own recipe using the principles ofAyurveda, an ancient holistic medicine from India. Stop by and try a sample of this unique drink and pick up a complimentary recipe card.
PERFORMANCE: CLASSICAL INDIAN DANCE WITH AHILA GULASEKARAM
9 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor
Ahila Gulasekaram has been nurturing her love for Bharata Natyam (Classical Indian Dance) for the past 30 years. She is a disciple of Ramya Harishankar, the award winning Artistic Director/Choreographer of the California based Arpana Dance Company (ADC). Ahila will highlight Abhinaya, an interpretive dance where the dancer uses hand gestures, facial expressions, and body language to communicate an idea or theme to the audience. This particular dance will portray the playful relationship between divine lovers Radha and Krishna.
SCREENING: THE STORY OF INDIA: FREEDOM
9:30 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor
The Story of India is a BBC six-part documentary, written and presented by historian Michael Wood, about the history of India. The final episode, Freedom, examines the British Raj and India’s struggle for freedom, including the rise of Gandhi and Nehru, and the events that led to the Partition of India in 1947.