Fri Nov 21 2014 6:00 pm thru Fri Nov 21 2014 11:59 pm

Block Party | After Dark

A Night In India

at Crow Collection of Asian Art
When:
Fri Nov 21 2014 6:00 pm — Midnight
Where:
Crow Collection of Asian Art
Cost:
Free
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Step into the world of famous painter B.G. Sharma with the new exhibition Seeing and Believing: Krishna in the Art of B. G. Sharma. Embodying Krishna’s varied nature, the paintings reflect both the reciprocal relationship of divine and devotional love between deity and devotee, as well as, his penchant for mischief. See these themes come to life with activities provided by members from the Sri Sri Radha Kalachandji Mandir Hare Krishna Temple. Also you won’t want to miss an Indian Garba dance, Gopi dots face painting, and Indian fashion display.

 

A Night in India Schedule

COMMUNITY ACTIVITY: KRISHNA SCENE

6–10 PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd floor

Stop by and contribute to our community wall that depicts Krishna among his favorite Surabhi cows, Mangala (auspicious), Pingali (yellow), Ganga (Ganges River), Pishangi (reddish), Manikastani (jeweled chest), Hamsi (white swan) and Vamshipriya (the lover of the flute).

DISPLAY: DEITY FASHION

6–10 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor

In the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) tradition, deities are considered living entities and thus served and honored from morning to night. Dressing the deities is one form of devotion, with richly embroided garments being changed daily, along with jewelry and fresh flowers. Come have a look at a set of garments intended for Krishna and his consort Radha, provided by members of the Radha Kalachandji temple.

PERFORMANCE: KRISHNA AND RADHA’S LOVE IN MUSIC

6:30 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor

Join special guest, Professor Rita Ganguly, in an exploration of Krishna and Radha’s love through traditional Indian music. This performance will feature sitarist and ethnomusicologist Dr. Amie Maciszewski, tabla player Jason Taj, Amir Khan on the sarangi and Megna Kothari on the tanpura. The ensemble will introduce each performance piece briefly, explaining the lyrics and the formal structure and genre. Come learn from one of India’s most revered vocalist and dramatist and discover the musical poetic expression of the divine love-play of Radha and Krishna.

DEMONSTRATION: KIRTANS

6:30 PM | Mezzanine

Kirtan is a devotional worship of Krishna through the means of music and meditative chants. All the traditional scriptures of India highly regard kirtan of Krishna’s holy names as the most effective form of meditation and ritual for the modern age. Discover the kirtans that are used as part of the worship of Krishna at the Radha Kalachandji temple.

GOPI DOTS FACE PAINTING

6:30-8:30 PM | Jade Room, 2nd floor

Have your face painted with Gopi dots by members of the Radha Kalachandji temple. 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.

PERFORMANCE: SURSANGAM DANCE COMPANY

7:30 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor

SurSangam Dance Company’s goal is to help teenage Indian American children maintain their cultural roots through dance. Sunita Narayana, of the SurSangam Dance Company, will be performing a dance to a Tamil song about Krishna, called Mukunda Mukunda. It is a song that glorifies Krishna as Mukunda, which means “He who delivers mukti (liberation).” This song is a glorification of Krishna’s mercy as One grants freedom from Maya (illusion) and bestows liberation.

PERFORMANCE: SURSANGAM DANCE COMPANY

8:30 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor

Anissa and Anjali Mangrola and Sunita Narayana, of the Sursangam Dance Company are performing a dance to a Hindi song about Lord Krishna titled Mann Mohana. In this song, Radha expresses her love for Lord Krishna and how she yearns for his presence in her journey of life. Grab a seat and enjoy this beautiful form of storytelling.

PERFORMANCE: THE BRIDGE

9:00 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor

The Bridge is comprised of four acclaimed musicians who form a cultural bridge between east and west by fusing American jazz with the music of India and the Middle East. Master improvisers as well as technically accomplished instrumentalists, they bring the best elements of eastern and western music to create an exciting and unique entertainment experience. The Bridge includes Jamal Mohamed and Poovalur Sriji (Percussion), Fred Hamilton (Strings) and Jonathan Jones (Woodwinds).

GALLERY CHALLENGE

8:30 PM | Mezzanine

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 exhibit.

SCREENING: DIETIES FROM ISKCON TEMPLES

10:00 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor

Enjoy this slideshow of dieties from International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) temples from all around the world.

A Night in India Schedule