Diwali Lights Up Asia Society: Family Day
Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights and New Year, is a time to celebrate good fortune, family, and friendships. Celebrate with performances and arts and crafts inspired by Diwali.
Schedule of events:
Kathak Dance with Parul Shah
Kathak dancer Parul Shah will perform a movement workshop in the spirit of the Diwali festival. The dance features intricate rhythmic footwork, mime and storytelling through hand gestures called mudras. Try some rhythmic patterns and explore how you can build a story using hand gestures and facial expressions.
Indian Music with Raga Kids!
Led by music educators and performers, Raga Kids is an incredible way to be introduced to the music of India! Raga Kids listen to Indian Classical instruments like tabla, sitar and violin, and sing in English, Bengali and Hindi.
Two select short films from the "1001 Nights Series"
Featuring episodes taking place in India: Abu Kassim’s Legendary Wedding, a comedy about a wedding that goes terribly wrong, and Creature Karma, the story of a young girl who befriends three animals who lead her on a journey.
Ongoing activities: 1:00-4:00 pm
— Shadow Puppets: Come make your own shadow puppet based on characters from the Ramayana; you'll color and assemble pre-drawn parts. Then bring it to life on our shadow screen and create your own magical world of shadows and light. Traditional string and percussion music will provide the perfect backdrop for your shadow play!
— Diya Making: During Diwali, people light small clay lamps called diyas to symbolize the light of knowledge and goodness. Make and decorate your own clay diya!
— Rangoli Making: Rangolis are patterned floor decorations which are thought to bring luck. Try your hand at rangoli making using colored sand, beans, and rice!
— Henna tattoos with Majestic Mehndi!
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