Family Day: Diwali Lights Up Asia Society!


Program Schedule:

1:00-2:00 pm
Thresh Productions performs Drumming a Dream, in conjunction with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Seating will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. An Indian adventure for the entire family, Drumming a Dream is a festive celebration of Indian rhythms, music, and dance based on an ancient folk-tale. A young girl called Kalpana is visited in her dreams by a magical talking drum. Determined to meet the drum in person, she sets off on a dancing journey, traveling across gurgling streams, shrieking forests, and a spice market that crackles with activity. She even gets caught up with an Indian wedding band! Drumming a Dream is a synthesis of two cultural expressions'Western classical music and Indian classical dance'performed live by a quartet, three Indian dancers, and a narrator. Watch a video preview below.

For more on Indian dance and education, please visit the special interactive educational website at
For more information on Thresh, please visit

2:30-3:00 pm
Family Tour of the exhibition Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody's Fool, guaranteed to make Nara's wonderful work even more exciting for children.

3:00-3:30 pm
A Reading with Children's Author Reshma Sapre

Travel into the Indian night sky with Hathi Chiti Books for Kids, featuring a special performance with author Reshma Sapre and The Cuchipinoy Theater Group. This staged reading of the classic tale In the Indian Night Sky will bring your kids into a live performance where they get to dress up like twinkling stars and raindrops and join us on stage.
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3:30-4:00 pm
Traditional Indian Dance and Music

Excerpts from the Ramayana performed by the students of Sanskriti Center accompanied by the Sanskriti orchestra ensemble.

Founded in 2004 in Manhattan, Sanksriti Center is dedicated to the promotion of Indian culture and arts. To learn more about the Sanskriti Center, visit

1:00-4:00 pm
Ongoing Activities

Watch sand artist extraordinaire Joe Mangrum create one of his amazing sand drawings in Asia Society's lobby. Plus, make traditional arts and crafts inspired by Diwali customs and traditions.

Watch a preview for Drumming the Dream:

Drumming a Dream from Preeti Vasudevan on Vimeo.

Event Details

Sat 30 Oct 2010
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
725 Park Avenue, New York, NY
Buy Tickets
$7 members (except Dual Family members, who receive free admission); $12 nonmembers, $5 children and seniors
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