Family Day: Diwali Lights Up Asia Society 2017!

Photo by Ellen Wallop

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:

1:15 pm Storytelling through Movement with Kathak dancer 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.

2:30 pm Bollywood and Bhangra Dance with Bollywood Axion
Enjoy some energetic Bollywood and Bhangra dance performances by Bollywood Axion of New York City and learn some fun moves from Bollywood Choreographer Pooja Narang yourself! Get into the spirit of Diwali by dancing with us!

4:00 pm Indian Music with Raga Kids!
Raga Kids introduces kids of all ages to Indian Classical Music through interactive songs featuring Indian folk songs, Ragas, and original music. Featuring sitar, guitar, bansuri, singing and tabla in multiple languages, Raga Kids is a great way for little ones get familiar with the musical instruments and sounds of Indian music!

1pm-5 pm Ongoing Activities: arts and crafts inspired by Diwali - Rose Room: 8th Floor
• Make your own Diya: During Diwali, people light small clay lamps called Diyas to symbolize the light of knowledge and goodness. Learn how to make your own clay Diya to put by your window at night!
• Temporary Tattoos: Come and get elaborate henna tattoos on your hands, arms or even your feet!
• 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!
• And more!

1:00 pm-4:00 pm The Art of Henna with Atif Toor - Asia Store
Author/Illustrator Atif Toor will discuss the history and inspiration behind the ancient art of henna. A coloring session to inspire will follow. Copies of Toor’s books are available for signing. Shop AsiaStore

A special menu will be available in the Garden Court Cafe.

Family programs at Asia Society are supported by The Coca-Cola Company.

Event Details

Sat 21 Oct 2017
1 - 5 p.m.

Asia Society 725 Park Avenue New York, NY 10021

Buy Tickets
$5 students, seniors, children; $7 members; $12 nonmembers. Dual Family members FREE: Please call 212.327.9304 for dual family member tickets
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