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'maximum India' from March 1-20, 2011.

Free Events

On this page: List of all the festival events in the Free Events genre.
Image for Exhibition: Jitish Kallat: <i>Public Notice 2</i>

Exhibition: Jitish Kallat: Public Notice 2

Jitish Kallat's Public Notice 2 recalls the historic speech delivered by Mahatma Gandhi on the eve of the epic Salt March to Dandi in early 1930 as a protest against the salt tax instituted by the British through some 4,500 bone-shaped letters.

Mar. 1 - 20, 2011

Hall of Nations

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Image for Exhibition: Reena Saini Kallat: <i>Falling Fables</i>

Exhibition: Reena Saini Kallat: Falling Fables

Reena Saini Kallat's Falling Fables is part of a series of works whose title references architectural ruins that are disintegrating and in a state of collapse.

Mar. 1 - 20, 2011

North Atrium Foyer

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Image for Exhibition: Bharti Kher: <i>I've Got Eyes at the Back of My Head</i>

Exhibition: Bharti Kher: I've Got Eyes at the Back of My Head

One of India's best-known contemporary artists, Bharti Kher brings her new work comprised of 5,000 vinyl bindis grouped to form targets on the surface of four windows in the Kennedy Center's Grand Foyer.

Mar. 1 - 20, 2011

Grand Foyer

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Image for Exhibition: <i>To Stir the Still Air – Pankha from the Collection of Jatin Das</i>

Exhibition: To Stir the Still Air – Pankha from the Collection of Jatin Das

Eminent contemporary artist Jatin Das has spent much of his time over the past several decades travelling and collecting traditional hand fans from all over the Indian subcontinent. He brings approximately 40 fans from his remarkable collection.

Mar. 1 - 20, 2011

North Gallery

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Image for Exhibition: <i>Kaleidoscope: Mapping India's Crafts</i>

Exhibition: Kaleidoscope: Mapping India's Crafts

A large exhibition of traditional crafts from all over India is a central focus of maximum INDIA. Along with the exhibition, there will be live demonstrations by some expert craftsmen, as well as a crafts market.

Mar. 1 - 20, 2011

Atrium

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Image for Exhibition: <i>Treasures of the Gem Palace</i>

Exhibition: Treasures of the Gem Palace

Arguably India's most renowned producers of handmade jewelry, Jaipur's Gem Palace displays an array of exquisite jewelry from its vast collection.

Mar. 1 - 20, 2011

South Atrium Foyer

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Exhibition: SARI

The sari is the most representative apparel of India, a visual identity that has intrigued men and tempted women all over the world. Many unique examples of this extraordinary garment will be on display.

Mar. 1 - 20, 2011

Hall of States

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Image for Exhibition: Thukral & Tagra: <i>Hi! I am India</i>

Exhibition: Thukral & Tagra: Hi! I am India

Hi! I am India is an interactive playspace for children that presents interesting facts about life in modern India and dispels common stereotypes through a sticker activity station and also features books and videos.

Mar. 1 - 20, 2011

South Gallery

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Image for Exhibition: Craft Demonstrations: J. Niranjan, Satya Narayan Lal Karn, & Moti Karn

Exhibition: Craft Demonstrations: J. Niranjan, Satya Narayan Lal Karn, & Moti Karn

Observe some of the world's most gifted artisans as they create their crafts.

Mar. 1 - 20, 2011

Hall of States

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U. Shrinivas

A renowned mandolin player, U. Shrinivas is one of the foremost figures in Carnatic music today. Part of maximum INDIA.

Tue., Mar. 1, 2011, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Rhythm of Rajasthan

Featuring driving percussion and hypnotic instruments such as the sarangi (bowed lute) and algoza (double flute), the five musicians and one dancer of Rhythm of Rajasthan perform a diverse program, ranging from vibrant and joyous folk music to ecstatic Sufi songs. Part of maximum INDIA.

Wed., Mar. 2, 2011, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Dan Nainan

Half-Indian, half-Japanese comedian Dan Nainan premieres new material in his family friendly comedy act. Part of maximum INDIA.

Thu., Mar. 3, 2011, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Raghu Dixit

Raghu Dixit and his band play a seamless amalgamation of Indian music, rock and roll, and other world styles. Part of maximum INDIA.

Fri., Mar. 4, 2011, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Kailash Kher’s Kailasa

Combining Kailash Kher’s strong traditional folk sensibilities and lyrics invoking Sufi mysticism with Naresh and Paresh Kamath’s more modern rock, electronic, and funk influences, Kailasa has proved to be a big hit with audiences in India and around the world. Note: This concert is standing room only. Part of maximum INDIA.

Sat., Mar. 5, 2011, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Image for Susmita Mohanty: <i>3011: Spaceship Utopias</i>

Susmita Mohanty: 3011: Spaceship Utopias

In this lecture for audiences of all ages, spaceship designer Susmita Mohanty presents avant-garde concepts of future space systems.

Sun., Mar. 6, 2011, 2:00 PM

Terrace Gallery

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L. Subramaniam

Violinist L. Subramaniam has gained international acclaim with his dynamic performances in both traditional Carnatic and Western classical styles. His own compositions for orchestra, ballet, and film combine these Eastern and Western traditions. This maximum INDIA performance is presented under the auspices of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi.

Sun., Mar. 6, 2011, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance in the Eisenhower Theater

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Natyalakshana

Natyalakshana, the Institute of Choreography and Innovative Dance in Bangalore, presents classical dance forms in a contemporary format. This maximum INDIA performance is presented under the auspices of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi.

Mon., Mar. 7, 2011, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance in the Eisenhower Theater

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Gulabo Sapera & Party

Born and raised in a family of snake charmers, Gulabo Sapera is one of the foremost performers in the Kalbelia style, the traditional, celebratory dance of the snake charmers and an integral part of their heritage. This maximum INDIA performance is presented under the auspices of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi.

Tue., Mar. 8, 2011, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Tanusree Shankar Dance Company

Internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer Tanusree Shankar leads her contemporary Indian dance company in original works. This maximum INDIA performance is presented under the auspices of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi. 

Wed., Mar. 9, 2011, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance in the Eisenhower Theater

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Asima

A male choir and percussion ensemble from the south Indian state of Kerala, Asima combines elements from India’s rhythmic and melodic systems with harmonic traditions of western music. Part of maximum INDIA.

Thu., Mar. 10, 2011, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Parikrama

Inspired by bands and musicians such as Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Jimi Hendrix, the six-member band also incorporates Indian instruments such as the mridangam, tabla, and flute into their traditional Western combination of guitar, drums, and keyboards. This maximum INDIA performance is presented under the auspices of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi.

Fri., Mar. 11, 2011, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Literature Panel: The Tagore-Gandhi Letters

In this discussion moderated by Ritu Birla, Ashis Nandy and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, scholars and authors of early 20th century Indian history, recapture the conversation between Mohandas Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore.

Sat., Mar. 12, 2011, 1:30 PM

Family Theater

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Image for Literature Panel: <i>The Majority on the Margins</i>

Literature Panel: The Majority on the Margins

Moderator Ritu Menon leads a discussion featuring panelists Faustina Bama and Ganesh N. Devy that examines the accessibility of Indian literature to English readers.

Sat., Mar. 12, 2011, 4:00 PM

Family Theater

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Image for Target Family Night: The Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust: <i>Images of Truth</i>

Target Family Night: The Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust: Images of Truth

(Satya Ke Pratiroop, based on the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi)
In addition to traditional marionettes and hand puppets, Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust uses giant puppets to tell stories that entertain and educate. Leading Indian puppeteer Dadi Pudumjee and his troupe deal with the philosophy of peacemaker Mahatma Gandhi in a series of vignettes from Gandhi’s life set to contemporary music from around the world. Part of maximum INDIA.

Sat., Mar. 12, 2011, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance in the Eisenhower Theater

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Image for <i>Bhangra</i> Class with DJ Rekha

Bhangra Class with DJ Rekha

Bang out some bhangra with DJ Rekha. She'll help you learn the music and the moves.

Sun., Mar. 13, 2011, 3:00 PM

Millennium Stage

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Literature Panel: Imagining the City

Moderated by Hirsh Sawhney, this lively discussion about cities in India--their histories and their futures--features panelists Suketu Mehta, Maya K. Rao, and Sunetra Gupta.

Sun., Mar. 13, 2011, 4:00 PM

Family Theater

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Indian Culinary Demonstration

Chef Hemant Oberoi, Executive Grand Chef of the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower in Mumbai, and Chef Ananda Solomon, Executive Chef of the Taj President, are two of India’s foremost culinary masters. Discover some of their masterful techniques as each chef introduces and demonstrates the preparation of a signature dish from the infinitely varied world of Indian cuisine. This maximum INDIA performance is presented under the auspices of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi.

Sun., Mar. 13, 2011, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Odissi Vision & Movement Centre

Founder and artistic director of the Odissi Vision and Movement Centre, Sharmila Biswas’s versatility ranges from classical odissi dance to experimental choreographic work. This maximum INDIA performance is presented under the auspices of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi.

Mon., Mar. 14, 2011, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance in the Eisenhower Theater

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Image for Documentaries: <i>The Story of Gitanjali</i> and <i>Pather Panchali: A Living Resonance</i>

Documentaries: The Story of Gitanjali and Pather Panchali: A Living Resonance

The Story of Gitanjali takes a look at the collection of poems by the renowned Indian polymath Rabindranath Tagore, which won him the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913, making him the first Asian Nobel laureate. Pather Panchali: A Living Resonance explores legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s film Pather Panchali. Fifty years after its release, Pather Panchali is still regarded as one of the greatest films ever made and one that solidified India’s spot on the international film map. Documentaries produced by the Public Diplomacy Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. Part of maximum INDIA.

Tue., Mar. 15, 2011, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Documentaries: Does Gandhi Matter? and Ismat & Annie

Does Gandhi Matter? explores the continuing interest, especially among today’s youth, in the Mahatma and his message of tolerance and non-violence. Through interviews with a wide cross-section of people, the film depicts reactions to its titular question. Ismat & Annie follows the lives and works of Ismat Chugtai and Qurrat-ul-Ain Haider (better known as Annie)—two writers who, in spite of turmoil and turbulence in their personal lives and the period in which they lived, contributed immeasurably to the Indian literary landscape. Documentaries produced by the Public Diplomacy Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. Part of maximum INDIA.

Wed., Mar. 16, 2011, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Ticket to Bollywood

Feel the thrill of India’s Bollywood with the country’s sensational song and dance movie genre performed live on stage. Artistic Director Shubhra Bhardwaj’s Ticket to Bollywood aims to present an all-encompassing Bollywood experience, featuring music from across the genre, including several of Bollywood’s best-loved hits. This maximum INDIA performance is presented under the auspices of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi.

Thu., Mar. 17, 2011, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance in the Eisenhower Theater

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Literature Panel: The Last Mughal

Celebrated author William Dalrymple reads from his award-winning book The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857, accompanied by classical singer Vidya Shah.

Thu., Mar. 17, 2011, 7:30 PM

Terrace Gallery

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Taal India: Percussion Ensemble

A percussion ensemble unique in its look, feel and vibrancy, Taal India is a concept of Banyan Tree Events created and directed by Mr. Mahesh Babu. Featuring some of the most popular as well as rare, exotic, folk, and classical instruments form across India like pung, dhol, naal, khadtaal, dholak, mirav, edddakka, chenda, and tabla etc., it is powerful, pulsating with energy and spectacular synergy. Each performer in his traditional attire adds to the charm of the colorful presentation. Led by Anubrata Chatterjee on the tabla, Taal India truly brings alive the phenomenon called India with its grand diversity of sound, instruments, and, most importantly, the joy the percussionists create together. Part of maximum INDIA.

Fri., Mar. 18, 2011, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Literature Panel: Politics and Literature

Panelists Salman Rushdie and Nayantara Sahgal examine the roles history and politics play in a writer's imagination and the importance of religion, gender, class, and caste in this discussion moderated by Ahdaf Soueif.

Fri., Mar. 18, 2011, 8:00 PM

Concert Hall

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Literature Panel: Celluloid Lives

This discussion moderated by Lalitha Gopalan explores film biography and autobiography as a personalized account of the evolution of film in India with panelists Girish Karnad, Sharmila Tagore, and Sadanand Menon.

Sat., Mar. 19, 2011, 4:30 PM

Terrace Theater

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Kerala Kalamandalam Kathakali Troupe

The premier public institution for the preservation and promotion of Kerala's traditional performing arts presents a troupe of performers trained in kathakali, a highly stylized classical dance-drama. This maximum INDIA performance is presented under the auspices of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi.

Sat., Mar. 19, 2011, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Panjabi MC

Borrowing his name from the north Indian language which he uses in his raps, Panjabi MC effectively fuses the two worlds of bhangra (a north Indian dance) and hip hop as heard on his 2002 hit Beware of the Boys, featuring Jay-Z. Part of maximum INDIA.

Sun., Mar. 20, 2011, 6:01 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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