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The Art and Culture of India
Artist Demonstration | Madhubani Painting 11 am – 4 pm | Atrium Madhubani is a folk painting traditionally done by women from the Mithila region of northeast India on walls and floors of the home using both natural and vegetable dyes. For centuries, this tradition was passed on from mother to daughter, then in the 1960s, artists started painting in this style on paper and canvas. Today, Madhubani paintings are collected around the world, yet women in Mithila still decorate and celebrate their families and lives with these paintings on their walls. Artist Demonstration | Rangoli 11 am – 4 pm | Atrium Participate in creating a celebratory rangoli – a floor decoration using rice powder, sand and dyes. Rangoli are created in Indian homes to welcome guests during festive occasions and feature abstract designs as well as images of animals, gods, and nature. An Afternoon with Veena Artist Durga Krishnan Student Performances | 12 noon | Atrium PEM welcomes Durga Krishan’s most skilled, young veena students for a performance celebrating Carnatic (South Indian classical) music. Music Performance | 2 pm | Atrium Durga Krishnan is New England’s most sought after veena artist and teacher. With unparalleled skill and passion for sharing South Indian Carnatic music, she performs this stringed instrument in the Atrium. Workshop | 3 – 3:45 | East India Marine Hall Reservations required by Thursday, March 8, 2007. Please call 978-745-9500, ext 3011 Learn a Carnatic melody using your own instrument – violins, clarinets and other instruments are welcome! Drop-In Art Activities 1 –3 pm | Art Studios Parchisi Learn to play this Indian circle and cross game, and then create your own game board using fabric. Block Printing Using traditional prints from India, decorate scarves and other textiles with printing blocks and vegetable dyes. Lecture | Mr. Shashi Tharoor 4 pm | Morse Auditorium The 2,000-year-old Mahabharata has been told and retold for centuries and continues to inspire contemporary artists. Shashi Tharoor, whose award-winning The Great Indian Novel retells the Mahabharata as a saga of 20th-century India, explores why the epic continues to offer creative resonance today. Tharoor has worked for the United Nations since 1978, with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, at the UN Headquarters in New York, and as executive assistant to former Secretary-General Kofi Annan. In June 2002, he was confirmed as Under-Secretary- General for Communications and Public Information of the United Nations.

Date: 03/10/2007
Location: PEM,Salem, MA
Time: 11:00 am

Web: www.pem.org

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