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Atrium Alive: India
Artist Demonstration
11 am-4 pm, Atrium
Included with museum admission

Siona Benajmin is a painter, originally from Bombay, now living in the United States. Her work reflects her background of being raised Jewish in predominantly Hindu and Muslim India. She combines the imagery of her past with the roles she plays in America today. Watch Benjamin and try painting with watercolors in the miniature painting style. Made possible by the Lowell Institute.

Dance Katha with Anita Ratnam
12:30 and 3:30 pm, Atrium
Included with museum admission

One of India's most recognized dance icons, Anita Ratnam, explores streams of movement and ritual traditions connected with her training in Bharatanatyam, classical dance from South India; she uses her own experience and the full canvas of a woman's world to paint her original dance-scapes. At PEM, she presents Dance Katha, a program that incorporates classical and contemporary storytelling and dance. Made possible by the Lowell Institute.

Drop-in Art Activities
1-3 pm, Art Studios

Take inspiration from traditional gold leafing techniques and Indian textiles, and create your own work of art. Made possible by the Lowell Institute.

Shown in Morse Auditorium. Included with museum admission. Made possible by the Lowell Institute.

Highway Courtesans
2005, 71 minutes, directed by Mystelle Babbée
Hindi with subtitles, DVD format
2 pm
Reservations by March 13

What happens when an independent-minded young girl is born into a centuries-old tradition of prostitution? Against the rich back backdrop of rural India, follow Guddi Chauhan from the age of 17 through 23 as she struggles against tradition, family and love in hopes of accomplishing her dreams.

2007, 111 minutes, produced by Latha R. Domalapalli, written and directed by Rajnesh Domalpalli
4:15 pm
Reservations by March 13

A spirited 14-year-old rural South Indian girl possesses an uncanny common sense intelligence that she puts to use to improve her own lot and that of her poor fisherman father. Described by the New York Times as "engrossing . absolutely timeless," Vanaja is a winner of several international awards.

Date: 03/15/2008
Location: PEM, Salem, MA
Time: 11:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Contact: 978-745- 9500, ext. 3011

Web: www.pem.org

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