Posts Tagged ‘India’

Folk artists share performances in Queens garden

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

The Gift of Wisdom, part of the Locating the Sacred Festival, is a collaboration among immigrant artists who are masters of their respective traditions. Artists from the New York Foundation for the Arts Folk Artist Development Program will perform from 2 to 4:30 pm Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing. This sounds like a wonderful opportunity to learn about the spirit of these traditions, in a beautiful place to boot.

Performances, according to the website, include “a devotional Odissi dance (classical dance form of India) by Mala Desai, a Hindustani classical composition on sitar by Ikhlaq Hussain, powerful songs of praise for elders on the kora (African harp-lute) by Alhaji Papa Susso, and a seasonal improvisation on the kayagum (Korean zither) by Yoon Soon Park.” RSVPs are requested but not required.

The Locating the Sacred Festival, which involves more than 300 artists, is a 12-day, 25-event arts festival coordinated by the Asian American Arts Alliance.

Changing Bellerose

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

There’s an in-depth story in today’s Times City section about the shifting demographics of Bellerose, Queens. James Angelos’ story centers on the beloved Frozen Cup ice cream stand, soon to be demolished to make way for a Days Inn; the South Asian newcomers, optimistic about their prospects in America, who now make up almost a third of the population; and the longtime residents, who are variously stunned, dismayed, or resentful of the way their neighborhood is changing around them. There’s also a slide show.

Indian parade

Friday, August 15th, 2008

India’s Independence Day will be celebrated from 11 am to 6 pm Sunday, August 17, with a parade on Madison Avenue from 41st to 23rd Streets. According to Rediff India Abroad, the actress Deepika Padukone (Om Shanti Om) will lead the parade, and it will include a variety show at 23rd.

Passport to Ecuador (and India and Mexico)

Monday, August 4th, 2008

The Queens Museum of Art is once again having Passport Fridays, an international dance, music, and film series. The programs are free, outdoors in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park by the museum (in case of rain, program moves inside).

Three events are left this year:

August 8: EcuadorAndrea Haenggi and dancers from the AMDaT ensemble present PLAF, an homage to Jasper Johns involving business chairs and dollar bills; Inkhay plays the music of the Andes, using musical instruments with roots in pre-Hispanic civilization; and the film is Qué tan lejos (How Much Further) (Ecuador, 2006; English subtitles), the story of a journey from Quito to Cuenca.

August 15: IndiaPaul Singh and his dancers, Singh & Dance, perform a new work; DJ Rekha merges Bhangra with hip-hop, accompanied by a dhol drummer and Bhangra instructor who will teach the audience some moves; and the film is The Namesake (USA/India, 2006), a story of Indian immigrants and their American-born children.

August 22: MexicoLaura Peterson Choreography examines shifting audience perspective and Anthony Whitehurst presents an excerpt from a piece about post-hurricane New Orleans; Mariachi Oro de Mexico provides the music; and La misma luna (Under the Same Moon) (USA/Mexico, 2007; English subtitles) tells the story of a 9-year-old Mexican boy who makes his way across the border to join his mother in the United States.