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AsiaAlive: In the Painting Studio with Artist Talha Rathore – SF, 11/10/11-11/13/11

AsiaAlive: In the Painting Studio

“In this drop-in open studio program, artist Talha Rathore demonstrates the techniques of South Asian miniature painting, from preparation to gold leafing. Although traditionally trained, Rathore’s work is unmistakably contemporary. Rathore was born in Pakistan and won the UNIESCO Bursary Award to study art at the Sanskriti Kendra in New Delhi, India. Her work has been exhibited in museums around the world.”

Abhinaya Dance Company Fundraiser for Japan Tsunami Relief – Saratoga, 7/17/11

Abhinaya Japan Tsunami Relief

“Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose, the Bay Area’s premiere South Indian classical dance company, today announced details of their 2011 Next Generation Soloist Series beginning with Rasika Kumar presenting “Courage” in several vignettes with live music.

Presented in the Bharatanatyam-style, the performance will feature new choreography by Principal Dancer Rasika Kumar and the restaging of a traditional piece choreographed by Abhinaya’s Artistic Director Mythili Kumar.

The concert will be held on July 17th at the McAfee Theater in Saratoga at 4 pm. The orchestra is comprised of Malavika Kumar – nattuvangam, Asha Ramesh – vocals, N. Narayan – mridangam and kanjira, and Shanthi Narayan – violin.

This is a special fundraiser to encourage Bay Area audiences to continue to support the Japanese tsunami relief effort. Episodes depicting the courage of the tsunami survivors will be presented along with historical and mythological characters exemplifying courage.”

  • WHERE: Saratoga High School, McAfee Theater
    20300 Herriman Ave
    Saratoga, California
  • WHEN: Sunday, 7/17/11, 4-7pm
  • HOW MUCH: General Admission: $15
    Student Admission: $10
    (Donations will also be accepted)
  • MORE INFO: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=225121497528381

Benefit for Cheb I Sabbah – SF, 7/8/11

Benefit for Cheb I Sabbah

“BOM Shankar! Massive HUGE outpouring of love and healing for our dear friend Cheb I Sabbah, who has recently heard the devastating news he has stage 4 cancer. Without health insurance, the dance and culture communities of the Bay Area are coming together in celebration of his life and of his contribution to the music scene, to give thanks a…nd resources for his cancer treatment.

Because he will need tens of thousands of dollars (see http://www.chebisabbah.org ) to pay for treatments and is not able to work at this time, this is a 100% benefit to cover his life and medical expenses and support our friend.

Come early for a special opening DI set at 9pm weaving the music of Cheb i Sabbah, with dance performances in front of an altar we are creating for Chebiji.

If you are not aware of Chebi’s contribution to art and culture, we will be explaining that in detail at this event and more info TBA. This has happened so suddenly, so we are coming together quick to help raise funds.

Join us in celebrating the life and music of Cheb i Sabbah. Help us in giving financial support to him, send prayers and positive energy his way as we await his return from treatment and look forward to being on the dancefloor with him behind the DJ booth again soon.”

J.A.M. Sessions: Bollywood into the Night – LA, 6/20/11

Bollywood into the Night

“Catch the infectious music and joyous dance moves as blue13 dance company members teach Bollywood and Bhangra styles to the music of DJ Sandeep Kumar.

The skinny on J.A.M. Sessions:
J.A.M. (Jazzed and Motivated) Sessions take place Monday nights at 7:00 pm, June 13 – September 19. Move to the beat or explore a new instrument as you connect with diverse artists and cultures. Beginning, intermediate and advanced participants are welcome.”

Indian Film Festival: Screening of “Junoon” – Pasadena, 6/3/11

Indian Film Festival

“This summer’s film series explores India’s colonial era as depicted in the photos of Through the Colonial Lens. Our first film, Junoon, captures the Uprising (or Mutiny, to the British) of 1857 through the eyes of one of its leaders, played by the legendary Shashi Kapoor. Screened under the stars in the museum courtyard, with an introduction by Dr. Priya Jaikumar of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.”

TeAda presents: SUNOH! Tell Me Sister, 3/31 – 4/3/11, LA

“SUNOH! Tell Me, Sister brings to life women’s stories of being silenced, finding voice and the importance of sisterly community. Blending multimedia storytelling and contemporary Indian dance, SUNOH! Tell Me, Sister draws on the histories of the dancer-courtesan of the Indian subcontinent, stories of contemporary South Asian survivors of domestic violence, and the performers’ own experiences as contemporary women artists struggling with tradition. This multidisciplinary work is a transnational choreographic collaboration between members of the Post Natyam Collective, largely created long-distance through internet technologies. The piece also reflects Post Natyam’s long-term community work with AWAZ, the South Asian Network’s violence prevention unit.”

  • WHERE: Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403
  • WHEN: Thurs, 3/31 – Sun 4/3/11, Thurs-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm
  • HOW MUCH: $15-20
  • MORE INFOhttp://www.teada.org/CurrentSeason.html


SF International Asian American Film Festival 2011, 3/10 – 3/20

I feel like I should do a more in-depth post (or a series of posts)  about the festival. This is one of the API arts events of the year. Maybe I’ll do a series of featured films! In the meantime, this  basic announcement will have to do.

– joy

and she said… Dance Theater based on women’s poetry, 11/12/10

based on women’s poetry on love and war, drawing on many different styles of poetry, dance, and theater, including Bharatanatyam, spoken word, and contemporary Tamil theater. =)

Broken Images Play – 10/23/10 SF, 10/24/10 LA

Broken Images

Fundraiser hosted by anti-domestic violence organizations Maitri (San Francisco) and Sahara (Los Angeles), Broken Images is a postmodernist play by award-winning playwright Girish Karnad. It stars famous activist and actress Shabana Azmi, winner of the International Gandhi Peace Prize and Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum. Come watch this critically acclaimed play and simultaneously help combat violence against women! Open to all, so don’t be afraid to come if you’re not South Asian. 🙂


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Third I Film Festival – 11/3/10 – 11/7/10, SF

Third I Film Festival

Leading Northern California desi film festival also featuring documentaries from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Tibet, UK, and the US. Films include Slackistan,  controversial political comedy Four Lions starring actor Riz Ahmed (Shifty, The Road to Guantanamo) and many more! Don’t miss  an opportunity to socialize with actress Tanishtha Chatterjee (Brick Lane) or actor Hammad Khan (Slackistan), filmmakers, and others afterwards at the parties and closing reception! Open to all, so don’t be afraid to come if you’re not South Asian. 🙂

  • Where: San Francisco (Viz Cinema/Brava Theater/Castro Theater)
  • When: November 3-7
  • How much: Tickets can be purchased at the door for $11/film. Early Bird: $9 and before October 25 $10
  • More info: www.thirdi.org/festival