The Fifth Edition of the Eye on India Festival is fast approaching Chicago. Eye on India is proud to bring the best in fashion, film, music, visual arts, photography, yoga, and more to the great cultural crossroad city of Chicago! The premier and most innovative programming will appear in various locations in Chicago. Many events throughout the month of June will bring you great summer entertainment and activity.
The more than dozen events will grab your curiosity about India and provide an unforgettable experience. The events are co-presented with our Chicago-based partners; Chicago park District, the City of Chicago, The Chicago Field Museum, Columbia College, University of Chicago to name a few. This year we have new co-presenters to further our mission, along with our partners from India, Teamwork Arts, to bring the best from India to this windy city.
|May 28 2015||6:30pm||Opening Gala||Bridgeport Arts Center||$150|
|June 5 2015||6:00pm||Manish Nai Panel Discussion and Exhibition Preview||Kavi Gupta Gallery, 219 North Elizabeth St, Chicago IL 6060||By Invitation Only|
|June 6 2015||500pm-8:00pm||Manish Nai Opening||Kavi Gupta Gallery, 219 North Elizabeth St, Chicago IL 6060||Free Admission|
June 7 2015
|4:30pm-7:00pm||Indian Classical Music: An Evening of Sarod & Tabla With Classical Guitar||Banga Bhavan, 1148 North Main Street, Glendale Heights IL, 60139||$25, $35, $50|
June 11 2015
|6:00pm||Space and Place: Transcending Local Meaning in Indian Contemporary Art||Kavi Gupta Gallery, 219 North Elizabeth St, Chicago IL 6060||Free Admission|
June 17 2015
|7:00pm||Documentary Work-in-Progress Showcase||Reva and David Logan Center for the Performing Arts, 915 E. 60th Street, Chicago IL 60637||Free Admission (Registration Required)|
|June 20 2015||7:00pm||Vikku Vinayakram and Selvaganesh with Band Arka||Hindu Temple of Great Chicago – 10915 Lemont Road, Lemont IL||VIP Tickets: $100, Tickets: $25-$25|
|June 21 2015||5:30am-9:30am||International Day of Yoga – Sunrise Yoga||South Beach Park, 7059 S South Shore Drive||Free Admission|
|June 21 2015||10am-12:30pm||International Day of Yoga – Ceremonial Celebration||Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington Street||Free Admission|
|June 21 2015||1:00pm-9:00pm||International Day of Yoga – Various Programs and Sunset Yoga||Mozart Park, 2036 N Avers Ave, Chicago||Free Admission|
|June 21 2015||8:00pm||Fareed Haque Group and Grammy award-winning Vikku Vinayakram featuring Selvaganesh & George Brooks and special guest ARKA||Martyrs, 3855 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago IL 60613||$20|
|June 24-July 5 '15||IndianRaga Labs||Schaumburg, IL|
June 24 2015
|6:00pm||Following The Box||Chicago Field Museum, Montgomery Ward Lecture Hall, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605|
June 25 2015
|Indian Raga Performance||Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington Street, Chocago IL 60602||Free Admission|
Thursday, May 28 at 6:30pm
Bridgeport Arts Center 1200 W 35th Street
The Eye on India fundraiser will preview highlights of the upcoming festival, including the “Zero Waste Sari Project” created by fashion students of Columbia College Chicago. The evening also includes dinner and musical entertainment by Sara Ranganathan (a.k.a. “Saraswati Veena”), Chicago Children’s Choir and guest performer Preetish Chakraborty.
In addition, Eye on India will honor an outstanding ambassador of Indian and American cultural exchange.
Hailing from a family of musicians, Saraswathi started learning Veena at the age of 6 from her mother Shantha, grandmother Gaana Sudhaakara Sulochana Mahadevan and Karnataka Kalashree EP Alamelu. This passionate interest with extensive listening to great stalwarts from a young age, has blossomed into Saraswathi’s deep knowledge in Carnatic Classical music as well as an openness and receptivity to blend Carnatic classical with western, flamenco, Turkish, Afro, Blues, Jazz and other genres.
Saraswathi brings a fresh verve to Veena rendition with her versatile play – Saraswathi passionately believes that her goal of bringing people together can be achieved through the eternal fragrance and perennial freshness of Carnatic classical music. Saraswathi holds a Masters in Sanskrit and an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago. She runs her music school, Ensemble of Ragas in Schaumburg teaching Carnatic Classical Vocal and Veena.
Chicago Children’s Choir
Founded in 1956 during the Civil Rights Movement, Chicago Children’s Choir is a multiracial, multicultural choral music education organization, shaping the future by making a difference in the lives of children and youth through musical excellence.
Today, the Choir serves over 3,000 children ages 8 to 18 through choirs in 60 schools, after-school programs in 8 Chicago neighborhoods and the internationally acclaimed Concert Choir. As a touring ensemble, the Choir has performed throughout the United States, Canada, South Africa, Korea, Japan, South America and Europe and for such dignitaries as Bill and Hillary Clinton, the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Preetish Chakraborty is 11 years old and lives in Aurora, IL. His training started at age 6 in Hindustani classical by well-known classical and Bengali contemporary singer Nirmalya Roy from Kolkata. Preetish has performed in several local programs, including programs for the Bengali Association of Greater Chicago (BAGC).
In Feb, 2015 began the Saregamapa Li’l Champs journey (A program similar to American Idol for youth). For the first time ever, Zee TV organized the SaReGaMaPa Li’l Champs North America competition in 2015. Preetish was featured in the Top 14 and travelled to Mumbai where he received training and coaching from the entire Zee team. And for his performance, he rocked the stage just like Rishi Kapoor did (in the original movie) with Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle’s famous song “Ek Haseena Thi”. Eye on India is proud to present this young talent who won 2nd runner up!
Colombia College Chicago – Fashion Students
For the 2015 Eye on India festival, we have continued our work with the Columbia College Chicago fashion students and faculty on a Sari Project focused on Zero Waste and Sustainability. The students who have participated, 33 in total, have used donated fabrics and saris to create one-of-a-kind, wearable pieces based off of a concept of their choosing. Part of the project requirements were to use 100% of the yardage they were given, as well as document their process in a mood board/journal. On May 28th, the Opening Night of the festival, 9 of the strongest pieces will be displayed at the Bridgeport Art Center for everyone to view. Last year, the best pieces of the year’s Sari Project were showcased in both Columbia College in their 618 S. Michigan Avenue building as well as Willis Tower. The winner of last year’s Sari Project, Nicole Dieschbourg, received an internship with Maria Pinto–a leading contemporary designer whose collection has been worn by the likes of Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Brooke Shields.
The Columbia College Chicago faculty involved with this year’s Sari Project are Arnab Majumdar, Beata Kania, Debra Duggan and Liz Williams.
Vikku Vinayakram and Selvaganesh with Band Arka
Saturday, June 20 at 7 p.m.
Co-presented by the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago
Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago, 10915 Lemont Rd, Lemont, IL
VIP tickets $100, Tickets $25 – $35
Fareed Haque Group and Grammy award-winning Vikku Vinayakram, featuring Selvaganesh, George Brooks, and special guest ARKA
Sunday, June 21 at 8 p.m.
Co-presented by Martyrs
3855 N Lincoln Avenue
Grammy Award-winning percussionist Vikku Vinayakram is truly an Indian treasure who began his career at thirteen years old. He joined Shakti in the early 1970s to play along with John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain. Since then, he has recorded four studio albums and won the Grammy for “Best World Music Album” for his participating in Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum. He was also awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship in 2012, which is the highest award to receive in the performing arts in India.
Arka – a fusion band, will take you on a musical sojourn beyond words. While these masters represent different musical styles and are very individualistic in terms of their playing techniques, together they create magic with their music and make an unforgettable experience. The band consists of kanjira “artiste” Selva Ganesh, kanjira player V. Swaminathan, bassist Miskho M’Ba, guitarist Santhosh Chandran, flautist Ravichandra Kulur, singer Karthik and drummer Gino Banks. In honor of performing at the HTGC, the performance will feature entertaining songs and traditional music.
V.Selvaganesh represents a new breed of percussionists emerging from India. The son of T H “Vikku” Vinayakram, Selvaganesh emerges as a disciple of tradition. He gave his first performance at the age of ten and has performed with all the top-leading musicians of the Carnatic tradition as well as the western world. Those he had accompanied include Smt. M S Subbalakshmi, Smt M.L.Vasanthakumari, Lalgudi Sri Jayaram, Mandolin U Srinivas, Ustad Zakir Hussein, Ustad Alla Rakha and Sri T H Vinayakram. The list also includes the legends from the world of jazz and the western world with Musicians such as Jonas Helborg, John McLaughlin, George Brooks and Pete Lockett.
Fareed Haque is a modern guitar virtuoso. Steeped in classical and jazz traditions, his unique command of the guitar and different musical styles inspire his musical ventures with tradition and fearless innovation. Fareed maintains his Chicago stage as a guitarist in the forefront and continues to create music that presents the epitome of Cultural Crossroads which fits Eye On India’s mission.
Fareed has a lot to his credit in recording and expanding his virtuoso to include musicians from India, Iran, and other places, creating new albums and traveling, spreading the great tunes. Voted ‘Best World Guitarist’ by Guitar Player Magazine in 2009, His acclaimed 2009 release Flat Planet was twice #1 on the World Jazz Radio charts.
Hailed as the “leading American voice in Indian jazz fusion”, saxophonist George Brooks has performed with such notable musicians as Terry Riley, John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, Larry Coryell, Etta James, and Anthony Braxton. He has appeared in major concert halls throughout Asia, Europe and North America. Brooks’ music has been performed by poet Michael McClure, Yo-Yo Ma, the Mark Morris Dance Company and the Liverpool Philharmonic. Brooks is a recipient of the American Composer’s Forum “Global Harmony Prize and has received grants and commissions from SFMOMA, New Music USA, USArtists International, MetLife Creative Connections and San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. His solo harp composition “The Alchemy of Happiness” premiered at the 2013 Gaudeamus Muziekweek in Utrecht.
Indian Classical Music: An Evening of Sarod, Tabla, and Classical Guitar
Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 4:30pm-7pm
1148 North Main Street
Glendale Heights, IL-60139
Tickets: $25, $35, $50
Eye on India is highlighting an evening of tradition and culture – The Bengali Association of Greater Chicago presents a musical evening with Abhisek Lahiri, Subrata Bhattacharya and Fareed Haque
Abhisek Lahiri is one of the youngest top-notch sarod players of All India Radio & National Television— Kolkata. His sarod recitals blend three major gharanas (schools) of sarod playing: Shajahanpur, Senia Maihar & Senia Bangash gharanas. Abhisek’s two solo albums “Sparkling Sarod” and “Mood of Puriya Kalyan” received nominations in the Global Indian Music Awards (GiMA) of Mumbai in 2010 & 2013.
Abhisek has the honor of being the First Indian Musician along with his eminent father to perform in “Europe Parliament” in France and also in “Canada Culture Days” in Hamilton, Canada on invitation of The Malhar Group.Abhisek is an empanelled member artist of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi. Abhisek took part in the “World Kinder Festival” in Holland & enthralled the audiences as a ‘Wonder Child Sarod Player’ in 1997. The Dutch Television network telecasts his recitals countrywide even now.
When inborn talent and devotion to music come together they must inevitably give birth to an artiste like Subrata Bhattacharya. A tabla player of note on the Indian classical music scenario, Subrata is amazingly talented and his accomplishments and achievements in the field of percussion music have earned him name and enviable fame. Subrata is one of the leading tabla players in India today. Few tabla players have enjoyed such instant recognition and acclaim among concert audiences. Subrata’s solo renderings reveal his knowledge of the art and his creativity at their best.
The next milestone of his creativity and innovation is “Naad – The Everlasting Sound”, a group he has formed to experiment with fusion music. It seems the next inevitable step in Subrata’s career as a mingling and merging of eastern, middle eastern and western styles of music is the trend among makers and lovers of music these days. He is been a part of the Chicago based Indo -Jazz band Flat Earth Ensemble since its inception.
Fareed Haque is a modern guitar virtuoso. Steeped in classical and jazz traditions, his unique command of the guitar and different musical styles inspire his musical ventures with tradition and fearless innovation. Fareed maintains his Chicago stage as a guitarist in the forefront and continues to create music that presents the epitome of Cultural Crossroads . Fareed has a lot to his credit in recording and expanding his virtuoso to include musicians from India, Iran, and other places, creating new albums and traveling, spreading the great tunes. Voted ‘Best World Guitarist’ by Guitar Player Magazine in 2009, His acclaimed 2009 release Flat Planet was twice #1 on the World Jazz Radio charts.
Thursday, June 25 2015
Co-presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St
The IndianRaga Fellowship Showcase features power-packed performances by the most promising Indian classical musicians from across North America, selected by an international panel of maestros and experts in the field to be IndianRaga Fellows. Ranging from child prodigies to professional young musicians, IndianRaga Fellows are committed to playing a leadership role in Indian Classical Music now and in future.
Winner of the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge and US Creative Business Cup 2012, IndianRaga is an MIT-based digital media startup. The IndianRaga Fellowship program brings together the most talented Indian classical musicians, selected by a panel of international judges and experts in Indian classical music. The fellows undergo training in various aspects of Music like audio/ video production, collaboration with international/other genre musicians, interaction with stalwarts of classical music and workshops on Social Media among other relevant workshops. They also engage in an artistically rigorous process to create a visual experience for their music, and to make Indian classical music relevant to a global audience. IndianRaga Fellows become part of a growing network of peers and collaborators to support their life-long musical journey.
Click here to watch The IndianRaga Overview.
Documentary Work-in-Progress Showcase
Wednesday, June 17 at 7:00pm
Reva and David Logan Center for the Performing Arts,
915 E. 60th Street,
Chicago IL 60637
It is possible India has always been radically changing, but recently social forces seem to be accelerating the country’s transformation. Two documentaries in progress take a moment to examine and reflect on the change and loss involved in the rapid globalization in India.
The Language of Opportunity is a feature length documentary about the role that English plays in the lives, hopes and dreams of a new generation of Indians; upwardly mobile, they pursue a lucrative place in the growing economy, available to those who speak fluent English. The film interweaves the lives of Indian families from different socio-economic backgrounds and different locations, as they navigate the crucial years that will define their children’s future success.
Searching for Sparrows follows the journey of five citizens from Hyderabad, India, who are working to fortify a sustainable balance between a city undergoing haphazard urbanization, and its natural ecosystem. Using birds as a focal point, this documentary explores the critical balance between development and nature in the age of globalization by looking at the impact of such urbanization on climate change.
Join us for a screening of clips from the works-in-progress and a moderated discussion as filmmakers address complicated issues of globalization through their films and their personal stories.
Dinesh Sabu is an independent documentary filmmaker who is currently directing and producing his first feature-length documentary Unbroken Glass with Kartemquin Films. A panel discussion about Unbroken Glass was featured in the Eye On India Festival 2014. His completed cinematography credits include shooting part of American Arab by Usama Alshaibi, Waking in Oak Creek about the 2012 Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin with Not in Our Town, and a variety of short work with local and national producers.
Born in New Delhi, India, Anuradha Rana worked there as a journalist and television producer before
moving to Chicago to complete her MFA in Film and Video. Her award-winning films have screened internationally and focus on themes of representation, identity, and varied perspectives in a global
environment. She has produced, directed, and wielded camera on documentaries filmed in India, Ecuador, Japan, South Africa and the USA. She currently teaches Cinema at DePaul University, Chicago.
Lajwanti (Laj) P. Waghray, has an extensive background in film and activism. In 2012 she directed and produced a documentary, “Sleepovers” a 53-minute retrospective film documenting the coming of age of four suburban Milwaukee girls over the course of three sleepovers in 10 years. In addition she co-directed the third film in the Janet Fitch’s, 3-part series, “Guns, Grief and Grace in America.” She collaborated with visual artist Nirmal Raja, documenting the lives of Indian grandmothers who immigrated to the United States. In 2008, Waghray co-produced Ramon Rivera-Moret’s documentary “On Calloway Street,” a feature length experimental narrative about immigrant stories in Queens, NY.
Manish Nai Opening
Saturday, June 6 2015 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Kavi Gupta Gallery
219 North Elizabeth St
Chicago IL 60607
(On Exhibit through August 1 2015)
Kavi Gupta is proud to announce a solo exhibition featuring a new body of work by Mumbai based artist Manish Nai. The exhibition will feature four large-scale site-specific works in addition to wall hangings, sculptures, and prints. Using material that is both modest and quintessentially Indian, including jute and newspaper, Nai’s pieces are tedious material transformations that, once completed, represent the complexities of use and reuse.
Inspired by a glut of imagery and information, his use of newspapers examines the tremendous diversity and contention within Indian society: there are almost 100 newspapers in 19 different languages distributed daily in India. Nai soaks these, stripping them of their words, and compresses them in wooden molds, rarefying the pervasive and disposable material. Pillars formed by pressing and binding together used clothes from people of differing ages and backgrounds lean systematically against the wall. Closer viewing reveals the individual histories embedded in each item of clothing.
Born in Gujarat, India in 1980, Manish Nai attained a Diploma in Drawing and Painting from the L.S. Raheja School of Art in Mumbai. He has held solo exhibitions at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, and Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Berlin, among others. In August 2014, a solo exhibition of his work was presented at Galerie Karsten Greve in St. Moritz. Nai’s work has been shown at Art Basel Hong Kong and in numerous group shows including Bright Noise curated by Girish Shahane at the Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai (2014); The Indian Parallax or the Doubling of Happiness curated by Shaheen Merali at the Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata (2012); news – a two-person show with Eberhard Havekost at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai (2012); and the Mumbai City Pavilion at the 9th Shanghai Biennale, curated by Diana Campbell and Susan Hapgood (2012). Nai is a recepient of the Royal Over-Seas League Visual Arts Scholarship for a month-long Residency at the Hospitalfield House, Scotland in September 2014. In 2004 he received the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award in New York.
Photo Credit: Susetta Bozzi
Space and Place: Beyond the Local in Contemporary Art from India
Speakers: Betty Seid and Shaurya Kumar
Moderator: Tanya Gill
Thursday, June 11 2015, 6 pm
Please arrive by 5:30
Open to the public
Space and Place: Beyond the Local in Contemporary Art from India will explore the complexities in Indian Contemporary Art of simultaneously living in a local and global space. The speakers include Betty Seid, an independent curator and specialist in South Asian art, and Shaurya Kumar, an artist and teacher at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Seid will site and explore Contemporary Indian artist’s work that maintains a local meaning, but yet speaks to a broader audience. Kumar’s interest is in how global communications are mediated through digital images. The projects he will present will visually explore this space of mediation. Tanya Gill, an artist, will moderate the evening. Gill will bring her first hand knowledge of India’s evolving art world to the discussion.
Fine Arts Researcher Shaurya Kumar has been involved in research projects such as The Paintings of India and Handmade in India since 2001. His research typically focuses on the separation of “the virtual and the real” as well as the “appreciation and appropriation of new media.” His work highlights how a site can affect an art piece and how an art piece can affect an individual and a culture. His projects have been showcased globally and in prestigious art galleries such as Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum (Mumbai), Seoul Museum of Art, New Art Center (New York) and the Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Betty Seid is an independent curator, writer, and lecturer living in Chicago and Santa Monica. From 1995 to 2005, she was Research Associate and Exhibition Coordinator for South Asian Art in the Department of Asian Art of The Art Institute of Chicago. During her ten-year tenure, she curated and oversaw the installation of several important South Asian exhibitions. Her exhibition (and catalog) New Narratives: Contemporary Art from India was the first to show 21st-century Indian art in the United States.
As a specialist in South Asian art, Betty Seid gives private museum tours for ArtMuseLA and she has participated in symposia in both the U.S. and India. Seid has traveled extensively in India and Southeast Asia, often as the study leader for Art Institute of Chicago tours—and, of course, for research and pleasure.
Following the Box
Wednesday, June 24 at 6pm
Chicago Field Museum,
Montgomery Ward Lecture Hall,
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive,
Chicago, IL 60605
Directed by Anirban Mahapatra; Produced by Alan Teller & Jerri Zbiral. Running time: 31 minutes.
Discussion with Alan Teller and Jerri Zbiral following the film. Moderated by Susan Aurinko.
An estate-sale find of a shoebox filled with old photographs and negatives made in India in 1945 leads a Chicago couple halfway around the world. As they “follow the box” to try and unravel the mystery behind who took these compelling photos and for what purpose, they gather together contemporary Indian artists who each draw inspiration from these images and create new artworks in response. The resulting film is a cross-cultural exploration of the power of art to reveal our different cultures and our selves over time and space. Recently screened at the New York Indian Film Festival.
Alan Teller (b. 1946) received post-graduate training in anthropology and photography at Indiana University, which led him to create the Inner-City Photo Workshop, a Chicago center for high-school dropouts. He was photographic researcher for the Field Museum of Natural History, where he also taught classes on photography and anthropology. Alan founded Teller Madsen, a museum exhibit design company that has developed over 100 exhibits nationwide, including the permanent exhibits for the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, ‘Vivian Maier’s Chicago’ and many others. With Jerri Zbiral, he produced the award winning documentary ‘In the Shadow of Memory, The Legacy of Lidice.’ He was also the Executive Director of the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy. Alan has taught at Columbia College, Purdue University, the School of the Art Institute and Lake Forest College. Alan has received many grants, including a 2013 Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholar Award for ‘Following the Box,’ co-produced with Jerri.
Jerri Zbiral (b. 1948) was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York. Jerri founded and directed community photography programs for the Public Art Workshop and the Community Arts Center of the Uptown Hull House in Chicago. There, she worked as arts administrator, teacher, and director of a special photography program for the hearing impaired. With Alan Teller, she is a partner in The Collected Image, exhibiting vintage and contemporary photography and appraising photographic collections. She has directed and produced the award winning and internationally screened documentary films ‘Never Turning Back, The World of Peggy Lipschutz’ and with Alan Teller, ‘In the Shadow of Memory: The Legacy of Lidice.’ She is co-producer of the Fulbright-Nehru funded project ‘Following the Box’. She and Alan are based in Evanston, Illinois.
Susan Aurinko, a photographer and curator, has shown her work in solo exhibitions in France, Italy, and India, as well as in the US. Her exhibition about India, entitled STILL POINT INDIA, opened at Kriti Gallery in Varanasi, India in February 2013, is touring India’s largest cities, and is now available as a book, STILL POINT INDIA, the cover image for which won both a Jury Award and a Public Choice award from Px3 in Paris. Aurinko’s work appears on several book covers, including The Stranger Among Us, Ariel, Scar Tissue, and Slut Lullabies, in the US and UK, and four of her photographs are included in the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s permanent collection. Her photographs hang in private collections in France, Italy, India, Monaco, the UK, and the US. Aurinko is on the Advisory Committees of the International Photography Awards (Lucie Awards) and has been an IPA and Px3 Juror for several years, and is on the Advisory Board for Filter Photo Festival.
Read an article published by The Telegraph here.
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International Yoga Day
Sunday, June 21 from sunrise to sundown
Co-presented by City of Chicago, Chicago Park District, Reddy Set Yoga! and the Consulate of India
- South Beach Park, 7059 S South Shore Drive (5:30am to 9:30am) Sunrise Yoga
- Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington Street (10:00am to 12:30pm) Ceremonial Celebration
- Mozart Park, 2036 N. Avers Ave, Chicago (1pm to 9pm) Food, Ayurveda lectures, drum circles, Kids and family programs, Sunset yoga
- Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago, 10915 Lemont Road, Lemont, IL 60439 (Throughout the Day)
Eye on India and Reddy Set Yoga! invite people to participate in the First Annual International Day of Yoga. This is in partnership with the City of Chicago, the Government of India, and the United Nations. Community partners include Moksha Yoga Center and the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. Join hands with the world for dawn to dusk programming on this auspicious day of the Summer Solstice which falls on Father’s Day this year! Yoga is an inclusive tool for achieving global health and peace, while building bridges between diverse communities and cultures worldwide to create a better environment for all. The practice includes mindfulness, asana (poses), pranayama (breath work), meditation, chanting (healing sounds), ayurveda (healing foods), yoga sutras (philosophy) and is therefore suitable for people of all ages and experience levels. The 5000 year old science of yoga has Ancient Indian cultural roots. Come celebrate this inclusive activity, embracing all cultures, including all faiths.
We will begin with sunrise yoga at South Beach Park (asana, pranayama, meditation, and chanting), then then a midday ceremonial program at the Daley Plaza with an address from dignitaries, and a panel of government, business and community leaders speaking about their own personal experience with the benefits of yoga and will end with Indian music by classical sitar artist, Indrajit Banerjee, and accompanist on drums by Dhananjay Kunte. Then we will move to Mozart Park for an Ayurveda lecture and cooking demo followed by kids and family programming. We will close with sunset yoga (asana, pranayama, meditation, and chanting)
International Yoga day will feature many people, city officials, specialists, and entertainers. Eye on India is fortunate to have two artists to support our efforts to celebrate this auspicious event.
Indrajit Banerjee- Sitar
Sitarist Indrajit Banerjee is one of the leading exponents of the Maihar Gharana. He was born in a
musical family, unique due to the large number of accomplished artists in Hindustani Classical Music.
Some of these family members include his guru, Pandit Kartick Kumar (Sitar), Pandit Barun Kumar Pal
(Hamsa Veena), Niladri Kumar (Sitar), Partho Das (Sitar), Aparna Roy (Surbahar). He got inspiration from his sitarist mother, Manju Banerjee, who was a disciple of late Nikhil Banerjee, and afterwards, Santosh Banerjee. Indrajit’s training began with his maternal grandfather, Bankim Kumar Pal, who was the disciple of Inayat Khan, and Birendra Kishore Roy Chowdhuri (Kochi Babu). He then took training under Pandit Manilal Nag of Bishnupur Gharana. Later on, he took intensive training from his uncle, Pandit Kartick Kumar, who is a senior disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar. All of this training developed a strong foundation for Indrajit’s music, and creative individuality. Indrajit has a special touch on Sitar combined with technical virtuosity and sensitivity.
Dhanajay Kunte – Tabla
Dhananjay Kunte is originally from Pune (Maharashtra State, India). He started learning tabla in 1983 with Shri Pandurang Mukhade (Pune) of the Delhi Gharana. Dhananjay holds a Master’s Degree (Sangeet Alankar) in tabla from the Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal Mumbai, India. He has given many tabla-solo performances in India and abroad and accompanied renowned artists including Dr. Vikas Kashalkar, Pt. Shrikant Deshpande, Pt. Appasaheb Jalgaonkar, Pt. Nagrajrao Havaldar, Shri Abhay Sopori, Shri Rajinder Kachroo, Shri Ganesh Desai, Prof. Narendra Narula, Pt. Nath Neralkar, Shri Patric Marks, etc. Dhananjay is actively involved in the music circle in Chicagoland area and regularly participates in music concerts. He is also teaching tabla for last 21 years and has been training several promising budding young artists. Apart from being a musician, Dhananjay is a cancer researcher working in the Evanston area.