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India brings the heat to the Windy City!

Eye on India and Teamwork Arts is proud to announce the 5th annual Eye on India Festival May 28 through June 28. From cinema, photography and music, to fashion, dance and yoga, Eye on India showcases the best of contemporary and traditional Indian art in a variety of locations across the city. More than 12 events are planned, and each will be co-presented by arts, business, and community partner organizations throughout Chicago.

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Date Time Event Venue Ticket Price
28th May '15 6:30pm Opening Gala Bridgeport Arts Center $150
3rd June '15 6:30pm Rohit Chawla: Wanderlust Opening Reception 600 S. Michigan Avenue Free Admission
4th-5th June '15 6:30pm(4th) 7:00pm (5th) Om Puri Conversation and Film Screening 1104 S. Wabash Avenue VIP Tickets $50, General admission $25, Student tickets $10
21st June '15 5:30am-8:00am International Day of Yoga 63rd Street Beach, 6300 S. Lake Shore Drive Free Admission
21st June '15 8:30am-10:30am International Day of Yoga Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago Free Admission
21st June '15 10:00am-2:00pm International Day of Yoga Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington Street Free Admission
21st June '15 4:00pm-8:00pm International Day of Yoga Mozart Park, 2036 N Avers Ave, Chicago Free Admission
21st June '15 8:00pm Fareed Haque Group featuring Grammy Award Winning Vikku Vinayakram & Selvaganesh with George Brooks and special guest ARKA Martyrs $20
22nd June-28th June '15 Indian Raga Labs at Columbia College Columbia College
25th June '15 Indian Raga Performance Chicago Cultural Center Free Admission

*Program subject to change

In Conversation with Om Puri and Film Screening

Thursday June 4 at 6:30 p.m. & Friday June 5 at 7 p.m.
Co-presented by Columbia College Chicago Film Row Cinema
1104 S. Wabash Avenue
VIP Tickets $50, General admission $25, Student tickets $10


Om Puri, born October 1950 is an Indian actor who has appeared in mainstream commercial Indian and British films, Independent films and art films. His credits also include appearances in American films. Puri graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. He is also an alumnus of the 1973 class of National School of Drama where Naseeruddin Shah was a co-student. He has been awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India.
He also received the National Film Award for his films like Arohan and Ardh Satya. Other important films to his credit are A 100 Foot Journey, Don, Maqbool, and many others.

Fareed Haque Group featuring Grammy award-winning Vikku Vinayakram, Selvaganesh, George Brooks, and special guest ARKA

Sunday, June 21 at 8 p.m.
Co-presented by Martyrs
3855 N Lincoln Avenue
Tickets $20

Vikku Vinayakram

Name_0000_Layer 4The first Grammy winner of South India, VIKKU Vinayakram is a well known person in the world music. He first performed at the age of 13 and his first overseas performance was at the prestigious UNITED NATIONS ORGANISATION in NEW YORK.
Spanning of six decades of service to Indian music, Shri Vinayakram is the only Musician to have received awards from four different Presidents of India – Dr.Rajendra Prasad, Hon.R.Venkatraman, Hon.K.R.Narayanan and Hon.Pranab Mukherjee. Sangeetha Natak Academy conferred fellowship award on him. He was awarded the prestigious Padmashree in 2002 and PadmaBhushan in 2014. He is the receipient of many awards and titles and some of the notable awards are “The Ghatam Nada Mani award” by the Kanchi Swamigal, Kalaimaamani by the Government of Tamil Nadu. Grammy award from USA, Sangeetha Natak Academy, The Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Award, The Tata Ratna Award.


Arka is the epicenter of an erupting musical form with core artists like Selva Ganesh, Karthik, Gino Banks, Ravichandra Kulur, Santosh Chandran and Mishko M’Ba and Guest artist like the Legendary Vikku Vinayakram and Swaminathan. Each of these artists has gone beyond their forte to compose and create a musical aura that’s unheard of and has been designed to appeal to an extensive age group as various elements have been hand-picked from varied genres.
The band did their performance in the year 2012 in Calcutta Music festival. Ever since they had been performing all over the nation in Major music festivals enthralling the audience whenever they performed.


V.Selvaganesh represents the new Breed of Percussionist emerging from India. The son of T H “Vikku” Vinayakram, Selvaganesh emerges from a disciple tradition. He gave his first performance at the age of ten.
He had performed with all the top-leading musicians of the carnatic tradition as well as the western world. Among those he had accompanied includes Smt. M S Subbalakshmi, Smt M.L.Vasanthakumari, Lalgudi Sri Jayaram, Mandolin U Srinivas, Ustad Zakir Hussain and Ustad Alla Rakha and Sri T H Vinayakram. The list also includes the legends from the world of Jazz and Western world like Jonas Helborg, John McLaughlin, George Brooks, Pete Lockett. He has gained most recognition in the West for his work with the Group “SHAKTI”.

Fareed Haque

Name_0003_Layer 1Fareed 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.

Indian Raga

June 25
Co-presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St
Free Admission

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.

Opening Reception

Thursday, May 28th at 6:30pm
Bridgeport Arts Center 1200 W 35th Street
Tickets $150

The Eye on India fundraiser will preview highlights of the upcoming festival, including acclaimed Photographer Rohit Chawla’s Wanderlust exhibition, and 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. “Saraswathi Veena”) and the Chicago Children’s Choir. In addition, Eye on India will honor an outstanding ambassador of Indian and American cultural exchange.

Wanderlust – Opening Reception presented by Rohit Chawla

Thursday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Co-presented by the Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 S. Michigan Avenue
Free admission

Fashion photographer Rohit Chawla’s 2012 exhibit Wanderlust portrays the nomadic Rahabi people of Goa, India. Chawla photographed his subjects in a make-shift studio set up in the desert, to give the pictures a contemporary sensibility, and highlight his subject’s spontaneous style and natural intensity. Wanderlust has been showcased in museums worldwide. Award- winning art historian and critic William Dalrymple, regards Wanderlust as “one of the most remarkable [portfolios] to come out of the travels of any photographer in India since Cartier-Bresson with his Leica in the late 1940s.”


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
- Chicago 63rd Street Beach, 6300 S. Lake Shore Drive (5:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.)
- Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago (8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.)
- Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington Street (10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
- Mozart Park, 2036 N. Avers Ave, Chicago (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
Free admission

yoga21 June has been declared as the International Yoga Day by the United Nations General Assembly on 11 December 2014. Yoga, a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice having its origin in India, aims to transform the body and the mind.”Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action, restraint and fulfillment, harmony between man and nature and a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with you, the world and nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, Yoga can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”

Teamwork Arts in partnership with the Govt. of India and as part of the annual Eye on India Festival, is taking the opportunity to collaborate with local yoga practitioners and schools to come and participate in the festival. This daylong event will bring together different schools of thoughts and will expose the audience to different branches of World Yoga. The program would include:

- Practice Mindfulness with masters of Yoga originating from India
- Sacred Music: Artistes from across the world and India celebrating yoga – special compositions
- Demonstrations by Practitioners