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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”), 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.

Saraswati Veena

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

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!

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.”

Manish Rai Exhibition Photo

Manish Nai Panel Discussion and Exhibition Preview
Friday,June 5th, 2015, 6 pm (Gallery opens at 5pm)

Manish Nai Opening
Saturday,June 6th

Space and Place: Transcending Local Meaning in Indian Contemporary Art
Wednesday,June 11th at 6pm (Gallery opens at 5:30pm)

All events at:
Kavi Gupta Gallery
219 North Elizabeth St
Chicago IL 60607

Panelists for June 5th event are:


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.

Manish Nai lives and works in Mumbai.


Joan Livingstone, Professor and Chair of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has been working with fiber since her undergraduate studies at Portland State University. In the past, Livingstone has used a myriad of organic fibers and synthetic materials to explore the body’s internal processes and its external boundary. Her new body of work, deeply rooted in her time spent traveling in India, involves the practice of collecting displaced objects found during her regular walks. Recontextualizing them through a series of alterations she calls “re-skinning,” Livingstone gives a new life to discarded remnants of children’s toys, industrial materials and other curious findings and invites the viewer to impart his or her own narrative. This collection of work is currently being exhibited in her solo exhibition ODDMENT[S] at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI.

Joan Livingstone received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and has since been part of major exhibitions at national and international institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; The Kanazawa Museum of Art, Japan and the Chicago Cultural Center. She has been the recipient of awards from the Virgina A. Groot Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts as well as multiple Illinois Art Council Fellowships. Her work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Detroit Institute of Art. As Chair and Professor at SAIC, Livingstone has co-edited and authored essays in The Object of Labor: Critical Perspectives on Art, Cloth and Cultural Production and The Presence of Touch and continues to lead the school’s study trip India: Layered Cities and the Portable Studio.


Based out of Singapore, June Yap has been working as an independent curator since 2008. In 2014 she completed a two year residency at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York where she was the first curator to participate in the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. During her residency she organized the traveling exhibition No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia which focused on the artistic and cultural traditions of the featured regions. No Country has gone on to be recognized as the Best Exhibition of Asian Contemporary Art at the Prudential Eye Awards.

Before her work with the Guggenheim, Yap curated the Singapore Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Beinnale, showcasing the work of artist Ho Tzu Nyen. In addition she has curated exhibitions in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Germany. Prior to going independent, she was Deputy Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, and was curating with the Singapore Art Museum.


Betty Seid is an independent curator, writer and lecturer focusing her discourse on the study of Southeast Asian and Indian Contemporary Art. For ten years (1995-2005) she held the position of Research Associate and Exhibition Coordinator for the South Asian and Asian Art Department at the Art Institute where she now sits on the Asian Art Committee and serves as Vice President on the Board of of the Asian Art Council. In 2007 she curated the admired New Narratives: Contemporary Art from India at the Chicago Cultural Center. In addition, as Consulting Curator she aided in organizing the exhibition Roots in the Air, Branches Below (2011) a show on Modern and Contemporary Art from India at the San Jose Museum of Art. Seid has sat on the panel for numerous symposia including Indian Art Today at d.e.n. Contemporary in Culver City. Her time spent traveling throughout India and Southeast Asia continues to inform her research.

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