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Festival | Passport to India


Join the beautiful celebration of South and Southeast Asian art and culture, and learn from teachers of art and dance! Enjoy live music, fashion shows, & local dance groups performing a variety of classical, folk, fusion & Bollywood dances.

Programs & Performances

Kirkwood Hall, Plaza Level

Dance Performances
Kirkwood Hall
10:15–12:45 p.m. & 1:45–3:15 p.m.
Local dancers perform Bollywood and folk styles.

Music with DJ Apanasangeet
Bloch Lobby
11 a.m.–12 p.m. & 1–4 p.m.

Traditional String & Percussion Music
Gallery between 205 & 206
Noon–12:30 p.m., 1–1:30, 2–2:30 & 3–3:30 p.m.

Welcoming Remarks
Kirkwood Hall
12:45–1 p.m.

Dance Performances
Atkins Auditorium
10:30–11:30 a.m., 12:15–1, 1:45–2:30 & 3:15–4 p.m.
Local dance group gurus and students perform folk and classical dances. Seating starts 30 minutes before each performance.

Fashion Show
Kirkwood Hall
1–1:20 & 3:30–3:50 p.m.
Traditional and contemporary fashions modeled by museum and community volunteers.

Ongoing Activities & Demonstrations

All activities 10 a.m.–4 p.m. unless noted.

The Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park
(◘ outdoor activities are weather permitting)
Rangoli Competition
View the demonstration and display and vote for your favorite. Winner announced at 3:30 p.m. in Kirkwood Hall.
Story Time for Preschoolers
South Lawn
10:15-10:45 & 11:15-11:45 a.m.
Enjoy stories selected by local storyteller Joyce Slater.
1:15-1:45 p.m.
Listen to stories by local author Bhaskar Krishnamurthy.

Travel the Regions of India
Lens 2
Learn about five regions in India, meet community representatives, and learn how to write your name in one of the languages of India.

Spencer Art Reference Library Event
1–4 p.m.
Look closely at Asian calligraphy books as inspiration to color your own bookmark. View a replica album based on 17th-century albums of India’s Mughal Dynasty.

Jain Shrine Conversations
Gallery 203
April 14 is the last day to see the Jain Shrine masterwork. It has been on view since 2014. Join museum guides and members of the Jain community for discussions.

South and Southeast Asian Gallery Station
Gallery 227
Learn about radial and elephant designs.

Artist Demonstration | Classroom 1
1-4 p.m. Demonstration

Art Activity | Classrooms 1, 2 & 3
Create a wood tile using stencils inspired by elephants and textiles in the museum’s South and South East Asian art collection.

Sari Station | Noguchi Court
11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Learn about the art of tying a sari with community volunteers.

Henna Design Demonstration & Temporary Tattoos
Rockhill Room
Local artists demonstrate traditional henna designs using markers. Get a temporary tattoo!

Garland Demonstration | Outside Rockhill Room
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Food for Purchase

Rozzelle Court Restaurant
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Indulge in delicious Indian-inspired cuisine.
Entrees, salads, sandwiches, soups and desserts.
Prices vary.

Bloch Lobby
11 a.m.–4 p.m. (while supplies last)
Purchase Indian specialties including samosas, Murg Makhani (Indian Butter Chicken), lentil cutlets, coconut cardamom cookies, and chai. $2–5 per item.

Shagan’s North Indian Restaurant
Classrooms 4 & 5
11 a.m.–4 p.m. (while supplies last)
Purchase Northern Indian favorites. Live stream of Atkins Auditorium performances.

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The museum is grateful to the India Association of Kansas City, Hema Sharma, Usha Saha, and many other community and museum volunteers who are responsible for the success of this event. Visit the Sculpture Hall to learn about volunteering.

Special thanks to:
Members – the art and soul of the museum – and volunteers, whose support makes festivals like this possible. To learn more, visit the Info Desk or artandsoulkc.org.

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM