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Welcome to the virtual Passport to India festival!

We invite you to enjoy dazzling dance performances, learn how to make chai, and explore the South and Southeast Asian galleries with our new Digital Family Gallery Guide.

Our thoughts and hearts are with the people of India and Nepal, who are facing a health crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During this difficult time, many organizations are working to send medical supplies and support to India, including our community partner, the India Association of Kansas City.

Dance Performances

Watch vivid performances by local dancers that embody prayer, celebration, and devotion. The story of each dance unfolds through rhythm and music, as well as the dancers’ hand gestures, facial expressions, intricate jewelry, and colorful attire.

Devotion to Dance: Natesha  Kautvam

Gurukul Academy presents Natesha Kautvam, a dance in praise of Lord Shiva Nataraja, the god of dance.

Choreographed and led by Samarpita Bajpai. Performed by Deepthi Vodnala, Gunjan Gaur, Jahnavi Chalasani, Ashvika Bhan, and Tista Mukherjee.


Sculptural Movement: Tillana

Dancers take on poses that test their skills in a classical dance culminating in a prayer for protection.

Choreographed and led by Ritu Daga. Performed by Ananya Balakrishnan, Sophia Jacob, Rahi Patel, Jahnvi Maddala, and Emma Roy.


Prayer for Success: Ganesha Kauthuvam

This Kauthuvam, a hymn, praises the dancing form of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed son of the gods Shiva and Parvati.

Choreographed and led by Maithili Kasar Parikh. Performed by Aarthi Aruna and Sreenidhi Meyoor.

Flowers for the Gods: Pushpanjali

This dance is a salutation to Lord Ganesha, remover of obstacles.

Choreographed and led by Krishna Priya. Performed by Ashwika Balaji, Meghana Nandula, and Thendral Ganesh from Chilanka School of Dance.

Tone and Tempo: Tarana

Dancers perform movements, footwork, and turns to match the tempo of the Tarana music which accompanies Kathak, a northern Indian classical dance.

Choreographed and led by Garima Yadav. Performed by Annika Bhatt, Ipsita Bapat, Richa Kushangi, and Misha Raichura.

Try Chai

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How to make Masala Chai yourself:

Masala Chai is a special blend of black tea with a mixture of aromatic Indian spices and herbs.

Chai (Indian Spiced Tea) Recipe


2 cups water
1/2 cup whole milk
2 teaspoons granulated brown sugar
2 tablespoons of loose black tea leaves

4-6 cardamom pods
1/2″ coin of ginger
About 15 seeds of fennel
Small piece of cinnamon stick

You will need:

1 medium saucepan
2 cups
1 Strainer

Place 2 cups of water on heat in a medium saucepan. Add all the spices and sugar. Bring water to a boil and add loose tea leaves. Add milk after the next boil. Let everything boil and turn the heat off before the tea boils out of the saucepan. Strain the tea in 2 cups. Enjoy it hot!
P.S. Dispose the residue in the trash after straining the tea in the cups.

Printable Recipe

Explore Art

Learn about the Hindu temple room and check out fun activities in the South and Southeast Asian galleries.

Hindu temple activities

You can access our new Digital Family Gallery Guide when you visit the museum at

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Thank You

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The museum is grateful to the India Association of Kansas City, Sunitha Prabhushankar, Usha Saha and Hema Sharma, and dance leaders Samarpita Bajpai, Ritu Daga, Maithili Parekh, Krishna Priya, Anjali Tata, and Garima Yadav, and all their dancers for contributing to our virtual Passport to India festival.


Want more?

Visit last year’s Virtual Passport to India for even more festival fun and more activities to learn about our South and Southeast Asian Collection.


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