Passport to India: Healing through Art

Celebrate virtually and in person at this year’s Passport to India: Healing through Art! Explore virtual content below, including a special art activity and video of two young dancers in the South Asian galleries at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Join us to experience South and Southeast Asian dance, art, and food Sunday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Classical and Bollywood dance performances will take place in Atkins Auditorium. The dances by local groups celebrate healing, protection, and the Devas of India. Travel through the museum and pick up a take-home game board to decorate. Eat Indian specialties, available for purchase in Rozzelle Court Restaurant.


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Watch Communicating through Dance

Watch as two young dancers carry on an engaging cultural tradition.

Create Create a Snakes and Ladders Game

Be inspired to decorate your own game board and pieces using patterns you see on art objects in the museum collection. Print out here with directions or visit the Nelson-Atkins on Saturdays and Sundays 1-4 p.m. through June 26, 2022 to pick up copies and explore the galleries.

Game Board

Game Pieces

Note: The game board will probably need to be printed on 2 pieces of paper and taped together.

Snakes and Ladders Game Board

Snakes and Ladders

Nepal, 19th century. Opaque watercolor on cloth 26 7/8 x 26 1/2 x 1/4 inches. 2011.44
Not currently on view.

Kamadhenu, Wishing Cow

Kamadhenu, the Wish-Granting Cow

South India, possibly Karnataka, 15th–17th century. Stone and pigment with metal attachments on stand, 14 1/2 x 23 x 8 inches. 2009.15
ON VIEW: Current Location in Gallery 227

Vishnu as the Boar Varaha

Vishnu as the Boar Varaha

India, 11th-13th century. Limestone, 8 1/4 x 16 3/4 inches. 44-47.
ON VIEW: Current Location in Gallery 227


Dancing Ganesha

Dancing Ganesha

India, 9th century C.E. Light gray sandstone, 39 x 20 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches. 70-45
ON VIEW: Current Location in Gallery 227


Thank You!

Passport to India and other family programs are made possible through the generosity of donors and members. Thank you for your support!

The museum is grateful to the India Association of Kansas City, Hema Sharma, Usha Saha, Sunitha Prabhushankar, and many other community and museum volunteers who are responsible for the success of this event.

Thank you for making Passport to India Possible