Arts organisation to host ‘Season of India’ focusing on Indian arts, culture in US

Business Standard Online

A series of events, including exhibitions and literature festivals, will be organised by a prominent arts organisation in the US to highlight India’s “multi-dimensional aspects” through the lens of culture, business and policy.

Asia Society will host the ‘Season of India’ – a series of programmes and special events on India’s arts and culture to be held in conjunction with the exhibition The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India, on view at Asia Society Museum in the city from September 14, 2018 through January 20, 2019.

The exhibition explores the ways in which artists from different social, cultural, and religious backgrounds found common cause at a time of massive political and social upheaval in the years following India’s independence, Asia Society said.

It comprises over 80 works, primarily oil paintings from the 1940s to 1990s.

Highlight events during the Season of India include ‘India 2050’, a high-level discussion with eminent business and government leaders on India’s economic future, and how the country stands to meet the challenges and opportunities of the next several decades.

Speakers at the event will include National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) CEO Amitabh Kant, Founder and Chairman of Ayurveda and herbal care company Biotique Vinita Jain, Chairman and CEO of KPMG in India Arun Kumar and India’s Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna.

India’s world-renowned Jaipur Literature Festival comes to Asia Society on September 20 for a half-day of conversations and performances that examine the human experience through the imaginations of distinguished contemporary authors and artists, the organisation said.

Along with the festival directors Namita Gokhale and author William Dalrymple, confirmed speakers include Sarna, cardiologist and New York Times bestselling author Sandeep Jauhar, skin cancer surgeon and storyteller Sharad Paul, pre-eminent Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro, writer and journalist Preti Taneja, and politician and bestselling author Shashi Tharoor.

Choreographers Hari Krishnan, Parul Shah and Kuldeep Singh bring excerpts from their recent works which build on the traditional dance forms of Bharatanatyam, Odissi, and Kathak for a programme titled Reimagining Indian Dance on October 27.

Eminent professor and Director of the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University Homi Bhabha will deliver a keynote address in October on the idea of the “progressive” in art, visual culture, science, and industry in early independent India.


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