Life has been a journey. This realization came to me a few years ago. I brought up my children, had a teaching career, and have been a community member, wife, daughter, and student. Then my husband and I moved to the Chicago area and it took some time to find my space. Nowadays, I enjoy being an event producer of contemporary Indian arts for Chicagoland’s public venues.
My journey brought me to Eye on India (EOI, www.eyeonindia.org) thanks to a friend of mine and BAGC member who introduced me to the organization. EOI is a not-for-profit arts organization that was started in 2011 by a Chicago resident, Anuradha Behari. While on a family visit to India, Anu went to the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) where her mother, a notable author in Hindi, presented her book. Anu met the Festival Managing Director and decided that Chicago was a great place to bring the JLF experience.
EOI connects local artists with those from India. We bring arts by people who are passionate about India and are steeped in tradition and contemporary intersections of culture, self, community and more. Our platform includes literature, music, dance, fashion, theater, and visual arts. We bring these events to multiple audiences in Chicago.
I am the Executive Director for EOI. We have celebrated 6 years of the EOI festival. We work with several colleges and schools in Chicago and have developed relationships with several well-known Chicago organizations, for example the Field Museum, Art Institute, Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago Shakespeare Theater Company, Chicago Park District, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, and more! We co-sponsored cultural programs with the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago. We worked with BAGC to organize an event at Banga Bhavan in 2015.
This is part of my experience! I was born and brought up in this country growing up in a Telugu family. I’m part of the Bengali community, a BAGC member being married to a Bengali for the last 30+ years.
My work for the Eye on India Festival and our partnership with Teamwork Arts of India led me to attend the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival in India for the past four years. Teamwork Arts (www.teamworkarts.com) curates and produces over 20 festivals all over the world, a highly versatile company that has “brought India to the world and world to India.”
by Sujatha Purkayastha