Join us for the 6th Annual Eye on India Gala!

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Eye on India, showcasing the best contemporary and traditional Indian arts and culture, hosts its 6th Annual Gala on Thursday, June 9 at the Bridgeport Arts Center, 1200 W. 35th St. from 7 to 10 p.m. The evening offers a sneak preview of performances and programs for the upcoming 6th annual festival (Sept. 17 ­ Oct. 1). Gala patrons will experience a scintillating evening of fashion, food, dance performances and music. In addition, Eye on India will honor the 2016 Cultural Connection Awardees Dr. Ralph Nicholas and his wife Marta Nicholas (Hyde Park).

Tickets to the Eye on India 2016 Gala on June 9 are $150. FOR TICKETS, CLICK HERE

“Eye on India has become an essential platform for presenting the best in contemporary Indian art and culture and a means of forging cross­cultural connections between India and Chicago,” said Eye on India Founder and President Anuradha Behari. “This year we are pleased to announce new community outreach efforts to further strengthen those bridges of understanding between the United States and India. Several of our Eye on India visiting artists will lead workshops at schools, universities and nonprofits as another way to connect with the greater Chicago community and the world. Funds raised at our Gala will help support this new initiative.” At the Gala, you will have the opportunity to become a member of Eye on India and help launch our exciting new education/outreach initiative.

Dr. and Mrs. Nicholas are being awarded The Cultural Connection Award for their ongoing support of Eye on India and their commitment to forging a deeper understanding and stronger partnerships between Chicago and India. Dr. Ralph Nicholas is a professor emeritus from the University of Chicago’s Anthropology and Social Sciences department. He is also the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Institute of Indian Studies. His research focuses on South Asian societies and cultures with an emphasis on Bengal. He also studies religion, including Hindu rites, middle period Bengali narrative and the relationship between Hinduism and Islam in South Asia. His wife, Marta Nicholas hosts the radio program “Music ARound the World” broadcast on WHPK (University of Chicago).

Eye on India 2016 Gala features performances by our long­time, valued partner Natya Dance Theater and a rising star, pianist Rupa Elizabeth Sprecher, a student at our new partner, ChiArts. Guests will also view a video preview of the 2016 Festival!

Gala attendees will enjoy interacting with the Sari Project, a collaboration between Eye on India and the fashion students and faculty from Columbia College Chicago. Four of the strongest pieces from the 20 advanced students who participated in the project will be modeled at the Gala.

Food is provided by VChilli Events and will feature stations that allow guests to sample cuisine from different regions in India, including the Streets of Delhi, Jama Masjid­Muglai Food, Streets of Punjabi, and Delicacies from South India.

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We hope to see you there! ­ Eye on India Team

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Eye on India is a young and dynamic organization whose role is to serve as a facilitator and integrator. Promoting appreciation for diverse programming in the cultural landscape of Chicago, the festival’s uniqueness lies in its ability to create and inspire collaboration among various cultural, community and business organizations across Chicago and other cities in the US and India.

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