Kicking off Eye on India’s 6th Year of Chicago Partnerships

– Suman Chhabra

We’re thrilled to announce our partners for the 2016 Eye on India Festival. Our partners represent multiple aspects of the local Chicago community. From arts organizations to educational institutions, we are collaborating with both new and old partners for our 6th Festival in Chicago. The success of each year’s Festival lies in these partnerships. Thank you to Chicago Public Library, the Poetry Foundation, Columbia College Chicago and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, as well as all of our 2016 Festival partners, for their support in promoting the artistic connection between Chicago and India.

Some of the Festival’s events are presented with new partners. While Eye on India’s play with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Piya Behrupiya, a Hindi translation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, is a first, the relationship with CST feels like an old friendship. The opening night of this play, September 27, 2016, has been in the works for six years! Eye on India’s Founder and President, Anuradha Behari, met Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s Executive Director, Chriss Henderson in 2010. Over the years, they discussed and planned how to bring unique theatre performances to Chicago. Piya Behrupiya at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre is the result of two arts organizations continuously working to help each other flourish.

Our partners support Eye on India’s focus on cultural, artistic and educational exchange and collaboration. Each partner organization helps facilitate Eye on India’s goal of connecting the contemporary, diverse arts of Chicago and India. Together with our partners, we create dynamic events specifically for Chicago’s unique audience. By joining forces with local community organizations, Eye on India expands the definition of what makes Indian art.

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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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