Sneak Peek at the upcoming 2016 Eye on India Festival

September 17 ­ October 2

New events posted weekly­­please keep checking in!


Piya Behrupiya — The Company Theatre, India

Partner: Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Dates: September 27 & 29, 2016

First premiered at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, Piya Behrupiya is an award‐winning Hindi translation of Twelfth Night, filled with a cast of unforgettable characters. Part of the citywide festival, Shakespeare 400, the production combines cruelty with high comedy and the pangs of unrequited love with some of the subtlest poetry and most exquisite songs of Shakespeare.


Rajasthan Josh

Partner: The Old Town School of Folk Music

Date: September 28, 2016

Nathoo Lal Solanki, Chugge Khan and other Rajasthani musicians are back to excite audiences asthey did in the 2013 Eye on India Festival! Rajasthan Josh has been featured across the globeperforming the folk traditions of northwestern India with instruments such as the Nagada, HandClips, dhol, table, and harmonium while incorporating vocal styles from mystic Sufi traditions todevotional bhajans to popular folk songs of Rajasthan.


The Sari Project

Partner: Columbia College Chicago

Dates: TBD

Fashion, one of Eye on India’s most electric conversations, has taken shape into the Sari Project since 2014. The goal of the Sari Project is to interface with fashion students in Chicago, educate and expose them to a traditional garment widely worn all over India. Students take a traditional material and garment, and transform it into a modern piece of clothing. Some new changes are afoot for this year’s project as well! The students are to answer the question: “What does it mean when the traditional and contemporary intersect?” using the saris provided and we are looking to incorporate a film component to the project. The best Sari Project pieces will be modeled at our Gala on June 9th and at our opening event in September for the Festival.


KOLAMS — Convergence of Art and Mathematics

Partner: TBD

Date: October 2, 2016

Sunita Vatuk and Tanya Gill will lead participants of the workshop in creating Kolams. Kolams are visualizations of complex mathematics through pattern, and are a perfect way to explore the endless possibilities of factors. These workshops are going to be designed to reveal the fluidity between art and math through exploring South Indian kolams.



Partner: Shaurya Kumar, professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Dates: September 15 ­ 24

We are proud to partner with Shaurya Kumar, professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and 2015 Eye on India festival presenter, to feature works by SAIC students. This gallery showcase with take place at the Fulton Street Collective.


Author Series

Partners: Chicago Public Library

We are excited to work with the Chicago Public Library to bring back Words on Water, our celebrated contemporary authors “In conversation” series. For 2016, we are thrilled to feature the Pulitzer Prize winning poet, essayist, and critic Vijay Seshadri.

Outreach Initiative: Eye on India is working with numerous partners (schools, universities, and fellow non­profit organizations) to host outreach workshops with artists visiting from India.

All Festival programs are subject to change.

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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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