Explore events and artists featured during the 2016 Festival. Check back for upcoming events throughout the year.

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Film Screening and Q & A with director Dinesh Das Sabu 23rd February 2017 Siskel Film Center 8:15 PM, Film Screening 9:15 PM, Q&A with director Dinesh Das Sabu and Dr. Neelum Aggarwal, moderated by...
vidya
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November 2nd 4:30-6 pm Eye on India is pleased to co-present world-renowned vocalist Vidya Shah along side Namaste at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Shah is joining us from India to preform...
Iradha
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Come join the crowd at the Hamdard Center on Devon Street for an evening of new song compositions with Subhi. Followed by IRadha Dance Company. Featuring Chicago based artist danseuse Kiran Chauhan a disciple of Pundit...
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“On behalf of my family, I would like to say, "Thank You" for the magical evening!  Our senses were immersed in such a wonderful Indian experience.  Rupa soaked in the smells and tastes of the...
natya
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Created by Natya Founder and Artistic Director Hema Rajagopalan in collaboration with Eri Mefri, Artistic Director of Indonesia’s Nan Jombang Dance, The Incomplete Gesture explores the tension of miscommunication. The centerpiece of The Incomplete Gesture is the...
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  In 2016 the Eye on India Festival has partnered with EXPO CHICAGO, to offer an exclusive insider look for Eye on India patrons and supporters. During a sneak preview and guided tour, Eye on...
Global Jam
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This premier performance for Eye on India features highly acclaimed musicians Abhisek Lahiri on Sarod, Subrata Bhattacharya on Tabla, Ronnie Malley on Oud, and George Lawley on Darbuka drums. Global Jam transcends cultural boundaries and...
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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...
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Nathoo Lal Solanki, Chugge Khan and other Rajasthani musicians are back to excite audiences as they did in the 2013 Eye on India Festival! Rajasthan Josh has been featured across the globe performing the folk...
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Title Image credits: Kaveri Raina | Title: Hanuman Mukut | Medium: Acrylics, burlap | Size: 70 x 40 Inches | Year: 2016 Curated by, Megha Ralapati   Unlike its more familiar opposite, the term xenophilia is rarely used today, particularly in a...
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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...

Artists

Matthew Shenoda

Matthew Shenoda

Matthew Shenoda is a writer and professor whose poems and essays have appeared in a variety of newspapers, journals, radio programs and anthologies. He has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize an

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Xenophilia, Featured Artists

Biraaj Dodiya is a New York based interdisciplinary artist. She was born in Mumbai, India in 1993, but relocated to the United States for her studies. Working primarily in painting, drawing, photo and

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Ronnie

Ronnie Malley

Ronnie Malley is a multi-instrumentalist musician, theatrical performer, producer, and educator with a background in Global Music and Performance Studies. His recent credits include author and compo

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George

George Lawler

George Lawler is an accomplished percussionist and instrument maker who began his career in Chicago over 20 years ago. He has been playing drum set for 32 years, and is an accomplished player of the 3

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Abhishek Lahiri

Abhishek Lahiri

Abhisek Lahiri is one of the youngest top-notch sarod players of All India Radio & National Television–Kolkata. His sarod recitals blend three major gharanas (schools) of sarod playing: Shajahan

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Subrata Bhattacharya

When inborn talent and devotion to music come together they must inevitably give birth to an artiste like Subrata Bhattacharya. A tabla player of note on the Indian classical music scenario, Subrata i

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Subhi

Subhi Khanna Kangenekar http://www.subhimusic.com/ Subhi is a singer, songwriter, composer based in Chicago. She was born in New Delhi and moved to New York when she was 16 years old. Subhi began

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Gunjan Kumar

Gunjan Kumar

Gunjan Kumar is a Professional Artist born and raised in Punjab, India. She has keen interest in age-old methods, archeology, textiles, pre-historic and tribal art and has traveled extensively explori

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Kiran Chauhan

Ms. Kiran Chouhan

Ms. Kiran Chouhan is a gandha-bandh disciple of the legendary kathak maestro Padma Vibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj. As an artistic director of the iRadha Dance Company, Ms Chauhan is an accomplished Ka

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Anuradha Roy

Anuradha Roy

Anuradha Roy's latest book, Sleeping on Jupiter,  won the DSC Prize for Fiction 2016 and was nominated for the Man Booker Prize 2016. It has been nominated for various other literary prizes, includin

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Shruti Kirti

Shruti Kirti

"Having a passion for fashion from a young age, Shruti Kirti attended The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and graduated with a BFA, concentration in fashion design.  During her time at SAIC sh

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Srikanth Reddy

Srikanth Reddy

Srikanth Reddy grew up in Chicago. He earned an AB from Harvard College, an MFA in creative writing from the University of Iowa, and a PhD in English literature from Harvard University. He is the auth

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Karan Mahajan

Karan Mahajan

Karan Mahajan has already established himself as a literary voice to be reckoned with. His debut novel, Family Planning, was a chosen by NPR’s “On Point” as a Best Book of 2008 and was a Dylan T

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Amitava Kumar

Amitava Kumar

Amitava Kumar is the author of several books of non-fiction and a novel. His essay ‘Pyre,’ first published in Granta, was selected by Jonathan Franzen for Best American Essays 2016. Kumar is the

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Guillermo Rodríguez

Guillermo Rodríguez

Guillermo Rodríguez, Writer and Cultural Activist, is the founding director of Casa de la India, a pioneering cultural centre in Spain, which has become a model for India’s cultural diplomacy abr

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Megha

Megha Ralapati

Megha Ralapati oversees the Jackman Goldwasser Residency at Hyde Park Art Center, an initiative that brings international and regional artists to Chicago to deepen engagement between local and global

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Shaurya Kumar

Shaurya Kumar

Fine Arts Researcher Shaurya Kumar, a Delhi native, has been involved in research projects such as The Paintings of India and Handmade in India since 2001. His research typically focuses on the separa

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Nan Jombang

Nan Jombang Dance Company

Founder and artistic director Ery Mefri established Nan Jombang Dance Company in 1983. Under his leadership, the company has performed throughout Indonesia and has presented worldwide at major venues.

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Natya Dance Theatre

Natya Dance Theatre

Natya Dance Theatre, under the artistic leadership of Hema Rajagopalan, is one of the most critically acclaimed and culturally treasured Indian dance companies in the United States. Rooted in Bharata

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Dr Sunita Vatuk

Dr. Sunita Vatuk

Dr. Sunita Vatuk is a mathematician, math educator, former Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellow, and professor at the City College of New York. She spent several years in Tamil Nadu studying connect

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Piya Behrupiya

The Company Theatre

The Company Theatre (TCT) was formed in 1993 with a singular commitment to theatre and the performance arts. It is an ensemble of professionals who work with an inter-disciplinary & multi-cultural

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Vijay Seshadri

Vijay Seshadri

Vijay Seshadri was born in Bangalore, India. He is the author of Wild Kingdom, The Long Meadow, winner of the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets, and 3 Sections winner of the Pulit

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Vidya Shah

Vidya Shah

Vidya Shah is a musician and writer from New Delhi, India. She was initially trained in Carnatic music, and later received guidance in the North Indian genres of Khayal (from Shubha Mudgal and Mujah

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Chugge Khan

Chugge Khan

A skilled maestro of Rajasthani folk singing and Instrumental music, “Chugge Khan”, derives the rich pedigree of Manganiar Family which is a Muslim community in the desert of Rajasthan, India in t

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