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Otterbein’s Opening Doors To The World Program Hosts Indian Celebration of Diwali

October 18, 2016
Otterbein University

Westerville, OH—Otterbein University’s Opening Doors to the World program, a multi-year international arts initiative, invites the community to celebrate the Indian festival of Diwali on Friday, Oct. 28. All events are free and open to the public.

Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is a major holiday signifying the victory of light over dark, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair.

The Diwali celebration at Otterbein includes:

Art Exhibition Reception: On Being Gandhi: The Art and Politics of Seeing
Cop Shiva, Photographer
4-5:30 p.m.; Artist talk begins at 4:30 p.m.
Frank Museum of Art, 39 S. Vine St.

Named one of India’s top 15 rising artists, photographer Shivaraju B.S. (a.k.a. Cop Shiva) focuses on portraits of people living on the fringes, yet who embody the zeitgeist of contemporary India. The idea of masquerade in particular interests him. The exhibition features photographs of Bagadehalli Basvaraju, a village schoolteacher who routinely impersonates the great Mahatma Gandhi.

Dance Concert Sneak Preview: The Goddess
5:45-6:15 p.m.
Roush Hall atrium, 27 S. Grove St.
(Amidst the art exhibit Sonabai: Another Way of Seeing exhibition)

Out of chaos comes order led by a Hindu goddess who embraces and reflects humanity. The 2016 Otterbein University Dance Concert, choreographed by Otterbein Theatre and Dance faculty, is influenced and inspired by the story of Durga, Mother of the Universe, and the power behind the work of creation and preservation of the world.

Women’s Art – Live: Contemporary Rangoli 
6:15 p.m. 
Battelle Fine Arts Center courtyard, 170 W. Park St.
Sandhya Kochar, Columbus artist and architect

Throughout India, women create rangoli or kolams — intricate designs made of rice powder — to welcome the day and to invite prosperity into the household. Kochar will work collaboratively with five women to create a colorful, contemporary rangoli in the Battelle courtyard throughout the week. The completed design will be celebrated during the Diwali festival on October 28.

Presentation with Q & A: The Great Goddess Tradition
6:45-7:30 p.m.
Riley Auditorium, Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St.
Chaya Chandrasekhar, Guest Curator
Janice Glowski, Museum and Galleries Director

Hindu Puja
7:30 p.m.
Battelle Fine Arts Center lobby, 170 W. Park St.

Otterbein’s South Asian student community will perform a brief puja (offering) to the goddess Lakshmi (wealth and prosperity). Indian food, provided by Himalayan Grille, will conclude the celebration.


In addition to the Diwali events, it’s not too late to experience some of the other cultural exhibits focused on India and Thailand, before the program explores China and Tibet during spring semester.

The remaining events are as follows:

Art: Urban Reflections: Contemporary Thai Photography
Now-Dec 9
Miller Gallery, Art and Communication Building, 33 Collegeview Road

This exhibition features work by emerging Thai photographers Lek Kiatsirikajorn and Miti Ruangkritya, whose sublime imagery gives unique voice to the 2011 floods in Bangkok, along the Chao Phraya River. The show questions notions of progress and our contemporary relationship with natural forces.

Art: Sonabai: Another Way of Seeing
Now-Dec. 22
Fisher Gallery, Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St.

Self-taught artist Sonabai Rajawar lived in enforced isolation for 15 years in a remote India village, creating her own joyous sculptural environment. Through needing to express a personal vision in the face of tremendous adversity, she developed an innovative art form that she later taught to other artists.

Art: On Being Gandhi: The Art and Politics of Seeing
Now-Dec. 2
Guest Curator, Chaya Chandrasekhar
The Frank Museum of Art, 39 S. Vine St.

Named one of India’s top 15 rising artists, photographer Shivaraju B.S. (a.k.a. Cop Shiva) focuses on portraits of people living on the fringes, yet who embody the zeitgeist of contemporary India. The idea of masquerade in particular interests him. The exhibition features photographs of Bagadehalli Basvaraju, a village schoolteacher who routinely impersonates the great Mahatma Gandhi. 

Dance Concert: The Goddess
Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18-19, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m.
Cowan Hall, 27 S. Grove St.

Out of chaos comes order led by a Hindu goddess who embraces and reflects humanity. The 2016 Otterbein Dance Concert, choreographed by Otterbein Theatre and Dance faculty, is influenced and inspired by the story of Durga, Mother of the Universe, and the power behind the work of creation and preservation of the world.

Dance: Ardhanarishwara
Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m.
Riley Auditorium, Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St.

Classically trained Indian dancer, Sreyashi Dey will present a traditional choreography on Ardhanariswara, the unified form of Shiva and Shakti — the universal male and female principles. A lecture on gender fluidity and non-duality in Hindu myth and philosophy by Suzanne Schier-Happell, Otterbein Department of Religion and Philosophy, will precede the performance.

Theatre: A Shaft of Sunlight, by Abhijat Joshi (new version)
Saturday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m.
Pit Theatre, Campus Center, 100 W. Home St.

A reading of a new and revised version of acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Abhijat Joshi’s A Shaft of Sunlight will inaugurate the Otterbein Department of Theatre and Dance ACT OUT Reading Series. Set in Ahmedabad, A Shaft of Sunlight explores the conflict in a Hindu and Muslim marriage, amidst the violent political uprisings in the city.  A Muslim fugitive takes refuge in their home, unearthing deep prejudices within the family that echo the unrest around them. Runner-up in the BBC international competition, it earned a premier performance in England. A talk-back following the reading will focus on what it means to experience the beliefs and prejudices of “other.” Learn more at http://www.tamasha.org.uk/shaft-of-sunlight/.
 

For more information about the schedule of events, visit www.otterbein.edu/openingdoors. For more information about the artists and exhibitions, visit http://otterbein.libguides.com/IndiaThailand2016

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