IAAC Celebrates 75 Years Of Indian Independence With Art, Dance & Music In New York

(New York, NY: August 5th, 2022) Celebrating the momentous occasion of India completing 75 years of Independence, Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) has put together a series of amazing cultural programs from August 5 – 15, 2022, featuring art, dance, music and so much more, featuring world-renowned artists from around the world, giving a glimpse of the rich culture and traditions of India.

“At IAAC, we are honored to celebrate India’s 75 years of Independence with the Festival of [email protected]!,” Anil Bansal,  a member of the Board of Directors of IAAC said here. “The Indo-American Arts Council celebrates 75 years of Indian Independence this August with a series of cultural events across New York City. Showcasing India’s rich and unique culture and traditions, we have curated and will be presenting some beautiful, culture-rich programs filled with talented artists for all of you.”

The celebrations will begin with an India Photo Exhibition by Steve McCurry, inaugurated on Friday, August 5th at Sundram Tagore Gallery, located at 542 W 26th St, New York, NY-10011. The rare exhibition brings together stunning photographs of India—its people, monuments, landscapes, seasons, and cities—by the renowned photographer Steve McCurry, an American photographer, freelancer, and photojournalist.

Festival of Indian Dance with exceptionally talented artists will showcase the traditional Indian dance forms at The Ailey Citigroup Theater, New York, NY on Saturday Aug 6th. Sanjib Bhattacharya and Jagannath Lairenjam will present Sapta, Manipuri-Pung Cholom, a popular drum dance. Kavya Ganesh will perform Contemporary Bharatanatyam, while Bhavana Reddy will present a Solo Kuchipudi Dance.

The Festival of [email protected] and Erasing Borders Dance Festival will feature two live performances, August 6 & 7 at the Ailey Citigroup Theatre, while on August 8th it will  feature a virtual streaming with world renowned artists from India, Canada, and the US.

Tanya Saxena will perform a Solo Bharatanatyam, Tanveer Alam will present Kathak, Subastian Tan/MDT will have a Modern Duet, Mythili Anoop will perform a Solo and Deepali Salil accompanied by five popular dancers will perform Contemporary Bharatanatyam. Jin Won will present Kathak Genre with live music. Ailey II will have Saa Magni, where Mythili Prakash will perform Contemporary Bharatanatyam.

The much anticipated Festival of Indian Music, being presented by the Consulate General of India in New York and Indo-American Arts Council in association with Carnegie Hall will be held from August 13 -15, 2022 at the Iconic Carnegie Hall at 881 7th Ave, New York. Carnegie Hall will join in the celebration with three spectacular concerts that feature some of the best Indian classical and contemporary musicians.

On August 13th, the Festival will feature Kaushiki Chakraborty’s Sakhi Ensemble with an  exemplary group of young female artists, including Kaushiki Chakraborty, Savani Talwalkar, Debopriya Ranadive, Bhakti Deshpande, Nandini Shankar, and Mahima Upadhyay.  Kaushiki Chakraborty is one of India’s leading classical vocalists, and she makes her long awaited return to Carnegie Hall as part of the India at 75 celebration.

The popular Saath Saath on Sunday, August 14, at the Zankel Hall will offer the audience an opportunity to experience a master class in improvisational music, in which breathtaking creativity and spontaneity rule within the parameters of an ancient tradition. The Saath Saath ensemble showcases the long-running musical partnership between flute maestro Rakesh Chaurasia, sitar maestro Purbayan Chatterjee, and rising tabla star Ojas Adhiya. They also welcome the unique perspective of master percussionist Taufiq Qureshi, who utilizes such tools as the African djembe and even his own breath to accentuate Indian rhythms. Performers at Saath Saath are: Rakesh Chaurasia, Purbayan Chatterjee, Taufiq Qureshi, and Ojas Adhiya.

During the third and final India at 75 event at Carnegie Hall on August 15th, the concert celebrates the wonderful mystery of Indian classical music and a synthesis of musical traditions motivated by Mahatma Gandhi’s message of truth, love, non-violence, and peace. Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Bangash & Ayaan Ali Bangash / Lidiya Yankovskaya with the Refugee Orchestra Project in Concert will memorize the audience with their soulful performances.

The IAAC supports all the artistic disciplines in classical, fusion, folk and innovative forms influenced by the arts of India. ICCAC works cooperatively with colleagues around the United States to broaden our collective audiences and to create a network for shared information, resources and funding. Its focus is to help artists and art organizations in North America as well as to facilitate artists from India to exhibit, perform and produce their work here. The IAAC is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

The INDO-AMERICAN ARTS COUNCIL is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization passionately dedicated to promoting, showcasing and building an awareness of the arts and artists whose heritage lies in the India in the performing arts, visual arts, literary arts and folk arts. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by the law. For information please visit www.IAAC.us.

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