This fall TCNJ is celebrating Indian culture with an art exhibition, tabla performances, and a day-long symposium on Friday, October 19, which will explore the country’s contemporary art, music, dance, and film.

The symposium, The Arts in Contemporary India, will include presentations by three South Asian experts who will examine Indian art from varying cultural, social, and educational perspectives. Dr. Rebecca Brown is a leading scholar of colonial and post-1947 South Asian visual culture and politics at Johns Hopkins University and has served as a consultant and curator for modern and contemporary Indian art exhibitions. Dr. Tejaswini Ganti, Associate Professor of Anthropology from New York University, focuses her research on Indian cinema and how the Hindi film industry became “Bollywood” –– a globally recognized brand of filmmaking. Kathryn Myers, Professor of Painting at the University of Connecticut and two-time Fulbright Fellowship recipient, has curated numerous exhibitions, presented lectures, and published papers on Indian art and culture.

TCNJ will welcome visitors to the opening of the Goddess, Lion, Peasant, Priest: Modern and Contemporary Indian Art from the Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection, which will be on view from October 19 through December 16. Shelley and Donald Rubin are co-founders and chairs of the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City, which features a comprehensive collection of sculpture, paintings, and textiles from the Himalayas and surrounding regions. TCNJ is proud to present a selection of art from the Rubins’ private collection, which will include 19 contemporary Indian artists whose paintings epitomize the creative vitality of art rooted in rich traditions.

Arriving from Calcutta, world-famous classical tabla maestro Abhijit Banerjee will provide the keynote address at the symposium. Banerjee is founder of the Dhwani Academy of Percussion Music in Calcutta, a non-profit organization devoted to educating new generations of percussionists. He also tours extensively and teaches courses and seminars worldwide surrounding the art of tabla performance. In addition to his presentation, Banerjee will host a workshop with TCNJ percussion students on Friday, as well as a full performance at 8 p.m. that evening. Banerjee brings with him the TARANG Ensemble, a group of five world-class percussionists who perform complex rhythms through an entire spectrum of sound.

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