The Children’s Museum of Manhattan recently announced the launch of new programming called “Indian Arts.” This program will featuring hands-on workshops and performances with Indian American artists, chefs, dancers, and creatives whose work draws upon the personal stories, traditions, inspirations and beauty of India.
Launching the weekend of Oct. 13-14 and running through Dec. 15, the series is part of the Museum’s ongoing World Culture Series, which celebrates the diversity of cultural expression across our interdependent world. During “Indian Arts” at the Children’s Museum, children and their families will learn about and make and savor treats, sway to melodious Indian movie music and songs, and create artwork, among other things. Read on to check out the full list of programs below:
“Indian Arts” Schedule:
Spice up your life with Chef Kanchan Koya
Learn about Indian spices, their health benefits and their origins in a culinary segment led by Chef Kanchan Koya, author of Spice Spice Baby. Learn how to make kaju barfi, a traditional Indian sweet made with cashews and spices.
Tastings provided. Recipe Includes Nuts.
Saturday, Oct. 13 | 2 & 3 pm | Ages 6 & older | Sign-up*
Bollywood Dance with Megha Sariya
Bollywood dance is a beautiful blend of many Indian dance styles: classical, folk and also R&B and hip hop. Dance Teaching Artist Megha Sariya will show you how to dance to melodious Indian movie music and songs.
Sunday, Oct. 14 | 2 & 3 pm | All ages | Drop-in
Fabric Artist Sheena Sood
Artists and designer Sheena Sood shares her textile inspired prints and weaving techniques. Create your own fabric artwork and learn about Sheena’s journey as an artist and designer.
Saturday, Nov. 3 | 2 & 3 pm | Ages 6 & older | Sign-up*
Light Artist Sunil Garg
Sunil Garg is a light artist who paints and sculpts natural and computer programmed light to create illuminating sculptures and installation art. Create your own work of art using wires and light as you learn about Sunil’s journey as a visual artist.
Sunday, November 4 | 2 & 3 pm | Ages 6 & older | Sign-up*
Make a Mithai! with Chef Anu Sehgal from The Culture Tree
Sweets or Mithai form an integral part of the Indian culture and food. Mithai include the widest range of sugary treats and desserts. Work with Chef Anu Sehgal to make and savor Coconut Ladoo, one of kids favorite mithai.
Ingredients include: coconut, milk, spices. Nut free.
Saturday, Nov. 10 | 2 pm | Ages 6 & older | Sign-up*
Create Moong Daal Chaat! with Chef Anu Sehgal from The Culture Tree
Chaat is a savory snack that originated in India, and is typically served in chaat carts as a street food. It is sweet, sour, tangy, spicy, and crunchy. Work with Chef Anu Sehgal to make healthy chaat using moong daal (lentil).
Ingredients Include: vegetables, daal, and spices. Nut free and gluten free.
Saturday, Nov 10 | 3 pm | Ages 6 & older | Sign-up*
Paper and Pattern with Shelly Bahl
Shelly Bahl’s drawings, prints and art installations often explore the art of story-telling and Indian craft traditions. Join Shelly as she leads us through a workshop using repeated patterns and printmaking. Shelly Bahl’s art projects have been included in exhibitions in the US and internationally.
Sunday, Nov. 18 | 2 & 3 pm | Ages 6 & older | Sign-up*
Ajna Dance Company
Ajna Dance Company is New York’s premier Indian dance company, specializing in artistic and authentic choreography. Join us as they perform their signature blend of Classical, Folk and Bollywood choreography full of energy and expression. And get ready to dance with an interactive Bollywood/Bhangra dance lesson.
Saturday, Dec. 1 | 2 & 3 pm| All ages| Ticketed**
Om Design with The Culture Tree
Design a necklace with educators from The Culture Tree to celebrate the powerful sound of Om! Om is the basic sound of the universe. Making this sound celebrates our connection to all other living beings, nature and the universe. Explore meditation techniques and make an Om necklace to dedicate to someone special.
Saturday, Dec. 15 | 2 & 3 pm | Ages 6 & older | Sign-up*
All programs are free with Museum admission. Programs are subject to change.
For more information, please visit www.cmom.org