Asia Society’s Family Day: Virtual Diwali Festival 2020

A young Indian girl intrigued by hands of her parent which holds a glittery object

On Saturday, November 7th, from 1PM to 3PM, celebrate good fortune, family and friendships with Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights and New Year.
Asia Society of NY presents the virtual event with art inspired by Diwali. Crafts – and, mainly, performances!

There’s a conversation with Leela Ladnier, of Disney’s “Mira, Royal Detective”, an animated mystery-adventure series for preschoolers inspired by the cultures and customs of India, and Disney’s first-ever show with a South Asian lead.

Acclaimed Bollywood choreographer Nakul Dev Mahajan, the series’ choreographer and dance consultant, will also be there to show you how to do some of Mira’s dance moves from the series.

Ramleela Shadow Puppet Show with The Culture Treewill teach the meaning of true devotion, love, kindness and valor, all while learning why we celebrate Diwali.”

Watch a demonstration of Kathak Dance with The Parul Shah Dance Company, a Brooklyn-based Kathak and contemporary dance company that harnesses the expressive power of movement to explore questions around belonging, identity, and empathy.

After their Kathak performance, you can join in a dance you create together.

Finally, there’s Indian Music with Raga Kids, where you’ll “learn about the violin, tabla, sitar, Tuvan throat singing and visual art from the wonderful teachers of Raga Kids. Sing along with them for their special Diwali performance as they perform the African-American spiritual song This Little Light of Mine, celebrating the light within each of us.”

(Diwali Family Day, photo by Elsa Ruiz, from asiasociety.org)