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Preview Thu May 28 2015

Explore Contemporary Indian Culture at Month-Long Eye on India Festival

For vibrant offerings all month, the 5th annual Eye on India Festival will be held beginning May 28, and concluding on June 28, with a range of events for individuals and families alike to delight in. Curated by Eye on India and Teamwork Arts, events ranging in the cinematic variety, photography, music, fashion, dance, and more are all featured alongside both contemporary and traditional Indian artworks, all held throughout the city. The cost ranges from completely free events, to benefit tickets that go for $150 each, with the average ticket price of $30 per person.

The advent of the Eye on India Festival occurred when Chicago resident Anuradha Behari attended the Jaipur Literature Festival, and was so inspired by what she saw that she wished to engage the spirit of this festival in her hometown. She felt that there was an interest in contemporary Indian culture that was not being indulged, and she wished to ignite a cultural commentary in Chicago.

Each event, unique in itself, also boasts a collaboration with local and international community organizations, fostering relationships with organizations committed to communicating the festival's mission.

Events range in scope and in type, yet each encourages the dialogue surrounding Indian culture that is the festival's mission. The Opening Night Gala tonight at Bridgeport Arts Center previews the festival's offerings, complemented by musical entertainment and a delectable dinner. Talented fashion photographer Rohit Chawla will showcase his works for the Wanderlust exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, with free admission on June 3. On the International Day of Yoga on June 21, visitors can enjoy complimentary yoga at various destinations throughout the city, with classes from early morning to evening. The full schedule is below, and make sure to check out the complete schedule, as more events will be announced.

Festival Events:
May 28 - Opening Gala
June 3 - Opening Reception for Rohit Chawla: Wanderlust
June 4 - Om Puri - In Conversation
June 5 - Om Puri Screening (TBD)
June 9 - Om Puri cinematography workshop
June 20 - ARKA in Concert
June 21 - Fareed Haque, George Brooks, and ARKA in Concert
June 21 - International Yoga Day Celebration
June 22-28 - Indian Raga Labs
June 25 - Indian Raga Performance

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