Celebrating India: Programmming

Join us May 23- 26th for an exploration of India and It’s People at the 43rd annual Folklife Festival

Mahishasura Mardini Kuchipudi

Experience the drama of Kuchipudi, Sunday evening from 7-10pm in the Bagley Wright Theatre


Bollywood Show

Exhibition Hall – Friday, 6:45pm-8:15pm

Featuring a gorgeous array of Bollywood Dance performances curated by Mollie Singh, director and curator of Bollywood Seattle. The “Bollywood Show” gives audiences a chance to experience various Bollywood dance styles, Indian folk dance, and the Bollywood story through this dance form. This showcase features Bhangra with Chi, Bolly Dance Moves, Bollywood Seattle, Desi Girls, Nachle, Queen Harish, University of Washington Bollywood Kahaani, University of Washington DangeRaas Dawgs, and Vibha Srinivasan.


Colors & Colors of India, Saturday, May 24th from 11am to 2pm

Colors & Cultures of India

Bagley Wright Theatre – Saturday, 11am-1pm

A popular, classical Indian dance style, Kathak originated in ancient northern India, and contains traces of temple and ritual dance. The “Colors & Cultures of India” showcase will feature an elaborate array of all-ages Kathak dance performance from area with other Indian dance styles interwoven. Performers include Anga Kala Kathak Academy, Arpan, Leela Kathak Dancers, Mohini Dance School, Nrityalaya Dance, Nupur Dancing Superstars, Sangeetha Nrithyalaya, Tanjavur Dance School, Urvasi Dance Ensemble, and Vidhi Jain.

Sound of Mumbai, SIFF Film Center, 3:15PM on Saturday

Indian Cinema

SIFF Film Center – Friday thru Monday, 11:00 am-7:00 pm

Features films such as: Sita Sings the Blues – directed by Nina Paley; The Sound of Mumbai : A Musical Documentary– directed by Sarah McCathy; One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Daas – directed by Jeremy Frindel.

Music Across India

Center Theatre – Sunday, 11:45 am-1:45 pm

Three incredible performances featuring music from first-time Folklife group-performers Junior Tabla Eastside, an exquisite Carnatic music presentation from nationally-known artist Priya Raghav, as well as presentation of Indian instrumental music from the students of Anjali Music School.

Reflectionz: Fashion of India

Àtiz Fashion House

Àtiz Fashion House, 5PM, Exhibition Hall, Sunday

Exhibition Hall – Sunday, 5:00pm-6:00pm

Fashion is a way of life! Catch a live catwalk-style fashion show at the Folklife Festival. The fashions of Àtiz Fashion House perfectly balance the concept of feminine beauty found in both Indian and America; be inspired and behold the opulent textiles and brilliant colors swirling in translucent layers.


Panels and Presentations

Narrative Stage (JBL Theatre) – Saturday – Sunday, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Indian culture spreads to the Northwest as featured speakers: Sonia Faleiro, Ramesh Gangolli, Sonora Jha, Indu Sundaresan and Anu Taranath discuss their opinions and experience about Indian perception in our community.

Mahishasura Mardini Kuchipudi – an operatic dance ballet

Sri Pasumarthi Venkateswara Sarma

Don’t miss internationally acclaimed Sri Pasumarthi Venkateswara Sarma, Monday, May 25th in the Bagley Wright Theatre.

Bagley Wright Theatre – Sunday, 7:00pm-10:00pm

A grand and traditional Indian opera, Mahishasura Mardini Kuchipudi will fill the Bagley Wright Theatre with lovely music and dance. Starring internationally renowned Indian dancer Sri Pasumarthi Venkateswara Sarma, this is the first operatic dance ballet of this caliber to be produced at the Folklife Festival and seating is limited!




Indya Rang Bazaar by Sampada

Fountain Pavilion, Saturday – Monday, 11:00a.m.-7:00p.m.

Sampada means INHERITANCE. INDIA, the oldest
living civilization on earth, has an ancient heritage formed during Indus
Valley Civilization and evolved through the Vedic Age, Buddhism, the Golden
Age, Invasion from Central Asia, European Colonization and the Indian
Independence Movement. Stop by the INDYA RANG BAZAAR to get access to
high quality authentic Indian artwork ranging from Décor to personal items made
from vegetable & organically derived colors.


Learn to Dance Bollywood!

With Vijayasree Nori, Lavanya Kasabada and Shirin Nori
Armory Stage – Monday, 1:00pm-2:00pm