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“India Week” Celebration at The Library

“India Week” Celebration at The Library

Posted January 09, 2008

The anniversary of India’s Republic Day, January 26, is being commemorated at the East Brunswick Public Library in a weeklong celebration, January 20-26, with arts, crafts, dance, film, a lecture, and a musical grand finale.

Authentic appetizers and desserts will be offered every day.  India Week is sponsored by the India Association of Garden State.  All events are free, and everyone is invited.

The schedule, subject to change, is as follows:

Sunday, January 20
Proclamation of India Week from the Office of the Mayor
5-7 p.m. Inauguration by Jagdish Vasudev, founder of the New Americans Program.  Dance performances: classical and Bollywood dances.  Musical recital on Tabla.

Monday, January 21
3-4 p.m. Arts and Crafts: Rangoli demonstration, Henna (Mehndi), and greeting cards.
4-5 p.m. Presentation by Abhishek Seth, East Brunswick High School senior, on his book Save My World.

Tuesday, January 22
1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Film: Gandhi, directed by Richard Attenborough, English, 188 minutes, rated PG.  The biography of Mahatma Gandhi won eight Oscars.

Wednesday, January 23
7:30-9 p.m. Women’s Traditional Arts demonstrations: Indian food, Henna (Mehndi), mirror work embroidery, Saree (sari) draping.

Thursday, January 24
12-5 p.m. Artists’ Day:  artwork by Hiraben Beltangdi, Ashwini Suroor, and Pratima Agate.

Friday, January 25
7-8:30 p.m. Dance Performances: classical, regional, and Bollywood dances; Ras-Garba demonstration, and audience participation.

Saturday, January 26
6 p.m. Seema Singh tells the story of Indian Republic Day
7-8:30 p.m. INDIAN REPUBLIC DAY Musical Concert by Suranjan Bhanja and Sapna Dutt.

Although the Indian Independence Act of 1947 provided for India as a separate dominion as of August of that year, the country officially became a sovereign republic on January 26, 1950, when its constitution came into force.  In India January 26 is a national holiday, with businesses and schools closed.

Call the Information desk, 732-390-6767, for updates.  For more information about India Week, please contact (Mrs.) Sushma Patel, 732-238-8277.

Printable version of the India Week flyer (Adobe Reader required)