This year the Asia Society will celebrate Diwali virtually. A day of performances and arts and crafts inspired by Diwali have been lined up.
Ramleela Shadow Puppet Show with The Culture Tree: Diwali has its roots in ancient India and the epic Ramayan. Ram, Sita, Lakshman, Hanuman and Ravana come to life in the Ramleela Puppet Show. This famous epic story is a little mysterious, a little sad, but with a happy ending. The show will teach the meaning of true devotion, love, kindness and valor, all while learning why we celebrate Diwali.
Kathak Dance with The Parul Shah Dance Company: The Parul Shah Dance Company will perform a short Kathak performance and then create a dance together based on Diwali and how it is celebrated worldwide.
Indian Music with Raga Kids: Raga Kids introduces children of all ages to the classical music of South Asia, through learning about traditional instruments, singing together and exploring Raga and Tala. In this special performance you will 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. Featuring Trina Basu, Arun Ramamurthy, Roshni Samlal, Neel Murgai and
Celebrate Diwali with Disney’s Mira, Royal Detective: This will be a special conversation with Leela Ladnier, the voice of Mira, in Disney Junior’s hit animated series Mira, Royal Detective. Acclaimed Bollywood choreographer Nakul Dev Mahajan, the series’ choreographer and dance consultant, will also present a fun tutorial featuring some of Mira’s dance moves from the series. Inspired by the cultures and customs of India, Mira, Royal Detective follows the brave and resourceful Mira, who is appointed to the role of Royal Detective by the Queen. The series premiered in the U.S. and India in March and continues to rollout worldwide. A special Diwali-themed episode premieres Friday, November 6 on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW.
The line up also includes arts and crafts inspired by Diwali. The family programs at Asia Society are supported by The Coco-Cola Company.