20th Anniversary Celebration, Mrittika, Inc.

On the Occasion of its 20th Anniversary Celebration, Mrittika, Inc. of New Jersey-A South Asian

Language and Heritage Center (formerly known as Bengali Learning center)

Cordially Invites You to Attend the First “South Asian Heritage Day”

Celebrating “Unity in Diversity through the Arts”

Co-Sponsored by Monmouth County Library Headquarters

On August 1, 2009, Between 11:00 AM & 3:30 PM at Monmouth County Library Headquarters

125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan, NJ 07726-3249

The  day-long cultural program includes Exhibition, Performing Arts, Documentaries

Author Presentations, Art Workshops

The  Exhibition “My Roots” contains three areas of display which includes:

Desire within boundaries: The Earth friendly, handed down ritualistic traditional, painting art form by women(from Three generations )of the Bengali Community features Alpana works

“Vanishing Earth”: A special display of miniature clay art form of Bengal

“South View”: An assorted display of folk artworks, articles and jewellaries from South Asia

The Performing Arts will include Music and Dance programs by community artists

“Enchanting tunes of South Asia”: A multimedia musical composition featuring flags and costumes of South Asia: Research, Compiling and composition by (Alumni) and other Mrittika members from the community. The live section will be presented by community celebrities

“Mother Earth-Father sky”: A performance of Indian Lyrics and tunes written and composed by world famous writers poets and composers(Co-ordinated / directed and sung by: Arundhati Mullick with a group of local community celebrities) along with a specal dance segment by “Rhythms of dance and Music(Artistic Director: Mitra Purkayastha, performed by Mitra Purkayastha and Orchi Dutta)

“East meets West”-A performance of classical Indian (Kathak, Bharata Natyam) andWestern Dance(Ballet, Flamenco) by “Kalamandir” of New Jersey(Artistic Director: Malabika Guha, performed by Brinda Guha and Ariana Dasgupta)

The Documentaries contain

“The treasure hunt from the past”: Learn about the disappearing clay art form of Bengal(Bengali with English Subtitles)(Directed by: Sanjiban Guha and produced by Mrittika)

“A Journey”-Glimpses of Mrittika’s twenty years

Art workshops include

“Building the bridges”: Guest Artists share techniques in South Asian Art Forms in the prticipatory programs for children and adults which includes Face art and Mehendi


there will be a  Author presentation

Two Books: Two authors

Mothers for Sale: Women in Kolkata’s Sex Trade

by Indrani Sinha

& Shamita Das Dasgupta. Author Shamita Das Dasgupta shares this

sharply intelligent and compassionate exploration of an East Indian

social reality.

Red Oleanders

(Raktakarabi) by Rabindranath Tagore [1861 – 1941].

A new translation and adaptation of the renowned Nobel Laureate

Tagore’s drama by Nupur Lahiri. Dr. Lahiri will present.

The program co ordinator: Dhriti Bagchi on behalf of Mrittika

Co-Sponsor: Monmouth County Library Headquarters

Light refreshment will be served

This program has been made possible in part by the Monmouth county Arts Council through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, through the County Historical Commission and the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, A Partmer Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts

For further information pleae visit : www.mrittika.org

For Library  direction: phone number: 732-431-7220

Website: www.monmouthcountylib.org

Address: 125, Symmes Drive, Manalapan, NJ 07726

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