Music, Dance, Food at Navaratri Festival

The 33rd annual Navaratri Festival, a celebration of Indian music, dance and food, was held on campus Sept. 30-Oct. 4.

Navaratri, one of India’s major festival celebrations, is a time to see family and friends, enjoy music and dance and seek blessings for new endeavors. Wesleyan’s 33rd annual festival celebrated traditional music and dance while giving audiences a glimpse at the contemporary arts scene. Exciting pre-festival activities extend the festival into nine (nava) nights (-ratri), featuring performances by some of India’s leading artists, a film screening, Dandiya Raas dance parties and an honoring of Navaratri’s religious traditions; it culminated with a worship service.

Photos of the festival are below. (Photos by Stefan Weinberger ’10)

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Olivia Drake

Olivia (M.A.L.S. '08) is editor of the Wesleyan Connection newsletter and campus photographer. I have two dogs, five chickens and 30 house plants. I like snow, photographing firemen and enjoying "stinky" cheeses. Send me your story ideas to newsletter@wesleyan.edu. 

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