Brindabani Jatra: Weaving Dance and Divinity

21 Apr 2018
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130


Monks of Majuli in performance at the British Museum in London, 2016. Photo by Vipul Sangoi.


Cloth of Vrindavan at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, depicting scenes from the life of Krishna and Vishnu with Assamese inscriptions. Photoby Saurav Pathak.

In conjunction with Center-funded project Threads of History: Resurrection of a Textile, dance artist Madhusmita Bora presents a classical Indian dance performance in collaboration with the Dancing Monks of Assam on their first US tour. The performance brings to life the embedded stories in the “Cloth of Vrindavan,” held in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The 17th-century textile from Assam, India, depicts stories of Hindu mythology that touch on themes of love, peace, beauty, and the triumph of good over evil. The performance will feature dances characterized by intricate footwork, as well as ritual practices of the monastery, including devotional hymns and yoga postures.

Space is limited and registration is required. Tickets are $25; $15 students and include Museum admission.