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India, Two Nautch Girls with Sparklers by a Stream on the Night of the Diwali Festival, c. 1790–1800, gouache and silver with red border mounted on album leaf, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Stephen Hamilton in honor of Christine Starkman.

Artful Thursday “River of Light”

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Presented by Houston Grand Opera's HGOco.

The Nidhika and Pershant Mehta Arts of India Gallery at the MFAH contains outstanding examples of painting, sculpture, and photography that span more than 2,000 years.

For this Artful Thursday, the Museum partners with HGOco to present a preview of River of Light. An original opera with music by Jack Perla and libretto by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, River of Light is part of HGOco’s East + West series, which celebrates Houston as a crossroads for Eastern and Western cultures. The opera tells the story of Meera, who moved to Houston from India. She loves her new husband, her high-powered job, and the Houston lifestyle—and then the birth of her daughter makes Meera long to re-create authentic Diwali traditions at home.

River of Light performances take place March 23–30 in three venues in the Houston area.

Reserve your free ticket in advance! Use the "Get Tickets" button above and print at home; call 713.639.7771; or visit any MFAH admissions desk.

Promotional support generously provided by Houston Public Radio - KUHF 88.7 FM & Classical 91.7 FM.

Special thanks to Adept Word Management for transcription services.

All education programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment income from funds provided by Caroline Wiess Law; The National Endowment for the Humanities; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; the Favrot Fund; and Gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.