Dance Performance | “Waking Up Free: India’s Journey”

July 13, 2023

Waking Up Free: India’s Journey tells stories of India’s struggle for independence, celebrating the country’s diversity through the dynamic kaleidoscope of dance. The performance is presented to complement the exhibition Woven Wonders: Indian Textiles from the Parpia Collection.

Weaving together classical Indian music and dance, this original Silambam Houston production leads the audience through India’s journey to freedom and beyond—from the oppression of the British Raj, to the remarkable stories of India’s freedom struggle, to the vibrant cultural tapestry of present-day India.

Plan Your Visit
This program is free. The performance takes place in Brown Auditorium Theater on the lower level of the Law Building, and the exhibition is located in the Beck Building. On Thursdays, the Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with free general admission.

About the Performers
Silambam Houston seeks to increase the appreciation and understanding of Indian artistic traditions across cultural boundaries. Unique arts education programs, outreach efforts, and performances harness the versatility and adaptability of the timeless artistic traditions of India to reach diverse, ever-expanding communities.

All Learning and Interpretation programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive generous support from Macey and Harry Reasoner; the Claire and Theodore Morse Foundation; and the Texas Commission on the Arts. Endowment funds are provided by the Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; Caroline Wiess Law; Windgate Foundation; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ballard; Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Tate; the Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation; Virginia and Ira Jackson; the Favrot Fund; CFP Foundation; Neiman Marcus Youth Arts Education; gifts in memory of John Wynne; gifts in memory of Peter Lotz; and gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.

“Woven Wonders: Indian Textiles from the Parpia Collection“ is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Lead Underwriters:
The Sushila and Dr. Durga D. Agrawal Family

Additional generous support is provided by:
Sesh and Prabha Bala
Milton D. Rosenau, Jr. and Dr. Ellen R. Gritz
Chitra Kumar and Kumar Bashyam
Paul and Manmeet Likhari
Nidhika and Pershant Mehta
Drs. Kumara and Usha Peddamatham

Special exhibition programming is made possible by The Medha and Shashank Karve Endowment Fund.


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