Celebrate color at this mela, or festival, inspired by the art of Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India. Explore the exhibition, join art-making activities, watch performances, and even hear from Baijilal Shivranjani Rajye of Marwar-Jodhpur! 

The day includes:

  • Art Making Focused on color, the art-making fun is designed for all age groups.
  • Sari-Draping Demonstration & Storytelling Drop by the Sunday Family Zone between 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. to learn about Indian fashion and hear classic Indian stories.
  • Scavenger Hunt Explore the Museum with a self-guided scavenger hunt, featuring color as the theme!
  • Jodhpur Musicians Listen to the musical stylings of the Maharaja of Jodhpur’s visiting musicians.
  • Traditional Indian Dance Enjoy the Kathak dance, performed by Megna Murali.
  • A Conversation with Baijilal Shivranjani Rajye of Marwar-Jodhpur Come to this conversation at 3 p.m. between Baijilal Shivranjani Rajye of Marwar-Jodhpur and the two co-curators of the Peacock in the Desert exhibition, Karni Singh Jasol and Mahrukh Tarapor.
  • Sitar Music Catch a performance at 5 p.m. by sitar musician Aaron Hermes
  • Story Booth Share a story using provided prompts for inspiration, or come up with your own!
  • Outdoor Activities Step outside to the sidewalk chalk art station, and receive a mehndi, or henna tattoo!

Drop in! This program is free with Museum admission. Tickets for the exhibition “Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India” are available separately. MFAH members, and visitors 12 & younger, always get in free.

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Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from Melvyn and Cyvia Wolff; MD Anderson Cancer Center; Mitra Mujica-Margolis and Michael Margolis; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services; Houston Junior Woman's Club; Mercantil Bank; Mr. William J. Hill; The Windgate Charitable Foundation; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; Sharon G. Dies; The Powell Foundation; and the Susan Vaughan Foundation.