Celebrate color at this mela, or community 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!
  • Refreshments Nibble bites from the day’s food trucks! Food and beverages are also available for purchase at the MFA Café.

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.