Eye On India Festival

June 8, 2013 (CHICAGO)

The not-for-profit organization "Eye on India" (EOI) (www.eyeonindia.org) is inviting you to its 3rd annual festival.

We had a live preview in our ABC7 studio with a Bollywood dance performance. Anu Behari, Director of EOI, and Ajanta Chakraborty, Co-Founder/President of Bollywood Groove, told us about the events that are happening as part of the festival. Dancers Ajanta Chakraborty, Angika Basant, Shalini Ravindran, Monica Kapoor, Shuchi Kumar, and Alia Dalal performed.

Eye On India Festival
June 7th - July 14th
Hours: Varies

Drury Lane Theatre - Oak Brook, Logan Center for the Performing Arts - U of C, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, The Dance Center - Columbia College, North Central College - Naperville, The Goodman Theartre, MCA, Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago Park District, Chicago Street Festivals

Admission: Free and Ticketed

Festival Schedule:

1. In Conversation with Shabana Azmi
Saturday, June 8 @ 12:30pm
Drury Lane Theatre
Tickets: $45

Shabana Azmi made her film debut in 1974. She soon became one of the leading actresses of parallel cinema, an Indian New Wave movement known for its serious content and neo-realism. Since then she has appeared in over 130 films, including Ankur (1974), Junoon (1978), Susman (1986), Antarnaad (1992), Fire (1996), Godmother (1999), and The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012). She has won the National Film Award for Best Actress five times and also received four Filmfare Awards. Azmi is also an ardent social and women's rights activist; a Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Population Fund; and a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian parliament.

2. Shubha Mudgal- In Concert
Sunday, June 9 @ 2pm
Logan Center for Performing Arts

3. Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracle
Thursday, June 27 @ 5:30pm
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Ruchir Sharma, the highly respected Managing Director and head of the Emerging Markets Equity team at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, is a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, and The Economic Times. He has also worked as contributing editor with Newsweek. His recent book, Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles, discusses his views on Emerging Markets and his travel through these countries. It has been an international best seller since its publication in April 2012.

4. Words On Water - Authors: Sudeep Chakravarthy and Amish Tripathi
Saturday, June 29
The Dance Center at Columbia College
Sunday, June 30
North Central College, Naperville

Sudeep Chaki, the author of Red Sun: Travels in Naxalite Country (2008, 2009), a work of narrative non-fiction about India's ongoing Maoist rebellion that was short-listed for the Vodafone Crossword Non-fiction Award 2008. He is also the author of three novels. Tin Fish, his best-selling debut novel, was published in 2005; it was republished by HarperCollins in 2011. The Avenue of Kings, the sequel, was published to critical acclaim in 2010. His third novel, Once Upon a Time in Aparanta (2008), a dark satire, will soon be republished as an e-book. Sudeep attended Mayo College, Ajmer, and St. Stephen's College, Delhi. He began a career in journalism at The Asian Wall Street Journal, and subsequently held senior positions at Sunday, India Today and HT Media. His media writing has been widely published, including in India Today, AWSJ, The Outlook Group of Publications, Hindustan Times, Mint, Forbes,Business World, Die Zeit, Rolling Stone and OPEN. His short fiction, and essays on conflict, are included in several collections. Sudeep is a professional member of the World Future Society, Washington DC, and member of Coastal Impact, a not-for-profit he co-founded with fellow scuba diving enthusiasts. He lives in Goa.

Amish Tripathi is the author of the bestselling Shiva Trilogy, a fantasy re-imagining of the Indian deity Shiva's life and adventures. Tripathi was inspired by his religious family and became a devoted worshiper of Shiva himself while writing the series. The first installment, The Immortals of Meluha, was published in 2010. They have since become one of the most successful book series in the history of Indian publishing. The film rights for the series have recently been purchased by Dharma Productions. Tripathi has received a grant for his next novel worth approximately $1,000,000.

5. Diversity and community outreach events - The Jungle Book
Friday, June 21 - Sunday, July 14
The Goodman Theatre

6. Bollywood Dance Workshop
Saturday, June 22
Museum of Contemporary Arts

7. Eye On India and Leadership Story Lab presents: An Evening of Story Exchange
Thursday, July 11th at 7pm
The Dog's Bollox
3210 N. Lincoln, 60657

8. Savitri - Dancing in the Forest of Death
Friday, July 12 - Saturday, July 13.
The Dance Center at Columbia College

9. Rajasthan Josh
Sunday, July 14, 7pm
Old Town School of Folk Music

10. City of Chicago - Chicago Park District
June 16 - July 14 at:
• Kenwood Park (1330 E. 50th St.) - June 16
• Bosley Park (3044 S. Bonfield) - June 23
• Wilson Playground (1122 W. 34th Pl.) - June 30
• Lincoln Park, Grove 3 (Concluding Eye on India Festival, closest intersection Stockton Dr. & LaSalle St.) - July 7
• Midway Plaisance (near University of Chicago, 1130 Midway Plaisance N.) - July 14

11. Chicago Street Festivals:
June 14 - July 8 at
• Taste of Randolph
• Summer on Southport
• Strawberry Festival
• Taste of Lakeview

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