“To India and Back”

February 9, 2012

February 25, 2012

The Northfield Rotary Club hosts “To India and Back” February 25, 2012 at the Northfield Middle School. Journey to India for an evening! Explore its people, arts, culture, and food, while supporting Youth Exchange in Northfield.

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Stroll through a street fair from 5-7, enjoying Indian cuisine, Rangoli (sand art), sanskrit and other visual art and even have your photo taken in front of the Taj Mahal!

Experience traditional music on the drums and veena and Bollywood and traditional dance from 7-9.  In addition there will be some other fun surprises!

Featured artists are:

World Renowned Veena player, Nirmala Rajasekar

Nirmala is a world renowned Carnatic veena virtuoso and educator of South Indian Music. She has performed in venues throughout the world and is a recipient of many awards including a Bush artistic fellowship, a McKnight fellowship, Rotary Vocational Excellence award and Best Senior Veena Artiste.  She is known for her talents in exploring South Indian Classical (Carnatic) to create collaborative projects with other music traditions including western classical and jazz.

Renu Kumar

Renu Kumar is an Artistic Director, Choreographer, Founder and an accomplished dancer. Renu has an extensive training in Classical North Indian Kathak and Modern dance. She has been teaching and performing in the Twin Cities since 1986. She has choreographed more than 30 new works, conducted academy’s eight annual musical dance shows and performed locally, nationally and internationally. She is known for original, energetic, artistic, elegant and vibrant choreography. The Modern Indian Dance Academy R.G.K. is the first professional dance Academy in the Twin Cities to offer classes in the exhilarating and beautiful Bollywood dance styles of India. Bollywood dancing is the new craze of dancing that has taken the world by storm.


Shakun Maheshwari is a visual artist, folk artist, and photographer. Art is her life and passion. She has run her own art business called Shakuntala Design, Inc. since 1974. She teaches, does demonstrations, workshops, and residencies. She is a roster artist for Young Audiences Art and Compass.  During the Street Fair time (5-6.45) Shakun will demonstrate the art of Rangoli.


Tickets are $20. All proceeds benefit the Northfield Rotary Youth Exchange.

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Tickets can be picked up at Rotary (Thursdays 12-1) or at the event. Tickets will not be mailed.  Email Clarice Grabau with questions.

Tickets can also be purchased at Heartwork Yoga Studio in downtown Northfield.