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Folk Art: Diwali Celebration

November 19, 2023

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Please join us on Sunday, November 19th from 1-3PM to celebrate Diwali: The Festival of Lights!

Light over Darkness

Knowledge over Ignorance 

Good over Evil

Diwali serves to bring family and community together with its promise of hope and joy. Diwali is a major festival for Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Jains, who believe that light is a metaphor for knowledge and signifies health, wealth and peace.

Come experience the delight of Diwali at Pelham Art Center. This event, free to the public and for all ages, will take place inside the Pelham Art Center.

The program will include a classical Kathak dance performance, a Bollywood/fusion dance performance with an interactive component, an Indian cultural magic show, and a hands-on art project where you can craft your own bejeweled paper diya, representing enlightenment, knowledge, prosperity, and wisdom.


The Performers

(1:30 PM) Kathak Dance by students of Anindita Ganguly, PhD (Swapna Dance Academy)

(1:45 PM) Bollywood/Fusion Dance by students of Heena Jain

(2:15 PM) Indian Cultural Magic by Shreeyash Palshikar, PhD


The Art Activity

Visitors will have the opportunity to craft their own bejeweled paper diya (traditionally a mini earthen lamp lit with an oiled wick). This project will be ongoing throughout the event on a first-come first-served basis.


This event is made possible, in part, by ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government with the support of County Executive George Latimer. Pelham Art Center also receives funding from: New York State Council on the Arts, A State Agency, TD Charitable Foundation, The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), and Pelham Community Members and Annual Fund Donors.