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February 17, 2010 > Experience India

Experience India

Immerse yourself in the culture of India in an afternoon of art, literature, food, music and dance, at the Hayward Main Library's "Experience India" event Saturday, February 20, from Noon to 4 p.m.

This free event will feature appearances by artist and poet Salma Arastu, Bay Area author Suruchi Mohan, and classical Indian dancer Priya Banerjee. Food will be provided by Favorite Indian Restaurant of Hayward.

"The Hayward Public Library is offering 'Experience India' to highlight the talents of three exceptional Bay Area women, and to celebrate the culture and traditions of India," said librarian Sally Thomas, one of the event organizers. "We hope this series of events will help us strengthen our ties to our local South Asian community, and will lead to future collaborations with South Asian individuals and organizations."

The day's events will be broken up into three programs. From Noon to 1:30, Arastu will discuss her book "The Lyrical Line: All Embracing and Flowing," featuring artwork and poetry from the last ten years. Arastu, who has painted for the last 30 years, focuses on images of peace, unity and spirituality.

From 1:30 to 3 p.m., Mohan will discuss her debut novel, "Divine Music," which tells the story of a music student in Northern India who has a love affair with an instructor that threatens to derail her success as a professional musician. Mohan, a native of India and an award-winning journalist, also holds a master's degree in vocal music.

Starting at 3 p.m., 17-year-old Banerjee will perform classical Indian dance pieces. Banerjee has been studying classical Indian dance since she was four-years-old. She graduated from the Shri Krupa Dance Foundation at nine and has performed in dance festivals all over the world.

In addition to this special event, the library offers other services for the Southeast Asian community, including a collection that holds over 650 Hindi DVDs, over 90 Hindi books, and many Indian music CDs.

This event is co-sponsored by Friends of the Hayward Public Library; AAUW- Hayward/Castro Valley Branch and Favorite Indian Restaurant of Hayward. Books will be available for purchase at the event for author signings.

Experience India
Saturday, February 20
Noon to 4 p.m.
The Hayward Main Library
835 C Street in downtown Hayward
(510) 293-8685

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