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Ananda Mela: Celebrating Rabindranath Tagore at the McMichael

Sunday, June 3
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Event coordinated and developed by Sanjukta Roy and Manasi Adhikari

Each year at his school in Santiniketan, Rabindranath Tagore, the Bengali poet, composer, philosopher, and painter who is also celebrated as a pioneer of modern education, would organize a joyful fair—Ananda Mela—celebrating the year’s learning and teaching. Today, we invite everyone to participate in workshops developed along the lines of Tagore’s teaching philosophy that integrates visual, poetic, and musical arts. Come enjoy our festive offerings, with musical performances by the Geetanjali Music and Dance Group (directed by Manashi Adhikari), and a presentation of Satyajit Ray’s films inspired by Tagore’s writings.

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All Day Art Workshops with Ronita Mukherjee and Sanjukta Roy
Location: Artist's Studio & Outdoors

  • Chandan Face Painting with Helena Roy Magee
  • Floral Jewelry with Konkona Patranabis
  • Alpana and Batik by Ronita Mukherjee and Sanjukta Roy
  • 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - Tagore Inspired Paintings - art demonstrations by Pria Muzumdar

    11:30 a.m. & 3:00 p.m - Tagorean Dance Workshop by Sumona Roy
    Location: Founder's Lounge

    Satyajit Ray Film Festival
    Location: Theatre
  • 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. - Rabindranath Tagore Documentary (1961)
  • 12:00 p.m. - Satyajit Ray & Rabindranath Tagore, talk by Kathleen M. O'Connell
  • 12:30 p.m & 2:30 p.m. - Film Two Daughters (Teen Kanya) 1961, length 112 minutes with an introduction by Kathleen O’Connell, lecturer in South Asia Studies at the University of Toronto

    1:30 p.m. The Soul of Spring: Tagore musical and poetry performance
    Location: Grand Hall


    general public: Included with gallery admission
    McMichael members: Free

    Reservation: Not required

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