March 24 2018

Immersive Experience at the Aftel Archive of Curious Scents

Date:     Saturday, March - 24, 2018
Time:    11am to 2 pm
Location:   1518 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA

SACHI Invites You to an Immersive Experience at the Aftel Archive of Curious Scents

At the Aftel Archive of Curious Scents visitors will be able to smell more than three hundred natural essences derived from fruits, flowers, trees, grasses, and other natural sources (and take three samples home). They will be able to compare essences that have been aged for a century to their modern counterparts. They can pour over more than fifty antique books in the Aftel Archive collection, retracing the amazing history of fragrance. Every item in the Archive is authentic and original, including the hand-tinted postcards and engravings, some of which date back four hundred years. 

Visitors are invited to immerse in this rich sensory landscape!

Fees: $22.45 per person museum admission and  group reservation at nearby Chez Panisse for a no host lunch 

RSVP:; Tel. 650-349-1247 

Limited to 20 participants only, first come, first served 

Tickets include: 1 hour visit to the Archive, 2 pieces of dark chocolate flavored with chef’s sprays, and 3 letter-press scent strips to dip in essences and take home. 

11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon Pre-Lunch, 

or 1:00 – 2:00 PM Post-Lunch Museum Reservation 

Link to NY Times Style Magazine Article About Aftel Archive.

Image: Antique Drawer of Botanical Materials, Aftel Archive Collection



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Looking Back: A SACHI Poster Exhibition at the Livermore Public Library

Date:     Saturday, February - 03, 2018
Time:    2 pm
Location:   Livermore Public Library, Civic Center
1188 South Livermore Avenue, Livermore

Looking Back! celebrates two decades of SACHI’s excellence in visionary and educational programs promoting the understanding and appreciation of Indian art and culture in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through the month long exhibition (Feb 1- Feb 28, 2018) of Poster announcements, SACHI is honored to showcase a sampling of its more recent events.

In conjunction with the launch of the Poster Exhibition

Looking Back!

and Livermore Reads Together Project

A Long Way Home: A Memoir by Saroo Brierley

You are Invited to Join a Community Celebration

and a Maharaja presentation at the Livermore Public Library

Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts


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SACHI 20th Anniversary Annual Event 2017: The Unbearable Lightness Of Drawing with Dr. B.N. Goswamy

Date:     Sunday, November - 12, 2017
Time:    2 p.m.
Location:   Samsung Hall, Asian Art Museum 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco

SACHI, Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and The Asia Foundation

are very honored to present

Dr. B.N. Goswamy

Distinguished art historian and Professor Emeritus, Punjab University, Chandigarh

In an Illustrated Lecture Presentation

The Unbearable Lightness Of Drawing : Tracing the Life and Work of the Great 18th Century Painter, Nainsukh

Internationally renowned and distinguished scholar Dr. B.N. Goswamy will lead an insightful journey into the realm of the Indian painter Nainsukh. In his pathbreaking work, Nainsukh of Guler: A Great Indian Painter from a Small Hill State, Professor Goswamy writes, “To trace the life and career of a painter (of the past) in India is somewhat akin to following the course of an earthen lamp oating on swift waters.” One can sight the glow for a while, but soon uncharted vastness takes over.

In his lecture Professor Goswamy will share with the listener how he embarked upon the hard but rewarding task of identifying and picking up a faint whisper from the silences of the virtually anonymous past, and then piecing together something of the life of this great painter. In discussing his research, Professor Goswamy will draw attention to the entire ascribable oeuvre of Nainsukh – close to a hundred paintings, painted sketches, and drawings – and focus on a selection from it.

The Event is Free after Museum Admission and Open to the Public RSVP recommended:; Tel. 650-918-6335

Please join us for a reception in the Loggia adjoining Samsung Hall immediately following the lecture.

The SACHI Annual Meeting will be held at 1:15 PM in Samsung Hall preceding the lecture presentation.

Image Credit: Mian Mukund Dev of Jasrota, c. 1740-45, by Nainsukh of Guler, Himachal Pradesh, opaque watercolor on paper, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

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A Journey from Czechoslovakia to the Buddhist Himalayas: 40 Years of Exploring Himalayan Monasteries

Date:     Monday, October - 30, 2017
Time:    7 pm
Location:   Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303

SACHI Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India is pleased to Invite you to an Illuminating Discussion with

Visiting Scholar Dr. Jaroslav Poncar Professsor Emeritus of Technical University, Cologne

A Journey from Czechoslovakia to the Buddhist Himalayas 40 Years of Exploring Himalayan Monasteries: A Photographic Documentation of Murals and Wall Paintings in Alchi, Tabo, and West Tibet

Dr. Jaroslav Poncar looks back upon nearly four decades of photographically documenting Buddhist monuments in the Himalayan region—notably Alchi in Ladakh, Tabo in Spiti, Tholing in West Tibet, and his more recent work in Mustang, Nepal.

In this talk Dr. Poncar will reflect on his rich oeuvre, discuss the challenges of photographing particular sites and the technical solutions adopted, and ways in which digital photography has impacted his work.

Jaroslav Poncar was born in Prague in 1945, has lived in Cologne since 1973 where he was professor at the department of imaging sciences of Technical University Cologne. His photographic projects took him to Africa, Arabia and mainly to South and Central Asia, especially to the West Himalayas, Tibet, India, Burma and Cambodia. Between 1996 and 2005 he was co-director of German Apsara Conservation Project at Angkor Wat. His responsibility was mainly photographic documentation of Angkor Wat. After his retirement in July 2010 he was in Afghanistan on one-year assignment by GIZ-CIM (German International Cooperation) to photographically document the cultural heritage of the country. Since 2015 he participates in the project of Christian Luczanits (SOAS, London) to document manuscripts and objects in the monasteries in Mustang (Nepal).

Free and Open to the Public

Image Credit: Avalokitesvara, Sumtsek at Alchi Chokhsor. Courtesy Jaroslav Poncar

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Divine Visions, Earthly Pleasures: Five Hundred Years of Indian Painting

Date:     Sunday, September - 10, 2017
Time:    11 a.m.
Location:   Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94720

SACHI, Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India and Berkeley Art Museum invite you to Join a Guided Tour of the Special Exhibition on display

Divine Visions, Earthly Pleasures:  Five Hundred Years of Indian Painting 
(June 22 – September 10, 2017)

Led by Guest Curator and Noted Scholar of Indian Painting

Robert Del Bonta

A discounted admission fee of $7.00 per person will apply for the SACHI  group payable at the Museum admission desk on the day of tour.

Please plan to arrive on time, as the tour will begin promptly as soon as the admission tickets are distributed.  A no-host lunch with the Curator in walking vicinity of the Berkeley Art Museum will follow the tour.

To make your reservation, please email; Tel. 650-349-1247

Limited space, first come, first served.

The Museum is located minutes from the Berkeley Bart station.

We look forward to having you!

Image Credit:

Surajamala-ji, Son of Rao Nirandasa; India, Rajasthan, Kotah, c. 1820

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Indigo, Salt and Khadi: Textile Art as an Expression of National Identity

Date:     Thursday, August - 31, 2017
Time:    7 p.m.
Location:   Palo Alto Art Center
1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA

SACHI, Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India and Palo Alto Art Center are pleased to present

Indigo, Salt and Khadi: Textile Art as an Expression of National Identity

by Shelly Jyoti

Delhi based Artist, Designer, Poet, and Independent Curator

The Event is Free and Open to the Public. RSVP recommended,; Tel. 650-349-1247

Shelly Jyoti is a visual artist, fashion designer, poet and an independent curator whose work references the cultural context of modern Indian history. She trained in fashion design and clothing technology at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi. She has a keen interest in India’s material and socio-political history which has inspired her textile work over the past few decades. Working with different mediums, her works excavate history and celebrate the subaltern. She collaborates with ninth and tenth generation Ajrakh craftsmen living in Ajrakhpur, Bhuj, Gujarat who migrated from Sindh and Baluchistan in 1600 CE. Her recent exhibitions include The Khadi March: Just Five Meters (2016-17); Salt: The Great March (2013-15); Indigo: New works by Shelly Jyoti & Laura Kina (2008- 2014); Beyond Mithila: Exploring the Decorative (2008); Lyrical Abstraction: A Room of/for Muses (2007).

Ajrakh is a unique process of block printing found in India’s earliest settlements. It is still practiced in northwest India and Pakistan, particularly in the city of Bhuj, where Jyoti travels to create her work. One of the key dyes used in this technique, indigo, led to an extended series of work exploring the indigo trade. Using traditional natural pigment dyes and printing blocks of both ornate and minimal geometric shapes and patterns, she skillfully combines individual components into a complex whole. Her deceptively simple designs provide a generous space for the luxuriously printed patterns to be fully appreciated. Jyoti will discuss select works from her 100 pieces of textile artworks grouped as ‘Assemblages’ from three bodies of works: Indigo Narratives (2009-17); Salt: The Great March (2013-15); and The Khadi March (2016-17).

SACHI gratefully acknowledges the support of Asha Jadeja and Jadeja Family Foundation.

Image Credit : Timeless Silhouettes: Angrakha 1, 33 x 50 Inches Ajrakh printing/dyeing/needle work on khadi fabric, 2014. Courtesy Shelly Jyoti

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20th Anniversary SACHI Benefit: World Premiere Musical, Monsoon Wedding directed by Mira Nair

Date:     Saturday, June - 10, 2017
Time:    8 pm-10.30 pm
Location:   Roda Theater, Berkeley Rep Theater Complex, 2025 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA

SACHI Invites You to Join a Special Monsoon Wedding Performance Night on June 10, 2017, 8 PM

Celebrating 20 years of dynamic SACHI Programs

Based on the international hit film by Mira Nair, the world premiere stage musical of Monsoon Wedding at Berkeley Rep is one of the most highly anticipated theatrical events of the season. Join us in celebration and support!

World Premiere Musical Monsoon Wedding, directed by Mira Nair

Pre-performance Reception with EXCLUSIVE MIRA NAIR APPEARANCE, 6 PM-7.30 PM, Terrace Lobby, Berkeley Rep Theater

Performance, 8 PM;

Do NOT miss this exclusive opportunity for an intimate encounter with Mira Nair and an evening of outstanding stage production!  Enjoy delectable South Asian delights to complement the Monsoon Wedding theme.  And Join us in festive attire with a South Asian flair!

Respond early to ensure space for an unforgettable SACHI night!  Please view the attached details.

A SACHI Benefit supporting program excellence in the arts and culture of India

$225 per person, Orchestra VIP Seating ($115 Tax deductible)  

$200 per person, Mezzanine VIP Seating ($100 Tax deductible)

Questions or RSVP for reserving tickets:;  Tel. 650-918-6335 

Tickets can also be purchased online ; additional vendor fee applies.

Monsoon Wedding SACHI tickets entitle new members to a one-year complimentary SACHI membership 

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Award-winning film director Mira Nair brings her exuberant and sumptuous Monsoon Wedding to Berkeley Rep’s stage in this highly anticipated world premiere musical. The perfect storm starts brewing when family members from around the world descend on Delhi for a nonstop four-day celebration of an arranged marriage between a modern upper-middle-class Indian family’s only daughter and an Indian-American gentleman she has never met. But unexpected surprises and dark family secrets surface. The forecast calls for drama, love, hope, laughs, and a whole lot of rain.

Book by Sabrina Dhawan

Music by Vishal Bhardwaj

Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead


A Journey into the Life of Rumi. Bay Area Book Festival, Berkeley

Date:     Saturday, June - 03, 2017
Time:    1.30 pm - 2.45 pm
Location:   Berkeley City College Auditorium 2050 Center Drive, Berkeley

SACHI, Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India and Bay Area Book Festival

in partnership with the San Francisco Chronicle

Present a stimulating discussion  “A Journey into the Life of Rumi “

Brad Gooch, New York based author of Rumi’s biography, Rumi’s Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love

In an Interview with writer

Michael David Lukas

At the Downtown Berkeley Festival “Where Readers Meet Writers”

For inquiries, contact

Details and Tickets for the 2 day Book festival here.

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Sari: The Magic of the Unstitched Garment with Rta Kapur Chishti

Date:     Saturday, May - 06, 2017
Time:    10 am to 12 pm
Location:   Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto

SACHI and SOHARA showcase the elegance and diversity of the Indian Sari in association with the Textile Arts Council, San Francisco. Please Join a Celebration of Indian Textiles with renowned scholar, designer, and Sari revivalist,

Rta Kapur Chishti

in a Presentation and Sari demonstration workshop

Fees: $25 per person; RSVP:

A Viewing of textiles and Conversation with the scholar follows at 2-4 p.m. in Los Altos at 13155 La Cresta Drive, Los Altos Hills.

To RSVP for both events, please email

Image Credit:

Saris: Tradition and Beyond by Rta Kapur Chishti

Worn by: Golla (shepherd community); Gudati Kapulu (agriculturist)

Area: Narasannapalle, Cuddapah district, Rayalseema region, South Andhra Pradesh

Length: 9 yd/ 8.26 m


Nandi the Divine Bull : Odissi by Rahul Acharya during the NCPA Mudra Dance Festival 2016 at Experimental Theatre,NCPA on 23/04/2016.

Rahul Acharya, Odissi Dance exponent from India in a Lecture Demonstration

Date:     Saturday, April - 22, 2017
Time:    4 pm - 6 pm
Location:   Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA

SACHI, Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India presents

Rahul Acharya

Odissi Dance exponent from India in a Lecture Demonstration

Artist bio:

Immersed in the rich culture of Odissi and its devotional roots since early childhood, Mr. Acharya has cultivated a deep and dynamic approach to the dance form.  A celebrated virtuoso artist, he has performed as a soloist in many prestigious venues around the globe.

Dancer, choreographer, researcher, Sanskrit scholar, lecturer, and writer, Rahul Acharya was the 2014 recipient of the Aditya Vikram Birla Kalakiran Award.  In 2013 he received the Ram Gopal Award for Best Male Solo Dancer from the Dance History Society of India. Mr. Acharya became the first male Odissi dancer honored by the Sangeet Natak Akademi with the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar Award in 2009.

Rahul is part of UNESCO’s International Dance Council.  His dance is inspired by his teacher, Guru Durga Charan Ranbir, and the late Guru Debaprasad Das.  For more on Rahul, visit

Priority Seating $25.00;  General Seating, $15.00; Students $15.00

RSVP:;  Tel.  650-918-6335

Tickets can be purchased online here or by contacting the above.