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Sandeep Mukherjee in an Artist’s Talk: “Painting Performs, Carves, and Molds Image”

Date:     Saturday, June - 02, 2018
Time:    4 pm
Location:   Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA

SACHI, In Partnership With The Palo Alto Art Center, Is Pleased To Invite You To An Artist’s Talk With Sandeep Mukherjee, Distinguished Contemporary Artist and Associate Professor at Pomona College.

Artist Sandeep Mukherjee, Guggenheim Fellow, 2017 and the Thomas/Mann Villa Aurora, Berlin Fellow, 2017 will present his diverse body of work over the last two decades, discussing it in relation to contemporary painting, installation, and performance art. For over a decade Sandeep Mukherjee’s work has explored the notion of abstracting as a means to image a particular aspect of flowing matter. Working in painting, drawing and installation, the work has been process oriented and improvisational. Following multiple paths of inquiry such as imaging the performing body, subtracting the material body and enfolding the corporeal body, the work continues to explore the relationship between process, affect and image.


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Pan-Asianism and East-West Politics in the Bengal School of Art

Date:     Thursday, May - 31, 2018
Time:    6.30 pm
Location:   450 Melville Avenue, Palo Alto

SACHI Is Pleased To Invite You To An Illustrated Talk With Dr. Debashish Banerji, Chair of East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

The Bengal School of Art was founded by Abanindranath Tagore (1871-1951) and his students at the start of the 20th century in Calcutta. Its early expression emerged in the British administered institution of the Govt. Art College, Calcutta (now Kolkata). The latter traditionally trained artists in techniques of western art. In contrast, the Bengal School artists expressed a distinct “Indianness”, as they merged with the cultural politics of the Bengal renaissance and the nationalist ‘Swadeshi’ movement. What is often overlooked is its strong investment in the continental solidarity of a Pan Asianism, seen as a cultural response to colonial expansion. This talk will look at the themes, methods and ideas of some of the principal artists of the Bengal School in exploring this inclusive and dialogic dimension of their nationalism.

Free Admission, Limited Seating

Please RSVP to or 650-349-1247



The Story of the Raga: A Historical Survey of Indian Classical Music followed by a Musical Recital

Date:     Saturday, May - 12, 2018
Time:    6 pm-8.30 pm
Location:   Palo Alto Art Center
1313 Newell Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303

SACHI, Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India
in collaboration with Palo Alto Art Center is proud to present

Priya Purushothaman, Hindustani Vocalist, and Visiting Mumbai Artist

In a 2-part, Lecture Demonstration and Performance

Part 1: Lecture-Demonstration

The essence of Indian classical music comes down to its underpinning concept: the raga. What is a raga, and where can we trace its origins? This presentation looks at the complex multi-cultural history of Hindustani Raga music – starting from the theory of roots in Vedic chanting, and evolving to the modern day rendition of khayal, a versatile and highly imaginative form, born out of diverse musical traditions.

The talk will examine critical junctures of change and innovation in the music’s evolution, and explore the variety of musical forms that emerged and became an important part of Hindustani Classical Music vocabulary.

Part 2: Music Recital

The second half of the program will be a Hindustani Classical Music recital, presenting the traditional khayal format as well as a few examples from semi-classical forms.

Priya Purushothaman is part of the new vanguard of young and diverse Hindustani vocalists. She is a disciple of Bangalore-based guru Aditi Kaikini Upadhya. Priya has also received training from the late stalwart musician and scholar, Pandit Dinkar Kaikini and and from noted vocalist, Mrs. Shashikala Kaikini. Currently she is also under the guidance of Pandit Sudhindhra Bhaumik in Mumbai. Her style captures the vibrant spirit of the Agra Gharana (lineage of music), known for sweeping melodic contours and lively rhythmic interplay.

Fees: $50 Priority Admission, reserved seating; $30 General Admission, open seating

SACHI Members receive 20% discount admission

RSVP for reservations, ticketing: 650-400-3696.

Tickets can also be purchased online  with an added vendor fee.

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What Makes a Life Worth Living: Powerful Memoirs of Love and Loss

Date:     Saturday, April - 28, 2018
Time:    11.45 am - 1 pm
Location:   Veterans’ Memorial Building Auditorium
1931 Center Drive, downtown Berkeley, CA

SACHI, Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India, is honored to partner with Bay Area Book Festival In Presenting a thought provoking Panel Discussion

What Makes a Life Worth Living: Powerful Memoirs of Love and Loss

Lucy Kalanithi, Rebecca Soffer, Elizabeth Percer, with moderator, Elizabeth Scarboro

In his final year of life before dying of cancer, the young neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi wrote the bestselling “When Breath Becomes Air,” probing how the mind makes meaning and why our lives matter. Now his widow, Lucy Kalanithi, is joined by Rebecca Soffer, editor of the new anthology “Modern Loss”, and writers Elizabeth Percer and Elizabeth Scarboro, to discuss mortality, survival, and navigating grief in the modern age.

Paul Kalanithi — a Stanford neurosurgeon, philosopher, and literary enthusiast — wrote the memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, in his final years, , as he faced lung cancer at age 37. It was shortlisted as a 2016 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The book, posthumously published in 2016, received high critical acclaim, evoking extraordinary worldwide interest. The event brings into conversation Paul Kalanithi’s wife, Lucy Kalanithi with writers Rebecca Soffer, Elizabeth Percer, and Elizabeth Scarboro to discuss a profound work filled with wisdom and meaning. The panel weaves together ideas of love, hope, mortality, survival and loss in the modern age.

Bay Area Book Festival

Over the weekend of April 28-29, 2018, the Fourth Annual Bay Area Book Festival will fill downtown Berkeley with a literary extravaganza that offers pleasure to anyone who has ever loved a book.

Whether you’re a fan of science fiction or history, of fiction or memoir, of poetry or food writing, of children’s literature or science, experience one of the nation’s premier book festivals right here in the Bay Area!

For Festival details and tickets:

For inquiries, contact:


SACHI April 15 2018

Spring Family Day at the Palo Alto Art Center

Date:     Sunday, April - 15, 2018
Time:    12.30 pm - 4.30 pm
Location:   Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto

SACHI and Palo Alto Art Center, in collaboration with Rinconada Library, Invite You to an Afternoon of Wonder and Excitement

Join an Exciting Series of Not-To-Be-Missed Programs:

Hands-on artmaking projects, a musical performance, a film screening, and a scavenger hunt

Activities appropriate for ages 5 through adult.


2:30 pm Film Screening:  The World of Goopi and Bagha (79 minutes, English subtitles)

2:00 pm- 4:00 pm Artmaking Activities (sari squares, elegant elephants, and luminous landscapes)

3:00 pm- Raavan- Retelling of an Indian Epic (staged reading of Ramayana) 

4:00 pm- 4:30 pm Live Performance with Stanford Raagapella (Stanford’s South Asian a cappella group)

Please view invitation for event details and film description.

Click to view the preview of the film The World of Goopi and Bagha.



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!

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

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