Mira-Nair Vertical

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:  info@sachi.org;  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 info@sachi.org

Details and Tickets for the 2 day Book festival here.

SACHI saree 2

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: info@sachi.org

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 info@sachi.org

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 RahulAcharya.com.

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

RSVP:  info@sachi.org;  Tel.  650-918-6335

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


Chai Why Kathy

Chai Why? : The Making of the Indian “National Drink”

Date:     Wednesday, April - 12, 2017
Time:    5 pm
Location:   3435 Jackson Street, San Francisco

In association with SACHI, Society for Art & Cultural of India

Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok & Mrs. Usha Ashok Are Pleased to Invite You to an engaging Conversation on

Chai, The Making of the Indian “National Drink”

This illustrated talk details the promotion and spread of tea-drinking in 20th century India. Drawing on both archival and field research, it focuses on the mass popularization of “chai” through innovations in marketing and manufacturing, as well as changes in eating habits and social networks, and gives special emphasis to the role played by advertising and large and small-scale commerce in transmitting the “tea habit” to Indians, both before and after Independence in 1947.

Philip Lutgendorf is Professor of Hindi and Modern Indian Studies and has taught in the University of Iowa’s Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures since 1985. His book on the performance of the Hindi Ramayana, The Life of a Text (University of California Press, 1991) won the A. K. Coomaraswamy Prize of the Association for Asian Studies. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002-03 for his research on the popular Hindu “monkey-god” Hanuman, which appeared as Hanuman’s Tale, The Messages of a Divine Monkey (Oxford University Press, 2007). His interests include epic performance traditions, folklore and popular culture, and mass media. He maintains a website devoted to popular Hindi cinema, a.k.a. “Bollywood” (www.uiowa.edu/indiancinema/ ). He is presently translating the Ramcharitmanas of Tulsidas for the Murty Classical Library of India and Harvard University Press, and writing on the popularization of chai in 20th century India. He serves as President of the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS).

By Invitation only, LIMITED SEATING. Sorry SOLD OUT.

For RSVP email info@sachi.org or kalpana@sachi.org;

tel. 650-349-1247

SACHI Pithora

Spring Family Day at the Palo Alto Art Center

Date:     Sunday, March - 26, 2017
Time:    1.30 to 4.30 pm
Location:   Palo Alto Art Center.
1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto

Palo Alto Art Center Foundation and SACHI present 

Children’s Activities on Spring Family Day

Explore the beauty of spring at the Palo Alto Art Center!

Join us for storytelling, hands-on artmaking projects, and a dance performance.

Activities are appropriate for ages 5 through adult. 


* 1:30 pm Listen to a dramatic and humorous South Asian folktale with storytellers from Kitaab World followed by a traditional Pithora painting activity led by Pragati Sharma

PITHORA is a ritualistic painting tradition from Madhya Pradesh in Central India. Pithora art form comprises of dense colorful dots on a larger shape very similar to Australian Aboriginal art. Each participant will decorate cut out shapes (of leaves and birds) with paint and create a small piece of Pithora art to take home, and also participate in a big artwork that will come together as a large community art project (Tree of Life) at the PAAC.

*2-4 pm Wrap the trees with yarn with textile artist Eden Evans. Artmaking activities led by Art Center teaching artists: Rainbow Kaleidoscopes, Mandalas, and Secret Shadowboxes

*4-4:30 pm Dance Performance in the Sculpture Garden  

A FREE Public Event 

All Family Days are free, thanks to the support of the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation.




Walls and the Tiger: Film Screening and Conversation

Date:     Saturday, February - 18, 2017
Time:    2 pm
Location:   Palo Alto Art Center
1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto

Makers of Documentary Film Walls and the Tiger

 in collaboration with SACHI present

A Film Screening followed by Conversation and Q & A with:

Sushma Kallam, Director

Liam O’Connor, Producer

Daibashish Ganguly, Music Director

The event is Free and Open to the Public

For RSVP and inquiries, please contact daibash@gmail.com or confirm registration  here

For more information, please visit here




DIving Into The Lake: On the Joys and Challenges of Translating the Ramcaritmanas

Date:     Saturday, November - 19, 2016
Time:    6 pm - 8 pm
Location:   Los Altos, CA

Dr. Paramesh Gopi & Mrs. Priya Krishnan Parameswaran are pleased to invite you to a celebration with SACHI, Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India, in presenting distinguished scholar Philip Lutgendorf  (Prof. of Hindi and Modern Indian Studies, University of Iowa, and Translator of seven dual-language volumes of the Ramcaritmanas for the Murty Classical Library of India.)

Please join us for an illuminating evening. An Introductory Discussion by Philip Lutgendorf will be followed by a musical discourse and rendering of select verses from the Ramcaritmanas.  Presented by Paramesh Gopi and Philip Lutgendorf in conversation and Priya Krishnan Parameswaran as vocalist.

Limited Seating; By invitation only.  RSVP: info@sachi.org or kalpana@sachi.org; Tel. 650-349-1247


Sachi Annual Event 2016: Mapping the Kumbh Mela

Date:     Saturday, November - 05, 2016
Time:    2 pm
Location:   Asian Art Museum, Samsung Hall, 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco

Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India and Asian Art Museum, San Francisco in collaboration with South Asia Institute, Harvard University proudly present Mapping the Kumbh Mela The World’s Largest Gathering of Humanity.

Kumbh Mela represents the world’s largest gathering of humanity at a religious festival that occurs every twelve years, lasts 55 days, and draws millions of visitors to a temporary, purpose built tent city on the banks of the Ganges and Yamuna. Over fifty Harvard professors, students, administrative staff, and medical practitioners made the pilgrimage to Allahabad, India, to the Kumbh Mela site in 2013, inspired by its scale and complexity, to document and analyze the processes involved in the successful functioning of the Kumbh. An interdisciplinary team included faculty from Harvard’s Business School, Divinity School, Graduate School of Design, and School of Public Health.

Join Harvard faculty leaders Diana Eck and Rahul Mehrotra of the Kumbh Mela research project as they share viewpoints from the 2013 Kumbh. Prof. Robert Goldman, UC Berkeley,  and international humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine will be the hosts leading the panel discussion and Q & A.

This event coincides with the Asian Art Museum’s 50th Anniversary Special Exhibition, The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe on view through January 15, 2017.The Event is Free after Museum admission, and open to the public.

Image Credit. Lisa Kristine www.lisakristine.com


Subterranean Ghosts: India’s Vanishing Stepwells by Victoria Lautman

Date:     Friday, October - 07, 2016
Time:    7.00 pm
Location:   Palo Alto Art Center
1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA

SACHI, Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India, in collaboration with Palo Alto Art Center is honored to present Chicago journalist and arts and culture specialist ,Victoria Lautman, in a discussion on her passionately researched theme  Subterranean Ghosts: India’s Vanishing Stepwells.

While Indian palaces, forts and temples receive much-deserved attention, one of the most significant architectural wonders, stepwells are often overlooked. Several stories deep, these primarily functioned to store water during the monsoons, but also served as civic retreats, respite for traveling caravans from the brutal heat, and spiritual destinations. Please join us to learn more about these fascinating structures that are rapidly disappearing.

The event is free and open to the public.

RSVP: info@sachi.org; Tel 650-918-6335