Babur to Big Bazaar The Art of Mughal Dressing and its Influence on Contemporary Indian Fashion

Date:     Sunday, May - 12, 2013
Time:    3-5pm
Location:   Home of Komal Shah & Gaurav Garg491 Fletcher Drive, Atherton

SACHI and Asian Art Museum Trustee Komal Shah invite you to a Special Event with Enacte Arts

An illustrated talk with live Mughal era like costumes presented by renowned theater director Feisal Alkazi. Tea and refreshments will be served.

Distinguished visiting guests: Ambassador Herbert Traxl and Kathak Dance Exponent, Shovana Narayan.


An Evening of Ragas

Date:     Friday, May - 10, 2013

An Evening of Ragas
Presented by Hindustani classical vocalist and visiting artist, Viraj Amar with accompanying artists Sudev Sheth on tabla and Anand Karve on harmonium

Friday, May 10, 2013 at 8pm
Home of Jasmin & Gagan Arneja
4378 Cesar Chavez Street, San Francisco

Please join SACHI friends in an historic Noe Valley neighborhood for an enchanting evening of ragas. Royal and religious patronage inspired rich music traditions transmitted from masters to disciples. As court artists entertained the ruling elite and major temples encouraged music as a form of worship, various schools evolved under revered masters assuming unique characteristics. Each school represented a particular lineage of music, called gharana.


SACHI Field Trip to the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

Date:     Saturday, April - 06, 2013

SACHI Field Trip to the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 11am
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
520 South First Street, San Jose

Folk Indian Textiles from the Collection of Carol Summers
comprises a rich variety of textiles created by anonymous
craftspeople. Abundant colors, textures, handwork, and
embroidery adorn the galleries. A complementary exhibit
showcases the work of contemporary textile artist Junco Sato Pollack. Meditation in Space and Time: Junco Sato Pollack—Sutra Chant Hangings and Stich-by-Stitch Mandalas transforms 21st century fabrics into ethereal compositions.


Rajasthan Jewelry: A Renaissance

Date:     Saturday, March - 30, 2013

Rajasthan Jewelry: A Renaissance

Saturday, March 30, 2013, at 2pm
Home of Sonya Pelia & Matthew Lutzker
3517 Oak Drive, Menlo Park

Join us for an illustrated take on style, craft tradition and modern adaptation in jewelry design with Sirjana Singh. This informal talk will introduce the traditional practice of craft and its adaptation to modern design. Various genres of Rajasthan jewelry will be discussed with a special
emphasis on the techniques of Jadaoo, Kundan and Polki.


The Mahabharata: An Indian Epic Poem Retold by a modern Vyasa, Jean-Claude Carrière

Date:     Sunday, March - 17, 2013
Time:    1-3:30 p.m
Location:   Samsung Hall, Asian Art Museum 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco

The Mahabharata: An Indian Epic Poem
Retold by a modern Vyasa, Jean-Claude Carrière

Sunday, March 17, 2013 from 1-3:30 p.m.
Samsung Hall, Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street, San Francisco

Author, actor and legendary screenwriter, Jean-Claude Carrière gives Bay Area audiences a simple but powerful, one-man rendition of the story of The Mahabharata in the style of the old wandering minstrels of India.

Image: Peter Brook’s Mahabharata at the Bouffes du Nord in Paris in 1987. Photograph: Julio Donoso/Corbis Sygma


Search for Identity in Asian American Art by Dr. Mary Ann Milford-Lutzker

Date:     Sunday, February - 17, 2013
Time:    2 p.m

Search for Identity in Asian American Art
by Dr. Mary Ann Milford-Lutzker
Professor of Art History and Carver Professor of East Asian Studies, Mills College

Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 at 2 p.m.
Education Classroom
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street, San Francisco

SACHI and the Asian Art Museum invite you to an illustrated talk discussing the works of two leading contemporary artists, Zarina Hashmi and Hung Liu in the Search for Identify in Asian American Art.

Image: Zarina, House of Many Rooms, 1993, Portfolio of 4 etchings and text. Sheet size: 16.5 x 29.5 in., Image size: 9 x 8 in.


Kathakali Ramayana

Time:    8.00 pm
Location:   Hillside Club
2286 Cedar St.
Berkeley, CA 94709

Three evenings of delightful Kathakali performances, presented by Kaladharan Vishwanath with special guest artists. Makeup & costumes by Kalamandalam Sukumaran. Introduced by Kaladharan Viswanath. Presented by Graeme & Eve Vanderstoel, and  co-sponsored with SACHI.

Monday October 17

Ravana reminisces about his childhood.
Kalamandalam Manoj as Ravana
A fascinating “monologue” by the powerful and demonic King Ravana remembering his early childhood, and his mother’s ambitions for him. This play, Ravanodbhava, was written in the mid 1700s.

Tuesday October 18

Ravana woos the abducted Sita.
Kalamandalam Manoj as Ravana, Roshni Pillai as Sita, Janhavi Pillai as Mandodari
The demonic Ravana kidnapped Rama’s wife Sita and has taken her to his kingdom in Lanka. When he mades advances to Sita, his wife Mandodari intervenes. The play Torana Yudha was written in the 16th century.

Wednesday October 19

Hanuman discovers Sita in Lanka.
Kalamandalam Manoj as Hanuman, Jan Zeitlin as Sita
Hanuman, the monkey general and alley of Rama, searches for Sita in Ravana’s kingdom of Lanka. He creates havoc before finding Sita in the palace garden. He gives Sita Rama’s ring to prove his identify. Also a scene from Torana Yudha.

For tickets please click on the link here and search for Kathakali  in “Find an Event”.



The Rama Epic : Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe

SACHI proudly co-sponsors the Asian Art Museum 50th anniversary publication for the ongoing exhibition on the Ramayana.

Please visit the exhibition from Oct. 21, 2016 to Jan. 15, 2017. Further details here.