Screenings, Performances, Book Clubs, and Visiting Artists

All events are free and open to the public.
Fall 2017
Navarasa Dance Theater
Snake and Ladder
Saturday, September 23rd
Alumnae Hall Auditorium
Navarasa Dance Theater's innovative classical and contemporary work roots itself in Indian performing arts yet reaches out to audiences all around the world. Snake and Ladder shows how the healing power of art helps us survive tragedies and bring us hope. A prince suffering from PTSD challenges Death to a game of Snakes and Ladders, while an artist uses his art to evade Death. Based on Ingmar Bergman's classic film, The Seventh Seal, Dr. Aparna Sindhoor and Anil Natyaveda's choreography, set to an original score, contemplates death and war but leaves us with a feeling of hope and redemption. Featuring artists from across the U.S., this one-time, unmissable show is free and open to all, thanks to the generous support of the Treves Fund, The Suzy Newhouse Center for the Humanities, the South Asia Studies program, and the departments of Sociology, Art, Theater, and Women's and Gender Studies at Wellesley College.
Written by: S M Raju
Music by: Isaac Thomas Kottukapally

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Richard Pithouse
November 5th - 8th
Professor Richard Pithouse is a widely published academic and journalist with affiliations at the Unit for the Humanities (UHURU) at the university currently known as Rhodes in Grahamstown, South Africa and the Wits Institute for Social & Economic Research (WiSER) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has also taught at the Workers' College and the Nkrumah School in South Africa, and at the Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra political school in São Paulo Brazil.
Kwaku Addo Sakyi-Addo
November 14th - 18th
Mr. Kwaku Addo Sakyi-Addo is an award-winning Ghanaian broadcaster & talk show host, strategic communication specialist and telecommunications policy advocate based in Accra. He is the Chairman of the National Communications Authority of Ghana, and Partner at Activate Africa, a strategic communications firm in Accra.  He is also Executive Producer and Presenter of "The Lounge," a unique weekly talk programme broadcast from a live bar on radio and TV on Fridaynights. For six years until April 2017, he was CEO of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications which represents six major listed multinational telecom companies. Kwaku had previously been a correspondent for BBC World Service and Reuters, the world's largest wire service, for over a decade.  In the course of his decades-long broadcasting/journalism career, he has interviewed scores of global personalities including the last three Secretary-Generals of the United Nations, Bono and Larry King. 
Spring 2017 Events:
Bruce Robbins
Some of My Best Friends are Zionists
Screening at Collins Cinema: Thursday, February 23rd at 6:30 p.m.
Bruce Robbins is the Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. His work focuses on nineteenth and twentieth century fiction, transnational literature, literary and cultural theory, and postcolonial literature. He recently produced the documentary “Some of My Best Friends Are Zionists” featuring interviews of American Jews with independent views of Israel.  He is the recipient of prestigious fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, and Frank Knox Memorial. Bruce Robbins is also the author of Upward Mobility and the Common Good: Toward a Literary History of the Welfare StateFeeling Global: Internationalism in Distress, and Perpetual War: Cosmopolitanism from the Viewpoint of Violence
Photo Credit: Bryan Thomas
Fall 2016 Events:
Global India: Aesthetics & Performance
Over the course of this coming year, the Newhouse Center will present a series of events that draw from, and reflect on, Indian aesthetics. We are excited to showcase this series, which includes lectures, demonstrations, workshops, film, and performances. These artists and visitors come to us from near and far: Mumbai, Chennai, Boston, and Amsterdam! In this announcement (for the fall series only at this time), you will find, listed, the main event linked to each visit.*
If anyone of the Wellesley community would like to make contact with these visitors, please contact Corey McMullen at, and we will do our best to facilitate your request. Limited class visits might also be possible depending on the artists' schedule/availability and your class meeting time.
*In the fall semester, each visit was coordinated with two classes, one taught in the South Asia Studies program by Neelima Shukla-Bhatt, and the other by Anjali Prabhu in the Writing Program. Some of the artists also offered other informal programs.
Rahul Vohra
"Rasa, the Conveyor Belt of Emotions." (Lecture and Demonstration)
Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Newhouse Center
Photo Courtesy of Meenal Agarwal
Rahul Vohra is a Mumbai-based actor, director, and producer who specializes in Indian folk and classical arts as well as global theater, cinema, and aesthetics. In 1988, he founded and became the coordinator of Sarthi, an organization addressing the basic rights of traditional artists and artisans. In his own performing arts and production company, Apostrophe 99, Rahul has directed troupes from all across India, showcasing their work across the globe in countries such as France, Spain, Reunion Island, and Hong Kong.
Among his famous projects are Navrasa, performed on Reunion Island and at the Printemps des Comédiens festival in Montpellier, Le Palais des Vents (The Palace of Winds), which was also performed at the Printemps des Comédiens, Jhalak at the World Cultural Forum in Barcelona, and Mahabharata with Jean-Claude Carrière and Teejan Bai in Reunion. For his significant achievements in the arts, the French government inducted Rahul into the prestigious Order of Arts and Letters, naming him a chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2014.
Padmini Chettur and Maarten Visser
"Reading Indian Aesthetics." (Lecture and Improvisation)
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Alumnae Hall Ballroom
Padmini Chettur and Maarten Visser complement each other as an artistic couple. Chettur is an award-winning dancer and choreographer trained in Bharatanatyam, a form of traditional Indian dance. She has performed in a multitude of productions, such as LilavatiPranaAngikaSriBhinna PravahaYantraMahakaal, and Sharira. Her husband, Visser, is a Dutch saxophonist trained in jazz, Carnatic, and Western classical music. Maarten released a CD with saxophone solos and toured with the contemporary trios of MV3 and Oto.3 around India and Holland. He has collaborated with Chettur by composing music for her internationally successful productions between 2000-2012. The couple co-founded the artistic group Basement 21 with other dancers and musicians to create productions such as Pause/PlayAcrossNot Over, and Wall Dancing.
Generously supported by the Mellon Foundation.
Shailesh Bahoran
Heritage (Solo Performance)
Thursday, November 10th, 2016 at 12:15 p.m.
Tishman Commons
Shailesh Bahoran is a hip-hop dancer and choreographer influenced by elements of breakdancing as well as Indian classical dance. He is often noted for his technique, originality, and expression. In 2002, he formed the dance group Illusionary Rockaz, which presented the first Dutch hip-hop performance, Age of Chaos. He has developed his artistic skills through theater and his involvement in prestigious organizations such as the Dutch National Ballet, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, and the Amsterdam Academy. He currently serves as a dancer and choreographer at the Korzo Theater and with ISH.
In this solo, Shailesh Bahoran goes in search of his Hindustani roots and their significance for his identity as a person and as a dancer. In a way that is unique, Bahoran explores Indian mythology and Indian dance traditions from the point of view of his own disciplines of popping and b-boying. 
This event is informal - stop by on your way to lunch in the Lulu, or feel free to bring your lunch in with you!
Lalla Rookh (Troupe Performance)
Thursday, November 10th, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Alumnae Hall Auditorium
In Lalla Rookh, the ISH Dance Collective from Amsterdam will perform a mixture of hip-hop, Indian dance, and funk styles to depict the journey of Indian immigrants of the 19th century, who thought they were traveling to the land of God. Instead, the ship, Lalla Rookh, arrives in Suriname, where the voyagers were told they were now indentured workers.