Sounds of India

Curated by Mark Morris

This year, the White Light Festival casts its gaze on artistic expression originating in and inspired by India. Choreographer Mark Morris, who has developed a deep relationship with the country over three decades, curates this special focus that explores place, culture, tradition, and the creativity of this vibrant part of the world. Along with Morris’s own dance company, artists rooted in Indian classical traditions shed light on the universal nature of India’s artistic heritage and dynamism.

Join us for an Opening Talk with Mark Morris and Lakshmi Vishwanathan
Thursday, October 27 at 6:15 pm
Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery at John Jay College
860 Eleventh Avenue

MMDG Master Classes
Explore the rhythm and dance of India with a day of classes for all skill levels on October 30. Sounds of India co-presented with White Light Festival’s Sounds of India

The White Light Festival presentation of Sounds of India is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road)

Bruno Walter Auditorium, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Tuesday, October 25 at 6:15 pm

Young Apu begins his journey in a remote Bengali village where the stars of his life are his dutiful mother, Sarbajaya, and his spirited sister, Durga.


Satyajit Ray. 1955. 125 minutes

Bengali with English subtitles

Aparajito (The Unvanquished)

Bruno Walter Auditorium, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Tuesday, October 25 at 9:15 pm

Set in the cities of Varanasi and Kolkata, the second part of the triptych portrays the poignant relationship between the adolescent Apu and his widowed mother.


Satyajit Ray. 1956. 113 minutes

Bengali with English subtitles

The River

Bruno Walter Auditorium, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Wednesday, October 26 at 6:15 pm

Three young British women come of age on the banks of the Ganges in Renoir’s first color feature, filmed entirely on location in India and deemed one of the most beautiful color films ever made.


Jean Renoir, France. 1951. 35mm, 99 minutes

English and Bengali with English subtitles

Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)

Bruno Walter Auditorium, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Wednesday, October 26 at 8:45 pm

Our story ends at the beginning. Apu, now a young adult, struggles to find his place in the world, faced with the ephemeral nature of love and the existential force of fatherhood.


Satyajit Ray. 1959. 107 minutes

Bengali with English subtitles

Bombay Jayashri

Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

The “goddess-like” Indian classical vocalist (Sydney Morning Herald) is an artful embodiment of the human emotive experience.

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Mark Morris Dance Group

Mark Morris, choreographer
Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

Witness how South India artistry has inspired an American dance legend.

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Kerala Kalamandalam Kathakali Troupe

Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

Experience the rapturous, mythic dance-drama of Kathakali.

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V. Selvaganesh

Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

One of today's great khanjira players spins a mystical experience of exceptional power.

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Nrityagram

Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

This all-female company channels the powerful imagery, compelling physicality, and emotional honesty of an ancient dance form.

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A Little Night Music/Nrityagram Music Ensemble

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

An intimate late-night musical experience.

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A Little Night Music/MMDG Music Ensemble

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

An intimate late-night musical experience.

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T.M. Krishna

Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

A vocal visionary transforms Carnatic music traditions into a pan-cultural phenomenon that pushes poetry beyond words.

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