May 22nd, 2012 by RichmondBargains

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This Saturday from 1 – 4 pm, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will hold a free Celebrate the Art of India family event.

Recommended for families with children ages 3 – 12.

Learn about the glitz, glamour, and power of the Indian kings! Create art inspired by this ancient culture and compare your creations to the South Asian galleries at VMFA.


    1 pm, 2 pm, 3:45 pm
    Gandharva School of Music, Richmond, Sculpture Garden (rain location: Atrium, Level 1)
    Experience the sounds of the traditional Indian tanpura, table, and harmonium. Performers from 6 to 16 years of age invite the audience to participate and learn about this unique style of music.

    1:15 pm, 1:55 pm, 2:35 pm, 3:15 pm
    Rikki Tikki Tavi, movie (30 minutes), Reynolds Lecture Hall, Level LL
    In this Rudyard Kipling classic, a young mongoose protects his home and loved ones from dangerous cobras.

    1:30 pm, 3 pm
    Bharatha Natyam & Kuchipudi, Cheek Theater, Level L
    Delicate hand gestures, expressive eyes, extraordinary footwork and graceful techniques by performers from 10 to 20 years of age of the Apsaras Arts Dance Group, Nrithya School of Kuchipudi Dance and Sri Sai Dance Academy make this performance a must see!

Ongoing Activities:

    Howdahs and Elephants and Maharajas—OH MY!!, Art Education Center Studios, Level 1
    Create a howdah (elephant saddle) and adorn an elephant so that it is fit for a king to ride.

    Art of Indian Architecture, Art Education Center Studios, Level 1
    Design your own temple, mosque, or mausoleum using Indian architectural elements like an onion dome, columns, and arches.

    Indian Prints and Patterns, Sculpture Garden (rain location: Conference Room 1, Level L)
    Use authentic Indian textile stamps to make your own patterned bag.

    Crowns for Kings and Queens, Sculpture Garden (rain location: Conference Room 2, Level L)
    India’s Hindu kings or maharajas wore spectacular turbans or headdresses bejeweled with ornaments made from precious metals and stones like gold and jade. Make your own bejeweled crown and become king or queen for the day!

    Rangoli, Atrium, Level 1
    Observe the beautiful and delicate designs of rangoli, an ancient Indian folk art created with rice flour during Hindu festivals.

    Henna Demonstrations, Sculpture Garden (rain location: Atrium, Level 1)
    Celebrate with this ancient form of body art traditionally applied to hands and feet to bring joy, beauty, and good luck.

    Royal Riches Galley Hunt, museum-wide
    Explore the world of royalty — from the maharajas of India to the Kuba kings of the Congo — in eight VMFA galleries. Return your completed form of what you find to the Welcome table to receive a prize.

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