August 15th, 2015 is India’s Independence Day. Come learn about and celebrate this fascinating country and its many cultures at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Have your hand painted with henna; try your luck at playing pachisi; make a Rahki bracelet to celebrate siblings and friends; hear Indian instruments like the sitar and tabla; sing songs in English, Bengali and Hindi with Raga Kids; then learn Bhangra dancing from Ajna Dance Company at a rooftop dance party featuring DJ Rekha.
Totally Tots Studio: Let’s Celebrate India!
11:30am & 2:30pm | Ages 2.5 to 5 years
Learn about an art form that comes from India! Shishadur is the East Indian art of stitching mirror to cloth and is used to decorate clothing, rugs and more. Join us in the Totally Tots studio and create your own shiny Shishadur piece to take home and wear!
Touch Tank: Indian Ocean
12:00–12:30pm | All ages
Where is the Indian Ocean, and what kinds of underwater animals live there? Find out at this special Touch Tank session!
Family Art Lab: Rakhi Bracelets
12:30–1:00pm | Ages 4 and up
Get ready for the holiday of Raksha Bandhan by making a rakhi bracelet to give as a gift to a loved one or family member!
Performance: Raga Kids
1:00–2:00pm | All ages
Listen to Indian Classical instruments like Sitar and Tabla, learn about Indian music, and sing songs in English, Bengali and Hindi. Led by Brooklyn based music educators and performers Sameer Gupta (tabla), Trina Basu (violin) and Neel Murgai (sitar), Raga Kids is a unique offering and an incredible way to begin exploring the music of India and America.
Nature Explorers: Insects of India
1:30–2:00pm | Ages 4 and up
Drop by to meet some Indian stick insects, and other little critters from across the globe.
Ajna Dance: Cultural Connections Performance and Dance lesson
2:00–2:30pm | All ages
Learn dance moves from the Bhangra and Bollywood traditions from Ajna Dance Company. Founded by Minila Shah, Ajna Dance has performed at the United Nations, Macy’s, Barclays, Wells Fargo, S&P, Google, Nasdaq, MoMA Film and The Rubin Museum. Ajna Dance was created to share artistic and authentic Indian dance with a global and diverse audience.
Bhangra Dance Party with DJ Rekha
2:30–4:30pm | All ages
Dance the afternoon away to the Bhangra beats of DJ Rekha. Called the “Ambassador of Bhangra” by the New York Times and named one of the most influential South Asians by Newsweek, Rekha is among the first DJs to merge classic Bhangra and Bollywood sounds into the language of contemporary electronic dance music. Since establishing herself on the club scene with her inaugural event, Basement Bhangra in 1997, Rekha has produced some of the longest-running and most successful parties in New York, including Bollywood Disco, and Mutiny. Rekha also produces a weekly radio show, Bhangra and Beyond.
Snakes of India
4:15–4:45pm | Ages 4 and up
Learn about the “Big Four” venomous snakes in India, and then have a chance to meet some real, live, non-venomous snakes!