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AGAMA, Festival of Indian Classical Arts

September 6th - September 8th 2019.


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Welcome to Agama, festival of Indian classical arts. AGAMA, meaning handed down is a festival showcasing the rich classical art traditions of India, as they have been handed down, from generation to generation.

Agama, Day 2

6:00pm: Son of the Wind by Leela Dance Collective

A double header, Saturday evening opens with the east coast premiere of a tour-de-force Kathak dance drama with live orchestra, presented by Leela Dance Collective. This dance theater production featuring an all-female cast and original musical score, brings to life the hidden hero at the heart of the great epic, India’s Magnum Opus, Ramayana. Son of the Wind is a timeless tale and narrates the universal battle between good and evil.

Artist Line-Up:

Pallavi Salvi

Joya Nandy Kazi

Rina Mehta

Seibi Lee

Shefali Jain

Rachna Nivas

Sarah Morelli

Cimeron Ahluwalia

Joanna Meinl

Seema Mehta

Ria DasGupta

Ahana Mukherjee

Sonali Toppur

Navneet Bal

Mimixa Patel

Monika Ramnath

Carrie McCune

Chandana Srinivas

Seema Barua

8:30pm: Hindustani Instrumental by Alam Khan and Swapan Chaudhuri, with Manik Khan

The second performance of the evening is a Hindustani instrumental concert featuring sarod and tabla. The son of the esteemed Ali Akbar Khan, Alam Khan continues the practice of sarod, rendering melodic scales developed in the Indian courts of Emperor Akbar in the sixteenth Century. Alam is accompanied on the tabla by senior percussive maestro and two-time Grammy nominated Swapan Chaudhuri. Premiering for the first time in Philadelphia, Alam and Swapan will be joined by Manik Khan, the youngest son of the late Ali Akbar Khan.

Artist Line-Up:

Alam Khan

Swapan Chaudhuri

Manik Khan

The best way to experience the Agama festival would be to attend all the four performances! This year’s edition we present internationally renowned artists including TM Krishna, Alam Khan, Swapan Chaudhuri and ensembles like Leela Dance Collective and the Alumni of Kalakshetra.

For more information, please visit,

Merriam Theater

250 S Broad St

Philadelphia, PA 19102