LIVEWIRE  NIAM’s Monthly Open Mic

LIVEWIRE NIAM’s Monthly Open Mic

Livewire is your Open Mic platform to jam, tell us a story, act your heart out, enthrall with a verse, drop the mic… You bring the talent we’ll bring the cheers!

When? Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 5:30 PM 

Where? National Indo American Museum, 815 S Main St, Lombard, IL 60148

You’ll have 3 minutes for any kind of spoken word performance- poetry, storytelling, comedy, acting, essay reading, singing, and even music! Not ready to take the mic? Come join the audience and enjoy the show! Your $5 ticket includes light refreshments.

If you would like to sign up for the Open Mic, email us at info@niam.org. We recommend advance sign-up and will schedule based on first come first served!

This month’s spotlight performer: IndRani Mondal

IndRani Mondal writes in English and Bengali. Fluency in both language and exposure to both kinds of literature. It gives an inclusive dimension and comparative edge to her writings. The author brings her gamut of people’s experiences, existential struggles, and triumphs of life relationships into her writings. Her poems are alive with sensual color and warm with sensitivity and emotions. They reflect social and cultural issues, sometimes with immigrant perceptions, always with the universal human appeal. As a caregiver, she crafts medically challenging times into poetic expressions with skill and heart.

IndRani Mondal has co-authored two novels of (Medical science Fiction: Bugging Cancer and Three Daughters, Three Journeys); and two books of Bengali poems, Protidin Sati and Raater Sarir ( Body Of Night)

FALL FUNDRAISER- A Musical Evening by Palini Ramnarayan

FALL FUNDRAISER- A Musical Evening by Palini Ramnarayan

Palini Ramnarayan is a versatile musician with a music minor from Cornell University.
Palini started singing when she was five years old, training in Hindustani classical under Aparna Pai and later Saili Oak. 
She currently follows the traditions and style of the Jaipur Gharana. Palini performs frequently at temples and community events, and has also worked on collaborative projects with string quartets and collegiate orchestras. She is also a trained Western Classical violinist, composer, and songwriter. 
Palini played the violin in the Cornell Symphony Orchestra for 4 years and served as musical director of her a cappella group, Cornell Tarana, for two years. She is currently on the board of the Association of South Asian A Cappella. 
Palini is deeply passionate about intertwining her two musical cultures and spreading both genres to new audiences. 
 
She currently works as a software engineer in Chicago.
Light food and drinks will be served at 6:30PM. Program will start at 7:30 PM
Livewire- Open Mic @ NIAM: Palini Ramnarayan

Livewire- Open Mic @ NIAM: Palini Ramnarayan

Livewire is your Open Mic platform to jam, tell us a story, act your heart out, enthrall with a verse, drop the mic… You bring the talent we’ll bring the cheers!

This month’s spotlight performer: Palini Ramnarayan

Palini Ramnarayan is a versatile musician with a Music minor from Cornell University. Palini started singing when she was five years old, training in Hindustani classical under Aparna Pai and later Saili Oak. She currently follows the traditions and style of the Jaipur Gharana. Palini performs frequently at temples and community events, and has also worked on collaborative projects with string quartets and collegiate orchestras. She is also a trained Western Classical violinist, composer, and songwriter. Palini played violin in the Cornell Symphony Orchestra for 4 years and served as  musical director of her a cappella group, Cornell Tarana, for two years. She is currently on the board of the Association of South Asian A Cappella. Palini is deeply passionate about intertwining her two musical cultures and spreading both genres to new audiences. She currently works as a software engineer in Chicago.

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When? Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 5:30 PM 

Where? NIAM’s Umang and Paragi Patel Center, 815 S Main St, Lombard, IL 60148

You’ll have 3 minutes for any kind of spoken word performance- poetry, storytelling, comedy, acting, essay reading, singing, and even music! Not ready to take the mic? Come join the audience and enjoy the show! Your $5 ticket includes light refreshments.

If you would like to sign up for the Open Mic, email us at info@niam.org. We recommend advance sign-up and will schedule based on first come first served!

Opening: DESI Roots and Wings

Opening: DESI Roots and Wings

The exhibition is an exploration of the heritage and experiences of Indian Immigrants to the United States, addressing such topics as:
The meaning of the word “desi” representing a collective identity for South Asians
The diversity of the diaspora community
Immigration and historic challenges to obtaining citizenship
Music, dance, and food
Indian-American professions, from doctors to athletes, to cab drivers

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Opens July 29
Museum/exhibition hours: Thursday–Sunday, 1-5pm
Group tours at other times are available by appointment
Admission is $5, free for children 12 and younger.
Free parking

Livewire- NIAM’s Open Mic

Livewire- NIAM’s Open Mic

Livewire is your Open Mic platform to jam, tell us a story, act your heart out, enthrall with a verse, drop the mic… You bring the talent we’ll bring the cheers!
You’ll have 3 minutes for any kind of spoken word performance- poetry, storytelling, comedy, acting, essay reading, singing, and even music! Not ready to take the mic? Come join the audience and enjoy the show! Your $5 ticket includes light refreshments. Buy tickets here: https://www.eventcombo.com/e/livewire–open-mic–niam-56329
If you would like to sign up for the Open Mic, email us at info@niam.org. We recommend advance sign-up and will schedule based on first come first served!
This month’s spotlight performer: Nestor Gomez
Nestor “the Boss” Gomez was born in Guatemala and traveled undocumented to Chicago in the mid 1980’s. As a way to overcome his childhood stutter, few years ago he took the stageat his first Moth StorySLAM. Since then, he has won over 60 slams in different parts of the world. He is also the creator, curator, host and producer of “80 Minutes around the World Immigration Stories”, a podcast about national identity, culture, family, and borders