FREEDOM FESTIVAL DAY 02
Celebrating 75 Years of Independence with TWO days of very special music and dance performances. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Unbearable Memories, Unspeakable Histories: The Partitition Anti-Memorial Project
Day 02 LINE UP
1PM: Zeshan B: Chicago-based, multi-instrumentalist soul, opera, gospel, and ghazal singer, who is also a songwriter and recording artist
2PM: DJ Ase Wonder: Pakistani-born, Chicago-based cultural producer, community organizer, interdisciplinary artist, and disc jockey (Opening and playing during intermissions)
3PM: Ishti Dance: Chicago-based, classically trained, contemporary Indian dancers and choreographers.
4PM: Jina Brass Band Featuring Members of Funkadesi: Jina Brass Band, Chicago’s first Indian baraat dhol and brass band in their first collaboration with Chicago-based bhangra, Bollywood, folk, reggae, funk, and Afro-Caribbean band, Funkadesi.
DAY 01 LINEUP:
1PM: DJ Spin Cycle:
Ankur Malhotra: Delhi and Midwest-based record label owner and disc jockey (Playing during intermissions)
2PM: Riyaaz Qawwali:
USA-based, Pakistani Qawwali music ensemble
3PM: Soham Dance Space
4PM: Karsh Kale & Fareed Haque Project featuring special guests Priya Darshini, Max ZT, and surprise guests
USA/India-based percussionist, composer, DJ, and producer, Karsh Kale collaborates with Pakistani Chilean Chicagoan, Fareed Haque, noted jazz guitarist, composer, and music professor. Joined by special guests Grammy-nominated vocalist Priya Darshini and dulcimer wizard and House of Waters band leader, Max ZT.
THIS IS A FREE EVENT, REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Presented in conjunction with South Asia Institute’s current exhibition “Unbearable Memories, Unspeakable Histories: Partition Anti-Memorial Project”
Through experiential art installations “Unbearable Memories, Unspeakable Histories” investigates the Partition of India in 1947.
This year marks 75 years since the Partition of India in 1947, which created Pakistan, and eventually, Bangladesh in 1971. Pritika Chowdhry’s experiential art installations are temporary ‘anti-memorials’ to the Partition.
Often described as the Holocaust of South Asia, the Partition triggered the largest migration in human history with over 20 million people displaced, approximately 2 million killed and over 300,000 women were abducted in the communal violence that ensued.
The exhibition addresses the many facets of the Partition from a counter-memory perspective through experiential art installations. The title alludes to the painful and silenced narratives that have been elided from mainstream discourses of the Partition.
When a memory is unbearable, how does one memorialize it? And when a history is unspeakable, how does one talk about it? The exhibition’s title, “Unbearable Memories, Unspeakable Histories” alludes to the painful and silenced narratives that have been excluded from mainstream discourses of the Partition.
ARTIST LED TOURS AT 1PM EVERY OTHER SATURDAY!
Sep 3 and 17 | Oct 01, 15 and 29 | Nov 12 | Dec 10
A special evening of music and conversation with Chicago’s celebrated musical supergroup, Funkadesi. Known for their own high-energy blend of music that ranges from South Asian classical, folk and film melodies to West African, Caribbean, Latin, Brazilian and Reggae blended with American Funk and Soul music. They will perform an intimate “unplugged” acoustic set of rarely performed music from their 25-year repertoire and debut new original material. They will also be sharing the story of their long musical journey, their creative process, and their inner workings.
Renowned physician, scientist, and author, Dr. Azra Raza, recites a selection of Mirza Ghalib’s powerful poetry. She translates and interprets the powerful lyrics in her very distinctive style that has endeared to her audiences all over the US and overseas.