Sun to Stars Festival
Solar One (East River just south of 23rd St. under FDR Drive, Manhattan)
Inspired by the traditional all-night concerts along India’s Ganges River, Sun to Stars evokes the traditional durbar and bethak-style concerts where performers and audiences interact in an informal setting to create an intimate artistic experience. With a backdrop defined by both natural and urban elements, the performers present work that grapples with the environment, be it through mythological folktales or a particular raga connected to nature. The Sun to Stars festival is solar-powered by the energy collected by the photovoltaic panels on the Solar 1 roof. The event also features a market place that includes regional South Asian cuisine from local chefs, Indian style seating with floor rugs and cushions, and information about important local South Asian and environmental nonprofit organizations. Free to the public, Sun to Stars draws a diverse crowd, including New York’s large South Asian community, local residents, music and dance enthusiasts of all kinds, activists, families, and college students. Accessible to all ages and South Asian food will be available for sale!
This year’s performers include: Neel Murgai │ Shobana Ram│Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury│Gaurav Shah│ Parul Shah Dance Company│Malini Srinivasan│ Rujuta Vaidya │Jay Gandhi │Nitin Mitta│Prachi Dalal │Prashant Shah │ Nandini Chirimar
Activities will include traditional kite and lamp making, coloring South Asian deity puppets, learning to wrap a sari and a special storytelling performance.