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Ode to Navarathri


Join us for a day of international festivals presented in collaboration with Ragamala Dance Company and Concordia Language Villages.

Gallery admission is free for everyone on the first Saturday of each month from 10 am to 6 pm, with a variety of family activities scheduled from 10 am to 3 pm.


Ragamala Dance Company presents Ode to Navarathri

“The festival of Navarathri is deeply rooted in symbolism and ancient stories, but is also informal and warm. According to Artistic Director Ranee Ramaswamy, ‘The important thing is, art is bigger than you. You share what you have. We’re hoping to bring that feeling of oneness that connects community with the arts.’”

Ragamala presents its 3rd annual Ode to Navarathri festival at the Walker Art Center. In Southern India, Navarathri is commemorated with a Navarathri Kolu, a time when families welcome neighbors into their homes for a celebration rooted in the sharing of art. Ragamala’s annual Ode to Navarathri expands this notion into a community-wide gathering.

This year’s festival will feature five experiences: a traditional south Indian kolu (a vibrant display of figurines that is at the center of Navarathri celebrations in South India); curated performances by local artists and community members in the Walker Cinema; kolam rice flour design workshops on the floor of the Garden Terrace Room; a photographic retrospective—entitled Six Yards of Memory (with collaborator Ed Bock); and a short documentary (by Perimeter Productions) chronicling how Navarathri Kolus are celebrated by Indian-Americans in Minnesota homes.

Call for Performers

If you would like to submit your interest in performing, please use this form before October 16th:


Walker Art Center

Earlier Event: October 28
Memorial Auditorium
Later Event: November 11
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts