Rasa Festival

Rasa is an innovative India-themed multi-arts festival, produced by Akshara, and held annually in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. In 2017, it will be held in August and September.

The Mayor of Ann Arbor, Christopher Taylor, welcomes you to the Rasa Festival:

In Indian aesthetics, a rasa (Sanskrit: रस lit. ‘juice’ or ‘essence’) denotes an essential mental state and is the dominant emotional theme of a work of art, or the primary aesthetic feeling that is evoked in the person that views, reads or hears such a work.

The Rasa festival is designed to promote a deeper awareness and appreciation for the effulgent richness and abundance of cultural heritage that stems from India. It is multi-arts and multi-disciplinary, presenting traditional as well as cutting edge work in performing, visual, literary, and media/films and culinary arts, in partnership with prominent Ann Arbor arts organizations.

Participating artists in the festival will be local, national and international Indo-American artists, artists from India as well as those who are highly inspired by Indian culture. It is a collaborative initiative, working through partnerships with key local organizations such as the Ann Arbor Art Center, the Riverside Art Center, the Michigan Theater, the Neutral Zone, the Ann Arbor Visitors and Convention Bureau, The FLY Children’s Art Center, Literati Bookstore, etc., and chef, food visionary, research scientist and founder of two Ann Arbor restaurants, Dr. Swaroop Bhojani.

The educational outreach activities include community workshops , K-12 teacher arts immersion sessions, after school youth programs, and school programs such as art camps and school assemblies.

Curatorial panel:

Performance: Sreyashi Dey

Visual art: Christina Burch and Paroma Chatterjee

Literary: Zilka Joseph and Mike Zhai

Music: Veena Kulkarni

Film festival: Joyojeet Pal

Culinary: Swaroop Bhojani and Lakshmi Narayanan