Center for Contemporary Art to host Indian art exhibition and production of Indian folk tales

The Center for Contemporary Art in collaboration with the Indo-American Arts Council will host the 13th annual “Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora.” The exhibition will open on Thursday, March 17 and will remain on view through April 15. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, March 17, from 5-7 p.m. and will be free and open to the public.

The Indo-American Arts Council’s production “Erasing Borders,” curated by Vijay Kumar, is a stimulating exhibition that presents artists of the Indian diaspora who challenge issues of sexuality, terror, disease, the environment, racial and sectarian politics in painting, prints, installations, video, and sculpture.

The diverse theme and style of the art juxtaposes traditional Indian aesthetics with Western elements. It also expresses the hardship of personal and cultural disturbance throughout the worldwide community. Twenty-four artists were selected for this exhibition.

As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts organization, the Indo-American Arts Council’s is committed to “promoting, showcasing and building an awareness of artists of Indian origin in the performing arts, visual arts, literary arts and folk arts.” For further information, visit

On Sunday, April 3, from 2-3 p.m. The center will be holding a live family performance, Tenali Raman: Folk Tales of India, presented by Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Center.

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The production Tenali Raman: Folk Tales of India is about the jester-poet Tenali Raman, who served on the court of Krishnadevaraya, the Vijayanagara emperor in 16th-century India. Despite having no formal education, Tenali Raman used his brilliance and great wit to work his way into the emperor’s court.

n this family play, Dragonfly Multicultural Arts brings Tenali Raman to life through stories of his adventures and tricks. With music, dance, and comedy, these folk tales are delightful for those who know the Tenali Raman stories as well as those who are new to his tale.

The performance will be followed by light refreshments. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and may be purchased online at

Founded in 1970, The Center for Contemporary Art is a vital regional art center with a vibrant studio art school, extensive exhibition program and important community outreach component. Visitors requiring an accommodation or service should contact The center at least two weeks prior to the scheduled visit. The center is located at 2020 Burnt Mills Road in Bedminster. For further information, call 908-234-2345 or visit The Center for Contemporary Art online at

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