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India Comes to California and the Northwest

Magazine article Sunset

India Comes to California and the Northwest

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The second most populous nation in the world, it gave geometry students pi and all of us the zero. Its film industry rivals Hollywood's; some says its cuisine rivals that of China and France.

This month, the culture of the Indian subcontinent arrives in the West in performances, exhibits, and symposiums collectively titled "A Festival of India." The 18-month-long celebration was initiated at the behest of the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in hopes of strengthening ties between her nation and ours.

Indian science, now in L.A., moves to

Portland and Seattle in 1986

A highlight of the festival is "India--A Festival of Science," a show that explores India's long scientific tradition with exhibits such as one re-creating a 10th-century alchemist's laboratory. Craftsmen will demonstrate woodcarving, silver filigree work, bronze casting, silk and cotton embroidery, and gemstone cutting.

Now through January 15, it's at the California Museum of Science and Industry in Los Angeles; for details, call (213)744-7400. It then moves to Portland in March and Seattle in July.

Films, dances, and art...coming up

Here are key events scheduled in the next few months. One of the most impressive aspects of the celebration, a show of 5,000 years of Indian art entitled "Essence of India," is tentatively set to open in August at San Francisco's Asian Art Museaum.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Oakland. Now through November 15. Prieto Gallery, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Boulevard; (415)430-2164. "The Image of Women in India Art" is an exhibition ranging from 1000 B.C. terra cotta through paintings of the Muslim Mogul and Hindu Rajput courts to contemporary folk art. Hours: 10 to 4 daily; free.

Berkeley. November and February-March. Pacific Film Archive, 2625 Durant Avenue. "Film-utsav India" is a two-part, 49-film survey of classic and contemporary Indian cinema. Screenings include documentaries on Nehru, Gandhi, and director Satyajit Ray. Tickets cost $3.75; (415)642-1412.

San Francisco. Saturdays November 9 through December 7 at 1 P.M. California Academy of Sciences, The Wattis Hall of Man, Golden Gate Park; (415)221-5100. …

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