Art Institute of Chicago to Host Third Annual Diwali Celebration on October 26
Following the success of last year's jubilant Diwali celebration at the Art Institute of Chicago, the museum will once again host one of the largest Indian holiday fêtes in the Midwest. On Saturday, October 26, 2013, an enchanting evening packed with delectable food, drinks, lively music, and dancing will take place at the Art Institute. Invited are prominent individuals within Chicago's Indian community, as well as friends of the Art Institute and admirers of its world-class collection of Indian art. More than 300 guests are looking forward to joining the celebration.
Popularly known as the "festival of lights," Diwali is observed throughout India as well as in Indian communities throughout the Diaspora. The holiday's nickname comes from the row of clay lamps, or "diyas," that are traditionally lit outside homes to symbolize the inner light that protects us from spiritual darkness-or, the victory of good over evil. Guests to the Art Institute on October 26 will have much to celebrate, as Diwali also ushers in the Indian new year.
At 7:30 p.m., the evening will begin with a pre-gala cocktail reception and a special viewing of the Alsdorf Galleries of Indian, Southeast Asian, Himalayan, and Islamic Art-home to more than 430 South and Southeast Asian sculptures, artifacts, and paintings. An exquisite dinner will be served in the Modern Wing's Griffin Court at 8:30 p.m., followed by music and dancing. Guests are encouraged to don festive attire for the event.
The third annual Diwali Celebration at the Art Institute is hosted by co-chairs Anita and Prabhakant Sinha, Anu and Arjun Aggarwal, and Ritu and Gautam Dhingra. All proceeds from the Diwali Celebration will support the museum's distinguished Indian program. For tickets and more information on the event, please contact Stephanie Henderson at(312) 443-3127 or e-mail email@example.com.