Silk Road House:
A Cultural and Educational Center
Silk Road House is a non-profit organization created to promote and support an
impressive array of diverse ethnic cultural traditions. The main goals of the
Silk Road House are:
Silk Road House symbolizes the connections, communications and bonds between peoples and
cultures united by the Silk Road concept, and at the same time, a real network of the modern
day contacts between those peoples and cultures. The Silk Road House is a welcoming cultural
center where everyone who might be interested could find a wide range of accurate information
concerning the history, culture, and everyday life of Silk Road countries.
- to create a center for the collection of pertinent cultural and historical information
- to provide a place where creative activities can bring to life the traditions of the Silk Road here in United States
- to celebrate the Silk Road's tradition of hospitality
A word of appreciation...
Our special and deepest thanks go to those who have made an array of donations to Silk
Road House – by money, various things, books, time, skill or all these together...
Among these generous individuals are (in alphabetical order):
Karen Folger Jacobs
Robert E. Lee
Cariadne Margaret Mackenzie
Semion and Ludmila Mirkin
Aiman and Mairbek Mussipov
Elmira and Werdana Mussipov
Joan E. Norvelle
Chris and Steve Shaw
Zhuldyz and Lloyd Shimabukuro
Omerjan and Aygul Siddik
Santo K. van Ess
...as well as anonymous private donors, the SilkRoad Foundation and the Open Society Institute.
Our cordial thanks to all of you!
- Board of Directors of Silk Road House
The Silk Road House presents "Karbi Ritual Dances and Ceremonies – An Audio-Visual Insight"
The second presentation of Dr. Dattaray will be introducing the dance tradition from Karbi Anglong, a hill ‘tribe’ from North East India.
The introductory talk and the fieldwork documentary clippings of Karbi harvest and funeral related dances would add substantial bit of visual and musical information of that colorful ancient tradition. We will see the intriguing wordless way to convey storytelling in dances and ceremonial gestures.
The documentary movie is 41 minutes long. It has no subtitles, but the dances and gestures are self-explanatory. Besides, our dear guest will give all necessary commentary to her fieldwork visual data.
Debashree Dattaray is Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. She is currently a Fulbright Visiting Faculty with the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley for Fall 2013. In 2012, she was awarded an Erasmus Mundus Europe Asia Fellowship for Academic Staff at the University of Amsterdam. In 2007-08, she was a Fulbright Doctoral and Professional Research Fellow at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. Her areas of interest and publication are Indigenous Studies, Gender, Narrative, Oratures and Comparative Indian Literature Methodology.
November 30th Saturday, 5-7pm