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Rasa Festival | SONABAI: ANOTHER WAY OF SEEING with Dr. Stephen P. Huyler


Thursday September 6, 2018: 7:00pm to 8:30pm  Add to Calendar /   Add to Google Calendar


Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room


As part of the Rasa Festival, Dr. Stephen Huyler will present a fascinating talk that recounts an amazing story of the discovery of a rural Indian woman's beautiful art. An exhibition of Sonabai's art will be on view at the Riverside Art Center throughout the month of September.

While imprisoned by her husband for fifteen years, a woman in central India invented an entirely new art form that expresses life's joy. Although Sonabai was illiterate and untrained, her artistic vision is now globally acknowledged. Her work has been the agent of significant social and economic improvement in her region. Sonabai's astonishing story confronts us with our own choices: do we allow ourselves to be victimized by our current issues or can we use our own inner resources to find creative solutions?

Dr. Stephen P. Huyler has spent many months of each of the past 46 years conducting field research into India's traditional arts with a particular focus on Indian women's art and identity. He has published eight books, created several films and curated more than 30 exhibitions of Indian art at museums across the world.  He states that his work with Sonabai changed his vision of the world and possibilities for our future.

Rasa is an innovative India-themed multi-arts festival, produced by Akshara, and held annually in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. The festival runs from September 1st-October 7th, 2018. For more information, see