Free admission begins at 4 pm.
All events are free.

Enjoy an evening of dance, tours, and art making at the MFA to celebrate Diwali—the Festival of Lights enjoyed around the world by many cultures and religions. Explore three highlights from our collection of South Asian art; watch a festive performance by Chhandika, a Kathak dance group whose swift footwork tells traditional Indian stories; and make art with Sunanda Sahay as she demonstrates the fine art of Madhubani, or Mithila, painting.

Special Events

Artist Demonstration and Art Making: Madhubani Painting | 6–8:30 pm, Education Center in Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159
Dance Performance: Kathak Dance of Northern India | 6:30–7 pm and 7:30–8 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard
Pop-Up Performance: Saraswathi Jones | 8:30–8:45 pm, Gallery 176
Drawing in the Galleries | 6–9 pm, Gallery 177 Blind or Low Vision

Tours and Talks

Spotlight Talks: Sitar | 6, 6:30, and 7:15 pm, Musical Instruments Gallery, 103
Gallery Tours: South Asian Highlights | 6:15, 7, and 7:45 pm, Meet at the Sharf Visitor Center
Lecture: Diwali around the World | 7–7:30 pm, Riley Seminar Room, 156

Additional Resources

MFA Guide Available at all ticket desks, Sharf Visitor Center, and Gund Gallery (LG31) Audio Description   ASL Interpretation   MFA Guide   Assistive Listening System

Additional Information

Access: The MFA is committed to accessibility for all visitors. For information, visit Accessibility, e-mail access@mfa.org, or call 617-267-9300 or 617-369-3188 (TTY). Wheelchairs and walkers are available at all entrances, first come, first served.

Tickets: Tickets are required for free admission, available at all ticket desks.

Wheelchair Accessibility  All programs are wheelchair accessible
Assistive Listening System  Assistive listening device
Sign Language Interpretation  ASL interpretation
Blind or Low Vision  Accessible to visitors who are blind or have low vision
Audio Description  Audio description

Audience

All ages

Free with Museum Admission


In This Series
Woman sitting outside at table drawing on paper, demonstrating Madhubani

Special Event

Artist Demonstration and Art Making: Madhubani Painting
November 4, 2015
6:00 pm8:30 pm

Join artist Sunanda Sahay as she demonstrates the fine art of Madhubani, or Mithila, painting from northern India. Make your own art inspired by her...

Visitors sitting on foldable chairs in gallery sketch model standing with arms reaching forward

Special Event

Drawing in the Galleries
November 4, 2015
6:00 pm9:00 pm

Get drawing tips and ideas from an artist as you sketch from a live model and objects in the galleries.  Accessible to visitors who are blind...

Lute (sitar), early 20th century

Special Event

Spotlight Talk
November 4, 2015
6:00 pm6:15 pm

Learn about the sitar, a stringed instrument often used in Diwali celebrations on a 15-minute talk with curatorial research fellow Jayme Kurland...

Ganesha with His Consorts, early 11th century

Special Event

Gallery Tour
November 4, 2015
6:15 pm6:45 pm

Enjoy a 30-minute tour exploring three highlights from the MFA’s collection of South Asian art, including Ganesh—the auspicious elephant-headed Hindu...

Two woman in bright orange and red dresses dancing Kathak, an Indian classican dance

Special Event

Performance: Kathak Dance of Northern India
November 4, 2015
6:30 pm7:00 pm

The ancient art of Kathak is one of the eight forms of Indian classical dance—its name comes from the Sanskrit word for “story.” Watch a dynamic...

Lute (sitar), early 20th century

Special Event

Spotlight Talk
November 4, 2015
6:30 pm6:45 pm

Learn about the sitar, a stringed instrument often used in Diwali celebrations on a 15-minute talk with curatorial research fellow Jayme Kurland...

Special Event

Lecture: Diwali around the World
November 4, 2015
7:00 pm7:30 pm

Join Rupal Shah to learn about Diwali and the many ways this festival is celebrated around the world. Ms. Shah, whose heritage is from India, was...

Ganesha with His Consorts, early 11th century

Special Event

Gallery Tour
November 4, 2015
7:00 pm7:30 pm

Enjoy a 30-minute tour exploring three highlights from the MFA’s collection of South Asian art, including Ganesh—the auspicious elephant-headed Hindu...

Lute (sitar), early 20th century

Special Event

Spotlight Talk
November 4, 2015
7:15 pm7:30 pm

Learn about the sitar, a stringed instrument often used in Diwali celebrations on a 15-minute talk with curatorial research fellow Jayme Kurland...

Two woman in bright orange and red dresses dancing Kathak, an Indian classican dance

Special Event

Performance: Kathak Dance of Northern India
November 4, 2015
7:30 pm8:00 pm

The ancient art of Kathak is one of the eight forms of Indian classical dance—its name comes from the Sanskrit word for “story.” Watch a dynamic...

Ganesha with His Consorts, early 11th century

Special Event

Gallery Tour
November 4, 2015
7:45 pm8:15 pm

Enjoy a 30-minute tour exploring three highlights from the MFA’s collection of South Asian art, including Ganesh—the auspicious elephant-headed Hindu...

Saraswathi Jones singing and performing with ukulele

Special Event

Pop-up Performance: Saraswathi Jones
November 4, 2015
8:30 pm8:45 pm

Local artist and musician, Saraswathi Jones, performs an acoustic ukulele set in the gallery alongside Saraswati—the Hindu goddess of knowledge, art...