The Culture Tree provides South Asian themed educational and cultural programs that enrich the lives of children and their families and promotes a deeper connection with their roots and the world around them.
The Culture Tree is proud to partner with Ladydrinks NY on a tour of the Rubin Museum of Art on Saturday November 11th.
A docent will lead us on a tour of the extremely moving Henri Cartier Bresson's photographs of Post Partition India. This is a mother-child event and opportunity to educate the next generation about a time when India was undergoing major changes.
We have only a few more tickets left for the event, buy tickets here: http://bit.ly/2hpZIVv
On October 22nd, we partnered with the Children's Museum of Manhattan to host a day long Diwali event.
Celebrated by Hindus and Indians around the world, Diwali coincides with the Hindu New Year and celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.
During the daylong “Diwali: Festival of Lights” celebration at the Children’s Museum, children swayed to melodious Indian movie music and songs, created artwork inspired by traditional block prints, learned about the historic and social significance of the festival through storytelling, and made and savoured traditional treats.
We got extensive media coverage for this event, some of which included: TV Asia, Red Tricycle, Mommy Poppins, Time Out
Storytelling: Bhakti Mathur’s Amma, Tell Me About Diwali!
“Amme Tell Me” is a series of children’s books that introduces major Hindu festivals and figures.
Culinary Workshop: Making Mithai with Chef Anu Sehgal
What is Diwali without sweets? Sweets or Mithai form an integral part in the celebration of Diwali. Chef Anu Sehgal showed how to prepare some of these sweets in this interactive workshop. Please see the recipe below.
Block Printing Workshop
India has been renowned for its printed and dyed cotton cloth and the creative processes. In this segment Designer Shaazma Husain, helped print and create textile using traditional Indian designs.
Rangoli Sand Art
In this segment children explored lines, patterns and colors as you create a sand design inspired by the Hindu festival of lights known as Diwali!
Bollywood Dance with Megha Sariya
Bollywood dance is a beautiful blend of many Indian dance styles: classical, folk and also R&B and hip hop. Head Dance Teacher of The Culture Tree, Megha, had everyone danced to the beautiful and melodious Indian movie music and songs.
Diwali is the biggest and most celebrated festival in India. It is the festival of lights and symbolizes the victory of good over evil. No Diwali celebration is complete without mithai (sweets in Hindi). During Diwali, you see mounds of colourful mithais in the market. People give mithai to friends, family and neighbors, like gifts are exchanged during Christmas. One of the favorite mithai’s especially amongst kids is laddu. They are ball-shaped sweets of different types that are typically made of flour, milk/cream, spices, nuts, sugar and other ingredients that vary by recipe. Here is the recipe of nariyal ka laddu or coconut laddu.
Pratham is one of the largest non-governmental organization providing quality education to underprivileged children of India. Pratham’s mission is “Every Child in School and Learning Well.”
We support Pratham by leading their Readathon program in the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT):
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