Rasa is an innovative India-themed multi-arts festival, produced by Akshara, and held annually in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

September 1 – October 7, 2018:
find these exciting Rasa Festival events at multiple locations Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti!

In Indian aesthetics, a rasa (Sanskrit: रस lit. ‘juice’ or ‘essence’) denotes an essential mental state and is the dominant emotional theme of a work of art, or the primary aesthetic feeling that is evoked in the person that views, reads or hears such a work.

The Rasa festival is designed to promote a deeper awareness and appreciation for the effulgent richness and abundance of cultural heritage that stems from India. It is multi-arts and multi-disciplinary, presenting traditional as well as cutting edge work in performing, visual, literary, and media/films and culinary arts, in partnership with prominent Ann Arbor arts organizations.

Participating artists in the festival are local, national and international Indo-American artists, artists from India as well as those who are highly inspired by Indian culture. It is a collaborative initiative, working through partnerships with key local organizations.


The 2017 Rasa Festival was extremely successful:


Support
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The Rasa festival is supported in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant Program, administered by the Arts Alliance
aaacf_centered_without_taglineNL-Logo-2015MHCportraitColorThe Rasa Festival is made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities
We are grateful to the Prasad Family for their support of the Rasa Festival programs
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