Fall Colors Walk Offers Safe Outdoor Celebration of Difference

Surati for Performing Arts Proves Jersey City as Hidden Gem for Indian Culture 

Photo by Paul Martin
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Photo by Paul Martin

On Saturday, October 24, 2020, Surati for Performing Arts will host their 2nd Annual Fall Colors Walk and Navratri Celebration from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This kid-friendly event will actively and safely bring together dozens of people from diverse communities to celebrate Jersey City as “the country’s most vibrant Indian neighborhood” (Brad Japhe, CNN Travel). Participants will meet at City Hall and receive a one hour, all-levels Vinyasa yoga class from Chilltown Yoga.

Then they’ll walk along the Hudson River with dhol drummers and throwing color. The walk ends at Raaz and Cosi restaurants. There guests will have the opportunity to learn Dandia dances and watch mini performances.

Tickets are $10 – $135 / Link: https://bit.ly/nj-colorwalk. T-shirt, Color Packets, Masks and Sanitizers provided with ticket purchase.

A safe, socially distanced event. The Fall Colors Walk will be one of our last chances for a safe outdoor event before winter brings us indoors. This is a socially distanced walk where masks are mandatory and sanitizer is provided. Contactless temperature checks will occur with all in attendance.

A timely message. Surati’s Holi Slogan: “When everyone is colorful, no one is different.”

The Fall Colors Walk is a Holi Hai celebration. Holi is an ancient Indian tradition, with the first mentions of it dating back to a 4th century poem. Though Holi has its roots in Indian mythology, Surati celebrates it as a strictly secular event, encouraging participation from all cultures and ethnicities. Holi is also a great equalizer in India, with rules of caste and creed briefly forgotten. Originally a way to present empowering stories of good over evil, Holi has become a more general celebration of spring, new beginnings, brotherhood and diversity.

Surati For Performing Arts is a 501(c)(3) organization that educates and enriches communities through dance, music, and theatre, while also promoting Indian art and culture. Based in Jersey City, New Jersey, Surati’s team of professional dancers, musicians and instructors perform and instruct at corporate functions, fundraisers, and cultural events throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Founder and Artistic Director of Surati for Performing Arts, Rimli Roy is a choreographer, producer, and director that breaks boundaries of traditional Indian dance and music forms. Roy is trained in three distinct Indian classical forms, studying Bharatnatyam, Manipuri and Odissi by reputed masters in India since the age of four. Ms. Roy is also trained in Hindustani classical vocals and western classical piano.

In 2017, Roy adapted one of the most epic tales from India The Ramayana by fusing traditional and contemporary movement and music styles, as well as Shakespearean verse, opera and Broadway storytelling. The piece, called Ramaavan was presented in English and featured at Surati’s Diwali Festival. Rimli Roy co-wrote, designed and directed the work with a team of 30 dancers, musicians and crew.

Rimli is also the recipient of grants from the Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She has been engaged in promoting Indian art and culture across the United States and beyond by means of stage performances, educational collaborations with various institutions (museums, schools, libraries) as well as teaching Indian classical music and dance for over two decades.

Rimli, along with the Surati team, have performed at prestigious venues like the United Nations, The Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center (DC), The Library of Congress (DC), The Reichhold Center – University of the U.S Virgin Islands, The Alaska Performing Arts Center (AK), The University of the West Indies in Barbados, and The World Financial Center Wintergarden, now known as Brookfield Place, to name a few.

The Fall Colors Walk is made possible in part with support from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs and county executive Thomas A Degise.