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Thurs: 1 PM–8 PM
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200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.581.3500
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Video

Why the Moon Waxes and Wanes

Asian Art Museum Storyteller Roopa Mohan tells a tale about the Hindu deity Ganesha with the use of an artwork in the museum’s collection.

GRADE LEVEL: Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5)

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Create Your Own Mandala

Experience the quiet, meditative act yourself when you create your own mandala, a geometric meditation map.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Thumri and Kathak Performance

Thumri, a light vocal classical music genre is said to have evolved in North India in the mid-19th century court of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah of Lucknow to accompany the kathak dance form, one of the eight major classical dance forms of India. This program presented by Pandit Rai and Sinha evokes the court ambience of 19th-century and early 20th-century India with a fully choreographed performance of dance, music, and storytelling, depicting the close interaction between these two major art forms.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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The Story of Rama (Curriculum Unit)

Students explore the characters and themes in the Story of Rama, making connections between the epic and their lives today.

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)

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The Spread of Buddhism Across Asia

Trace the spread of Buddhism through close looking at Buddhist objects from different regions. Explore how artifacts reveal distinct local traditions as well as common ideas and motifs.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8)

Artwork

The River deity Ganga

The River deity Ganga, approx. 800–900. India; Madhya Pradesh or Rajasthan state. Sandstone. The Avery Brundage Collection, B69S3.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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The Rituals of the Hajj

Lesson on the individual rituals performed by Muslim pilgrims during the hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)

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The Rama Epic: The Story in Brief

Learn about the main events and conflicts in the Rama epic.

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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The Rama Epic: Meaning and Storytelling

Why is the epic of Rama a beloved tale in many cultures across South and Southeast Asia? Explore how this story and its characters has remained significant in the lives of millions even today.

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond