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This Audience Engagement Guide was curated by Interim Artistic Director Bobby Kennedy, Interim Education Manager Kristin Hammargren, Community Engagement Consultant Tamanna Akram-Turenne, Artistic Producer Katie Galetti, Interim Literary Associate Shana Laski, and Marketing & Social Media Manager McKenzie Wilkes.
Here is something to check out before you sit down to watch Dishwasher Dreams:
An interview with playwright and performer Alaudin Ullah. Get to know these hilarious comedian and tour-de-force performer as he sits down with Interim Artistic Director Bobby Kennedy to talk about the inspiration behind his play Dishwasher Dreams.
South Asian Cinema and the films of SatyajitRay– Saturday, January 15th at 1pm
Keya Ganguly, a Professor at the University of Minnesota, will lead this lecture on the history of Indian Cinema from art cinema to Bollywood, including the Bengali filmmaker Satyajit Ray whose film Pather Panchaliis memorably mentioned in Dishwasher Dreams.
The term “Gaaner Ashor” is used in Bengali for an informal musical event where everyone is invited to join, whether they want to participate or watch.
This concert will feature Avirodh Sharma (the composer and musician for DISHWASHER DREAMS), Lyon Leifer (member of the South Asian Classical Music Society), Palbasha Siddique (Bengali vocalist and founder of the group MOYNA), and Durjoy Siddique (Bengali guitarist and member of MOYNA).
These international artists will be presenting classical, folk, and popular Bengali music with traditional instruments, including the Tabla and Bansuri.
Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America by Vivek Bald documents the histories of seldom-acknowledged groups of early South Asian migrants to the United States, like Muslim silk and cotton traders from West Bengal in the 1880s and Indian sailors who deserted British steamships in the early 20th century. Alaudin and his parents feature heavily in the book.
In Search of Bengali Harlem is an upcoming documentary film co-directed by Alaudin Ullah and Vivek Bald that follows Alaudin from Harlem to Bangladesh in search of his family’s past.
An extension of the book and movie, the Bengali Harlem website contains information about the immigrant experience in different cities in the US and interviews with the children of South Asian immigrants.
The Namesakeby Jhumpa Lahiri - The first novel from Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake tells the story of two Bengali immigrants from Kolkata adapting to America and their first generation son. The book was also made into a movie starring Kal Penn that is available to stream on Hulu or rent on Amazon Prime.
The Golden Age by Tahmima Anam - Set in Bangladesh during the 1970’s revolution, The Golden Age draws from the real life stories of the writer’s parents.
Desirable Daughtersby Bharati Mukherjee - This novel weaves together stories of ancestors, childhood memories, and Indian history in an intergenerational tale about an American woman and her ties to her Brahmin Indian family.
Watch PatherPanchali. Alaudinspeaks about his transformative experience viewing this seminal Bengali film by director Satyajit Ray. Available to stream on HBO Max and for rent on Amazon Prime.This film is the focus of our guest lecture on January 15th!
Check out the music video for DhoomDhoom, the anthem Alaudin quotes from the 2004 Bollywood hit film Dhoom.
Legendary comedian George Carlin was a major catalyst for Alaudin’s journey into comedy. Watch his famous bit on religion here. Carlin’s content is provocative and may not be to everyone’s taste. Please watch with care.
Bend It Like Beckham:Parminder Nagra stars as a young British-Indian woman balancing her family’sexpectations and her life as a soccer-loving teen. The movie also features Keira Knightleyand is available to watch or rent on multiple streaming platforms.