Asia After Dark: Bhangra Night At The Freer And Sackler Galleries

by MADELEINE STARKEY · July 16, 2010

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Last summer was the first time the Freer and Sackler Galleries--the Smithsonian Asian Art museums--staged their Asia After Dark party.  Since then there have been three more installations.  Last night's Asia After Dark theme was Bhangra, and even if people didn't know what that meant, they got wild (FYI: Bhangra refers to music and dance from the Punjab region of India).

Hundreds of people flocked to the Freer & Sackler where NYC's DJ Rekha spun from 6:30 until 10:30 PM.  Partygoers danced hard to Rekha's Bhangra style beats, and were joined by Lalkaare Sheran De dance troupe after they performed some Bhangra steps.

Various stations throughout the galleries offered activities such as henna tats (which were really just stamps, but they looked like henna) and mala making (malas are traditional prayer beads).

Fueling the bacchanal evening were several cocktail stations and Asian grub from Asia 9 and Main Events Caterers.  Every guest got a free drink as part of his or her ticket.  That must have been a lot of free drinks, considering the event sold out.

Given the overwhelming popularity of the party series, we anticipate another soon.  We'll just have to wait and see--as of now, nothing is definitively planned.