Spotlight for the week of June 10

Jun 10, 2019

“Spotlight on Lifelong Learning” is a weekly look at some of the exciting public conversations upcoming around Memphis. Host Jonathan Judaken is the Spence L. Wilson Chair in the Humanities at Rhodes College.

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If you want to shake up your routine this week, why not take a short journey to the Indian Cultural Center and Temple in Eads to join them in celebrating their silver jubilee anniversary. It starts tonight and runs through June 16th. Each day in the morning and afternoon there will be a fire ceremony dedicated to the gods Vishnu and Shiva conducted around 18 fire pits with 18 priests chanting Vedic prayers for universal welfare and peace. Guests can watch in the visitor’s gallery. A vegetarian meal follows at lunchtime and dinner and is free to all who come. Each evening there is a cultural program that begins at 6:30. It starts tonight with a Kathak Dance Program, a classical dance form from northern India with Islamic influences. Wednesday and Friday also feature dance performances, with the dances on Friday telling stories from Indian mythology. Tuesday night will feature a classical South Indian music vocal performance accompanied by violin and Mridangam and Thursday highlights South Indian classical music performed by two brothers on wood instruments. Dance, music, ritual prayer, and the taste of Indian enlightenment all for free this week at the Indian Cultural Center and Temple. A link to the complete lineup is available on our website.

For more ideas about public programs upcoming in Memphis, visit where you will find a list of lectures and book talks happening around town. Spotlight on Lifelong Learning is a partnership between Rhodes College and WKNO-FM