As a part of the Dancing Monks’ weeklong residency, a screening will take place of the mini-documentary film, Dancing The Divine, directed by Madhusmita Bora and produced by Eastern Green Pictures. The film tells the story of the Assamese monks that live on the river island of Majuli in the Northeast Indian state of Assam and perform Sattriya, a form of dance that honors the flute-playing Hindu god Krishna and his incarnations. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion led by Art & Art History Professor Pia Brancaccio. Panelists include from the Philadelphia Museum of Art Darielle Mason (Kramrisch Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art), Dylis Blum (Jack M. and Annette Y. Friedland Senior Curator of Costume and Textiles), and Mellon Fellow Martina Ferrari as well Westphal’s Performing Arts Department Head Dr. Miriam Giguere; Madhusmita Bora from the Sattriya Dance Company; and Bhabananda Barbayan from the Dancing Monks of Assam. Read more about the monks and Bora’s efforts to bring them to the U.S. in The New York Times.