Sep 27 2010
Pacific Asia Museum – Festival of the Autumn Moon: A Night at the Taj

Join Pacific Asia Museum as we celebrate our
Festival of the Autumn Moon: A Night at the Taj.

South Asia is a diverse landscape of people, cultures, and religions offering a wealth of visual and performing arts. The colors and forms in South Asian art speak to a vibrant area of the world steeped in tradition. While there are many sights, sounds, and scents that conjure up South Asia in one’s mind, the Taj Mahal is an undeniable symbol of the region.

The Taj Mahal was built between 1632 and 1653 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The empress died in 1631, and construction on the mausoleum and its surrounding structures began a year later. In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is considered one of the modern wonders. In addition to being one of the world’s great architectural sites, some consider the Taj Mahal to be the most recognizable symbol of love.

The bejeweled mausoleum contains many elements of art and culture within its walls. Poetry, sculpture, abstract design, among other disciplines, are embodied within it numerous walls. From the intricate wall carvings to the lush gardens, the Taj Mahal stands as a universal symbol of human artistic expression.

Pacific Asia Museum will be holding its 33rd Festival of the Autumn Moon on Saturday, October 2, 2010 at the California Club in downtown Los Angeles to celebrate the Taj Mahal and the richness of the South Asian cultural landscape. A Night at the Taj will feature a silent auction “bazaar” of art, home décor, and exotic travel. The evening’s entertainment will include cultural dance and musical performances. There will be signature Live Auction items as well as a raffle drawing for a Mini Cooper.  This year’s Festival promises to be an enchanting evening of auction, fine dining and entertainment.  Proceeds from the Festival of the Autumn Moon benefit the museum’s many educational programs and innovative exhibitions.

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