Starting November 4th, 2015, I’ll have the privilege of spending 2 months in India and Bangladesh!
This will be my 3rd trip to India this year with Tom Verner, co-founder and director of Magicians Without Borders (MWB). We will be performing at centers for domestic abuse survivors in Pune, and teaching with other artists at camps for underprivileged children, run by the ‘Our Children’ charity, our wonderful hosts for our time in the Mumbai area. We will be in India for the festival of Diwali.
After Mumbai, Tom will return for Thanksgiving and I’ll travel visit some ‘Our Children’ friends in Bangalore, in the south of India. At the end of November I’ll fly to Nagaland and Assam states in the far northeast. Nagaland is home to the Hornbill Festival of music and culture and promises to be a rich and colorful affair. In Assam I’ll once again be a guest of Action North-east Trust, a center for social change and development; Tom and I were there in January leading a workshop in magic and mime.
Capping this trip I’ll visit Bangladesh thanks to Project Troubador, a Connecticut arts non-profit. I’ll be a guest of my Bangla brother Hasnain, who I met when he stayed with me during a peace conference at the School for International Training in Vermont. This will be my third visit. Hasnain’s family runs Toitomboor, the country’s leading children’s magazine. Amongst the shows will be fundraising performances for the magazine’s charity work and for Hope Hospital for women and children in Cox’s Bazar.
Some photos from this year’s India trips with MWB:
Some photos from previous trips to Bangladesh: