India and Bangladesh 2015-2016

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:

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Mr Robot at school show with MWB in Ahmednagar, India, January 2015
Tom at a MWB show in a rural part of Ahmednagar, India, January 2015


Silliness at a show hosted by animal rescue charity WildlifeSOS, for Kalandar community, Tonk, Rajasthan, India, January 2015
After the performance of the participants at Magicians Without Borders workshop week, Assam India
After the performance of the participants at MWB workshop week at the ANT Center for Social Activism, Assam India, April 2015










Some photos from previous trips to Bangladesh:

School, Dakha, May 2013
My Bangla host family after a meal at a local restaurant, Dakha, January 2012
Show at CRP Spinal Injury Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh– for the survivors of the Rana Plaza disaster, May 2013. Tragically more than 1000 people lost their lives when the multi-story factory building collapsed. May the Almighty have mercy on their souls and families.

3 thoughts on “India and Bangladesh 2015-2016

  1. hello dear chris, i am in awe of how much you are contributing to the world! if the children’s magazine or any other person/group/publication is interested in shoemaking, please let me know and i’ll send pdfs of my books and projects, love wherever you are! sharon

  2. Hey Chris,

    So nice of you to let us know what is going on in your life. I am moved by how you are using your talent for the benefit of others. Truly moved. I hope you are gaining in direct proportion to what you are giving.

    Sending blessings and hugs,

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