First Thursdays: Folk My Life Performance on September 1

First Thursdays: Folk My Life Performance on September 1

See special performances by NYFA affiliated artists on September 1!

Join us at DUMBO’s monthly First Thursday Gallery Walk on September 1 for a performance by Balkan musician, Eva Salina (Fellow in Folk/Traditional Arts ‘15) and a special one-night Deeputsav installation from Aeilushi Mistry (Fellow in Folk/Traditional Arts ’15), Rutvij Mistry, and Paulom Mistry. 

Folk My Life Performance for DUMBO First Thursday Gallery Walk
Date: Thursday, September 1, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Performances: Eva Salina, 7:00 – 7:20 PM; Raas Garba Dance, 7:30 – 7:50 PM
Location: NYFA Gallery, 20 Jay Street, Suite 740, Brooklyn NY 11201

This event is free and open to the general public.

Deeputsav – A Celebration of Lights, is a one-night installation of artworks created in continuation of the Aarti Hindu lamp Ceremony presented and performed as a community art activity at the bank of the East River, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn.

The installation is a collaboration from Aeilushi Mistry, Rutvij Mistry, Paulom Mistry. The installation will be open for the duration of the First Thursday Gallery Walk in NYFA’s Gallery space.

Eva Salina will perform traditional European music in NYFA’s Gallery space in conjunction with the exhibition, Folk My Life at 7:00 PM.

Afterwards, join Aeilushi Mistry, Himamshu Mistry, Yasmin Mistry in the Deeputsav installation for a performance of the traditional Raas Garba dance.

Exhibiting artists include:
Carrie Hill, Mary Tooley Parker, Zhong-Hua Lu, Hongyi He, Kesler Pierre, Bonnie Gale, Wang Guowei, Camille Yeung, and Vít Hořejš.

The gallery will be open from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For a full list of participating galleries in the DUMBO First Thursday Gallery Walk, please visit their website.


Eva Salina
Eva Salina is a renowned singer, interpreter, and teacher of traditional and traditionally-based Balkan music. Nurtured through years of mentorship by some of the greatest living Balkan musicians, and recently named a 2015 NYFA Fellow in Folk/Traditional Arts, Eva has devoted her life to the longevity and evolution of East European musical traditions. Eva’s rich, supple voice moves effortlessly through the intricate and demanding expression inherent in Romani songs, intertwining vintage pop sounds with her singular interpretations.

Aeilushi Mistry
Aeilushi Mistry is a Brooklyn-based arts educator, performer, and choreographer, whose work is grounded in the sacred arts traditions of India. Aeilushi was born and raised in Gujarat, India. She studied Bharathanatyam classical dance in India, completing her BA in Bharathanatyam at Gandharva University, Gujarat, and further advanced studies at Kerala Kalamandalam, Kerala. She also studied privately with renowned Bharathanatyam gurus and is trained in Gujarati folk Garbaa, Raas and Divada dance traditions. She studied arts administration at New York University and with the Foundation for Dance Education. And to better understand how different dance styles draw on unique movements and uses of space, she has also studied Kathak, Kuchipudi, Modern, and West African dance. Aeilushi is currently affiliated with the Arts in Education and Folk Arts programs at the Brooklyn Arts Council, where she leads hands-on workshops for students in New York public schools, introducing them to traditional Indian dance, folk tales, and sacred narratives. Each summer since 2013, Aeilushi has also performed an Aarti floating lamp ceremony with New Yorkers of all backgrounds at Brooklyn Bridge Park, and bridges the traditions of India and America – Mother Ganga and East River.

Images, from top: Aeilushi Mistry, image courtesy of the artist; Eva Salina, image courtesy of the artist

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