- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 15, 2002

Location: The ImaginAsia programs are held at the Smithsonian Institution's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Asian and Near Eastern Art, 1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington.

When: ImaginAsia takes place most Saturdays and Sundays in the museum's second-floor classroom. Contact the museum for an up-to-date schedule (202/357-2700 or www.asia.si.edu/edu/imaginasia.htm).

Admission: Free for the museum and the programs.

Parking: There is limited street parking. The nearest Metro station is the Smithsonian stop on the Orange Line.

Note: ImaginAsia programs are for children ages 6 to 14 who are accompanied by an adult. No reservations are required for groups of fewer than eight. The museum has a gift shop featuring pottery, sculpture, books, crafts and artistic reproductions from Asia.

Upcoming programs:

•Kathak Dance Classes, 2 p.m. Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25. Learn a classical form of dance that evolved from the Sufi dance of the Islamic culture and temple dance from Hinduism in the 17th and 18th centuries.

•Garlands for the Gods, 2 p.m. Jan. 5, 12 and 26. Use an activity guidebook to explore a special exhibition of Chola bronzes from south India. Learn how images are dressed, bejeweled and honored with garlands of flowers. Make a garland of flowers to take home.

•Make Music and Dance, 2 p.m. today and Jan. 5, 12 and 26. Use an activity guidebook to discover the significance of musicians and dancers in the art of south Asia. Play authentic South Asian instruments. The program will be led by music educator Bill Jenkins and Nepali dancer Bhim Dahal.

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