San Antonio Public Library Celebrates Asia-Pacific American Heritage Month – The City of San Antonio

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SAN ANTONIO (May 4, 2022) – May is Asia-Pacific American Heritage Month. In honor of this celebration, the San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) is celebrating with programs, activities, and online content throughout the month of May. Visit the Asia-Pacific American Heritage Month SAPL guide for more information.

Asia Pacific American Heritage Month Events at SAPL

What is Umami?
Saturday May 7 | 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Online | Registration required.
Umami is the fifth basic taste in food (besides sweet, sour, salty and bitter) discovered by Japanese chemist Dr. Kikunae Ikeda in 1908. Want to know more about it? To celebrate Asia-Pacific American Heritage Month, Dr. Makiko Fukuda, Ph.D. Teacher of Instruction, Japanese, UTSA will give a presentation on umami. This is an online program.

Discover tabla music
Monday May 9 | 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Igo Branch Library
Friday May 20 | 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Online (registration required.)
A professional Tabla music player from Sanageet Bharati America Inc. will show you how to play the tabla, followed by a Q&A session. The tabla is a musical instrument made up of two small drums of slightly different sizes and shapes. The playing technique is complex and involves extensive use of fingers and palms in various configurations to create a wide variety of different sounds and rhythms.

Strings and feet: demonstration and presentation of two art forms
Friday, May 13, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Online | Registration required.
Join us for this introduction to the Veena, a classical Indian instrument, and Bharatanatyam, a classical dance.

Classical dance performance: Bharatanatyam
Saturday May 14 | 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Library of San Pedro
Thursday May 19 | 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Online (registration required.)
Saturday May 21 | 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Thousand Oaks Library
Tuesday May 24 | 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Pruitt Library
Saturday May 28 | 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Semmes library
Sunday May 29 | 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Parman Library
Bharatanatyam is one of the most subtle and sophisticated dance forms in the world. It features classical Indian dance embodying music and storytelling based on specific themes. This one-hour professional dance performance will be followed by an interactive demonstration and a question-and-answer session.

Use of the violin: Indian ragas and emotions
Saturday May 14 | 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Online | Registration required.
Join us as Samspra Academy Music Faculty member Ananda Nadayogi provides a presentation and demonstration of musical ornamentations in Indian music and how they convey emotions in Indian musical compositions.

Create colorful rangoli/kolam
Saturday May 21 | 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Online | Registration required.
Join us to create a traditional floor design used for ornamental or ceremonial design during traditional festivities.

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