Call-Cutta in NYC & Banglar Mela in Astoria

Posted on February 15, 2009. Filed under: Astoria, Jackson Heights, Off the beaten path, Shopping, Theater |

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 Experience a little bit of India in New York with these two unique activities. 

Call-Cutta brings India right to Manhattan at the Goethe Institut (1014 Fifth Ave 212-439-8700) East (literally) meets west in this experimental theater installation. Audience interaction required- no acting skills needed. Participants are escorted to a gallery where they are phoned by a call-center employee in Calcutta, India. Together they engage in a conversation as if they are in the same room- the callers in India guide the other party on the line through the small gallery room. Not quite a play, but a real-life interactive theater that brings two distant cultures together. There are 5 shows a day until February 28th.

Banglar Mela (29-20 36Ave Astoria) offers a little bit of India right in Astoria. You don’t need to travel the 7 train for a small selection of colorful sarees, glittering jewelry,  dolls (photo above) and traditional Indian music and movies. The walls are adorned with eye candy galor, a true sensory overload even if you’re just browsing. There are inexpensive bracelets, earrings and rings to add to your fashion ensemble. Take advantage of the Bhangra and Bollywood music for just a few bucks. The staff is even nice enough to let you listen to most of the music before you decide to buy it. 

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