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  • Apr. 10, 2021, 12-2pm
  • Rubin Museum of Art
  • 150 W. 17th St., Flatiron
  • All Ages
  • $10; free for members

Celebrate the springtime Telugu festival, Ugadi, with the Rubin Museum’s New York City–based community partner Telugu Literary and Cultural Association, which represents the largest Telugu-speaking population in the world outside of India. Ugadi, or Yugadi, is celebrated as the first day of the New Year by people in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Karnataka, as well as Telugu-speaking communities all over the world. On this day, people make a special chutney called Ugadi Pachadi, with each family putting its own unique spin on the recipe.

Traditionally, each family member consumes a teaspoon of Ugadi Pachadi, which features six symbolic flavors (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, astringent, and spicy) that represent the upcoming experiences and emotions of the New Year.

This afternoon event includes an invocation, group classical dance, and live, interactive preparation of the chutney. Register in advance to receive a list of ingredients to make the chutney from home along with the program. 

This program is hosted by Tashi Chodron, Himalayan Cultural Programs and Partnerships, Rubin Museum of Art, and followed by a Q&A.

About Rubin Museum of Art

150 W. 17th St.

Flatiron, NY


  • Standard hours: Monday, Thursday, 11am-5pm; Wednesday, 11am-9pm; Friday, 11am-10pm; Saturday-Sunday, 11am-5pm
  • Stroller parking: No
  • Stroller check: No
  • Bring food: No
  • Buy food: Yes
  • Where is food allowed: Food allowed in designated spots
  • Changing tables in the women's room(s): Yes
  • Changing tables in the men's room(s): Yes
  • Family bathroom: Yes

  • The Rubin Museum of Art is an arts and cultural hub in New York City’s vibrant Chelsea neighborhood that inspires visitors to make connections between contemporary life and the art and ideas of the Himalayas, India, and neighboring regions. With a diverse array of thought-provoking exhibitions and programs—including films, concerts, and on-stage conversations—the Rubin provides immersive experiences that encourage personal discoveries and spark new ways of seeing the world. Emphasizing cross-cultural connections, the Rubin is a space to contemplate ideas that extend across history and span human cultures.