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S A K T H I   V I B R A T I O N S

In-theatre at the Garfield

Saturday, August 28, 7:00
Sunday, August 29, 4:00
If you have tickets please call 859 957 3456 for more info.

Documentary, director Zoe Sherinian, USA/India, 2019, 85 minutes, in Tamil and English with English subs.

Located in Dindigul, Tamil Nadu, India, the Sakthi Folk Cultural Centre employs Tamil folk arts to develop self-esteem and economic skills in Dalit (outcaste or untouchable) women. The Tamil language and rich culture have ancient roots in India’s state of Tamil Nadu as well as neighboring Sri Lanka.

This inspiring documentary examines how disadvantaged young women – empowered through education, folk music, drumming and dance – combat gender, class, and caste oppression.

For over twenty years the Sakthi Centre, with impetus from two Catholic nuns, has produced transformative results as young women attain life skills, personal confidence and economic self-sufficiency while reclaiming their cultural identity. A key part of the process involves music and the parai, a centuries-old frame drum restored to prominence in the culture. The film includes footage shot by the students themselves as they learn dance and drumming technique.

The director, Dr. Zoe Sherinian, will visit Cincinnati to introduce her film and lead post-film discussions at both screenings.

Sakthi Vibrations
Director Sherinian with Sakthi Centre students.



If you have tickets please call 859 957 3456 for more info.

The Garfield Theatre reopened on April 9, with significant attention to personal safety. Please review our guidelines in CWC Covid Safety Protocols  and the terms of purchase, below, before ordering tickets. Admission requires proof of full vaccination and masks are required in the venue.

“SAKTHI VIBRATIONS” director Zoe Sherinian, USA/India, 2019, 85 minutes, in Tamil and English with English subs.

☀ THE GARFIELD THEATRE, 719 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45202. Google Map Garfield Parking Options

☀ Saturday, August 28, 7:00 pm and Sunday, August 29, 4:00 pm.
Tickets are $10, available online via the Tix Button, and by phone at (859) 957-3456.
The Garfield is ADA accessible. ADA details and Covid-19 safety information can be found on the CWC Policies Page.
Purchase of a ticket confirms acceptance by the purchaser that the presenter/host and their staff will not be liable for any loss, damage, action, claim, cost or expenses which may arise in the consequence of attendance at this event.
Purchaser declares that they will not attend unless in good health on the day of the event. Further, purchaser understands it is impossible to guarantee that they will not be exposed to Covid-19 and will attend at their own risk.


Dr. Zoe Sherinian is Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Oklahoma with research interests in Christian indigenization, percussion, the intersectionality between caste, class, and gender, activist ethnomusicology, and ethnomusicological film. 

She has published the book, Tamil Folk Music as Dalit Liberation Theology (Indiana Univ. Press 2014) was co-editor for Making Congregational Music Local: Indigenous Songs and Cosmopolitan Styles in the Music of Global Christianity (Routledge 2017as well as articles on the indigenization of Christianity in Ethnomusicology (2007), The World of Music (2005), and Women and Music (2005).

Other recent publications include articles for three of the Oxford Handbook Series including Applied Ethnomusicology, Christian Music, and the lead article in the book Queering the Field: Sounding Out Ethnomusicology, edited by Barz and Cheng.

In cinema, Sherinian has produced and directed two documentary films This is A Music: Reclaiming an Untouchable Drum (2011), on the changing status of Dalit (outcaste) drummers in India, and Sakthi Vibrations (2019) on the use of Tamil folk arts to develop self-esteem in young Dalit women at the Sakthi Folk Cultural Centre.

Dr. Sherinian is presently writing a monograph entitled Drumming Our Liberation: The Spiritual, Cultural, and Sonic Power of the Parai Drum. Other current projects include co-editing a reader called Music and Dance as Everyday life in South Asia. She is an active musician who performs and conducts trainings on the parai drum, plays the mrdangam and jazz drumset.


It couldn’t be easier – across the street from the Garfield Theatre, you’ll find the Butcher & Barrel, home of delicious shareables, salads, entrees, sides and desserts, plus excellent wine, craft beer and mixed drinks.

For CWC patrons, general manager Michaele Kadivnik offers a 15% discount on your order, excluding alcohol; menu is on the website. Reservations are strongly recommended, especially if you are dining between a CWC double feature. You should present your online confirmation or ticket from the event, and let your server know if there are time constraints. The discount is valid only for the date of ticket.

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“ALL GUESTS are required to wear face masks when they arrive, and while in any common spaces. In compliance with the most recent government guidelines, we cannot allow guests to wait for a table in common areas and reservations are accepted for groups of UP TO 10 guests ONLY.”

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