In Tuesday’s (11/16) New York Times, Daniel J. Wakin reports, “Visa problems have forced Lincoln Center to delay the culminating performances of its White Light Festival, dedicated to transcendence in music, until next week. ‘The Manganiyar Seduction,’ which was scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, will now take place on Monday and Tuesday. Manganiyars are a caste of Indian musicians of Muslim origin from western Rajasthan state whose songs celebrate Hindu deities. Jane Moss, Lincoln Center’s vice president for programming and the organizer of the festival, said that visa applications were made in May and that about half of the 50-member troupe involved in the show had received visas by Oct. 13, but the rest were sent for further review by State Department officials. By Friday a dozen members still had not received visas, so the performances were postponed. Word came over the weekend that the remaining visas had been granted. The Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center was available Monday and Tuesday for the shift. Tickets can be used for the new dates, refunded or exchanged.”

Posted November 16, 2010