Past Cultural Events

UChicago Presents Hosts Music Without Borders

Carnatic vocalist TM Krishna is a revolutionary force in Indian classical music and art. Born to musical parents, Krishna grew up in Brahmin society, surrounded by the traditional arts and educated by gurus of Carnatic musical form and style. Now one of India’s most revered musicians and one of the world’s most recognized representatives of Indian culture, however, Krishna is releasing Carnatic music from its upper-caste confines, revitalizing it and making it relevant for today.

TM Krishna performs with violinist RK Shriramkumar and mridangam player K Arun Prakash on the Logan Center stage on Sunday, October 14 at 3 pm. Before the concert, Krishna will join Professor of Music Anna Schultz on stage in conversation about his life and music, and on Monday, October 15, he presents a lecture titled “Art, Politics, and Society: the role and responsibility of artists to right-wing nationalism and social/religious conflict” at 7 pm in International House.
Sunday, October 14: TM Krishna (location: Logan Center)
• 2 pm – pre-concert talk with TM Krishna and Anna Schultz
• 3 pm – TM Krishna performance: “A Classical Protest”

Monday, October 15: continued talks with TM Krishna (location: International House)
• 12:15pm -- Roundtable discussion in Coulter Lounge
• 1pm -- Refreshments in Assembly Hall
• 1:30pm -- Music Workshop & Master Class with South Asian Music Ensemble
• 6:00pm -- Pre-Discussion Reception with TM Krishna
• 7:00pm - Public Discussion in Assembly Hall

Sunday, October 14, 2018 (All day) to Monday, October 15, 2018 (All day)

Workshop on Kudiyattam

Please join us for a workshop on Kudiyattam, with presentations by Whitney Cox, Davesh Soneji, David Shulman, and Margi Madhu.

This event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 (All day)
Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society

Nepathya - Kudiyattam Performance

Please join us for a public performance by the group Nepathya. India has a rich theatrical tradition with ancient roots. The classical Sanskrit theater survives today in performance in only one theaterical form, the Kudiyattam, from the state of Kerala in southwest India.

This event is free and open to the public.

Monday, November 6, 2017 (All day)
Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago

Sister Nivedita’s 150th Anniversary

Dance performances and talks by Swamis in the Vivekananda society, hosted by Hindu Sangam and the Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago.

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Ida Noyes 3rd Floor Theater

“A Meeting of Two Seas” (Hindu-Muslim Concert)

A concert celebrating the joint contributions of Hindus and Muslims to the artistic traditions of South Asia, followed by a catered dinner.
Sponsors: Hindu Student Sangam, Muslim Students Association, Office of Spiritual Life, South Asian Students Association
This event is the first collaboration between the Hindu Student Sangam and the Muslim Students Association in over a decade!

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

South Asia Music Ensemble featuring Ameera Nimjee

Join the South Asian Music Ensemble for its annual Spring event, featuring performances of classical and folk Indian dance and instrumental transitions from across the Indian subcontinent. Reception to follow.
Presented by the Department of Music and the Committee on Southern Asian Studies.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 7:30pm
Logan Center Performance Penthouse

Apsara Winter Showcase

Time TBA.

Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 2:15pm
Bartlett Dining Commons, Arts Rehearsal Space

Humanities Day: Workshop with Sakhi

Join us for a workshop with Sakhi, the first all-girl band of Indian classical musicians.

Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 7:00pm
Foster 103

Dance performance: "Veera: Tales of Heroism"

Join Apsara for their annual spring production, "Veera: Tales of Heroism". Watch them explore what heroism entails by journeying through tales of religion, history, and mythology!

Apsara is the Indian classical dance group at the University of Chicago. They explore a range of classical Indian styles, including Bharatanatyam, Odissi, and Kathak in both traditional and contemporary formats.

Show timings: TWO shows, at 2.30 pm and 7 pm.

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 2:30pm
Logan Center Performance Hall

Workshop: “Margins of Dravidianism”

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 9:00am to Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 5:00am