Past Events

South Asia Seminar - Daud Ali

Dates: 
Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Film Screening - "Sinhasan" (Throne)

Sinhasan (Marathi: Throne) is a 1979 Marathi political drama directed by Dr. Jabbar Patel. The cast of the film included Nilu Phule, Arun Sarnaik, Shriram Lagoo, Mohan Agashe, Reema Lagoo, Nana Patekar, Datta Bhatt and Satish Dubhashi.The main character, a journalist named Digu Tipnis (Nilu Phule), uncovers a network of telephone tapping and relations between trade unions and politicians in Mumbai. The plot depicts Maharashtra's political corruption linked with Mumbai's entrepreneurial sector.

Join us for snacks, refreshments and the second film screening as part of our ongoing Marathi film festival.

Dates: 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 5:00pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

TAPSA Talk - Ranu Roychoudhuri

"Public Images: Photographic Reproduction in Bengali Print Media 1900 – 1940"

Dates: 
Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 4:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Jami Conference

The A Worldwide Literature: Jāmī (1414-1492) in the Dār al-Islām and Beyond is a project supported by the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society.

This second conference of the larger project will gather the scholars who contributed to the symposium in Chicago (October 2012) as well as new participants. The conference will be held at the Chicago Center in Paris and the College de France.

Support for the conference was provided by the Neubauer Collegium, Southern Asia at Chicago, the Chicago Center in Paris, France Chicago, Mondes Iranien et Indien, CETOBAC, and College de France.

Dates: 
Thursday, November 14, 2013 (All day) to Friday, November 15, 2013 (All day)

Odissi Workshop with Srinwanti Chakrabarti

Srinwanti Chakrabarti, an Odissi dancer and teacher visiting from Paris, will offer a workshop on Odissi dance. There is no dance experience necessary to participate! However, the content of the workshop will be geared toward the experience/background of the dancers who are attending, so if you could fill out the following questions, that would be great! Registration for the workshop is available here.

Please feel free to contact: apsara.uchicago@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

Dates: 
Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ida Noyes Hall, Dance Room (1212 East 59th Street)

Selected Works by Mandira Bhaduri - An Opening Reception

Please join us to celebrate the opening of an exhibition of works by Mandira Bhaduri. Bhaduri is a visual artist from Kolkata, West Bengal, and also teaches Bengali (Bangla) language in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations (SALC).

The works presented in this exhibit were all created between 2011 and 2013. A seemingly disconnected range of "emotional states", as the artist calls it, has led to the creation of each of these. Nonetheless, the viewer is drawn in by recurring patterns and motives, sometimes articulated to varying degrees and translated into multiple moods. Bhaduri views her rapid shifting and transitioning between varying media and color themes as exemplary of her current personal response to the complexities of modern life.

Refreshments will be served.

Dates: 
Friday, November 8, 2013 - 3:00pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Odissi Lecture & Demonstration with Srinwanti Chakrabarti

Odissi is an eastern classical Indian dance form which combines precise rhythmic footwork with soft lyricism and wave-like movements of the upper body. This series will explore the history, technique, and contemporary choreography of the art form.

Dates: 
Friday, November 8, 2013 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Ida Noyes Hall, Dance Room (1212 East 59th Street)

TAPSA Talk - Abhishek Ghosh

"A Devotional Doxography of 'World Philosophy:' Bhaktivinod's Tattvaviveka"

The Western-educated Middle Class Bengalis Often Formed Their Intellectual Opinions About Europe By Reading European Literature And Philosophy. And Tapan Roychoudhury Notes In His Europe Reconsidered How The Bengali Intelligentsia “happened To Be The First Asian Social Group Of Any Size Whose Mental Worlds Got Transformed Through Interactions With The West.” (ix). This Presentation Will Give An Overview Of The Dynamics Of Encounter And Response In The Works Of A Prominent Vaiṣṇava Thinker, Kedarnath Datta Bhaktivinod In The Areas Of ‘world History’ And ‘world Religions’ Before Turning To A Discussion Of His Devotional Treatment Of ‘world Philosophies.’ In Discussing His Sanskrit/bengali Work Tattvaviveka, A ‘doxography Of World Philosophies,’ Bhaktivinod Was Responding To The To Some Of The European Discourses On Civilizational Difference Which Posited That Philosophy Was Essentially European. By Placing Thinkers Like Yang-tse, Descartes Or Shankara Into A ‘philosophical System’ Based On Vaiṣṇava Theology, I Argue, Bhaktivinod Seems To Counter Some These European Notions That Excluded India From The History Of Philosophy.

Dates: 
Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 4:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

South Asia Seminar - Oliver Freiberger

"I Belong to the Sakyas' Son:" Revisiting Religious Boundary-Making in Ancient India"

This talk discusses the question of how historians of religion can distinguish religions in pre-modern South Asia. It suggests seven aspects of an analysis of religious boundary-making and then presents two examples from ancient India, the concept of the Buddha as an avatāra of Viṣṇu in the Purāṇas and the segregating concept of the Middle Way in the so-called Pāli canon. The analysis of these cases will focus on the plurality and instability of religious boundaries. The talk also discusses the application of the terms “religion” and “religions” and argues that terms widely used to identify the latter are problematic, hybrid terms that are fully contingent upon the demarcation activities of religious actors.

Dates: 
Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 4:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Film Screening - "Umbartha" (Threshold)

Umbartha (translation: Threshold) is a 1982 Marathi film directed by well known Marathi director, Jabbar Patel. The film’s main protagonist Sulaba Mahajan, played by Smita Patil, struggles with the demands of family and her role as the superintendent of a Women’s Home. The film was adjudged the Best Feature Film in Marathi at the 29th National Film Awards. Smita Patil’s performance in this film inspired well known film maker Costa Gavars to organize the first ever retrospective on an Indian female actor (Smita Patil) in Paris.

Join us for light Maharashtrian refreshments and look out for more films as part of our Marathi films retrospective this quarter.

Dates: 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 3:30pm

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