Past Cultural Events

Workshop on the music of Assam by Rehanna Kheshgi

Rehanna, a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology, will offer an introduction to the music of Assam through its various song traditions. This event is free and open to the public.

Monday, October 27, 2014 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Logan 703

Malathi de Alwis Photo Exhibition

Monday, October 27, 2014 - 10:15am to Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:15am
Stuart Reading Room

Gulabi Gang - Documentary Film Screening

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 4:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Tales of Survival from Today's India: A Bilingual Hindi-English Reading with Uday Prakash

A lowly weaver's identity is stolen by a ruthless Brahmin; a street sweeper uncovers a hollow wall in Delhi filled with black money; and as a slum-baby's head grown bigger and bigger, he grows smarter and smarter—as his family races to find the cure.
Hindi writer Uday Prakash and translator Jason Grunebaum will read from The Walls of Delhi (Seven Stories Press), shortlisted for the 2013 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.
Uday Prakash’s awards include the Sahitya Akademi, India’s top prize for Hindi. His fiction and poetry has been translated into German, Japanese, Marathi, Malayalam, Dutch, and Urdu.

Presented by: Humanities Visiting Committee at The University of Chicago, The Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, The Committee on Creative Writing

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 4:30pm
Logan Center

Affective Labor in Dance: South Asia and Beyond

Friday April 18, 2014
Symposium: "Affective Labor in Dance: South Asia and Beyond"
12pm; Fulton Recital Hall
Panels, roundtable, and keynote lecture by Pallabi Chakravorty
Refreshments will be served all day, with dinner at 5:30pm

Saturday April 19, 2014
Dance workshop with Joanna de Souza
11am; Logan Penthouse

Saturday April 19, 2014
Indian Classical Performance
7pm; Logan Penthouse
Features Joanna de Souza as soloist, accompanied by Raju Deshmukh on tabla, and introduced by members of Kalapriya Dance Company

*Photo by Ritesh Das

Friday, April 18, 2014 (All day) to Saturday, April 19, 2014 (All day)
Fulton Hall (5845 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL)

Quest for Identity and Emerging Trends in the Contemporary Art of Bangladesh - Rafi Haque

Institutionalized artistic production or modern art in Bangladesh emerged with the founding of the Arts Institute in Dkaha in 1948. Its mourning in the following six decades was hardly smooth. The art of Bangladesh had to etch out its own path while facing myriad challenges - religious injunctions, social indifference, and a lack of political consensus. It was in 1971, in the newly-independent nation, that art became infused with new life and unforeseen energy. Bangladeshi art has found its own language since.

Artist Rafi Haque will speak on this quest for identity and emerging trends in the contemporary art of Bangladesh.

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 4:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Rafi Haque - Art Reception

Reception will include food.

Biography of the Artist:
Rafi Haque is an internationally acclaimed visual artist from Bangladesh. Born in Kushtia in 1965, he received his MFA in 1991, with specialization in printmaking, from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka. His experiments with printmaking and painting over the past two decades have brought him numerous national and international accolades including the First Prize in 5th World Triennele of Print, Chamalieres, France in 2000. Also he was 'Artist-in-Residence' in Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan in 2000.

Rafi's works have been showcased in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Bangladesh, France, Germany, India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Egypt, Russia, Poland, South Korea, Malaysia, Macedonia, Argentina, and the United States of America. Some of his recent participation international expositions includes 'Prints Tokyo 2012', and 'Fifth Beijing International Art Biennale 2012'.

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 4:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Film Screening - "Red Ant Dream"

This documentary deals with the issue of "Maoist insurgency in India." It focuses on the Maoists in Bastar in Chhattisgarh, tribals fighting against industrialists in Niyamgiri in Odisha, and protestors acting in memory of the Leftist revolutionary Bhagat Singh in Punjab. This film shows the people of these regions resisting what they believe to be oppression. Red Ant Dream was financed by funds given by an International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam Fund grant and a prize from the Busan International Film Festival.

Reception with director to follow. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 3:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Film Screening Monsoon Oracle

The Monsoon Oracle is a factual film, directed by Shrenik Rao. It is an intimate portrayal of the central festival of Telangana, called Bonalu.

Set in Hyderabad, India’s fifth largest city, this film narrates stories of women and men who dedicate their lives to enacting the roles of the Hindu Goddess Mahankali’s oracles and to the role of Pothuraju, the goddess’ whip wielding brother.

The film presents an insight into extraordinary ritualistic practices that are performed every year in India in the hope of a bountiful monsoon and explores the emotional and psychological dimensions of these annual role enactments.

The dialogue takes place in Telugu with English subtitles. The narration is in English.

Screening followed by a Q&A with the Director and reception

Friday, January 31, 2014 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Film Screening - The Monsoon Oracle

Q&A session with the director Shrenik Rao and reception to follow

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 3:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)