Past Cultural Events

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)

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

Film Screening - "Kangal Malsat" (War Cry of the Beggars)

Suman Mukhopadhyay’s film Kangal Malsat (2013, 1 hour 53 minutes) depicts groups of Choktars (wizards) and Fyataroos (flying humans) jointly launching guerilla attacks against the ruling Communist Party in West Bengal. They are advised by an ageless primordial talking crow and an Indo-colonial half-breed. Total chaos in Calcutta ensues.

Prof. Dipesh Chakrabarty will introduce the film. Discussion and reception with the director to follow.

Dates: 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 4:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Militant Publics in India: Physical Culture and Violence in the Making of a Modern Polity

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Please join us for a talk by Arafaat Valiani, Assistant Professor of History in the Department of History at the University of Oregon.

A recent feature article in Caravan magazine explored the prospect that the BJP will project Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister of Gujarat, as its Prime Ministerial candidate in the 2014 general election. The fact that this has come to pass has, once again, thrust politics in Gujarat into the national limelight. Drawing on his recent book, entitled Militant Publics in India: Physical Culture and Violence in the Making of a Modern Polity (2011), Professor Arafaat Valiani’s lecture will discuss the place of violence and popular activism, two things closely associated with Modi’s ascendancy, by tracing it in the context of Gandhi’s satyagraha movement in colonial South Africa and Gujarat.

Dates: 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 12:00pm
Pick 105 (5828 South University Avenue)

Shubha Mudgal Concert

Centuries ago, some of the most powerful and ecstatic expressions of love, devotion, and surrender to the ultimate were authored by the great saint poets from the Indian subcontinent. Most of this great literary treasure was meant to be sung, and continues to inspire Indian musicians today including Shubha Mudgal, one of India’s most celebrated and versatile singers.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to enjoy Mudgal’s entrancing musical reflections on India's mystic poetry.

The event is free. Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Location:
Logan Center, Performance Hall 074
915 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL

Presented by the Smart Museum of Art, Eye on India, and Natya Dance Theatre with additional support provided by the University of Chicago’s Committee on Southern Asian Studies and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.

Dates: 
Sunday, June 9, 2013 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Logan Center, Performance Hall 074

Film Screening - "Jai Bhim Comrade"

After the 1997 police shooting of 10 unarmed Dalit (formerly known as Untouchable) protesters and bystanders in Mumbai’s slums, the community’s rage over their 2,000 years of oppression boils over. For one man, singer, poet and activist, Vilas Ghogre, it’s more than he can bear; filled with despair over the pain and grief of his people, he hangs himself. Compelled by this tragedy, award-winning activist and documentarian Anand Patwardhan focuses his keen lens on the atrocities committed against the Dalits in this magnum opus 14 years in the making, incorporating their voice through their stirring resistance music and poetry. Denied basic human rights for centuries, condemned to clean the filth of the upper caste for pennies a day, then abhorred as lesser beings, the Dalit struggle is deftly counterbalanced by intimate family portraits, moments of inspiration, perseverance and glimpses of a better future.

The film will be introduced by program curator Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Culture & Society, Bangalore and co-author of the Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema. A reception with the program curator will follow the screening.

Location:
Ida Noyes Hall, Max Palevsky Cinema
1212 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL

Co-presented by Doc Films, the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and the Smart Museum of Art in conjunction with the special exhibition The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989 (on view at the Smart through June 9).

Dates: 
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 7:30am
Ida Noyes Hall, Max Palevsky Cinema

Film Screening - "Jashn-e-Azadi" (How We Celebrate Freedom)

It’s August 15th, India’s Independence day, and the Indian flag ritually goes up at Lal Chowk in the heart of Srinagar, Kashmir. This is the point from which Sanjay Kak’s documentary begins to explore the many meanings of Freedom—of Azadi—in Kashmir. It begs the pertinent question of what often seems to get missed in the tangled web of this conflict…what about the people of the Valley?

The film will be introduced by program curator Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Culture & Society, Bangalore and co-author of the Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema. A reception with the program curator will follow the screening.

Location:
Ida Noyes Hall, Max Palevsky Cinema
1212 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL

Co-presented by Doc Films, the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and the Smart Museum of Art in conjunction with the special exhibition The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989 (on view at the Smart through June 9).

Dates: 
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 7:30am
Ida Noyes Hall, Max Palevsky Cinema

Film Screening - Celebrating 100 Years of Indian Cinema

A Retrospective of Films by Adoor Gopalakrishnan and the Symposium "Parallel" to What? Pasts and Futures of Indian Arts Cinema

Location:
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
The University of Chicago
915 E. 60th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Dates: 
Thursday, April 11, 2013 (All day) to Saturday, April 13, 2013 (All day)
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

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