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1st October: A tribute to SD Burman (hindustanitimes)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on September 30, 2009

New Delhi, September 30, 2009

SD-Burman-2009Sachin Dev Burman, born on October 1, 1906, was one of the greatest music composers of his time. He is still remembered for his soulful compositions. Burmanda composed music for Dev Anand in his initial years in the industry. He also wrote music for Guru Dutt classics like Pyaasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool. He also weaved his musical magic in Bimal Roy‘s film Sujata.The musical genius composed music for 100 movies, including Bengali films. He was also a singer. His son Rahul Dev Burman too achieved humungous success in his musical career.

S.D. Burman’s compositions have been mainly sung to a large extent by the likes of Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi, Geeta Dutt, Manna Dey, Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhonsle and Shamshad Begum. Mukesh and Talat Mahmood have also sung songs composed by him.

As a music composer, he started with Bengali plays, Sati Tirtha and Janani, and eventually gave his first score in film, Rajgee in 1937. His second film Rajkumarer Nirbashan (1940) became a hit.

He gave successful music in Bengali films like, Jevaan Sangini, Protishodh (1941), Abhoyer Biye (1942), and Chaddobeshi (1944).

He made his film debut singing in Yahudi ki Ladki (1933) but the songs were scrapped and re-sung by Pahari Sanyal. His first film as a singer was finally Sanjher Pidim (1935).

In 1949, came Shabnam, his biggest hit with Filmistan, especially noticeable for its multi-lingual hit song Yeh Duniya Roop ki Chor, by Shamshad Begum, which became a rage in those days.

In 1950s, S D Burman teamed up with Dev Anand’s Nav Ketan Productions to create musical hits like Taxi Driver (1954), Munimji (1955), Paying Guest (1957), Nau Do Gyarah (1957) and Kalapani (1958).

Burman da composed the music for Dev Anand‘s production company Navketan’s first film Afsar (1950). With the success of their second film, Baazi (1951) he made it to the top and a long association with Navketan and Dev Anand was on its way.

He also wrote music for the Guru Dutt classics – Pyaasa (1957) and Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959). The soundtrack of Devdas (1955) was also composed by him. House No. 44 (1955), Funtoosh (1956), and Solva Saal (1958) were other S D Burman hits.

In 1959 came Sujata, a masterpiece by Bimal Roy, and S D created magic again with Jalte hai jiske liye by Talat Mamood.

In 1958, S D Burman gave music for Kishore Kumar‘s house production Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, the same year he was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Music direction, and remains the only music director to have won the prestigious award.

(Source: 30/9/2009 (18:12 IST) –

Shayars from movie ‘Pyaasa’ (Thirsty – 1956) | starring Guru Dutt

Dekhi Zamane Ki Yaari from movie ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’ (Paper Flowers – 1959) | directed by Guru Dutt

Jalte Hai Jiske Liye from movie ‘Sujata’ (1959) | directed by Bimal Roy

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Berlin: Asia-Pacific Weeks from 7 to 18 October 2009

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on September 30, 2009

Asia-Pacific Weeks from 7 to 18 October 2009


Under the heading “Asia-Pacific: Partner for a Common Future”, the 7th Asia-Pacific Weeks will be focusing on the priority themes of “mobility” and “energy” .

The business and science program includes two specialist conferences on mobility and energy, to be held from 8 to 10 October at the Berlin Town Hall, and, from 12 to 17 October, other symposia, conferences, and “business days” on individual countries of the Asian-Pacific region.

Program of the Conferences


Ten days of art and culture from the Asian-Pacific region: as a center for non-European art and culture, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) is coordinating the cultural program of the Asian-Pacific Weeks again this year. Three new high-profile partners have joined the team: the National Gallery at Hamburger Bahnhof, RADIALSYSTEM V, and the theater Hebbel am Ufer. Each of these institutions is organizing a program that reflects its artistic and curatorial focus. The AEDES Forum für zeitgenössische Architektur, the Deutsch-Japanische Gesellschaft, NEXT – Interkulturelle Projekte, Fashion Patrons, and the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK) will be presenting other projects on urban development, fashion, young people’s art, and theater.

In 2009, your gateway to Asia is still in Berlin: Governing Mayor Klaus Wowereit and the strategic partners of the Asia-Pacific Weeks – Berlin Partner GmbH, the Asia-Pacific Forum Berlin, and the House of World Cultures – invite you to immerse yourself in the Asian-Pacific region in October 2009.

(Source: 09/2009 –

Posted in Culture (news), Economics (news), Education (news), Live around the globe, Politics (news) | 1 Comment » : German woman joins Durga Puja celebrations in Patna (IANS)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on September 27, 2009

2009-09-27 15:30:00

Attracted towards the festivities and decorated pandals (marquees) of Durga Puja celebrations, a German woman joined thousands of Hindu devotees in this Bihar capital to pray for peace and prosperity.

Caroline, a German student in her mid-20s, had been visiting various attractive and decorated puja pandals here for last two days to offer prayers to Hindu goddess Durga. This is her first visit to India.

‘I am here to participate in Durga Puja and enjoy the festival by visiting puja pandals. I want to understand this culture,’ Caroline told IANS.

She was happy to eat prasad (holy offerings) given to her by Hindu priests, devotees and puja pandal committee members.

‘It was amazing for me to move from one puja pandal to another. I never imagined that such enthusiasm exists among devotees,’ she said referring to the crowds near the puja pandals here.

Carolina said it was a rare experience for her to participate in a popular Hindu festival.

‘Durga idols in colourful dress at puja pandals were fantastic,’ she said.

She has also decided to witness the immersion of idols of goddess Durga and other Hindu deities in Ganga river here.

‘I was told by local people that immersion of hundreds of idols is a part of the festival. I will definitely see that,’ she said.

(Source: 2009-09-27 (15:30:00) –

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SifiNews: Bollywood wishes melody queen on 80th birthday (Sep 28 is Lata Mangeshkar’s birthday)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on September 27, 2009

2009-09-27 15:10:00

The icon is considered the greatest playback singer in the Indian cinema.

The icon is considered the greatest playback singer in the Indian cinema.

Eight decades and 30,000 songs later her voice continues to inspire a nation. As Lata Mangeshkar turns 80 on Monday, Sep 28, everyone in Bollywood queued up to wish her.

The Bharat Ratna awardee, who has lent her voice to songs in over 20 Indian languages, is known for her quest for perfection and undying spirit.

From light classical music to film songs and from ghazals to bhajans and pop, she has sung a variety of numbers. Having worked with almost all top music composers and singers in the industry, Lata has also featured in the Guinness Book of Records from 1974 to 1991 for having made the most recordings in the world.

IANS spoke to members of Bollywood, who wished the queen of melody and prayed for her long and healthy life.

Yash Chopra: On the occasion of her 80th birthday, I would like to wish Lataji, who has had a long-lasting relationship with Yash Raj Films, happiness, happiness and more happiness with a sincere prayer that she remain forever young.

Karisma Kapoor: I would like to wish Lataji a very happy birthday. The songs that she has sung for my grandfather don’t need any explanations. I just want to ask her: how does she still sing so melodiously even at this age?

Prasoon Joshi: My best wishes to Lataji on her birthday. I feel so fortunate that my entry in Bollywood was marked by a song sung by her. I wrote my first song for her, which was the title track of ‘Lajja’. It was totally a dream come true. Then my luck again favoured me when I wrote ‘Luka chhupi’ for her in the film ‘Rang De Basanti’. I feel extremely humbled to write songs for someone as great as her.

Kunal Kohli: What can one say about a living legend like Lataji and who am I to say something? I don’t think a word has been created to describe her and her contribution to Hindi film music. My best wishes to her for a long and healthy life.

Mohit Chauhan: I give my heartiest congratulations to the melody queen. I wish more and more years added to her life. Since childhood I have been listening to her songs and she is still my favourite singer.

Sunidhi Chauhan: Words can’t express what I feel about her. I only wish that she lives for ever and ever.

Kailash Kher: She is a goddess in human form. Whatever she has achieved till now and the way she sings even till today is just miraculous. A normal person can’t do that. I won’t call her just a singer; she is music to me. She is a blessing to the nation and all Indians should hope and pray for her long life and good health for many years to come. I wish her a long and healthy life.

Manoj Bajpayee: May she live and sing for another 1,000 years. I doubt we will ever have another Lataji. Her voice is a miracle of god. A very happy birthday to her.

Sukhwinder Singh: Lataji’s is the voice of the millennium. She is truly an international artist and one of her own kind. For her birthday I just want to say that I hope she lives for 1,000 years.

Anand Raj Anand: A very happy birthday to a living legend – Lataji.

(Source: 2009-09-27 15:10:00 –

Further: “I want to continue singing rest of my life” ( (New Delhi) – Sunday , Sep 27, 2009 at 1305 hrs)

“Aayega Aayega Aane Wala” BY LATA MANGESHKAR (1949)


Lata Mangeshkar Shamshad Begum (1955)…

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ANANYA 2009 (3-7 Oct 09) – Annual Dance Festival at the Purana Qila (New Delhi)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on September 26, 2009

Ananya – The Unparalleled

A dialogue of Indian classical dance with heritage monument

Brought to you by Govt. of NCT of Delhi and Seher in association with Sahitya Kala Parishad
ANANYA 2009-Poster

Rated as one of India’s best Cultural Festivals, “Ananya” is a unique festival showcasing the best of Indian Classical Dance in the backdrop of a magnificent heritage monument – the historical Purana Qila. Each year, Ananya attracts thousands of people from all professional fields, spanning the various parts of Delhi and the NCR.

The Programme for this year is as follows :

Saturday, 3rd Oct 2009  (07:00 pm): Odissi
by Madhavi Mudgal & group (Delhi)

Sunday, 4th Oct 2009 :  Mohiniattam
by Gopika Varma and group (Chennai)

Monday, 5th Oct 2009 : Kathak
by Moumala & Monisa Nayak and group (Delhi)

Tuesday, 6th Oct 2009 : Contemporary Dance
by Astad Deboo, with Manipuri Drummers (Mumbai)

Wednesday, 7th Oct 2009 (08:00 pm): Bharatanatyam
by Rema Shrikant and group (Vadodara)

Compere : Sadhna Shrivastav

(Source: 09/2009 – | phone: 01141628600 | eMail: )

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ET Bureau: For Kolkata, Durga’s no more an American idol

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on September 25, 2009

by Anirvan Ghosh & Sreeradha Basu

Durga Puja lighting at a pandal in Guwahati on Wednesday night. Picture by Eastern Projections

Durga Puja lighting at a pandal in Guwahati on Wednesday night. Picture by Eastern Projections (The Telegraph, 2009)

BANGALORE/KOLKATA: Durga puja is being celebrated in the US and Europe this time with the same fervour and gaiety as any other year, but with a bit of austerity thrown in. The global recession led to many a job loss and pay cuts, and some members cut donations by as much as 50%. A puja in Cologne, Germany, for instance, has resorted to a reusable idol of the devi. Another in Massachusetts has done away with the frills — it has cut expenditure from a quarter million dollars to $100,000. And resident Bengalis in Kuala Lumpur joined the austerity drive by organising one puja instead of three.

All this has had a major impact on idol makers back home, especially in Kolkata’s Kumartulli, from where most of the idols are sourced by puja samitis overseas. “Our export business is down 50%,” says Pradyut Pal, among the biggest exporters of idols, who gets orders from puja associations in the US, Malaysia, Australia and Germany. “Even the number of online enquiries were much less this year because budgets are down.” Potters in Kumartulli do business worth Rs 8-9 crore every year by selling idols in India — mainly in the city of Kolkata — and abroad. Kumartulli makes around 11,000 small and large idols (including 3,000 big idols) every year, of which 220-230 are exported. “This year the number of idols shipped has fallen to 134,” says Aloke Sen, a prominent idol maker and artisan.

Dance Drama Goddess Durga (The Hindu, 2004)
Dance Drama Goddess Durga (The Hindu, 2004)

Mr Pal adds that 60% of the business comes from exports, because the potters charge a premium on the ‘exported-idols’ that are made of fibreglass for safe transportation. An overseas order rings in bigger profits, as exported idols cost around Rs 2 lakh apiece, far costlier than a clay idol of the same size that retails for around Rs 10,000.

What has added to the potters’ woes is the increase in cost of materials required to make fibreglass idols. Cost of fibreglass sheets, chemicals and paint have gone up.

Overseas organisers confirm the trend. “Pujas have tighter budgets this year. Job losses and an uncertain future have contributed to this end,” says Amit Ghosh, who is involved with a Puja organisation in Kuala Lumpur and employed with a top consultancy. The bigger pujas can cost around Rs 20 lakh, but this year, they are making do with Rs 10 lakh at the most.

In Massachussets, Houston and New Jersey, the impact of the downturn is palpable. “Donations from members have slipped this year,” says Prithviraj Chaudhuri, a research scholar at Harvard and a regular member of the core organising committee since the past couple of years at Puja celebrations in Boston. This year, the minimum contribution from members dipped by around 20% as some of them, with families, have lost their jobs, and aren’t sure when they would be employed again. As a result, expenditure for the Boston puja, which used to have a budget of around Rs 50 lakh, is now down to just about Rs 35 lakh, including the cost of the idol. Spends at the grander pujas have slipped to Rs 60 lakh from Rs 1 crore a year ago. “People are pooling in money and concentrating on fewer good pujas than thinning out the pie,” says Shweta Sen, part of an organising team in Houston.

Costs are also being cut in Cologne, Germany, a major puja location for Bengalis in that country. “We are going to use the same idol because it can last a few years,” says Shondip Chatterjee, who works with a prominent bank and one of the organisers there. He says that costs were cut 30% from Rs 20 lakh a year ago, and that has meant no new idol and using cheaper items for the marquee. Another puja in Bonn has done the same — it hasn’t ordered a new idol.

In the UK, where several pujas are held not just in London but also in cities like Manchester, the puja budget is down 30%. “People have lost their jobs there, and we could not raise more than what we did,” says Abhinav Bose, one of the organisers in south London.

Fortunately, domestic demand hasn’t gone down, and local organisers have continued to spend on the clay idols. But potters at Kumartulli will pray that the Mother Goddess will not let down the world another year.

(Source: 25 Sep 2009, 0418 hrs IST | The Economic Times – News By Industry)

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Invitation to the Press trip (Oct 25-31) – INDIA WEEK HAMBURG 2009

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on September 24, 2009

2_0_logo_hamburg_11Invitation to the Press trip:

“India Week Hamburg 2009”

Press trip from October 25 – 31, 2009

India Week Hamburg 2009 - Logo-with-dateIndia is a fast growing economy – and an increasingly interesting trade partner for Hamburg. The attractiveness of the Indian domestic market is as much important as the cost-reducing advantages for the international buying markets. At the same time, the Indian economy boasts some financially highly potential and innovative companies, who are self-confident global players on the world‘s markets.

In total, approximately 35 Indian companies are present in the Hamburg Metropolitan Area, with figures rising. In return, some 500 Hamburg companies are active in India. To strengthen these business ties and to broaden the bilateral contacts the Hamburg Senate, HWF Hamburg Business Development Corporation, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, the German Indian Round Table, the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg, ELGA Biotech and
other institutions and organisations dealing with India launched two years ago the first “India Week” in Hamburg.

This year the third “India Week Hamburg“ – taking place October 23 – November 1, 2009 will offer even more chances to make contacts and to learn about the manifold business options between Hamburg and India during talks, discussions and receptions, while also presenting India‘s diverse cultural landscape.

On the occasion of the 3rd India Week Hamburg we´d like to invite you to take part in a press trip to Hamburg. We have drawn up a program that brings you into contact with the main highlights of the “India Week”, with companies dealing with India as well as with the key players in the relationship Hamburg – India.

We would also like to show you Hamburg – the ambitious city on the waterfront with its economical and cultural highlights.

We are enclosing our first program draft mentioning the main points. We should be delighted to welcome you to  Hamburg from October 25 – 31. To attend, simply complete and return the enclosed fax. We shall treat registrations on a “first come – first serve” basis and will contact you individually to arrange your travel to Hamburg.

Should you have questions or require any further information, you can call us at +49-(0)40-41 11 10 620 or send an e-mail to

We look forward to welcoming you in Hamburg.

Yours sincerely,
Anette Boos
Project Manager Media Relations

Hamburg Marketing GmbH

Dowload fully programme here (PDF)…


HH4u: HAMBURG 2009 (part 1 of 3) – SUNNY & RAINY

HH4u: HAMBURG 2009 (part 2 of 3) – AMAZING HARBOR

HH4u: HAMBURG 2009 (part 3 of 3) – COLORS OF THE NIGHT

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38th Annual Conference on South Asia – 22-23 Oct 2009

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on September 22, 2009

TUWM-Logo-2009-1Pre-Confernce on 22nd October please see here


Friday, October 23, 2009

Welcome Reception & Social Hour
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Location: Wisconsin Ballroom

All-Conference Dinner
Time: 6:30 – 7:45 PM
Location: Madison Ballroom
Click here to place your meal order. Deadline October 9, 2009.

Keynote Address: Dr. Carla Sinopoli, Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan
Time: 8:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Ballroom

“The Local and the Global: Exploring Deep South Indian Histories Through a Fine Lens”

Historical constructions of ancient India often rely on limited and poorly theorized evidence to draw very broad conclusions.  Small numbers of royal inscriptions and scarce and poorly understood material remains are used to create vast narratives – of sequences of empires and of ideological and sociopolitical transformations playing out at a subcontinental scale.  In this talk, I step back from these ‘global’ constructions of ancient India to take a close look at a small part of southern India, which variously moved in and out of the large dramas portrayed in our big narratives.  In so doing, I hope to illustrate how consideration of the material evidence of lived lives of the inhabitants of the Tungabhadra river region of northern Karnataka can add richness to our understandings of long term historical changes and distant pasts.

Carla Sinopoli is Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Anthropology and Director of the Museum of Anthropology, at University of Michigan, where she is also Curator of Asian Archaeology. Her research focuses on  complex societies and political economy in Southern India. She is currently co-directing a multi-year archaeological field project in the Tungabhadra River Valley of South India, focusing on emergent social and economic inequalities and the formation to territorial polities during the South India Iron Age (first millennium BC). Her prior work in the area included a 10-year systematic regional survey of the hinterland of the 14th-16th c AD imperial capital of Vijayanagara, where she focused particularly on examining the relations of imperial and temples institutions in the control and organization of craft production. As curator of the Museum of Anthropology’s extensive collections from Asia, Sinopoli is conducting research and publishing on material culture and trade in South and Southeast Asian history and prehistory.

Conference Performance: Nicolas Magriel, Sarangi Performance
accompanied by James Kippen on Tabla
Time: 9:15 – 10:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Ballroom

Nicolas Magriel has been playing the sarangi since 1970. He has lived in India for ten years studying with distinguished sarangi players including Pandit Gopal Mishra, Ustad Abdul Latif Khan, Ustad Mohammed Ali Khan and Ustad Ghulam Sabir Qadri. He also studied North Indian vocal music with the renowned khayal singer and musicologist Pandit Dilip Chandra Vedi and dhrupad singing with Ustad Fayazuddin Dagar. He has performed widely in the UK and Europe as a soloist and as an accompanist to vocalists and Kathak dancers, appeared many times on television and contributed sarangi for numerous film and theatre scores. In 2001 he completed his PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, analysing sarangi style and its relationship with vocal music. From 2002 until 2008 , while continuing to perform and teach sarangi and vocal music, he was working on an AHRC-funded project transcribing and analysing 490 bandishes, the songs of khayal, the pre-eminent genre of Hindustani classical vocal music. In conjunction with this research, he has been learning khayal singing from Ustad Aslam Khan and Batuk Dewanji in Mumbai. Dr. Magriel is now engaged on “Beyond Text: Growing into Music,” a project which focuses on musical enculturation in oral musical traditions.

For more information about Dr. Magriel, please visit

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Plenary Address: Girish Karnad, playwright, actor, director and screen writer
Location: Capitol Ballroom
Time: 3:45 – 5:15 PM

In Play: The Practice of Theatre, Film, and Television in Contemporary India

A dialogue with Girish Karnad

Moderator: Aparna Dharwadker, Professor of Theatre & Drama and English, UW-Madison

Girish Raghunath Karnad (b. 1938) has been a commanding presence in Indian theatre, film, television, and cultural life more generally for more than four decades. His early plays—Yayati (1961), Tughlaq (1964), and Hayavadana (Horse-Head, 1971)—were a seminal part of the effort by a whole generation of playwrights to shape Indian theatre as a major contemporary national tradition in the later twentieth century. Karnad’s distinctive contribution to this movement was to engage deeply with the narratives of the past (myth, history, folklore), and remake them in the image of the postcolonial present. During the 1970s and early 1980s, he emerged as an important figure in the “parallel” or “middle” cinema movement, with leading roles in such groundbreaking films as Pattabhi Raman Reddy’s Samskara (A Rite for a Dead Man, 1970), Shyam Benegal’s Nishant (Evening’s End, 1973), and Manthan (The Churning, 1976), Basu Bhattacharya’s Swami (Husband, 1977), and Jabbar Patel’s Umbartha (The T hreshold, 1982). Over the same period he was the screenwriter and/or director for a number of acclaimed feature films: Vamsha vriksha (FamilyTree, with B. V. Karanth, 1971), Kaadu (1973), and Ondanandu kaaladalli (Once Upon a Time, 1978) in Kannada; and Godhuli (Dusk, with B. V. Karanth, 1977), Bhumika (The Role, 1978), Utsav (Festival, 1984), and Cheluvi (1993) in Hindi. Karnad returned actively to playwriting in 1987 with Naga-mandala (Play with a Cobra), and the classic plays of this second period include Tale-Danda (Death by Decapitation, 1989), Agni mattu male (The Fire and the Rain, 1994), The Dreams of Tipu Sultan (1997), Bali (Sacrifice, 2002), and Broken Images (2004).

Karnad’s unique position as a front-rank playwright, media celebrity, and public intellectual rests on the skill and imagination with which he has balanced his various artistic and cultural roles. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Bharatiya Jnanapith Award, the Kalidasa Samman, the Padma Shri, and the Padma Bhushan. He has served as Director of the Film and Television Institute of India (1974-75), Chairman of the Sangeet Natak Akademi (1988-93), and Director of the Nehru Centre (2000-03), and he was recently appointed a World Theatre Amabassador by UNESCO’s International Theatre Institute.

Read a complete biography
written by Professor Aparna Dharwadker.

Plenary Performance: A Staged Reading of Girish Karnad YAYATI (1961)

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Performed by members of the Department of Theatre and Drama, University of Wisconsin-Madison Directed by Joan Brooks and Barbara Clayton

Lecture Hall, Madison Museum of Modern Art
Location: The Overture Centre for the Arts, 227 State Street
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM

A discussion with the playwright will follow the reading.

Read a description of the play written by Professor Aparna Dharwadker

Still from a production of YAYATI, dir. Arundhati Raja, Bangalore, 2008

AIPS & CAORC Reception

Location: Senate Room A
Time: 9 – 11 PM

The Center for South Asia
c/o University of Wisconsin-Madison,
1155 Observatory Drive, 203 Ingraham Hall, Madison WI 53706,

For information regarding the conference, please email:
or call 608-262-4884

(Source: 09/2009 – The University of Wisconsin-Madison)

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Moderation Script (09/2009): Alankaras – 10 types of Raga Ornaments – part 2/2 (Raga CDs of the Months)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on September 21, 2009


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Pre Conference – 38th Annual Conference on South Asia – 22-23 Oct 2009

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on September 21, 2009

TUWM-Logo-2009-1Preconference Events | Conference Programme see here

Thursday, October 22, 2009

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3rd Annual South Asian Legal Studies Preconference
Time: 2:00 – 6:00 PM
Location: Lubar Commons (7200 Law), University of Wisconsin Law School
For more information, contact Donald R. Davis, Jr.

“Early Modernity” in Sri Lanka, South Asia and Southeast Asia<!–
Time: 9 AM—5 PM
Location: Senate Rooms A & B, Concourse Hotel
For more information, contact Dr. John Rodgers roge

Feminist Pre-Conference: The “State” of Sexuality
Time: 9 AM—6 PM
Location: Capitol Room B, Concourse Hotel
For more information, contact Anjali Arondekar

Fourth Annual Himalayan Policy Research Conference
Time: 8 AM – 8 PM
Location: Capitol & Madison Ballrooms, Concourse Hotel
Lunch served in University Rooms, Concourse Hotel
For more information, contact Alok Bohara

Workshop on Transforming a Dissertation into a Book (Closed by invitation only)

Wednesday, October 21
Time: 4 – 8 PM
Location: Assembly Room, Concourse Hotel

Thursday, October 22
Time: 8 AM – 8 PM
Location: Assembly Room & Caucus Rooms, Concourse Hotel
Lunch served in Conference Room IV, Concourse Hotel

For more information, contact Susan Wadley

Preconference Details

3rd Annual South Asian Legal Studies Preconference
Time: 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: Lubar Commons (7200 Law), University of Wisconsin Law School
For more information, contact Dr. Donald R. Davis, Jr.

Panels to be organized by Flavia Agnes, lawyer at the Bombay High Court, women’s rights advocate, and co-founder of Majlis and Jayanth Krishnan, professor at the William Mitchell College of Law (soon to be Indiana University Maurer School of Law).

Click HERE for more information.

“Early Modernity” in Sri Lanka, South Asia, and Southeast Asia
Time:9 AM—5 PM
Location: Senate Rooms A & B, Concourse Hotel
For more information, contact Dr. John Rodgers

Sponsored by the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies

Sri Lanka has been largely absent in debates about how to understand “early modernity” and “modernity” in Asia and the Indian Ocean world. The island, however, has been at the center of transregional economic, cultural and political networks since at the least the middle of the first millennium CE, and its past has much to contribute to these issues.

Through dialog between Sri Lankanists and scholars working on other Asian regions, this preconference will focus on some broader implications of new research on Sri Lanka. How should we conceptualize “early modern” in areas such as literary culture, political theory, and social organization? What was the role of European power and ideas both before and after the presence of “Enlightenment modernity”? Given Sri Lanka’s position at the center of transregional networks, the preconference will also address the general challenge of writing histories that capture what is distinctive about particular places, but which also acknowledge the important role of transregional forces.

The preconference will be organized around six papers with a focus on Sri Lanka, covering the period circa 1400-1900. These papers will be provided in advance to registered participants. At the preconference each paper will be briefly introduced by two discussants, one whose work focuses primarily on India, and the other on Southeast Asia.

Registration is free. If you plan to attend this preconference, please send an email by September 15, 2009 to John Rogers at Include your name, discipline and institutional affiliation (if any).

Preliminary Program (final version will be posted in early October):

9:00—9:15: Registration and Refreshments

9:15 – 9:20: Welcome to Participants (Charles Hallisey)

9:20 – 9:35: Introduction to Goals of the Preconference (John Rogers)

9:35—12:15 MORNING PAPERS: Chair: C.R. de Silva (Old Dominion)

9:35—10:20: Charles Hallisey (Harvard University), Changes in Sinhala Literary Culture, 15 th—18 th centuries [discussants Ramya Sreenivansan, Tony Day]

10:20—11:05: Zoltan Biedermann (Birkbeck College, London), Colombo versus Cannanore: Contrasting Structures of Two Colonial Port Cities (1500-1700) [discussants Preeti Chopra, Tony Day]

11:05—11:30: Break

11:30—12:15: Alan Strathern (Cambridge University), Sri Lanka in the Long Early Modern Period: Its Place in a Comparative Theory of Second Millennium Eurasian History [discussants Prachi Deshpande, Anne Hansen]

LUNCH BREAK, 12:15—1:30

1:30 – 4:15 AFTERNOON PAPERS: Chair: TBA

1:30—2:15: Alicia Schrikker (Leiden University), Dutch Imperial Ideology in Sri Lanka and Java, late 18 th century [discussants Prachi Deshpande, Penny Edwards]

2:15—3:00: Sujit Sivasundaram (London School of Economics), Ethnicity in Sri Lanka and the Advent of British Rule in the Subcontinent [Ramya Sreenivansan, Anne Hansen]

3:00—3:30: Break

3:30—4:15: Patrick Peebles (University of Missouri—Kansas City), Unchartered Justice: Revising the Ceylon Charter, 1833-48 [Preeti Chopra, Penny Edwards]

4:15—5:00 CONCLUDING SESSION: Chair: John Rogers

Feminist Pre-Conference: The “State” of Sexuality
Time: 9 AM—6 PM
Location: Capitol Room B, Concourse Hotel
For more information, contact Anjali Arondekar

TUoWM-Elefants-2009-1At the sixth South Asian Feminist preconference at Madison in 2008 (“The Body in South Asian Feminism”), and in our discussions over the past five years of the feminist preconference, a variety of discussions touched on the significations and practices surrounding the gendered body in local, national, regional, diasporic, and transnational contexts.

This year’s preconference continues such interrogations by focusing on the “State” of Sexuality as a nexus for our critical concerns. The past decade or so (particularly the post 9/11 era) has witnessed a rapid rise in scholarship that seeks to seize or transform the language of the “state” for liberatory ends.  Such an attachment to the reparative and/or divisive logic of the “state” is most evident in minoritized knowledge-formations such as sexuality studies and South Asian studies.  In the face of contemporary challenges about the limits of scholarship bowing out to the forces of globalization, presenters will examine what is at stake for us to carve out a recursive relationship to the “state?”

Participants will address engage two central questions: What are the conversations instituted about sexuality in relationship to the “state”? How does sexuality studies’s own adherence/attachment to the language of the “state” parochialize key assumptions about freedom, rights and the subject?


9:00 AM Opening Remarks

9:15 -10:45 AM Imaginative States

• “Kamala Suraiya and the seduction of the state funeral,” Rosemary George, University of California, San Diego

• “Traumatized Body, Resilient Human: the War of 1971 in Women’s Memories,” Yasmin Saikia, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

• “Figure and Desire: Inshallah Khan’s Rani Ketki ki Kahani,” Ruby Lal, Emory University

• “Inside Purdah/Outside Purdah: Sexuality,Islam and the State in Muhammad Hadi Ruswa’s Umrao Jan Ada ,” Krupa Shandilya, Cornell University & Taimoor Shahid, Lahore University,

10:45 – 11:00 AM Break

11:00 AM- 1:00 PM In the Case of 377 and Beyond

• “Addressing the Phobic and the Erotic in India,” Brinda Bose, Delhi University

• “A Year of Wonder: Sexuality, Rights-Seeking Campaigns, and the State in India,” Svati Shah, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

• “Analytics of Sodomy and the State,”Jyoti Puri, Simmons College

• “The Art of Personal Narratives: Sexuality Rights Activism in India and Provincializing this Homosexual Subject,” Akhil Katyal, School of Oriental and African Studies

• “Policing Affect: Lesbian Activism and the State in India,” Naisargi Dave, University of Toronto

1:00 – 2:00 PM Lunch

2:00 – 3:15 PM Alter(ed) States

• “Love and reservations: Thoughts on the gendered e/affects of Scheduled Tribe uplift,” Megan Moodie, University of California, Santa Cruz

• “jina amucha: The ‘State’ of dalit women,” Shailaja Paik, Union College

• “The Spaces between ‘MSM’ and ‘TG’: Vernacular Locations within State-funded NGO networks of West Bengal,” Aniruddha Datta, University of Minnesota

3:15 – 3:30 Tea Break

3:30 – 4:45 PM Sex/Work

• “Beyond the Promise of Laws: Bombay’s Sex Trade in Historical Perspective,” Ashwini Tambe, University of Toronto

• “Governmentalising the State: Voluntary Service and the Regulation of Prostitution in Interwar India,” Stephen Legg, University of Nottingham

• “Women’s Rights are Human Rights/Economic Rights are Human Rights: Gender and Labor under the Sign of Rights,” S. Charusheela, University of Nevada

• “‘Crazy little thing called love’: Sri Lankan migrant women’s contestations and the governance of sexuality, responsibility and relatedness,” Monica Smith, National University of Singapore

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Women’s Studies in India: A Conversation with Mary John

Inderpal Grewal, Yale University
Mrinalini Sinha, Penn State University, University Park
Anjali Arondekar, University of California, Santa Cruz
Geeta Patel, University of Virginia
Priti Ramamurthy, University of Washington, Seattle
Mary John, Center for Women’s Development Studies, New Delhi

For any questions, please contact Anjali Arondekar at

Fourth Annual Himalayan Policy Research Conference
Time: 8 AM – 8 PM
Location: Capitol & Madison Ballrooms, Concourse Hotel
Lunch served in University Rooms, Concourse Hotel
For more information, contact Alok Bohara

Program Outline (pdf)

Alok K Bohara, Dept of Economics, University of New Mexico; Nepal Study Center
Mukti P Upadhyay, Dept of Economics, Eastern Illinois University
Vijaya R Sharma, Dept of Economics, University of Colorado-Boulder
Gyan Pradhan, Dept of Economics and Finance, Westminster College
Joel Heinen, Professor, Dept of Environmental Studies, Florida International University
Jeffrey Drope, Dept of Political Science, Marquette University
About 35-40 other participants from various US and international academic institutions

The Nepal Study Center (NSC) at the University of New Mexico, its members and affiliated scholars request letting us organize the Third Annual Himalayan Policy Research Conference at the South Asian Conference venue of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, on Thursday October 16, 2008. The purpose is to promote scholarly interactions among the scholars with policy research interest on the Himalayan region and the countries in South Asia. We have had highly successful conferences in the past from 2006 to 2008 at your venue where scholars came to participate from several countries such as the US, Japan, Nepal, India, Switzerland, and Sweden.

The abstracts, proceedings, feedback from participants, and photos from our previous conferences are available HERE.

The main theme of the Himalayan Policy Research (HPR) Conference draws from the fields of development, democracy, governance, and environment. We consider these fields broadly as encompassing socio-economic growth (aggregate or sectoral), political transition, institutional development, governance and administrative reform, poverty and income distribution, education and health, regional development, gender and ethnicity, trade and remittances, aid and foreign direct investment, resource and environmental management, public-private partnership in technology and investment, child labor, and many other issues. The papers are expected to have important implications for public policy in one or more countries of the Himalayan region and South Asia.

One of the goals of the annual HPR conference is to form an Himalayan Policy Research Association and obtain a membership of the Allied Social Science Associations. This venue will be very valuable to create a scholarly network and promote our mission.

Workshop on Transforming a Dissertation into a Book (Closed by invitation only)

Wednesday, October 21
Time: 4 – 8 PM
Location: Assembly Room, Concourse Hotel

Thursday, October 22
Time: 8 AM – 8 PM
Location: Assembly Room & Caucus Rooms, Concourse Hotel
Lunch served in Conference Room IV, Concourse Hotel

For more information, contact Susan Wadley

Kalyani Menon, DePaul University
Ruby Lal, Emory
John Echeverri-Gent, Virginia

AIIS, APIS and AIBS are sponsoring a workshop (by invitation only) for aid junior scholars to transform dissertations into books. We hope to begin Wed. night with a talk by a younger scholar who successfully negotiated this process. The hands” on workshop will run all day Thurs.

Click HERE for more information.

(Source: 09/2009 – The Univesity of Wisconsin-Madison)

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