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The South Asia Center lists events of educational value related to South Asia throughout the Pacific Northwest. We endeavor to include full information about timing, presenters, costs if any, and location, but it is always best to check listed web sites for the latest information.

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April 2014

Hindi Poetry Lecture: Allison Busch - "In Defeat Lies Victory: Loss and Commemoration in Hindi Historical Poetry"

Monday April 14, 2014
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: Thomson 317

Presenter: Allison Busch

Sponsors: South Asia Center, Asian Languages and Literatures

Contact: Keith Snodgrass, snodgras@uw.edu

Much of Mughal history has been reconstructed from Persian sources that represent the point of view of empire. In this talk Professor Busch discusses literary traditions of memory that were recorded in old dialects of Hindi and commissioned by regional ‘Rajput’ courts. One special interest of vernacular writers was the problem of Mughal succession conflict (sultānī jang), in which countless local soldiers and heroes lost their lives. Certain Hindi genres of this period can thus be seen as acts of commemoration that reflect a deeply emotional engagement with the existential realities of war and death.

Casual conversation and chai will follow Professor Busch's presentation.

Allison Busch is Associate Professor in Columbia University's Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies Department. Learn more at her Columbia University page.

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Classical Indian Musical Performance at UPS - Rajeev Taranath

Tuesday April 15, 2014
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Rausch Auditorium (McIntyre Hall), University of Puget Sound, Tacoma

Performers: Rajeev Taranath (sarod) and Vikas Yendluri (tabla)

Sponsor: University of Puget Sound

Contact: Riley Luvaas, 509.494.3104, culturalevents@pugetsound.edu

Rajeev TaranathOne of India's foremost sarod players, Rajeev Taranath, will be performing at the University of Puget Sound, accompanied by Vikas Yendluri on tabla.

Tickets: $8

For tickets and more information, visit the UPS event page.

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Documentary Film Screening and Q&A with Director: Birth 1871 - History, the State, and the Arts of Denotified Tribes of India

Thursday April 17, 2014
Time: 4:30 PM
Location: Thomson 101

Film: Birth 1871 - History, the State, and the Arts of Denotified Tribes of India

Sponsor: South Asia Center

Contact: Keith Snodgrass, snodgras@uw.edu

 Birth 1871

In 1871 the colonial government in India officially defined 192 ethnic groups as 'Criminal Tribes' - communities later reclassified as 'Denotified Tribes' (DNTs) in 1952, following India's independence. Human rights violations against DNTs (numbering around 60 million) are one of the most challenging issues in India today, yet their lives are poorly documented. The first of its kind, Birth 1871 combines historical research with film documentary to produce a subject driven textual history and film output, exploring two tribes' experience of India's changing state structures. The film explores processes of 'criminalization' and how DNTs combat social stigma through the theatre arts.

A discussion with director Dakxinkumar Bajrange will follow the screening. Bajrange is an award winning filmmaker, playwright, director and activist. He is also the director of Budhan Theatre, a community theatre group working with the Chhara denotified tribe in Gujarat. To date, Budhan has produced 42 plays and performed more then 1000 shows across the country and created huge awareness across the globe about the socioeconomic and political condition of India's denotified tribes.

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Social Entrepreneurship in Pakistan

Monday April 21, 2014
Time: 12:00-1:20 PM
Location: : Dempsey Hall Classroom 126 (At Foster School of Business)

Presenter: Junaid Malik

Sponsor: South Asia Center and Global Business Center, Foster School of Business, UW

Contact: Keith Snodgrass, snodgras@uw.edu

Open to all UW students, faculty, staff, and public

• Learn about UW grad, social entrepreneur and filmmaker, Junaid Malik changing the lives of farmers and families in the mountain regions in Pakistan.
• His social startup, Raise d’Bar, is paving a new market for the dried fruits and nuts farmed in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Northern Pakistan
• Brainstorm with him as he moves to work with Telenor (Telecom company in Pakistan) to create an SMS-based social network equipping farmers with the power of information to strengthen their selling power.

This lunchtime talk is for anyone interested in using business for good in a developing country, who is inspired by a guy who creates a positive impact through a creative business idea – and has the passion to pull it off. Pakistan is a tough place for an entrepreneur. Come hear how this UW grad [2007] in economics and drama and filmmaker has worked with international mentors to create an enticing granola bar in beautiful packaging to appeal the city markets of Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi.

Brought to you by the Global Business Center’s GSEC (Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition) at the Foster School of Business and The Jackson School

Read more about Raise d’Bar here: http://aurora.dawn.com/2014/03/24/the-new-entrepreneurs/

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Interreligious Dialogue with Jesuits from Asia: “Neighborliness: Seeds, Challenges and the Practice of Interreligious Dialogue in India”

Tuesday April 22, 2014
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Location: STCN 160, LeRoux (Seattle University Campus)

Presenter: Fr. Vincent Sekhar

Sponsors: SU College of Arts and Sciences William F. LeRoux, S.J. Endowed Chair, Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture

RSVP: ICTC@seattleu.edu

Fr. Vincent Sekhar attended the University of Madras and is one of the few Christians to receive a doctorate in Jain religion and philosophy. He has served as the Secretary for Interreligious Dialogue for the Jesuit Conference of South Asia and is Executive Director of the Institute of Dialogue with Cultures and Religion, a Ph.D. Research Institute on Comparative Religion & Culture affiliated with the University of Madras.

Fr. Sekhar will examine the way in which terrorism, fundamentalism and matters of social and economic justice have encouraged interreligious dialogue between Hindu and Christian communities.

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Visiting Author: Ramachandra Guha, Gandhi Before India

Wednesday April 23, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Stimson Auditorium, Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E Prospect St, Seattle, WA 98112

Presenter: Ramachandra Guha

Sponsors: Seattle Asian Art Museum, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Gardner Center for Asian Art & Ideas, The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and Newspapers in Education

Contact: Elliott Bay: 206-624-6600; SAAM: www.seattleartmuseum.org/visit/visitsaam.asp

Gandhi Before IndiaGandhi Before India, the first part of acclaimed Indian scholar and author Ramachandra Guha's massive undertaking, is the occasion for this evening. The author of numerous varied works, including an environmental history of India, an award-winning social history of cricket, and the much-praised India After Gandhi, he is here with this new work that has been many years in the making. “In Gandhi Before India, Ramachandra Guha, one of the subcontinent’s most influential historians, has set himself the revisionist task of challenging this Indo-centric self-portrait of the Mahatma, not merely cleaning the family portrait, but uncovering a new backdrop … Guha’s impressive monograph challenges the Gandhi legend as it was portrayed in, for instance, Richard Attenborough’s Oscar-winning film … [in] this ground-breaking study.” – Robert McCrum, The Guardian. Free admission.

For more information, visit Elliott Bay Books.

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South Indian Classical Music Concert: Shashank Subramanyam

Friday April 25, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Seattle Art Museum’s Plestcheeff Auditorium, 1300 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Performer: Shashank Subramanyam

Sponsors: Upaya Social Ventures, Think.Act, India Association of Western Washington, Bainbridge Performing Arts, Impact Hub Seattle, World Affairs Council, Global Washington, The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and Newspapers in Education

Contact: Upaya Social Ventures, info@upayasv.org

A bamboo flute prodigy who has been one of India’s most respected classical musicians for the past 25 years, the Grammy-nominated Maestro Shashank will bring his unique improvisational style to a variety of South Indian classics against the backdrop of the Seattle Art Museum. Shashank will be joined onstage by Mysore Srikanth on Violin and Patri Satish Kumar on Mridangam.

Tickets: $25 ($10 for students and children)

Tickets and more information

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Author and Journalist Sonora Jha to Speak at Fundraiser for India Non-Profit

Sunday April 27, 2014
Time: 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: The Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St, Mercer Island, WA 98040 RSVP by 4/20: ppiusa@ppi-usa.org

Presenter: Sonora Jha

Sponsor: People for Progress in India

Contact: Chitra Parpia (425) 825-0950, chitrazp@comcast.net

Sonora Jha, local author and associate professor of journalism at Seattle University, will speak at People for Progress in India's annual fundraiser. Jha's academic research and scholarship is widely published in top-tier journals. Her first novel, "Foreign," which addresses the issue of the untimely deaths of farmers in India, was published by Random House recently. Find out more at http://sonorajha.com/

People for Progress in India is a Seattle based non-profit organization that strives towards promoting sustainable growth among underprivileged communities in India. PPI funds and engages with numerous grass-roots organizations in India that execute innovative projects.

To RSVP for this event, email ppiusa@ppi-usa.org

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Tasveer Presents: Aaina South Asian Women's Focus Festival

Friday April 25, 2014 to Sunday April 27, 2014
Times: vary
Location: Seattle Asian Art Museum

Presented by Tasveer

Sponsors: Tasveer, Gardner Center for Asian Arts and Ideas, Humanities Washington, Best in Class Education Center, Jaipur Avenue Chai, Studio Disha, Uravi

Contact: info@tasveer.org

Aaina 2014Tasveer, a local community organization promoting art and film from South Asia, presents Aaina 2014. Aaina: South Asian Women's Focus is a festival that celebrates the artistic and activist work of South Asian women through performance art, visual art, films, workshops and conversations aimed at highlighting issues critical to the empowerment of SA Women.

Aaina 2014 events include Yoni Ki Baat (inspired by Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues), Youth Voices, film screenings, art receptions and more.

For tickets and more information, visit http://aaina.tasveer.org/2014/

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Workshop for Educators: Exploring Asia: Asian Cities – Growth and Change

Tuesday April 29, 2014
5:00 - 8:00 pm
The Vancouver Room, Seattle Times Building, 1000 Denny Way, Seattle, WA 98109

The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and Newspapers In Education


The Asia Centers and the Center for Global Studies of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington are proud to present Exploring Asia: Asian Cities - Growth and Change, its 2014 Newspapers In Education Series and Workshop. The five-part series, in conjunction with The Seattle Times, includes articles on Vietnam, China, India, and Central Asia, in addition to an overview article. The workshop will include presentations by series authors as well as an introduction to the curriculum guide that pairs with the articles.

This workshop is one aspect of a collaborative project between the Newspapers In Education program of The Seattle Times and the University of Washington Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies Asia and Global Studies outreach centers as well as the East Asia Resource Center. The project consists of a five-article series, a teaching guide, and this workshop for K-12 educators.

Designed with high school readers in mind, each article in the online newspaper series entitled Exploring Asia: Asian Cities - Growth and Change, focuses on cities of Asia. The teaching guide provides a lesson plan for each article that includes activities to do with students before, during, and after reading the featured article. Together, the articles and accompanying lessons take students on an exploration of contemporary urban issues in several Asian countries, asking students to look at the issues from multiple perspectives and investigate the complexities and challenges of Asia's rapidly growing cities.

The cost of registration for the workshop is $30.00, which includes three Washington State clock hours, dinner, and curriculum guide. To register for the workshop, please complete the online registration form at 

To view curriculum and video from last year's workshop, go to http://depts.washington.edu/nie/curriculum.htm

For more information, please email the South Asia Center at snodgras@uw.edu.

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May 2014

Pakistani Film Screening and Q&A with Director - Chuppan Chupai (Hide and Seek)

Thursday May 8, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Thomson 101

Director: Saad Khan

Sponsor: South Asia Center

Contact: Keith Snodgrass, snodgras@uw.edu

Chuppan ChupaiChuppan Chupai (Hide and Seek) is an award-winning 2013 human rights documentary about the queer community in Pakistan. The film shows the secret, yet open lives of a group of Pakistani sexual minorities, raising questions about transgender activism, religion, underground gay life, social acceptance and collective familial customs of transgenders in urban Pakistan. The film follows the lives of four LGBT Pakistanis: activist Neeli, flighty but “famous” Kami, shy Waseem, and Jenny, a transgender woman who struggles with her transition. All live under the specter of Pakistan’s sharia laws forbidding homosexuality. Throughout the film, their lives in the urban centers of Lahore and Rawalpindi are shown to be alternately joyous and painful—symptomatic of life around the world.

Language: Urdu, Punjabi (English subtitles)
Duration: 68 minutes + Q&A
Q&A with director Saad Khan after the screening. Watch clips of the film here and here.

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Book Release Event - T.I.P.S. To Study Abroad

Monday May 12, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: University Temple, 1415 NE 43rd St

Presenter: The Letterwallas and Anu Taranath

Sponsor: Comparative History of Ideas

Contact: Anu Taranath, anu@u.washington.edu

Come join us for an evening celebrating the release of TIPS to Study Abroad: Simple Letters for Complex Engagement!

Created in conjunction with Dr. Anu Taranath's Study Abroad program in Bangalore, India, this book introduces a letter-writing assignment created for students to practice care and connection while abroad. The book collects and showcases thought-provoking letters to Things, Ideas, People, and Self (TIPS) written by Dr. Taranath's students during their time in India, and encourages us to see ourselves and our surroundings anew.

TIPS to Study Abroad contributes to the broader conversation on social justice and international education, and offers a simple method designed to deepen students' engagement with issues of cultural difference, travel and who we are - and can be - in our wide world.

See CHID's event page.

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Indian Classical Music Performance - Soul of Sound: Gundecha Brothers

Friday May 30, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, 201 Mercer Street Seattle, WA 98109

Performers: Gundecha Brothers

Sponsor: Cornish College of the Arts

Contact: Cornish College of the Arts, http://www.cornish.edu/music/series/#contact

Dhrupad is the oldest and most serene form of Indian classical. Dhrupad concerts explore ragas in depth, providing elaborate alaps (improvisations) in four different speeds, followed by compositions rendered to the rhythm of the accompanying pakhawaj, and further improvisations in rhythm. Gundecha Brothers perform Dhrupad concerts in the jugalbandi style - singing together, and going back and forth. This provides additional beauty and interest as their voices and ideas merge and separate.

"At their most venturesome, the brothers voices seemed more supple and versatile than any string instrument." - Washington Post

Tickets: $25-45 general; $20 seniors; $20 students (with ID)

For tickets and more information about the Gundecha Brothers, visit Cornish's event page.

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South Asia Center
University of Washington
303 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-4800 phone
(206) 685-0668 fax

Anand Yang, Director

Keith Snodgrass, Associate Director

Molly Wilskie-Kala, Program Coordinator

Nick Gottschall, Graduate Student Assistant

Robyn Davis, FLAS Coordinator

Sunila Kale, Graduate Program Coordinator