October 10, 2014 - Receptions of the Ramayana in the Diaspora
RECEPTIONS OF THE RAMAYANA IN DIASPORA
Special Thanks to our sponsor,
The Shri Sita Ram Foundation
This symposium will explore the cultural, linguistic, and religious negotiations involved in how the Ramayana is understood among Indian (especially Hindu) communities outside India. How is the multiplicity of recensions and versions of the Ramayana remembered, if at all? What social functions does the Ramayana play when it is staged publicly, produced for television, or represented in films that do not explicitly target Indian audiences? Does it make sense to view these diaspora representations of the Ramayana as overtly “religious” amidst the many other social and cultural roles the text fills in representing an idea of “Indianness” outside India? By bringing together scholars working on diaspora groups in North America and the Caribbean as well as of Hindu textual traditions, the symposium seeks to inspire deeper reflection on what the Ramayana represents and does for diaspora Hindus and Indians more generally.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Room 238 Insperity Building (CBB)
|9:30 a.m.||Sherry-Ann Singh
(University of the West Indies)
“Agent of Reconstruction, Mirror of Transformation: The Ramayana in Trinidad Hinduism”
|10:45 a.m.||Caleb Simmons
(University of Arizona)
“Rāma Reloaded: Processes of translation and production in Virgin Comics’ Ramayan 3392 AD”
|1:15 p.m.||Introduction to film|
|1:30 p.m.||Film “Sita Sings the Blues”|
|3:00 p.m.||Film Discussion|
April 21, 2014 - India’s preeminent historian brings Gandhi Before India to Houston
India’s preeminent historian brings Gandhi Before India to Houston
The first in a multiple-volume biography of one of the 20th century’s most influential and controversial men, Gandhi Before India takes us from Gandhi's birth in 1869 through his two decades as a lawyer and community organizer in South Africa. The result, writes The Guardian, is “a work of vivid social history (and) fresh biography.” Winning access to private family papers and secret files kept by the British Empire, Guha captures the social, political, and personal worlds of a man whose legacy resonates in our time – for all time.
“Indian democracy's pre-eminent chronicler” (Time Magazine), Ramachandra Guha has held visiting professorships at Stanford, Yale, and the London School of Economics. He lives in Bangalore.
Monday, April 21st, 2014
Free and open to the public
For more information: menil.org
April 23, 2014 - Movie Screening: Fandry
April 8, 2014 - Dhrupad, Ancient Classical Music from India
Dhrupad, Ancient Classical Music from India
Associate Professor of Music, William Paterson University
In 2013-14, Payton MacDonald was a recipient of the Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship to India, where he studied with the Gundecha brothers. MacDonald’s compositions fuse European and Indian classical music, jazz, and other experimental music.
“[I]nventive, stylistically omnivorous composer and gifted performer” (The Los Angeles Times)
“Hypnotically beautiful" (The New York Times)
“Dr. Payton MacDonald with his melodious voice spread the beauty of Dhrupad, its subtle finer points and the way he sang seemed to be spiritualistic.” (Hitaveda)
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Moores School of Music room 220A
February 27, 2014 - India in the Twenty First Century: The Role of Education
November 7, 2013 - The South Asia Working Group Presents Onir's I AM
October 23, 2013 - Special Lecture by Dr. Robert Teran
September 25, 2013 - Dr. Tanvi Madan - Indian Foreign Policy
September 24, 2013 - Secularism under Indian Constitution
September 14th, 2013 - Bridges Culture Night! Experiencing Incredible India
April 25th, 2013 - India Studies program receives generous support
April 25th, 2013 - India Studies dinner See photos of the event. Photos by Mr. Karun Magon.
June 6, 2013 - Anointed and Adorned: Indian Weddings in Houston
April 25th, 2013 - April 25th India Studies dinner
April 11, 2013 - Musicologist B.M. Sundaram
November 4th, 2012 -Dussehra Mela 2012
October 28th, 2012 - Ram Leela 2012
September 20 & 22, 2012 - Ania Loomba
September 22, 2012 - AIM for Seva Houston team presents "Nayani ...story of a tribal girl"
March 28, 2012 - Akash Kapur, author of the forthcoming India Becoming
March 6, 2012 - The Honorable Mr. Justice Swatanter Kumar
November 9, 2011 - KUHF/UH Moment show audio/text - "India"
October 24, 2011 - Abraham Verghese, John P. McGovern Lecture