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Nilam Kothari Patel

Guest Lecture - Demonstration

Thursday, September 17, 2015
10:00 AM
MSM Room 118

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Dr. Patel is a classically trained Indian vocalist who also specializes in Bharatnatyam, a form of Indian classical dance. She earned her Visharad at Gandharva Mahavidyalaya and her Master's degree in Hindustani Classical Vocal at S.N.D.T. University, Mumbai, from which she graduated second in her class. Dr. Patel continued her studies at S.N.D.T. University and earned her Ph.D. in Hindustani Classical Music. Her thesis was titled ‘Changing Form of Thumri.’ Her teachers included Shri D.B. Kunte, Smt. Shruti Sadolikar, and Dr. Neera Grover. Dr. Patel is also a trained yoga instructor, earning certificates from The Yoga Institute, Mumbai and The Yoga Institute of Houston.

Actor Manoj Bajpayee

Asia Society Street Market

Friday, September 18, 2015
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Asia Society Texas Center
1370 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX 77004

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Celebrate the opening of our new exhibition Drawn from Nature with this FREE Night Market & Exhibition Opening featuring food trucks, family activities, local vendors, and more!

About the Exhibition: Artists have been deeply influenced by nature for centuries, and perhaps nowhere more so than in Asia. Drawn from Nature brings together a group of contemporary artists for whom nature plays a pivotal role in the inspiration for, and execution of, their artworks.

December 27, 2014 - UH India Study Tour Winter Term 2014-15

October 27, 2014 - Fall exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi

7:00, (The Menil Collection): The India Studies Program at UH in joining with the The Menil Collection for an event as part of their Fall exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi. A co-sponsored lecture by Dr. Vinay Lal, professor at UCLA will be held at the Menil, his topic is "Gandhi and the Politics of Visual Representation".

October 27, 2014 - Reading Gandhi: Caveats, Foundations, Hermeneutics

October 10, 2014 - Receptions of the Ramayana in the 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

Gandhi Before India

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
6:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public
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April 23, 2014 - Movie Screening: Fandry

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Movie Screening: Fandry

A story of love and lost innoncence in the face of caste discrimination in an Indian Village

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
6:30 PM
Followed by Q&A with the director
University of Houston, Farish Hall, Kiva Room

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April 10, 2014 - Amitav Ghosh. From Bombay to Canton: Traveling the Opium Route
to 19th Century China

April 8, 2014 - Dhrupad, Ancient Classical Music from India

Dhrupad, Ancient Classical Music from India

Payton MacDonald

Payton MacDonald
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
10:00 AM
Moores School of Music room 220A

February 27, 2014 - India in the Twenty First Century: The Role of Education

February 21, 2014 - South Asia to Houston: Conversations and Connections Around Gender-Based Violence

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 25, 2013 Reconsidering the Politics and Poetics of Indo-Trinidadian Mortuary Ritual, with Dr. Keith McNeal

April 11, 2013 - Musicologist B.M. Sundaram

April 11, 2013 - Rasa & Mudra, By Anisha Rajesh Professional Dancer, Choreographer, and Instructor of the Indian Classical Tradition

March 28, 2013 - Rasa & Mudra, By Anisha Rajesh Professional Dancer, Choreographer, and Instructor of the Indian Classical Tradition

March 12, 2013 - The Menil and EnActe Arts Present Jean-Claude Carrière's New Telling of The Mahabharata

February, 2013 - See what all the Hum is about in Houston's newest magazine, featuring our India Studies Program on p. 46

December 1, 2012 - Manifestations of Shiva: Hinduism’s Great God in Myth, Art and Poetry, Symposium at the MFAH

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, 2012The Honorable Mr. Justice Swatanter Kumar

November 9, 2011KUHF/UH Moment show audio/text - "India"

October 24, 2011 - Abraham Verghese, John P. McGovern Lecture