I had the great pleasure of attending the author Elif Safak’s Room for Rumi event last night which brought her engaging new novel: The Forty Rules of Love: A novel of Rumi to life through a literary exchange. It was a stimulating discussion about mysticism, faith, sufism, writing, hope and love. The Asia House literature festival (9-26th May) is a jam packed event covering stories and literary journeys from many
Courtesy of Alchemy Festival 2016 webpage I cannot praise this event enough, it is fun, colourful, vibrant and cultured! Each year, Alchemy fills Southbank Centre with a vibrant array of performances, workshops and exhibitions – and a delicious food market. The festival celebrates the rich cultural relationship between the UK and the Indian subcontinent, and explores the creative influences generated by our shared history. In 2016, the seventh Alchemy brings
Image courtesy of Open Book Publishers Francesca Orsini- SOAS professor of Hindi and South Asian Literature has a recently published book out titled: Telling and Texts music, literature and performance In North India. Examining materials from early modern and contemporary North India and Pakistan, Tellings and Texts brings together seventeen first-rate papers on the relations between written and oral texts, their performance, and the musical traditions these performances have entailed.
All the events organised by the King’s India Institute are free. RSVP is not needed unless mentioned on the event listing. Events in September 2015 Uski Roti ‘His Bread’ (1969, dir. Mani Kaul, Hindi with English subtitles) Indian Modernisms film series at The Tagore Centre for Global Thought Date: 21 September 2015 Venue: Anatomy Lecture Theatre (K6.29), Strand Campus, London Time: 6.30-9pm Our first screening in the Indian Modernisms series.
Africa Business & Industry The politics of African industrial policy : a comparative perspective / Lindsay Whitfield Film & Media Identity in postmillennial German film narratives on Africa / Shikuku Emmanuel Tsikhungu. Images of Africa : Creation, negotiation and subversion / Julia Gallagher. Through African eyes / editors, Mahen Bonetti and Prerana Reddy. History Understanding Africa / E. Jefferson Murphy ; illustrated by Louise E. Jefferson. Literature Mysteries of Africa
Kings India Institute is holding a book launch on the 18th June for a title co edited by Jahnavi Phalkey (King’s College London) and Rachel Dwyer (School of Oriental and African Studies) Bringing together ideas, issues, and debates related to modern Indian studies, this volume charts out the social, cultural, political, and economic processes at work in the subcontinent. Authored by internationally recognized experts, this work consists of over one
Punjabi (ਪੰਜਾਬੀ / پنجابی) The SOAS South Asia Institute is hosting a series of monthly meetings to explore the rich and diverse culture of Punjabi poetry. This will also include a journey through history and literature. The meetings are open to the general public of all ages and level. There is no need to be proficient in the Gurmukhi/Shahmukhi script and all are welcome to just listen and explore. For
We now have a trial access to the online version of the Rare Journals of the Burma Research Society until the 2nd of July 2015. There are two options for you to access the online database: The link for on-campus access: http://portal.igpublish.com/iglibrary/ (no login required, when you are in SOAS buildings using SOAS Internet) The link for off-campus access: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://portal.igpublish.com/iglibrary/ (login required with your normal SOAS Login) Note: external members
The Ministry of Culture, Government of India has sponsored a new online variorum of the works of Rabindranath Tagore; a project undertaken by the School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University, Calcutta. The website has digitized all of Tagore’s writings in both Bengali and English, whether manuscript or printed format and made them freely available online. The website can be navigated in English, Bengali and Hindi and includes a
e-books Conflict and Peacebuilding in Sri Lanka : Caught in the Peace Trap? / Goodhand, Jonathan, Spencer, Jonathan & Korf, Benedikt South Asia Across the Disciplines : Document Raj : Writing and Scribes in Early Colonial South India / Raman, Bhavani Islamic Civilization in South Asia : A History of Muslim Power and Presence in the Indian Subcontinent / Avari, Burjor Everyday ethnicity in Sri Lanka : up-country Tamil identity politics