November launch of ‘South Asia Series’ talks at the British Library

By Farzana Whitfield|November 7, 2016|Art and Archaeology, History, Literature, Music, Media and Film Studies, South Asia|0 comments

Nathaniel Halhed’s ‘A Grammar of the Bengal Language’ (Hoogly, 1778). British Library, T 6863. This November sees an exciting series of talks taking place at the British Library centering around the British Library’s South Asia collections and the Two Centuries of Indian Print digitisation project. The talks will bring cutting research to the forefront including discursive debates with academics, curators and researchers from the UK and beyond. Themes include lithographs, manuscripts

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Alchemy 2016 Festival- South Asian Culture at its Best!

By Farzana Whitfield|May 19, 2016|Art and Archaeology, Films and Sound Recordings, Music, Media and Film Studies, Photography, South Asia|0 comments

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

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South Asia – December 2013 to July 2015

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|August 11, 2015|South Asia|

Art, Archaeology and Architecture Excavations at Kanaganahalli (Sannati), Taluk Chitapur, Dist. Gulbarga, Karnataka / K.P. Poonacha. The hermit’s hut : architecture and asceticism in India / Kazi K. Ashraf. Late temple architecture in India 15th to 19th centuries : continuities, revivals, appropriations, and innovations / George Michell. Nalanda : situating the great monastery / Frederick M. Asher. No touching, no spitting, no praying : the museum in South Asia /

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Music – September 2014

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|October 15, 2014|Music, Media and Film Studies|0 comments

A feminist ethnomusicology : writings on music and gender / Ellen Koskoff foreword by Suzanne Cusick. Live music vs audio tourism : world music and the changing music industry : an inaugural lecture given on 11 November / by Keith Howard. Quand la musique prend corps / sous la direction de Monique Desroches, Sophie Stévance et Serge Lacasse. Territoires musicaux mis en scène / sous la direction de Monique Desroches

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The Camera Never Lies

By Victoria Bird|August 8, 2014|History, Information Literacy, Music, Media and Film Studies, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

The University of London is launching a MOOC (massive open online courses- see The Complete University Guide for a brief synopsis), titled The Camera Never Lies, which might be worth checking out over the summer. This short history course aims to provide: “an introduction to use of images and other media as historical evidence in the twentieth century, issues of authenticity and manipulation, and the place of film and historical

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Music, Media and Film Studies – September, October and November 2013

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|December 12, 2013|Music, Media and Film Studies|0 comments

In the culture society : art, fashion and popular music / Angela McRobbie. The cultural study of music : a critical introduction / edited by Martin Clayton, Trevor Herbert, Richard Middleton. [Also available as an e-book from ebrary] All you need to know about the music business / Donald S. Passman, illustrations by Randy Glass. This business of global music marketing / Tad Lathrop. Sound unbound : sampling digital music

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Chapulling in rythm: Music from Taksim Square

By Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb|October 22, 2013|Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Music, Media and Film Studies, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

The social movement in Turkey has engendered some remarkable music that can be sampled on this website: It is called “Capulcular Sarkisi” of the “Songs of the Capulcus”.  Prime Minister Erdoğan called the protestors “çapulcu” which means vandals or marauders. The demonstrators and online activists in this movement quickly reappropriated this term, anglicizing it (chapuller) and verbifying it (capuling/chapulling), giving it the meaning of “fighting for your rights (in

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Archive of Indian Music- gramaphone recordings come alive!

By Farzana Whitfield|September 12, 2013|Music, Media and Film Studies, South Asia|0 comments

Image taken from: Archive of Indian Music (AIM) is a repository of gramaphone recordings of India. AIM seeks to digitise and preserve for posterity the valuable slices of India’s cultural history and musical heritage. The Archive is a custodian of these treasures and makes these available to all. Listen to some of the best voices and the most divine instruments of this country cutting across various genres- Hindustani classical,

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Faiz Ahmed Faiz Mela in London

By Farzana Whitfield|September 4, 2013|Literature, Music, Media and Film Studies, Politics and International Relations, South Asia|0 comments

Image taken from the UrduWallahs: Faiz Ahmed Faiz was one of the most prolific Urdu writers to live, he was also an active member of the Progressive Writers Movement in India. To celebrate his life and work, the Faiz Cultural Foundation are organising a one day ‘mela’ (gathering) inviting renouned intellectuals and writers to speak about politics, culture and peace. In addition to this, Pakistani and Indian artists will get the audience moving

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