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
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
The following exciting workshop is taking place at the British Library. Come and be a part of it: Vernacular Scripts of the Indus Valley and Beyond Friday, 20 May 2016 The Eliot Room, British Library Conference Centre London 10:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks – Nur Sobers-Khan (British Library) 10:30 – 11:15 Personal Reflections and Observations on the Indus Valley Scripts Christopher Shackle, SOAS (London) 11:15 – 12:00 An Anthropological Perspective
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.
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 /
Books Africa The Moroccan women’s rights movement / Amy Young Evrard. Commercial Law Comparative commercial contracts : law, culture and economic development / by Boris Kozolchyk, Evo DeConcini Comparative Law Comparative law / Mathias Siems. An introduction to comparative law theory and method / Geoffrey Samuel. The method and culture of comparative law : essays in honour of Mark Van Hoecke / edited by Maurice Adams and Dirk Heirbaut. East
Comparative and thematic Shamanism, discourse, modernity / by Thomas Karl Alberts Religion, emergence, and the origins of meaning: beyond Durkheim and Rappaport / by Paul Cassell Dialogue in early South Asian religions: Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain traditions / edited by Brian Black and Laurie Patton. Mindscaping the landscape of Tibet: place, memorability, ecoaesthetics / Dan Smyer Yü. Buddhism Buddhist attitudes to other religions / edited by Perry Schmidt-Leukel. Living karma:
The Victoria and Albert Museum are currently holding a photography exhibition of British photographer Captain Linnaeus Tripe, capturing 60 of his most striking images of India and Burma. The photographs were taken between 1852- 1860 and consist of Indian and Burmese landscape and architecture. Rarely seen in the West, Tripe brings to light documentation covering archeological sites, monuments and an eye for creative photography. The exhibition runs until October the