South Asia Initiative

The South Asia Initiative is an independent inter-divisional effort at UCSD to promote discussion and exchange about South Asia.

Please see our About page for more information on SAI. Also see our Course page to view upcoming courses in the South Asian Studies Minor, along with course posters for each quarter.

Come to the Fall 2019 SAI Social Mixer on Wednesday, October 2nd from 4:00pm-6:00pm in the Computer Science and Engineering Building (CSEB) room 4262. All new, current, and interested faculty, students, and staff welcome!

Upcoming SAI Events

Polluting the Ganges: A Book Reading and Discussion of Ganges: The Many Pasts of an Indian River with Sudipta Sen

Monday, November 18, 2019, 4-6pm

Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Ganges: The Many Pasts of an Indian River by Sudipta Sen (Yale University Press, 2019) is an exploration of the idea of a cosmic, universal river at the interstices of religious belief, historical geography, and ecology jeopardized by climate change and environmental pollution. Comment by Dr. Matthew Herbst, Director of the Making of the Modern World Writing Program.

Co-sponsored by: the UC San Diego Library, SAI and the South Asian Studies Minor Program, the Eleanor Roosevelt College Making of the Modern World Writing Program, and supported by funding from the International Institute.

Sudipta Sen is Professor of History at the University of California, Davis. A scholar of India and the British Empire, his work has focused on the early colonial history of British India. He is the author of two books, Empire of Free Trade: The English East India Company and the Making of the Colonial Marketplace (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998) and Distant Sovereignty: National Imperialism and the Origins of British India (Routledge, 2002).

Expendable Bodies and Ethical Crisis: A Talk with Saveetha Meganathan

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Computer Science and Engineering Building (CSEB) room 4262

This paper presents an ethnography of the Koya tribal community in the context of ‘the practice of bioethics’ in Khammam district of Telangana (South India), with respect to a Post Licensure Observational Study of the HPV immunization programme. The paper includes a discursive attempt at understanding the donor and recipient relationships of aid in the public health sector in India.

Saveetha Meganathan is a Visiting Scholar at the UCSD Institute for Practical Ethics and a research scientist at the Tata Institute for Genetics and Society in Bangalore, India. She has consulted for Give2Asia, a nonprofit helping communities meet philanthropic goals. At the Institute, Saveetha will research the ethics of gene drives as it relates to India.

 

Upcoming SAI/ ArtPower Events

Aakash Odedra Company: Rising

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 8pm

David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center: 4126 Executive Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037

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One of the most exciting young contemporary dancers and choreographers in the UK, the “simply breathtaking” (Globe and Mail) Aakash Odedra takes the stage in the captivating solo Rising with choreography from acclaimed international artists Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant, and Odedra himself.

In Rising, Odedra draws on his background in the classical Indian dance disciplines of Kathak and Bharatanatyam while remaining intrinsically contemporary in style and concept. Exploring different processes and aesthetics in the pieces created for Rising, Odedra highlights different aspects of himself to create a new personal language: lyrical and graceful, brutal and raw, edgy, and animalistic.

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Red Baraat Festival of Colors

Thursday, March 20, 2020 at 8pm

Price Center East Ballroom: 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093

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Red Baraat Festival of Colors is an immersive celebration of the Hindu holiday of Holi through music, dance, and visuals. Red Baraat has taken the spirit of the festival to the next level: a year round show of communal revelry that brings together what NPR has called “the best party band in years,” a montage of classic Bollywood visuals, and a fiery dancer.

Traditionally, Holi is marked by public gatherings of families and strangers sharing songs, dance, and the exchange of “colors”— colorful dry powder or colored water playfully thrown among the crowds of revelers. It signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, and for many, a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair ruptured relationships.

Red Baraat Festival of Colors debuted in 2012 at a sold out Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, and it has since expanded to over a dozen cities in the United States. Returning to its roots of just brass and drums and complete in colorfully painted white jumpsuits plus a dancer, Festival of Colors is a full- blown immersive experience as the band, the visuals, the dancer are like a mélange of colors, each bold on its own but commingling to form a stunning panorama.

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Yumi Kurosawa with Special Guest Anubrata Chatterjee

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 8pm

The Loft at UCSD: 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093

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Koto visionary Yumi Kurosawa teams up with world-renowned tabla player Anubrata Chatterjee for a program that brings together two expressive musical traditions, bridging the cultures of Japan and India. The duo spin mesmerizing musical tales as they enchant the audience and reinforce the powerful idea of music as a means to enhance the collaborative spirit of our global community. Their performance illuminates the deep-rooted similarities of their craft while highlighting their affinity and respect for one another as virtuosic performers furthering their own timeless musical traditions.

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