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South Asia Concentration


Upcoming Events

Future events, lectures and more are listed here and on our Facebook page.

Past Events

For additional past events related to South Asia, see the Events page on the Smith College Buddhist Studies website.


Pandit Rabindra Goswami: Solo Concert on Surbahar

Rabindra Goswami, one of North India’s most esteemed classical musicians and a fellow at Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music during the 2014 fall semester, returned to Smith College for a solo concert on the surbahar. The surbahar, sometimes known as the bass sitar, is an instrument rarely seen or heard. Difficult to master and sublimely beautiful, the surbahar is used to play dhrupad: the oldest form of North Indian classical music.

December 7, 2014

Jamal J. Elias lecture

"The Prayers of a Child: Piety, Virtue and Cuteness in Muslim Societies", a lecture by Jamal J. Elias, Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities
Professor of Religious Studies and South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania, November 14, 2014



Presentation of the Concentration
October 20, 2014

Faculty, concentrators and interested students gathered to share all that's happening in South Asia studies at Smith.



North Indian Classical Music Festival
October 18 and 19, 2014

Two evenings of classical music:

October 18: Pandit Rabindra Goswami, sitar and Ramu Pandit, tabla

October 19: Shrimati Vidya Rao, vocals, Rohan Prabhudesai, harmonium and Ramu Pandit, tabla


Pankaj Kumar

Screening of "The Vote" followed by questions and answers with filmmaker Pankaj Kumar, September 30, 2014

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Ali Asif Khan


The politics of Sufi music within the Islamic tradition. A Global Salon discussion with qawwal singer Ali Asif Khan and his musicians, March 28, 2014

Maya Rao Residency

Performer Maya Rao's four day residency at Smith included four events, October 30 - November 2, 2013.




Aditi Mehta Global Salon and lecture

Aditi Mehta lecture

Global Salon poster

"Women in Indian Bureaucracy: An Uncertain Glory", a Global Salon discussion, followed by a lecture, "The Tryst Betrayed: Social Justice Programs and Indian Democracy" by Aditi Mehta, Smith College Class of 1975, September 30, 2013.


Maya Joshi Global Salon and lecture

Global Salon

Colonial Missionaries

"Caste, Class and Religion in India: Engaging with Ambedkar on Equality and Liberation", a Global Salon discussion, and lecture, "Missionaries in Colonial India: The Case of Satyanand Stokes" by Maya Joshi, Associate Professor English, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi, September 24, 2013.

Roundtable discussion of feminism in India

"Feminism in the Garb of Traditionalism: Doing 'Women's Work' in India", led by Ms. Girija Raghavan, media entrepreneuer and filmmaker based in Tamil Nadu, India, April 10, 2013.

Pandit Devashish Dey film screening

Film screening of a concert given at Smith College by renowned North Indian classical vocalist Pandit Devashish Dey, November 27, 2012.

Salman Ahmad talk and concert

"Rebuilting Pakistan After the Floods", a lecture by Salman and Samina Ahmad at Smith College on November 19, 2012.

"Sufi Rock Unplugged -An Accoustic Mystical Journey", a concert with Salman Ahmad and Sherjan Ahamd at Smith College on November 18, 2012.

Imagining India: Art and National Identity

Smith College’s Global Studies Center presented two lectures with Professor Tapati Guha-Thakurta, Centre for the Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, India.

“Conceits of the Copy: Traveling Replicas in Colonial & Contemporary India,” April 18, 2011

“Fault-Lines in a National Edifice: On the Rights & Offenses of Contemporary Indian Art,” April 21, 2011.