Events

Activities Calendar

September 2017

September 21, 2017: Free Screening of AMAL followed by a Q&A with Award Winning UTM Alum & Director, Richie Mehta

Professor Ken Derry and the students in his course Reel Religion (RLG332) welcome 2017 UTM Convocation Speaker, Writer, Director, Filmmaker Richie Mehta for a screening of his film AMAL. Set in modern-day New Delhi, India, AMAL tells the story of poor autrickshaw driver, Amal Kumar.

Please join us on Thursday, Septemebr 21st at 1pm in the MiST Theatre.

October 2017

October 5, 2017: "Aspirations and Agitations for the future Buddha in Theravada sources" - Associate Professor Kristin Scheible of Reed College

The Fourth Biennial Conference on South Asian Religions welcomes Associate Professor Kristin Scheible, as the UTM Featured Keynote. 

Please join us on Thursday, October 5th at 11:45am in the UTM Council Chambers (DV 3130).

 

October 6, 2017: "Conquest and Community: Historical Writing in Troubled Times" - a roundtable discussion with Shahid Amin, Natalie Zemon Davis and Rosalind O'Hanlon

The Fourth Biennial Conference on South Asian Religions welcomes Professor Emeritus Shahid Amin (University of Dehli), Professor Emerita Natalie Zemon Davis (University of Toronto, Princeton University), and Dr. Rosalind O'Hanlon (University of Oxford) for a roundtable moderated by Dr. Malavika Katsuri (University of Toronto). 

Please join us on Thursday, October 6th at 1pm in rm.100, Jackman Humanities Building, UTSG. Please RSVP here.

 

 

 

 

PAST EVENTS

November 2016

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November 24 - Sufi Music: Lecture and Concert

The Centre for South Asian Civilizations (CSAC) presented a beautiful Sufi music concert and lecture, organized by Dr. Reza Tabandeh on November 24, 2016. Please click here to view the video.

Master Musicians: Ustad Javad Bathaei (santur), Ali Nematollahi (percussion), Ehsan Ghaffari (taar

 

 

 

June 2016

khoya

June 12 - Khoya Film Premiere

U of T's Centre for South Asian Civilizations (CSAC) has arranged an exclusive viewing for U of T's students, faculty and staff at the theatrical premiere of this heart wrenching feature film for the 6:45 PM showing on Sunday, June 12 at Carlton Cinema in downtown Toronto, 20 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5B 2H5.  There will be prizes and a post screening discussion with the filmmakers, including director Sami Khan and star Rupak Ginn.  At the box office, those carrying a U of T ID will get tickets for $3.50 (regular price $10).

Sunday, June 12, 2016
6:45 pm

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October 2015

Ashok Vajpeyi

Oct 21 - Ashok Vajpeyi: Shattering the Silence

Ashok Vajpeyi, the celebrated Indian writer currently embroiled in a political controversy in his homeland.  His talk, “Shattering the Silence: India’s Authors Protest Recent Murders”, will discuss what motivated him and others to take a stand against recent violence against several Indian activists.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015,
6:00 pm
Instructional Centre, Room 120

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Thrity Umigar

Oct 2 - Sugar in Milk with Thrity Umrigar

Thrity Umrigar, a prominent writer of Indian Zoroastrian decent, will be discussing how growing up as an ethnic and religious  minority in India contributed to her outsider-insider take on literature and fueled her growth as a writer. One of the things a writer has to beable to do is imagine a story from multiple points of view and growing up a Parsi andattending Catholic school in a predominantly Hindu city, gave Umrigar a naturally cosmopolitan, multicultural view of the world. She will also talk about how the "origin myth" story of the Sugar in Milk has informed her own life as an immigrant to America

Friday, October 2, 2015
7:00 pm
Instructional Centre, Room 120

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MAY 2015

May 9 - Ritual Landscapes Symposium

APRIL 2015

April 2 - Rabindranath Tagore Screening

MARCH 2015

Symposium in Memory of Chelva

March 25 - Trans(Sub)continental Imaginations: Three Centuries of South Asian Literary English

Writing in English has often lived on the margins of South Asian literary histories, due to its associations as the cultural voice of a class of postcolonial elites, its perceived alien status, its outsized global reputation, and its absence of discernable schools or movements. This symposium, featuring a keynote address by poet and translator Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, uses the frame of literary history to explore a number of related themes, including bilingualism and split identity among South Asian writers, counterrealism and experimental form in postcolonial ction, the inuence of English on South Asian modern vernaculars, and the power of translation, especially in the Diaspora, to bend language and overturn canons.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Studio 89 / 1065 Canadian Place / #104
                                                   Mississauga, ON L4W 0B8

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FEBRUARY 2015

Jazz

Feb. 13 Jazz Fusion Workshop with Avataar

JUNO-nominated jazz saxophonist vocalist and composer Sundar Viswanathan has shared the world stage with national and international artists alike. Avataar is the latest incarnation of his dynamic earlier group Avataar Collective. The music marries Hindustani raag and taal, hardbop jazz, Brazilian lyricism, electronica, atmospheric textures and ambiance, Javanese gamelan, and contemporary improvisation. The resulting con-
uence is a mesmerizing blend of rhythmic hypnotism, sonic landscapes and soaring melody that marries old and new musical sounds. The new sound includes group members Felicity Williams (voice). Ravi Naimpally (tabla), MichaelOcchipinti (guitar),Justin Gray (bass) and Giampaolo Scatozza (drums, laptops).
                                                   

                                                   Friday, February 13, 2015
                                                   7:00 pm 
                                                   MiST Theatre CCT building, CC0150

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Classical Vocal Workshop

Feb. 28 - Hindustani Classical Workshop with Narendra Dataar

Toronto’s own Narendra Datar presents a lecture demonstration on the modal and rhythmic structures of North Indian classical music, followed by a performance of classical, semi-classical, and devotional pieces.

Saturday, February 28, 2015 
7:00 pm
MiST Theatre, CCT building, CC0150
 

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NOVEMBER 2014

Mazher Hussain

Nov 6 - A Discussion with Mazher Hussain, Director of COVA: Women, Youth, Children as Catalyst of Social Transformations

COVA (Confederation of Voluntary Associations), is a national network of voluntary organisations working for communal harmony in India and peace in South Asia. One of the very few organisations that has operations from grassroots initiatives to international policy interventions, COVA is engaged in training 15,000 children, youth and women in the city of Hyderabad (India) for responsible citizenship and e­ective social activism; collaborations with over 1000 organisations at the national level to promote communal harmony in India and secure governance from grassroots; advocacy with
the state and national governments for pro-poor and sustainable policies; ‑networking with organisations across South Asia to facilitate better understanding and peace in the region through increased people to people contacts; and engagement with multilateral bodies like the United Nations Organisation, G20, OIC and others for structural transformations of the world order to make society ‑more equitable, sustainable, just and peaceful.

                                                  Thursday, November 6, 2014
                                                  2:00 pm
                                                  Instructional Centre, Room 39
                                                    

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OCTOBER 2014

Dastongoi

Oct 6- An Evening of Dastangoi: The Lost Art of Storytelling

Dastangoi, the lost art of storytelling which once ­ourished in early modern India, developed around the tales of the adventures of an 8th-century Arab hero—Amir Hamza.‑S. R. Faruqi, the noted Urdu litterateur, and Mahmood Farooqui, who conceived of the modern format of the art form, have been instrumental in reviving this art in India.‑ Ankit Chadha, a disciple of Mahmood Farooqui, will introduce the audience to
Dastangoi and the work done by the team to revive it. This will be followed by a performance of two episodes from the Dastan-e Amir Hamza. 

 Wednesday, October 22, 2014
 7:00 pm
 MiST Theatre, CCT building, CC0150

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Monitor 10

Oct 10- Monitor 10: Performing the Political

From found footage to performance video, reality television to observational documentary,
this set of videos is an investigation into how artists’ moving images perform the political. Join us for a screening and conversation on how cultural agents, with similar socio-political concerns, can create new forms of resistance. Speakers will include Indu Vashist and Sharlene Bamboat of SAVAC and University of Toronto Professors Kajri Jain and Shivaji Mukherjee.

Monitor 10 is ultimately a celebration of how dramatic narrative within the context of artists’ moving image connects our aesthetic, political and emotional lives, and is derived from radical political and intellectual positions.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
1:00 pm
Blackwood Gallery

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SEPTEMBER 2014

Govinda

Sept 18 - Gita Govinda: MTDC Live Streaming of Classical Indian Dance

Dr. Menaka Thakkar, Artistic Director of the Menaka Thakkar Dance Company (MTDC),
launches her dance series “MTDC Live Streaming of Indian Dance" on September 18, 2014, 8.00.PM at MTDC Studio Theatre in Thornhill, ON. We will have a live streaming of this event at the MiST Theatre located at the University of Toronto Mississauga Campus.

Sunday, September 18, 2014
7:45 pm
MiST Theatre, CCT building, CC0150

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APRIL 2014

International Hindi Conference 

Come on out and support the first ever International Hindi Conference, taking place from April 25 – 27 at New York University, New York. The conference’s primary theme will focus on “Hindi Language in the 21st Century Global World". The conference has two sub-themes: "Hindi as the Language of the Indian Diaspora" and "Hindi Education".   


Book Launch Event: The Light of Knowledge – Literacy Activism and the Politics of Writing in South India

Professor Frank Cody, recently published a new book entitled: "The Light of Knowledge."  The book launch event will take place at the Munk School of Global Affairs on April 8, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. 


Dr. Crispin Branfoot's Lecture (1): Imperial Designs: The Tamil Temple and the Vijayanagara Empire 


Dr. Crispin Branfoot's Lecture (2): Heavens on Earth: Madurai and the South Indian Temple-City


Francis Cody Book Launch -The Light of Knowledge: Literacy Activism and the Politics of Writing in South India

 

Past Events:

  • March 27, 2014  Graduate Workshop: The Materialities of South Asian Islamicate Manuscripts, University of Toronto (Mississaga & St. George Campus).
  • Nov.14, 2013     Forced (Un) Veiling: Questioning Multiculturalism and Accommodation, University of Toronto (Mississauga Campus).
  • Sept. 27, 2013    Religion, Sexual Diversity and South Asian Youth Culture in the GTA. University of Toronto (Mississauga Campus).
  • Sept. 19, 2013    An Evening with Mira Nair, University of Toronto (Mississauga Campus)
  • March 8, 2013     South Asia Day, University of Toronto (Mississauga Campus).