Glimpses from the 5th Edition of the Contributions to Contemporary Knowledge event held in India International Centre, New Delhi where we had the privilege to have Faisal Devji, Reader in Indian History, Oxford University to speak on Gandhi, Hinduism and Humanity, chaired by Avijit Pathak, Professor of Sociology, JNU. The event was presented by the Faculty of Social Sciences, South Asian University in collaboration with India International Centre and Society and Culture in South Asia (Journal).
South Asian University celebrated the 32nd SAARC Charter Day in its campus with a series of activities spread across the day comprising the inaugural address, a panel discussion, film screenings and sufi music concert. Mr. MJ Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs, Government of India made the inaugural address as the chief guest of the event.
Organised by the Faculty of Social Sciences, South Asian University, New Delhi - the annual lecture series Contribution to Contemporary Knowledge, now in its fourth edition, features noted academician and statesman Prof. Sugata Bose who spoke about The Idea of Asia, held at India International Centre, New Delhi on the 29th August 2016
A group art exhibition of Sri Lankan contemporary art titled Portraits of Resistance was inaugurated at the Main Art Gallery in India International Centre, New Delhi. Presented by the Department of Sociology, South Asian University, the exhibition is organised in collaboration with India International Centre, Society and Culture in South Asia, India-Sri Lanka Foundation and Teertha International Artists Collective.
23 August - 28 August 2016
A Welcome Programme was organised to formally welcome the freshmen of 2016-17 batch. After the welcome address by Dr. Kavita Sharma, President - SAU, a photo Exhibition titled 'Gaze of the Traveller' was inaugurated. A group art activity Artologue saw the freshmen taking part in creating an art piece. The programme concluded in a musical note with Sarod Recital by Pandit Bishwajit Roy Chaudhury.
Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers” An Exhibition
India and Africa have a shared history in music, religion, trade, arts and architecture. Although one most commonly associates slavery and the African Diaspora with the transatlantic slave trade and the Americas, many Africans travelled to India as traders and slaves, and then settled down to play an important role in India's vibrant history.
The exhibit was inaugurated on 21 March, by Dr. Kavita Sharma, President, South Asian University. The exhibition which is on display at Akbar Bhavan in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi will continue until 31 March.
Dr. Sylviane A. Diouf, Director of the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center and one of the curators, says Africans were successful in India because of their military prowess and administrative skills. "African men were employed in very specialised jobs, as soldiers, palace guards, or bodyguards; they were able to rise through the ranks becoming generals, admirals, and administrators," she says. The exhibit also explains that their success was also a testimony of the open-mindedness of Indian society in which they were a small religious and ethnic minority, originally of low status.