Events

2016


Sitar, Sarod, and Tabla Artists from India: A SPICMACAY Event
Wednesday, April 27, 1:30 pm
Kansas Union, Alderson Auditorium

Join us for a concert of traditional Indian music! We welcome you to drop by when you have time. Three wonderful artists will perform. Mita Nag, a 6th generation sitarist, carries on a tradition that originated from the chanting of the Vedas, the most ancient scriptures of Hinduism. Pandit Joydeep Ghosh plays the sarod, an Indian instrument believed to have descended from the Afghan rubab of Central Asia and Afghanistan. Subhen Chatterjee, a talented Indian percussionist and tabla player, has played tabla in an album recorded live in Kansas City that went on to be nominated for a world music Grammy award. For a preview, see: Mita Nag on Sitar, Joydeep Ghosh on Sarod, Subhen Chatterjee on Tabla. Come to this amazing concert! FREE and open to the public! Donations are welcome.


Holi
Saturday, April 9, 1:00-3:00 pm
TBA
 
Come join KU South Asian Student Association & KU Association of Indian Students in celebrating the festival of colors, also known as Holi! Holi marks the arrival of spring, originating from Hinduism. It's a celebration of fertility, color, love, and the triumph of good versus evil. Colored powder & water balloons will be provided. FREE INDIAN FOOD will be provided, courtesy of Kulture Kurry!

 


Jayhawk Jhalak
Sunday, April 3, Reception at 3:30 pm & Talent Show at 4:00 pm
Lawrence Arts Center

 

Join KU South Asian Student Association for the 8th Annual Jayhawk Jhalak! The reception begins at 3:30 PM & the show starts at 4 PM in the Lawrence Arts Center. Jayhawk Jhalak provides an opportunity for students to display their talents, and it brings the community together to spread awareness about the South Asian culture through performing arts! The talent show & reception, including food, are FREE to all! Bring your friends and family out to enjoy this great afternoon of entertainment! Countries in South Asia include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.


Internship Programs with the US Department of State
Wednesday, February 10, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Kansas Union, Kansas Room

Robert Andrew, Diplomat in Residence, will share information and answer your questions about internship opportunities with the US Department of State. The US Department of State offers internship for diverse, culturally-aware, adaptable and strategic problem-solvers interested in learning about US foreign policy and diplomacy. Participation in these internship programs will enable you to acquire lifelong skills and position you for a public service career. Sponsored by Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Global & International Studies, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, Kansas African Studies Center, KU’s University Career Center, KU School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, European Studies Program, Middle East Studies Program, South Asian Studies. Earn credit for GAP.


Coffee with a Diplomat
Wednesday, February 10, 9:00-10:30 am
Kansas Union, Pine Room

Grab a cup of coffee and chat with Robert Andrew, Diplomat in Residence! Learn about career opportunities with the US Department of State during this informal session. Complimentary coffee will be provided. Sponsored by Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Global & International Studies, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, Kansas African Studies Center, KU’s University Career Center, KU School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, European Studies Program, Middle East Studies Program, South Asian Studies. Earn credit for GAP.


International Jayhawk Festival
Thursday, February 4, 4:00-8:00 pm
Daisy Hill Commons (1620 Engel Road)

Are you ready to become a global Jayhawk? Join SUA Cultural Programming at the inaugural International Jayhawk Festival! FREE food, games, art, and activities—plus the first 300 attendees will receive a free t-shirt! Learn about academic programs, languages, study/intern abroad, cultural activities, global career resources and student clubs. Meet representatives from over 30 international centers, programs, and student organizations on campus, including the Office of Study Abroad, the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, KU’s five Area Studies centers, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Play games, grab a snack, and view the award-winning artwork from the SUA Art Contest: World Through Us. Free entry with KU ID. Submit your artwork by Feb. 2nd and see details here: http://suaevents.com/world-through-us-art-contest. If you are in need of an accommodation due to a disability, please submit your request at least 7 business days in advance of the event to Michelle Compton. Email: studentunionactivities@gmail.com. Phone (785) 864-7469. TTY: 711.


 

2015


Radio Segment                    December 9, 8:58 pm and December 12, 1:04 pm

Postcards from Abroad: The Glowing Forests of India

Wednesday, December 9, 8:58 pm and Saturday, December 12, 1:04 pm
Tune in to 91.5 FM KPR in Lawrence

December’s postcard features the bioluminescent forests in India’s Western Ghats. The radio program, Postcards from Abroad, brings you 60 seconds of quirky cultural tidbits. This collaboration between KPR and the Area Studies Centers at the University of Kansas features guest writers from different centers. Listen to already broadcast Postcards from Abroad: http://audioboom.com/postcardsfromabroad.


Film                    Tuesday, December 1, 6:00-8:00 pm

Film Screening: Girl Rising

Tuesday, December 1, 6:00-8:00 pm
Kansas Union, Big 12 Room

Join Peace Corps for a special screening of Girl Rising followed by a discussion on girls' education worldwide and how you can help through Peace Corps service. From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice. The movie will run for 1 hour and 41 minutes.


Workshop                    Thursday, November 19, 2:00-3:00 pm

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Writing Workshop

Thursday, November 19, 2:00-3:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

This intensive workshop will be led by Anne Wallen, Assistant Director, National Scholarships and Fellowships with the University Honors Program. The workshop is intended to help students applying for CLS for the 2016 term who have already begun their application essays. You must bring a completed draft of your essay to the session. This opportunity is open to all KU undergraduate students intending to apply for CLS for the upcoming cycle (not only honors students). Registration is required. Please email Anne Wallen to reserve your seat at the workshop annewallen@ku.edu.

Languages: -Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu: Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels; -Arabic and Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels; -Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels.

Can’t make it but still interested? Visit Anne Wallen during office hours in Watson Library in the Honors Student Lounge 9-11 am on Wednesdays. Application Deadline November 23, 2015. www.clscholarship.org


Class                    Sunday, November 15th, 2:00-5:00 pm

Workshop: The Grace of Breathing

Sunday, November 15th, 2:00-5:00 pm
Westside Yoga, 4935 Research Parkway, Lawrence, KS 66045

Anne Bruce, yoga practitioner and teacher, rolfer, architect and healer - will be offering a workshop on breathing: Breathing impacts all aspects of our life; posture, digestion, psychology, focus, sleep. We will look at how to use breathing as a therapy for the mind, the vayus of the subtle body and how to integrate pranayama into an asana practice. We will also get a functional understanding of the anatomy of breathing, and Ayurvedic Medicine of India. Cost: $40 for most; register with annekbruce@gmail.com
A student rate may apply. Email Geeta: geeta.tiwari@gmail.com for more information. Westside Yoga Studio is located at 4935 Research Parkway, Lawrence, KS.


Info Session                    Thursday, November 12, 2:00-3:00 pm

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Info Session

Thursday, November 12, 2:00-3:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

This information session will be led by Anne Wallen, Assistant Director, National Scholarships and Fellowships with the University Honors Program. The workshop provides information about the CLS program and application process. This opportunity is open to all KU undergraduate students intending to apply for CLS for the upcoming cycle (not only honors students).

Languages: -Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu: Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels; -Arabic and Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels; -Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels.

Can’t make it but still interested? Visit Anne Wallen during office hours in Watson Library in the Honors Student Lounge 9-11 am on Wednesdays. Application Deadline November 23, 2015. www.clscholarship.org


Talent Show                  Saturday, November 7, 6:00-9:00 pm

Diya 2015 - Talent Show

Saturday, November 7, 6:00-9:00 pm
Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence KS

Diya is one of the biggest talent shows of this year brought to you by the Association of Indian Students at KU, in celebration of the Indian festival of light, called Diwali. The show this year is packed with the most exclusive contemporary and traditional dance forms, vocal and instrumental music, improvised and rehearsed skits and rib tickling stand up comedy! This event offers free admission to all and a traditional Indian dinner can be purchased at the venue. Come join us and meet hundreds of new people! Learn more about Diya and watch a trailer at: http://www.ku-ais.com


Festival                    Saturday, November 7, 10:00 am-9:00 pm

4th Annual Lawrence Bhakti Fest

Saturday, November 7, 10:00 am-9:00 pm
Westside Yoga Studio

Bhakti Fest is an all-day event of music, kirtan, yoga and dance. Kirtan is a very simple and powerful way to meditate. It’s effortless and joyful; the music does the work for you as you flow with the melody and rhythm. The chants are traditionally sung in Sanskrit, Hindi or any other language of India, but now all languages of the world have incorporated Kirtan styles. They contain powerful renewing and transformative energy that helps us reconnect with the Divinity that resides within all of us. Singing is the heart of kirtan, and no one cares what you sound like. At a kirtan concert, all voices merge together to become One Voice. The Ras Mandala performance features students in the Sanskrit Chanting course from KU this year! There is a cost to attend but a sliding scale exists so that all budgets can be accommodated. More info and a full schedule is available at http://www.lawrencebhaktifest.com/


Class                    Wednesday, November 4, 6:00pm

Free Sanskrit Chanting Class

Wednesday, November 4, 6:00 pm
Burge Union, Relays Room

Looking for a fun, relaxing, and culturally immersive experience? Come learn how to meditate with some basic Sanskrit chants! Director of the South Asian Studies Department, Geetanjali Tiwari, will be teaching some simple Sanskrit chants, and her music group, Ras Mandala, will be accompanying the chanting with tabla, tanpura, and other Indian instruments. The event is being hosted by KU Mindfulness and Meditation club, and is completely free and open to new members. So come out, bring some friends, and have a good time! No singing skill required.


Talk                    Friday, October 30, 7:00 pm
 

Discussion on How Meditation Appears in Different Religions and Environmental Ethics

Friday, October 30, 7:00 pm
Unity Temple on the Plaza

Dr. Christopher Key Chapple and Swami Chetananada will be giving a talk comparing various forms of meditation from different religions including Yogic, Buddhist, Christian Contemplative, and Quaker Silence. They will also be discussing how meditation can be used to approach environmental ethics. There will also be an Indian Classical Music performance by Janani Raghunathan, vocalist, Sai Kishore Ravisankar on flute, and Ganesh Balasubramaniyan on tabla. Dr. Chapple is a Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology and Director of Master of Arts in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University, while Swami Chetananada is the spiritual leader of the Vedanta Societies of Kansas City and St Louis. Unity Temple on the Plaza is located at 707 W 47th St, Kansas City, MO.


Music                    Tuesday, October 27 4:00-6:00 pm

 

Live Traditional Indian Music Concert Presented by SPICMACAY
Indian Classical Vocalist Bhuvanesh Komkali

Tuesday, October 27, 4:00-6:00 pm
Kansas Union, Alderson Auditorium
 

Please feel free to drop in at any time between 2:00 and 4:00 to get a taste of this amazingly rich and vibrant tradition! Renowned vocalist, Bhuvanesh Komkali, grandson of the legendary Pandit Kumar Gandharva, and son of Mukul Shivputra, Bhuvanesh’s musical journey began, at conception. In this enriched family atmosphere, Bhuvanesh trained from an early age. Bhuvanesh’s musical quest continues today under the tutelage of Smt. Vasundhara Komkali and Shri Madhup Mudgal. Bhuvanesh will be accompanied by internationally acclaimed Sanjay Deshpande on tabla percussion and by Vyasmurthi Katti on harmonium. In this interactive demonstration concert you are encouraged to talk to the artists and ask questions. The artists have decades of intense training received as part of the traditional guru-shishya parampara (residential student-teacher relationship akin to parent- child relationship) that involves a holistic teaching and learning style. FREE and open to the public. Presented by the KU Chapter of the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPICMACAY), co-sponsored by KU South Asian Studies and Center for Global & International Studies. 


Talk                    Sunday, October 18, 9:30am - 12:00pm

 

Why Meditate? What is Happiness?                   

Sunday, October 18, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Westside Yoga Studio, Lawrence, KS

All are welcome to bring their open minds, questions and ideas for an open talk and discussion with Vishwa Mohan Tiwari, award winning author, speaker, social worker and story-teller from India. Retired as Air Vice Marshal from the Indian Air Force, Tiwariji is a polymath – a poet, story-teller, engineer, social worker, and an award winning author of 35 books covering topics as diverse as Upanishads, Vedic math, bird taxonomy, electronic warfare, travelogue, and joy of science. FREE. Westside Yoga Studio is located at 4935 Research Park Way.


Dance                    Sunday, October 18, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Dandiya - The Indian Group Dance Festival

Sunday, October 18, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Ballroom, Kansas Union
 

Dandiya is a group dance event organized by the Association of Indian Students, celebrating the Indian festival of Navratri. The beginning of winter is considered to be an important junction of climatic and solar influences in Indian culture. Dandiya consists of two dance styles Garba and Raas. Come join us and participate in the traditional group dance lead by experts, enjoy delicious Indian snacks and meet hundreds of new people! Learn more about Dandiya and our other events at: http://www.ku-ais.com.


Festival                    October 16-18

 

Midwest Sarbojanin Durga Puja 2015 (Bengali Fall Festival)

October 16-18
Shawnee Civic Center, Shawnee, KS
 

Come and join a packed 3-day festival hosted by Pratichi of Kansas City. Have a good time with authentic mouth-watering Indian food, a Bollywood dance competition by western prince of Bollywood Jeffrey Iqbal and his troupe. This festival will also be enlightened by the sheer presence of another famous singer Nirmalya Roy who is currently associated with Zee-TV, E-TV, DD-7, Calcutta Doordarshan and performed with Pandit Ravi Shankar, Pandit Rashid Khan and Pandit Ajoy Chakravarty. There is much more and if you do not come, you will miss the total fun of it. If you are a group of 10 students and decide to attend the festival, you will get a discount of $10.00/person if you buy the tickets a week in advance (with student ID). Please bring your family & friends and make this event a grand success. Visit the Pratichi website for scheduling and ticket information: www.pratichi.com. The Shawnee Civic Center is located at 13817 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS.


Deadline                    October 7

 

Expand Your World: Join Phi Beta Delta!

Deadline: October 7
 

Phi Beta Delta is KU’s honor society for juniors, seniors, graduate students, scholars, staff and faculty who have distinguished themselves academically or professionally and are involved in international education and endeavors. Meet people with similar interests. Qualified students can apply for conference travel funds. Attend events with an international focus. Apply by October 7 at www.international.ku.edu/membership. Contact pbd@ku.edu with questions.


Talk                    Wednesday, September 30, 12:00-1:00 pm

 

Global Food For Thought
Sustainable Re-housing after Disasters: Learning from Post-tsunami Resettlements in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, September 30, 12:00-1:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall
 

In most post-disaster recovery efforts, particularly in less affluent communities, resettlement housing projects reflect the ideals of the providers (state, donors, and designers) rather than those of the displaced. Join Kapila Silva, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Design & Planning as he discusses the decisions that architects made when planning and designing resettlement housing projects in Sri Lanka in the wake of tsunami disaster in 2004. He will highlight the key lessons learned from that resettlement project. A light lunch will be served. FREE. Earn credit for GAP. 


Concert                    September 27, 1:30 pm

 

Classical Indian Music, Fall 2015 Concert Presented by CMAKC

September 27, 1:30 pm
Regnier Auditorium, KU Edwards Campus
 

Join Smt Sankari Krishnan (Carnatic Vocal), Shri Trivandrum Sampath Narayanan (Violin) and Shri B Sivaraman (Mridangam) for this concert presented by the Carnatic Music Association of Kansas City. Regnier Auditorium is located at 12610 Quivira Road, Overland Park. Tickets range from $10-15.


Dance                    Sunday, September 27, 12:00-5:00 pm

 

Festival of Cultures

Sunday, September, 27, 12:00-5:00 pm
South Park, Lawrence
 

Kathak is a beautiful classical Indian dance form of north India that uses intricate foot work and rhythms.


Violin Concert with Dr. Purnaprajna Bangare

Saturday, September 26, 6:00-8:00 pm
Regnier Auditorium, KU Edwards Campus

Get ready for a mesmerizing Indian Classical Jugalbandi by Dr. Purnaprajna Bangare on violin and Amit Kavthekar on table. Presented by The India Association of Kansas City. Regnier Auditorium is located at 12610 Quivira Road, Overland Park. Tickets range from $8-25.


Music                    Thursday, September 24, 7:00 pm
 

An Evening of Indian Music in Two Parts

Thursday, September 24, 7:00 pm
The Commons
 

Join us for two performances. The Art of Improvisation and Melting Boundaries: A Musical Dialogue between East and West. The performers include: Purnaprajna Bangere who has had rigorous training under well-known south Indian violinist and a teacher HKN Murthy. Purnaprajna plays the style of music known as Parur, characterized by high technical virtuosity and musicianship. At the early age of six, Amit Kavthekar was groomed in the art of the tabla by Maestro Ustad Allarakha. He has taught tabla intricacies since 1991 and is currently teaching Tabla at the New England School of Music. Jeff Harshbarger a prolific composer and bandleader, has performed across the globe with a variety of artists. He is a co-founder of Tzigane Music, an artist-run record label and host of Jazz in the Afternoon on 90.1 FM KKFI. Sponsored by the Hall Center for the Humanities and The Commons. 


Talk                   Thursday, September 24, 1:00-2:15 pm

 

The Story of Krishna's Descent

Thursday, September 24, 1:00-2:15 pm
Wescoe 4022
 

Dr. Howard Resnick, also called Hridayananda Dasa Goswami, is a Sanskrit and Indian Studies scholar from Harvard University. He is also a well-respected writer, and a practitioner with the Hare Krishna community. 


Talk                    Friday, September 18, 4:00-5:00 pm

Disappearing Himalayan Glaciers, Water Security in High Asia, Temples, Elephants, and Other Wonders

Friday, September 18, 4:00-5:00 pm
Location TBD

The speaker, Mark Williams, PhD, is a Fellow of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and Professor of the Department of Geography, University of Colorado-Boulder. More details will be announced soon.


Exhibit                    Tuesday, September 12, 1:00-2:15 pm

POSTDATE: Photography and Inherited History in India

Tuesday September 12, 1:00-2:15 pm
Kansas Union, Centennial Room
 

The POSTDATE exhibition, opening at the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University on September 12, showcases the work of a new generation of Indian artists and thinkers who are reclaiming and reappraising the history of India and the history of colonialism through contemporary art. For more info, see POSTDATE Exhibit at the Ulrich. Public events, supported by the KHC Humanities grant, include:

  • "Living Between Cultures" with Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, director of the Center for the Humanities at the University of Rhode Island, on Friday, September 25. Click here for details.
  • POSTDATE Curator Jodi Throckmorton on Tuesday, November 17. Throckmorton is the curator of contemporary art for the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts. Click here for details.
  • "Voices of the Partition," a screening of crowd-sourced Partition survivor footage and panel discussion with Wichita community members who survived the Partition. Wednesday, November 18. Click here for details

SPECIAL EVENTS WITH DIPLOMAT, ROB ANDREW

Jayhawks Without Borders
Friday, September 11, 11:00-11:50 am
318 Bailey Hall

Hear from a Senior Foreign Service Officer on how 9/11 changed the life and careers of US State Department employees. Drawing on his own personal experiences, Mr. Andrew will discuss how 9/11 continues to affect the lives of diplomats today.

 

Coffee with a Diplomat
Friday, September 11, 12:30-2:00 pm
Kansas Union, Alcove F (third floor, near Marketplace)

Grab a cup of coffee and chat with Robert Andrew, Diplomat in Residence! Learn about career opportunities with the US Department of State during this informal session. Complimentary coffee will be provided.

 

Internship Program with the US Department of State
Friday, September 11, 2:30-3:30 pm
Kansas Union, Malott Room

Robert Andrew, Diplomat in Residence, will share information and answer your questions about internship opportunities with the US Department of State. The US Department of State offers internship for diverse, culturally-aware, adaptable and strategic problem-solvers interested in learning about US foreign policy and diplomacy. Participation in these internship programs will enable you to acquire lifelong skills and position you for a public service career. The deadline for the Summer 2016 Internship is in October so this session is very timely.

These events are sponsored by Jayhawks Without Borders, Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Global & International Studies, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, Kansas African Studies Center, KU’s University Career Center, KU School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, European Studies Program, Middle East Studies Program, South Asian Studies. Earn credit for GAP.


Study Abroad Fair

 
Wednesday, September 9, 10:30am-3:30pm
Kansas Union, 4th Floor
 

Join the Office of Study Abroad and learn more about study abroad opportunities for KU students. 


KU Jeeva Workshop/Tryouts

 
Tuesday, September 8, 8:00-9:30 pm
Kansas Union, Kansas Room
 

Come join KU Jeeva and we will teach you some Bollywood Fusion dance routines! If you want to be a part of the competitive team to travel the nation and dance, stay after to tryout or come back on Thursday from 8:00-9:30PM in the Hashinger Dance Studio. Be sure to keep an eye out for a video to be posted within these next two weeks! www.facebook.com/KU.Jeeva  


Arup Mukherjee on Sitar Accompanied by Ganesh Balasubramaniyan on Tabla

 
Tuesday September 8, 1:00-2:15 pm
Kansas Union, Centennial Room
 

Arup Mukherjee who today represents the Senia -Maihar Gharana or Senia-Maihar tradition or style of the Khayal music of north India, started training at an early age. Recipient of numerous awards, Arup has composed music for some movies and been performing for over two decades. He will be accompanied by Ganesh Balasubramaniyan, an internationally renowned Tabla artist (or double Indian drums). FREE and open to the public. 


Classical Indian Music Concert

 
Saturday, September 5, 6:00-7:30 pm
Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Kansas City
 

Arupratan Mukherjee will play the sitar accompanied on the Tabla by Ganesh Balasubramaniyan. The Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Kansas City is located at 6330 Lackman Road, Shawnee Mission, KS. FREE and open to the public. 


Jayhawks Without Borders Meeting

 
Friday, September 4, 11:00am-12:00pm
318 Bailey Hall
 

Join Jayhawks Without Borders, KU’s club for students interested in international & area studies, for a beginning-of-semester icebreaker. Bring a friend!  


The Lawrence Dances of Universal Peace

Thursday, September 3, 7:30pm
South Park, Lawrence

This event will take place the first Thursday of each month. Donations would be great. For more information contact smgorres@gmail.com or visit the facebook page at Dances of Universal Peace - Lawrence.


India Festival 2015

Sunday, August 30, 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Overland Park Convention Center

Come and experience the wonder called India. Celebrate with artefacts, food, jewelry, clothes, dances, sales and a gala fashion parade. More than 90 booths on display. Organized by the India Association of Kansas City. The Overland Park Convention Center is located at 6000 College Blvd. in Overland Park. For more info, contact indiafest@iakc.org.


YOGATHON KU

Monday, April 27, 5:30-7:00 pm
Kansas Union, Parlors Room
 

It is an interactive YOGA and MEDITATION workshop for all interested and is designed especially for students. It's an open workshop, so please feel free to participate and learn something which you can do on your own to boost yourself during your hard times. Mr. DINESH KASHIKAR, one of the leading yogic scholars from Art of Living Foundation, is conducting the sessions. You will definitely enjoy his lively presentation. Mr. Kashikar is a certified Yoga Alliance teacher, and holds the ERYT500 accreditation. He is an expert in Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation. Associated with Art of Living Foundation since 1995, he has traveled extensively around the world to teach Yoga. It is estimated that about half a million people have been touched by his programs in India, Far East, Europe and now North America. He is also a graduate from the prestigious Indian Institute Of Technology (IIT) which is an Ivy league Engineering Institute in India. If you have any questions, please contact us at krishna043@ku.edu (785-550-6810).


Jayhawks Without Borders: Global Internships

Friday, April 24, 11:00am-12:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

Mary Beth Duda will talk to us about internship possibilities overseas. She participated in an "internship abroad" that also counted for major credit last summer. She went to Dublin and worked for a non-profit organization there that focused on developmental work in a number of sub-Saharan African countries--a very global experience! Find more information on study abroad programs and internships at the University of Kansas here at the KU Office of Study Abroad website: http://studyabroad.ku.edu/. Jayhawks Without Borders (JWB) club is open to any student interested in international studies. JWB Club meets weekly with fun and entertaining activities that help increase global awareness and action. Sponsored by Jayhawks Without Borders International Studies Club. Come join us!


See/Saw Film Festival

Friday, April 24-Sunday, April 26
Lawrence Public Library

See/Saw centers on exhibiting, disrupting and renegotiating constructions of children and young people who come from historically underserved and marginalized backgrounds. Following each film screening, we will hold a panel discussion with members of the KU and Lawrence community. The festival is free and open to the public. While the See/Saw Film Festival was primarily coordinated by graduate students in the KU Department of Special Education and leadership members of the Kansas University Professionals for Disability, the event would not be possible without assistance from the following organizations, departments, and centers. These sponsors have been pivotal in donating time, energy, wisdom, and funds to the festival. Co-sponsored by the Center for Global & International Studies. Many amazing films will be shown, including:
Blood Brother: Rocky travels to India as a tourist and meets a group of children with HIV/AIDS. For program information, see http://seesawfilmfest.com/program/


Live Traditional Indian Music Concert Presented by SPICMACAY

Tuesday, April 21, 2:00-4:00 pm
Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union

Sanjeev Abhyankar, an internationally renowned vocalist from India, will be accompanied by highly acclaimed tabla player Ajinkya Joshi and harmonium player Milind Kulkarni in an interactive demonstration concert here at the University of Kansas. FREE and open to the public. Presented by the KU Chapter of the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPICMACAY), co-sponsored by KU South Asian Studies and Center for Global & International Studies.


Jayhawk Jhalak

Saturday, April 18, refreshments at 5:00 pm and show at 6:00 pm
Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Join KU SASA for our annual talent show! The show will include dancing, singing, slam poetry, a fashion show, and other great acts arranged by KU students. The show & reception are FREE to all! So bring your friends and family out to enjoy this great night of entertainment. The FREE food that will be provided during the reception is TBD. Presented by KU’s South Asian Student Association (SASA).


Holi: Traditional Spring Festival of India

Sunday, April 12, 2:00-4:00 pm
Oliver Hall Field, 1815 Naismith Drive

Join Student Union Activities and the South Asian Student Association for Holi this year! Holi is known as the Festival of Colors and is celebrated each year to welcome the coming of spring. During the event, which originated in South Asia, participants in white shirts will receive powdered paint to throw in the air and on each other. There will also be water balloons to further celebrate! Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. “The colorful chaos of Holi is one of my favorite parts of the year! I love seeing strangers laughing and smearing color on one another,” says Sam Eastes, the Cultural Programming Coordinator. Sponsored by Student Union Activities and the South Asian Student Association.


KU Jeeva Spring Workshop & Tryouts!

Tuesday, April 7, 8:00-9:30 pm
Kansas Union, Kansas Room
 
It's time for our spring workshop and tryouts!! This year we will be teaching two different routines, each varying in style!
We will be holding the workshop on Tuesday, April 7th at 8:00 and then having tryouts on either Tuesday after the workshop or on Thursday, April 9th from 8-9:30. We are really excited to hold the workshop and start our preparations for the next season! We really hope to see a lot of people there! If you would like to be a part of the competitive or noncompetitive team and are unable to make it to the workshop or tryout please inbox us with questions or contact Shane Smith (816) 305-1402 or Arushi Kumar (913) 754-6712. Come ready to learn, have fun, and dance.
 

Sahaj Samadhi Meditation Course

Friday, April 3-Sunday, April 5
TBD, Overland Park, Kansas

The KU chapter of The Art of Living invites you to attend a special 3-day program. The schedule is as follows: Fri 5:00-7:00 pm, Sat 5:00 am-7:00 pm and Sun 5:00 am-7:00 pm. Sahaj Samadhi Meditation is based upon the natural tendency of the mind to be attracted to finer, more enjoyable levels of experience. Sahaj means natural, effortless. And Samadhi means the state of deep rest which underlies all our thoughts and activities. Meditation is a state in which you can effortlessly experience physical, mental and emotional rest, a state of renewal and silence. This workshop will be followed by classes in a group setting which include meditating together, and in which you will learn about all of the aspects of meditation. All of your questions will be answered, and follow-up sessions will be made available. Fees: $295 (student​) Please use the following discount code to get ​further ​discount for KU Students: BJ255QHCC. Registration: http://www.artofliving.org/us-en/program/133493


The Happiness Program

Thursday, April 2-Sunday, April 5
TBD, Overland Park, Kansas

The KU chapter of The Art of Living invites you to attend a special 4-day program to increase happiness. The schedule is as follows: Thurs 6:30-9:30 pm, Fri 6:30-9:30 pm, Sat 9:00 am-4:00 pm and Sun 9:00 am-4:00 pm. Techniques used during the program:

· Sudarshan Kriya, a powerful breathing technique and other ancient practices
· Valuable skills for managing negative emotions and challenging situations, for improving focus and productivity at work and strengthening relationships
· Practical wisdom and processes to discover what in your life is working for you and what is not working for you
· Low-impact yoga for improved health and increased flexibility Benefits
· "The secret lies in our own breath. Through breathing exercises, certain breathing techniques and some practice of meditation, we can rekindle positive vibrations within and around us." -- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder of the Art of Living Foundation
· Reduced stress
· Greater sense of joy, happiness and enthusiasm
· Experience more confidence
· Development of interpersonal skills

Fees: $295 (student​) Please use the following discount code to get ​further ​discount for KU Students: ANQDHTDAP. ​Registration: ​http://www.artofliving.org/us-en/program/133491


SUA Festival of Art

Saturday, March 28, 2:00-4:00 pm
Mississippi St. between the Union and Spencer Art Museum

The Festival of Art will be an art fair to showcase student and local Lawrence talent. This event will target talent including performance artists, visual artists, and hands-on demonstrations. Visit the South Asian Studies booth to get a henna tattoo and see a beautiful rangoli! KU Dining will provide food and refreshments. Food will be FREE for KU students w/ valid ID, and at a small fee for GA. We are extremely excited to bring the Festival of Art to the KU community as a fun way to immerse yourself in arts, all while staying local!


Kirtan Fest

Saturday, March 21, 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Center for Spiritual Living, 1014 W 39th St, Kansas City, MO

We are proud to present our first Kirtan Fest, an all-day event designed to uplift you through Kirtan and conscious community. Along with 6 local Kirtan groups, you can enjoy a morning yoga class and healthy food from Mindful Eating Cuisine. Kirtan (pronounced keer-tan) means "to praise" and is a form of call and response devotional singing. It's a cross between an old-fashioned sing-along and an ecstatic meditation using ancient Sanskrit chants and mantras said to lower blood pressure, relieve stress, and ease anxiety and depression. It is also a vehicle to connect to Spirit by embracing ancient and modern sacred wisdom and traditional and non-traditional spiritual practices. Tickets are on sale now through www.cslkc.org. Entry to Kirtan Fest and access to all the Kirtan performances is only $25 and $15 for children 15 and younger. Meals and the morning yoga class will be sold separately the day of the event- yoga is $10, lunch is $10, and dinner is $15. For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/events/1420139104947415


Postcards from Abroad: What is Curry?

Wednesday, March 18, 8:58 pm and Saturday, March 21, 1:04 pm
Tune in to 91.5 FM KPR in Lawrence
 
Next week’s postcard features curry! What is curry? Where did the word come from? What are the special ingredients that make it so delicious? The radio program, Postcards from Abroad, brings you 60 seconds of quirky cultural tidbits. This collaboration between KPR and the Area Studies Centers at the University of Kansas features guest writers from different centers. Listen to already broadcast Postcards from Abroad: http://audioboom.com/postcardsfromabroad

 


Jayhawks Without Borders: Translating as a Global Profession

Friday, March 6, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

Hiromi Morikawa, the director of the Mid-America Translators Association, will be hosting a discussion on her work as a translator and what being a translator is like today. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in being a translator, linguistics, or international language! Jayhawks Without Borders (JWB) club is open to any student interested in international studies. JWB Club meets weekly with fun and entertaining activities that help increase global awareness and action. Sponsored by Jayhawks Without Borders International Studies Club. Come join us!

Festival of Festivals

Wednesday, March 4, 7:30 pm
Kansas Union, International Room (level 5)
 
KU South Asian Student Association (SASA) presents this Festival of Festivals. Come and discover the diverse festivals of South Asia, and learn about the customs and traditions of these unique festivals! PLUS, there will be SOUTH ASIAN FOOD!! Don't miss out! South Asian countries include: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

International Expo: The World and You at KU

Wednesday, February 25, 11:00 am-3:00 pm
Kansas Union, 4th floor lobby

The Expo features International Area Studies Centers, School of Languages, Global Awareness Program, Peace Corps, and more. Learn about international resources at KU: minors, majors & certificates, activities and performances, languages at KU, cultural events, study/intern abroad, scholarships, career resources, and student clubs. FREE FOOD! PRIZES! ENTERTAINMENT! Sponsored by Center for East Asian Studies; Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies; Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies; Kansas African Studies Center; Center for Global & International Studies; Office of International Programs; Global Awareness Program; Fulbright; Office of Study Abroad; School of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures; Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center; Peace Corps; University Career Center; Coca-Cola Program; Undergraduate Studies. Earn credit for GAP

Sanskrit Workshop

Saturday, February 21, 2:00-5:00 pm
Watson Library 3 West

Phi Beta Delta presents a talk given by Social Welfare Professor Mahasweta Banerjee. Gender inequality is exceptionally high for paid-work in India. Her presentation will explore gender disparities that influence paid-work abilities, skills, resources, and opportunities at personal, inter-personal, and structural levels. Free pizza and drinks will be served.


Chhairo Tibetan Buddhist Monastery Benefit Concert Featuring Purnaprajna Bangere & Amit Kavthekar

Wednesday, February 18, 12:00 pm
Watson Library 3 West

Tickets available at Lawrence Arts Center, Genovese, Zen Zero, and La Parilla. $8 for KU & Haskell students, $10 general public

Gender Differences in Capabilities for Work among Poor in India: Challenges and Opportunities

Sunday, February 15, 4:00-6:00 pm
Westside Yoga, 4935 Research Parkway, Lawrence

Geeta Tiwari, Ph.D, coordinator of KU’s South Asian Studies program will lead this workshop. It is designed for yoga practitioners who wish to continue their understanding and pronunciation of Sanskrit via basic letters, chants, and the second chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. Please email gopisandal108@gmail.com to register or learn more.


University Career Fair

Wednesday, February 11, 1:00-5:00 pm
Kansas Union, 4th and 5th Floors


Nearly 150 companies from a variety of industries will participate, offering internships and full-time job opportunities. Students from all majors and academic levels are encouraged to attend. A list of attending employers can be found at online or on the KU University Career Fair App.


Global Food For Thought: Looking at Dance in the US, India and Malaysia

Wednesday, February 11, 12:00-1:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall


Patrick Suzeau, Professor of Dance, will discuss dance and the observation of movement styles. His presentation will include dances from India and Malaysia as well as the east/west fusion of dance movement. His discussion will touch upon his recent experience as a Fulbright Scholar in Kuala Lumpur. A light lunch will be served. FREE. Earn credit for GAP.


SPECIAL EVENTS WITH DIPLOMAT, ROBERT ANDREW

Coffee with a Diplomat
Tuesday, February 10, 2:00-3:30 pm
Kansas Union, Alcove A (third floor, near Marketplace)
Grab a cup of coffee and chat with Robert Andrew, Diplomat in Residence! Learn about career opportunities with the US Department of State during this informal session. Complimentary coffee will be provided.
The Role of Language and Culture in the Foreign Service
Tuesday, February 10, 4:00 pm
Kansas Union, Big 12 Room
Diplomat in Residence, Robert Andrew, will speak about the importance of learning languages and culture, how it helped him in his career with the Foreign Service and how it can help students to pursue careers in the global arena.
Careers with the US Department of State
Tuesday, February 10, 7:00 pm
Kansas Union, Big 12 Room
Learn about a career opportunity unlike any other. Discover how you can have a global impact by joining the Foreign Service. Robert Andrew, Diplomat in Residence, will share information and answer your questions about career opportunities with the US Department of State.

All of these events are sponsored by Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Global & International Studies, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, Kansas African Studies Center, KU’s University Career Center, European Studies Program, Middle East Studies Program, and South Asian Studies. Earn credit for GAP.


Hindi Language Table

Beginner and Advanced Hindi: Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 pm, 305 Anschutz Library with Geetanjali Tiwari and Manjri Suman.

Intermediate Hindi: Mondays, 12:00-1:00 pm, KU Union cafeteria with Patrica Sabarwal.

For more information, contact Geeta at gtiwari@ku.edu.


 

2014


Talk: India and Her Heritage

Sunday December 14, 2014
11:00 a.m.
Harmony Middle School
10101 W 141st St, Overland Park, KS 66221

Hosted by Chinmaya Branch KC

Chanting by Lamplight Presents "Ras Mandala"

Sunday, December 7, 7:15-8:45 pm
Delaware Street Commons, 1222 Delaware St.

Come hear kirtan led by Ras Mandala! Ras Mandala evokes ancient chants from India, devotional Bahjans, children’s songs, and passionate Gazals, mostly set to Raag music that blends with western harmony. See http://www.chantingbylamplight.com/ for details.


Jayhawks Without Borders: Careers in International Education

Friday, December 5, 12:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall
 

Jayhawks Without Borders is for undergraduate majors and minors studying international area studies at the University Kansas. JWB Club meets weekly with fun and entertaining activities that help increase global awareness and action. Sponsored by Jayhawks Without Borders International Studies Club.


World Wednesday: Namaste! Welcome to Hindi

 
Wednesday, December 3, 4:00-5:00 pm
Lawrence Public Library, Meeting Room B

Nearly 425 million people speak Hindi in India, as well as in Mauritius, Fiji, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago and Nepal. Join us for an educators workshop to learn more about this language. The International Studies Centers at KU are pleased to offer local educators a new way to bring global competencies into the classroom at all grade levels and across all curriculum areas. On designated Wednesdays, hands-on lessons on language and culture will be offered at the Lawrence Public Library. Each session will be taught by an expert in the field and will give you the know-how you need to turn around and teach it to your students. Sessions will include handouts, interactive activities, and much more! No registration necessary. FREE and open to the public.


Dances of Universal Peace

 
Tuesday, December 2, 7:30 pm
Ecumenical Campus Ministries (ECM), 1204 Oread Ave.
 
The Dances of Universal Peace (DUP) are a spiritual practice employing singing and dancing the sacred phrases of the world's religions. Their intention is to raise consciousness and promote peace between diverse religions according to one stated goal. These dances occur on the first Tuesday of each month.

Careers with the U.S. Department of State

 
Friday, November 21, 10:00-11:00 am
Kansas Union, Divine Nine (6th floor)

Learn about a career opportunity unlike any other. Discover how you can have a global impact by joining the Foreign Service. Robert Andrew, Diplomat in Residence, will share information and answer your questions about career opportunities with the U.S. Department of State. Co-sponsored by Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, Center for East Asian Studies, Kansas African Studies Center, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Center for Global & International Studies, European Studies Program, Middle East Studies Program, South Asian Studies, KU School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Earn credit for GAP.


Bollywood Nights

Saturday, November 8, 6:00 p.m.
Kansas Union Ballroom

Attend Bollywood Nights organized by KU’s South Asian Student Association (KU SASA). Nominate your friends to be Mr/Miss SASA. There will be a raffle with prizes including a soccer ball signed by Sporting KC!


Awake - The Life of Yogananda

Opening November 7
Tivoli Cinemas, Kansas City, MO

Hindu mystic Paramahansa Yogananda brought yoga and meditation to the West in 1920 and authored the spiritual classic "Autobiography of a Yogi." Yogananda helps make ancient teachings accessible to a modern audience by sharing stories about his own journey towards enlightenment.


Partible Paternity in South America: Societies Where a Child Can Have Multiple Biological Father

Thursday, November 6, 4:00-5:00 pm
Burge Union, Gridiron Room

There are many societies (including some in India and New Guinea) in which it is believed that a child is made up of repeated doses of semen, growing somewhat like a pearl throughout gestation. This belief allows for the possibility that a child can have multiple biological fathers. Most of these partible paternity societies are found in lowland South America, although the belief also appears sporadically on other continents. Recent work in South America has shown that children with multiple fathers may have certain advantages in life. Stephen Beckerman is a retired cultural anthropologist who has taught at Southern Methodist University, the Pennsylvania State University (where he is now emeritus) the Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas, and the University of Utah (where he is currently an Adjunct Professor). He has conducted fieldwork with tribal peoples in South America over the last four decades. His most recent book, co-authored with Roberto Lizarralde, is The Ecology of the Barí, Rainforest Horticulturalists of South America (2013). Sponsored by South Asian Studies, Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Department of Anthropology, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Indigenous Studies Program. Earn credit for GAP.


Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) Application Workshop

 

For Arabic, Hindi, Russian, Turkish, Chinese, Persian (Farsi), Japanese, Korean

Thursday, November 6, 1:00-3:00 pm

318 Bailey Hall

 

This intensive workshop will be led by Anne Wallen, Assistant Director, National Scholarships and Fellowships with the University Honors Program. The workshop is intended to help students applying for CLS for the 2015 term who have already begun their application essays. You must bring a completed draft of your essay to the session. This opportunity is open to all KU undergraduate students intending to apply for CLS for the upcoming cycle (not only honors students). Registration is required. Please email Anne Wallen to reserve your seat at the workshop annewallen@ku.edu.

Diya

Sunday, November 2, 6:30 p.m.

Kansas Union, Woodruff Auditorium

Join us for Diya, our annual Diwali Show. Diwali is an important festival in Hinduism, Sikhism, and Jainism, and an official holiday in India. Diwali is celebrated as a Festival of Lights where people decorate their houses particularly with Diyas (cotton string wicks inserted in small clay pots filled with oil) to signify victory of good over the evil within an individual. Diwali is celebrated by most Indians residing all over the world by exchanging gifts, sweets, lighting fireworks and enjoying family gatherings. Sponsored by KU’s Cultural India Club (KUCIC).


Diwali- Fireworks and Mela (Food Stalls)

Sunday, October 26, 4:00-8:00 pm
Hindu Temple & Cultural Center of Kansas City, 6330 Lackman Road, Shawnee, KS

Diwali is one of most important festivals among Hindus. Diwali is celebrated to commemorate the coronation of Lord Rama as king after his return from 14 years of exile. Much like in India, HTCC plans to celebrate Diwali this year with lighting earthen lamps. Our Temple is decorated with colorful lights. In the evening, we will have Lakshmi & Ganesh Poojan, cultural programs and a fireworks show. Prayer from 5:00- 5:15 pm. Fireworks start at 7:30 pm. It will be a 10-15 minute show, with unique Desi elements and choreographed to Indian Music. This is a FREE event and a wonderful opportunity for everyone, especially children, to experience this Diwali Festivity. Dress Code: Dress to impress! Other attractions include Rangoli, Lights, Diyas 


Essentials for Foundation Therapeutic Yoga with Anne Bruce

Saturday, October 11
Westside Yoga (On Wakarusa, just south of Bob Billing, Lawrence)
9-12 pm Taking Root: rooting our sensate intelligence from the feet to find support and adaptability in standing postures and daily life. 
1-4p m: Experiential Anatomy of Breathing: anatomy and physiology of breath through restorative asana and pranayama. 
$70 for the day, or, $40 for a half day

An Evening of Indian Classical Music

Monday, October 6, 7:00 pm
The Commons, Spooner Hall

This evening of Indian Classical Music will feature Shri Purnaprajna Bangere on the violin and Pt Supreet Deshpande on the table. Purnaprajna Bangere comes from an important school of violin players in India. He had rigorous training under the well-known south Indian violinist and a teacher of great repute HKN Murthy. HKN Murthy is the student of the legendary Indian musician M. S. Gopalakrishnan. Purnaprajna is a representative of his school, and plays the style of music known as the Parur style, characterized by high technical virtuosity and musicianship.

Supreet Deshpande is one of the leading Tabla artists of his generation. A child prodigy, who made a mark early, he was trained by his illustrious father Tabla virtuoso Pt. Kiran Deshpande and Tabla maestro Pt. Suresh Talwalkar. Supreet’s identity is rooted in clarity of ‘Bols’ (syllables), soothing balance of sound (naad), extempore creativity and crisp rendering of even the most complicated compositions of Tabla.  This event is organized by Hall Center for the Humanities.


SPICMACAY: Indian Classical Music and Dance

Sunday, October 5, 12:30-2:15 pm
Kansas Union, Woodruff Auditorium

Acknowledged by connoisseurs as a solo dancer of repute and a creative choreographer of rare caliber, Prerana Deshpande is among the leading solo dancers of her generation in Kathak, the traditional classical dance form of north India.  Prerana started learning Kathak from an early age in India and today is internationally acclaimed as a creative dancer whose work reveals the perpetually expanding horizons of the traditional form.  She is renowned for her exquisite command over the fundamentals of Kathak - rhythm, grace, and expression and for her creativity. Greatly appreciated by all audiences for her expertise in Kathak, she is the recipient of numerous awards and is regularly invited to perform as a solo artist at all major venues and festivals in India and abroad. By introducing classical arts forms from India, SPICMACAY events aim to inspire, educate and thrill students and public during their interactive events.  SPICMACAY is run purely by student volunteers, in over 300 chapters in schools, colleges and universities worldwide.  All events are always free and interactive. Co-sponsored by SPICMACAY and South Asian Studies. Earn credit for GAP.


Midwest Sarbo Jonin Durgapuja 2014 (Bengali Fall Festival)

September 26-28
Lenexa Community Center, 13420 Oak Street in Lenexa

Indulge yourself in a seamless fusion of culture, arts and fun during this 3-day festival! Experience Triple Bollywood Dhamaka, a variety of cultural programs and delicious food. Visit the Sangam website www.sangam-midwest.org see the schedule, buy tickets, see the menu.


Garba: An Indian Folk Dance Festival

September 26 & 27, 7:00 pm-midnight 
Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS

Sponsored by Gujarati Samaj of Greater Kansas City. Admission is $13 for 4 days of music (includes October 3-4). For more information, see http://www.gujaratisamajkc.org/.


Blood Brother: Screening & Discussion

Thursday, September 11, 7:00 pm
Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts Street


Rocky Braat, a young man from a fractured family and a troubled past, went traveling through India without a plan. Then he met a group of HIV positive children living in an orphanage "a meeting that changed everything for him...” Blood Brother is a story of friendship. It’s a story of a life, stripped down to its essence. Most of all, it is a story about love, enduring in the face of death.

After the film, stay for a discussion with Dr. Subbarao Polineni, who founded a school for undeserved youth in India, much like the one depicted in the film.

Science Saturday: Sights and Sounds of India

May 10, 1:00-3:00 pm
KU Natural History Museum, Panorama


Join us for a feast of senses as we explore India's culture and science. Learn about this expansive country's weather patterns, environment and about Indian botanical dyes and spices -- and even get a henna tattoo. This event is co-sponsored by KU’s Natural History Museum, South Asian Studies & the Center for Global & International Studies.

Holi: Festival of Colors

May 3, 12:00-2:00 pm
Robinson Field
(in the fenced-in area southeast of Robinson near Watkins Memorial Health Center)


Holi is a celebration of spring colors and new life. Wear a white shirt and come celebrate with us by throwing powdered color, listening to Indian music, and having a water balloon fight! All ages are invited for this FREE celebration! FREE white t-shirt for the first 20 participants. This event will be rescheduled in the case of inclement weather (please check here). Sponsored by Student Union Activities, South Asian Studies, South Asian Student Association, Center for Global and International Studies

Music of India!

Violin Concert by Purnaprajna Bangere with Percussionist Shivanand Murthy on Mridangam Drum
April 24 at 7:00 pm
Zen Center, 1423 New York Street, Lawrence
A benefit of the Kansas Zen Center. Suggested donation: $10


Heart Song Kirtan: Chanting by Lamplight

Sunday, April 6 at 7:15 pm
by Jeri Birdsall, Clark Jamison and Victor Dougherty

Delaware Street Commons, 1222 Delaware Street, Lawrence

All are welcome, including children to this heartfelt devotional singing. Suggested donation $5-$20. For more information go to: www.heartsongpathways.com


Nartan Academy of Dance Student Dance Recital

Sunday, January 19 at 3:30 pm
Bluevalley Northwest Auditorium
Admission is Free!


2013:

Lawrence Bhakti Fest (Hindu Path of Devotion)

Saturday, November 2, 2013
9:00 am-10:00 pm
Westside Yoga, 4935 Research Parkway in Lawrence

 

Bhakti refers to the Hindu Path of Devotion.

 

 

Please join us for Kirtan, Yoga and a Veggie Feast.               

 

We will have 7 Kirtan bands (Kirtan is call-and-response chanting performed in Bhakti) and 5 Yoga classes.
$25-$50 sliding scale before the feast
$15-$30 sliding scale after 7:00
Co-sponsored by KU South Asian Studies, Community Mercantile, Westside Yoga, Lawrence Old Guard Productions

Multicultural Story Time

2013
Lawrence Public Library
 
Open to children of all ages. We will have stories and songs in both English and a foreign language.
 
Please join us at 10:30 am in the story time room of the Lawrence Public Library.
October 5            Hindi
October 12          Portuguese
October 19          Kaqchikel Maya (featuring American Sign Language for the English portion)
October 26          Spanish
November 5        Persian (Farsi)

Connect Back to Roots—Learn Spoken Sanskrit

Saturday & Sunday, October 26 & 27, 2013
 9:30 am-4:30 pm
13818 S. Hagan St, Olathe

Learn Sanskrit, the divine language, in a fun and interactive weekend workshop! No prior knowledge of Sanskrit is required, but a background in Indian languages helps greatly. At the end of the two day workshop, you will understand simple stories and demonstrate language skills by staging impromptu skits. Learning Sanskrit elevates your consciousness and empowers you to understand the shloks in daily prayers and Vedic scriptures like Srimad Bhagavad Gita. The schedule includes several breaks. Kindly arrange for or bring your own lunch.

Once you have completed the workshop, you are invited to participate in regular Sanskrit audio conference classes taught by a qualified Sanskrit teacher. These occur every weekend for 1.5 hours at no cost.

Fees: $30/person, $50/couple, $65 for family or 3 or more.           


SPICMACAY@KU invites all to an Indian Classical Vocal Recital by renowned artist Pushkar Lele

Sunday, October 20, 2013, 7:45 pm
Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union (free entry; donations appreciated)

The Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPICMACAY) presents a lecture/performance by 3 talented individuals. Leading vocalist, Pushkar Lele after classical vocalists. Disciple of renowned Classical vocalist and nirguna bhajan singer, Shri Kumar Gandharva, Pushkar Lele is a much sought after artist, and performs regularly all over India, the USA, Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, Singapore and UAE for concert tours. Pushkar Lele will be accompanied by two musicians:  

Shri. Vyasmurti Katti on the Harmonium. Katti was born in a music loving family was initiated into music by his sisters. Vyasmurti Katti is the One of the most competent Harmonium players of Indian Classical music. He is the disciple of Pt. Ramachari Bagewadi. He is one of the most sought after Harmonium accompanists and he is presently learning vocal music.  

Sanjay Deshpande on Tabla. Deshpande, an internationally accomplished artist has the honor of being the student of tabla stalwarts of India including Pt. Suresh Talwalkar of Delhi-Farookabad Gharana, Ustad. Allarakha, Shri Yogesh Samsi (Senior disciple of Ustd. Allarakha) and Pt. Vivek Joshi of Delhi-Farookabad Gharana. 

Co-sponsored by SPICMACAY@KU, South Asian Studies, and the Center for Global & International Studies.


Sarbojonin Durga Puja (Bengali Fall Festival of India)

Indulge yourself in a seamless fusion of culture, arts and fun during this 3-day festival!
All events take place in the Kansas Union with lunch at ECM.
Saturday, October 12, 2013 
  • 9:30 am               Debi Puja or morning communal prayers sung for Goddess Durga, Big 12 & Jayhawk Room
  • 12:30 pm             Pushpanjali or offering of flowers to Durga, Big 12 & Jayhawk Room 
  • 1:00 pm               Special Bengali Lunch at ECM facility
  • 2:30 pm               Cultural program by local artists, Woodruff Auditorium
  • 5:30 pm               Aarti (ritual lighting of candles and singing) by children, Big 12 & Jayhawk Room
  • 6:00 pm               Indian dinner catered by a restaurant in Kansas City, Big 12 & Jayhawk Room 
  • 8:00 pm               Musical performance by renowned Bollywood Singers Dipanwita & Amit Deshpande, Woodruff Auditorium
$20 at the door for meals
$45 to attend events on all 3-days
Co-sponsored by KU’s Office of International Programs, South Asian Studies, and the Center for Global & International Studies.

Classical Indian Jugalbandi (duet) Flute Concert

With Maestros Shashank Subramaiyam and Rakesh Chaurasia
Saturday, September 28, 2013
6:00-8:00 pm
Shawnee Mission South High School, 5800 W 107th Street, Overland Park, KS 66207

Shashank is a Grammy nominated renowned exponent of the Bamboo Flute from India and specializes in Indian Classical Music. He was a child prodigy and began performing from his age of 6 in 1984 and has performed in the top circuit for over 25 years now. He was recently the subject of a BBC World TV  documentary entitled Destination Music. Rakesh is the nephew and child prodigy of flute Maestro Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia. He is an accomplished musician having recorded with most of the leading stalwarts of the Indian film industry. Rakesh was invited to conclude the twenty-four hour live BBC Radio broadcast celebrating Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee, reaching audiences worldwide.  

Tickets:  Students and children $10, Regular $ 20 (For discounted tickets $15 please contact geeta.tiwari@gmail.com)
(Checks to be made to Indian Association Kansas City)

 


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