November 2012 Archives

Musicking Bodies: Gesture and Voice in Hindustani Music

Matt Rahaim reads from his new book

Date: 11/29/2012
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: U of M Bookstore Coffman Memorial Union
Cost: Free

Matthew Rahaim, local author and University of Minnesota professor, will discuss his book Musicking Bodies: Gesture and Voice in Hindustani Music on Thursday, November 29 at 4:00 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E. Minneapolis.

Indian classical music is performed with extensive physical motions and gestures that are both disciplined and spontaneous; singers implicitly theorize melody as motion, construct melodic objects, and transmit musical traditions. These gestures embody a special kind of melodic knowledge that results in lineages of vocalists who not only sound similar, but also engage with music kinesthetically according to similar aesthetic and ethical ideals. Musicking Bodies investigates the ways in which hand gestures are used to manifest melody and transmit culture, and is an important contribution to the field of ethnomusicology.

Rahaim will sign copies of his book following the discussion. This event is free and open to the public.

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India in the Age of Inequality:
Farm crisis, food crisis & the media
by P. Sainath

Date: 11/15/2012
Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: 1210 Heller Hall
Series: ICGC Distinguished Public Lecture

While India has caught the attention of the world with it's growth rates and generation of wealth these past two decades, a much less-told side of the story remains: levels of inequality are higher than at any time since the days of the British Raj. The problems of hunger and deprivation are sharp and alarming. Distress migrations out of the countryside have risen dramatically. And the country is still to come out of its worst agrarian crisis since the event of the Green revolution. A lot of these problems and crises are driven not by natural calamity, but by policies that favor a very small segment of the population.

P. Sainath is Rural Affairs Editor, The Hindu and the McGraw Professor in Writing at Princeton University. In addition, he wrote the book, Everybody loves a good drought: stories from India's poorest districts.

Selected New Titles in Ames Library - November 2012

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Below you can read a list of selected new titles added to the Ames Library of South Asia in October 2012. Or click here to download a copy.

Screening of Jai Bhim Comrade by Anand Patwardhan

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Screening of Jai Bhim Comrade
by Anand Patwardhan,
Visiting Humphrey Professor
Macalester College

Date: Monday, November 12, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the campus center at Macalester College
Open to the public.

Synopsis: For thousands of years India's Dalits were abhorred as "untouchables" denied education and treated as bonded labour. By 1923 Bhimrao Ambedkar broke the taboo, won doctorates abroad and fought for the emancipation of his people. He drafted India's Constitution, led his followers to discard Hinduism for Buddhism. His legend still spreads through poetry and song. In 1997 a statue of Dr. Ambedkar in a Dalit colony in Mumbai was desecrated with footwear. As angry residents gathered, police opened fire killing 10. Vilas Ghogre, a leftist poet, hung himself in protest. 'Jai Bhim Comrade' shot over 14 years, follows the poetry and music of people like Vilas and marks a subaltern tradition of reason that from the days of the Buddha, has fought superstition and religious bigotry.


n.b.: The U of MN has a copy of the DVD in the Walter Library Smart Commons video collection. It and it circulates for 3 days and can be reserved for classroom use.

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