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South Asian Music Ensemble Spring Concert


Event Summary

Join the University of Chicago’s South Asian Music Ensemble for their annual Spring Concert featuring devotional and classical numbers in various South Asian languages punctuated by collaborations with guest artists on a 1914 ballet by Hazrat Inayat Khan, John Coltrane’s “Naima,” a khayal-inspired number from the recent Amazon Prime Indian web series Bandish Bandits, and “Peace Song”—written and composed to premiere on this occasion.

This event is presented as part of the capstone series of events for the Interwoven project. The project draws together an interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners in the arts to lay the foundations of a new paradigm for understanding movement, practice, materiality, and embodiment in a continuum of exchange across long temporal arcs and geographic itineraries unbounded by national borders in the Indian Ocean region. Featuring scholars, musicians, dancers, and curators from South Asia, Europe, and North America, the two-week program will consist of a series of roundtables, keynote lectures, and the screening of a silent film with accompanying live performances. The interactive nature of the capstone events will reflect the richness of the interwoven paradigm of understanding, as well as point to the ways the methodologies explored will contribute to future scholarship. The panels are comprised of pre-recorded lectures by individual panelists and synchronous discussions that bring panelists together in real-time. Please be sure to watch the pre-recorded lectures before the live sessions. Visit the Interwoven website to learn more.

This symposium is co-sponsored by the Committee on Southern Asian Studies (COSAS), the Department of Art History, the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, and the Department of Music at the University of Chicago.