March 16, 2013

The Center for India Studies in collaboration with Swaralaya, the Carnatic music organization of Tampa Bay, presented a musical tribute to the legends of Indian Classical Music, Pandit Ravi Shankar and Vidwan M.S Gopalakrishnan. Performers included Shri Mahabala on sitar (plucked stringed instrument) Shri Thiru Pant on the tabla (hand drums), Ms. Kalpana Ajay on violin and Shri Venupuri on the mridangam (percussion instrument used in Carnatic music).

Pehchaan Film Screening
March 1, 2013

The Center for India Studies in collaboration with PEHCHAAN of Tampa Bay presented a screening of Hiding Divya, a documentary that highlights the taboo of mental illness in the South Asian community. This film provided a rare, realistic and poignant glimpse into the lives of three generations of women caught in a cycle of denial, shame and guilt. The film screening was followed by an engaged question and answer session with the director of the film, Rehana Mirza, who said that her intention in making the film was to spread awareness about mental illness.

November CME event: Yoga as Medicine Conference
November 30, 2012

The Center for India Studies in partnership with Life in Yoga Institute and the USF College of Public Health presented YOGA as Medicine, a CME course for physicians, medical professionals and yoga instructors. Participants learned about yoga therapy and the feedback from the physicians implies that they can help patients with yoga practice. The course presented the basis of yoga and yoga research for therapeutic purposes and for health maintenance; the course included theory, demonstration and practice. The four day conference was very beneficial for the participants who belong to different range of profession. They expressed their gratitude to Dr. Narayanan, the yoga instructor at the end of the session. Before the official conference, Dr. Narayanan volunteered to share some basic yoga techniques with USF Staff and Students during two free seminars sponsored by the Center for India Studies.

Swaradhana Concert
November 10, 2012

The Center for India Studies, in collaboration with Swaradhana, presented a musical concert featuring two Tampa Bay vocalists, Pandit Radharaman Kirtane and Mrs. Lavanya Dinesh, at the College of Public Health Auditorium on November 10, 2012. Dr. Manohar Apte on Harmonium and Mr. Thiru Pant on Tabla created an impressive musical environment.

Arunachal Pradesh Presentation: Research Opportunities in North East India
November 2, 2012

A seminar on ‘Research opportunities in the geopolitically significant and ethnically diverse North East region of India’ was organized and presented on November 2, 2012 at College of Public Health Auditorium. This event was sponsored by the Center for India Studies, USF World in collaboration with the Asian Alliance, the International Center for Cultural Studies USA Inc. (ICCS) and the School of Social Work.

Dr. Joram Begi, Director of Higher Education for the State of Arunachal Pradesh in India, and Fulbright Scholar, Shri Vijay Swami visited the USF campus to speak in an open forum about opportunities for research collaborations between USF and the Research Institute of World Ancient Traditions and Cultures (RIWATCH) RIWATCH, based in Arunachal Pradesh. It is an institute that works to research and document the geopolitically significant and ethnically diverse North East region of India. Dr. Begi and Shri Vijay Swami are both leaders in RIWATCH, serving as Chairperson and Executive Director, respectively. The forum discussed topics related to the health of indigenous populations and socio-economic and cultural issues in Arunachal Pradesh and the North East region of India. Speakers, USF faculty and students had a vibrant discussion on how sustainability works in Arunachal Pradesh and the creation of international learning opportunities for students interested in this area.

Swaralaya Concert
October 14, 2012

The large appreciative audience enjoyed an evening of classical South Indian music by Swaralaya, the Carnatic Music Organization of Tampa Bay, in collaboration with Center for India Studies. Swaralaya presented artists, Sangita Kalanidhi, Padmabhushan Vidwan, and Tiruvar Baktavatsalam, playing the Mridangam (an ancient percussion instrument) and Shri VVS Murari on the violin at College of Public Health Auditorium on October 14, 2012. The concert celebrated the rich cultural history of classical Indian music.