CONTACT: SHAWN PRESLEY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
UI South Asian Studies Program celebrates Karnataka culture
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The culture of the Indian state Karnataka will be
celebrated in May when the South Asian Studies Program at the University
of Iowa presents an academic workshop and Spring Cultural Festival.
According to organizer Amita Mathur, the UI is a natural place for the
celebration since it's one of the few universities in the United States
that focuses on the culture of Karnataka.
The workshop on Karnataka cinema, literature, history, science, politics
and culture is May 19-22. It is designed for college-level students, non-Indians
and Indians of Karnataka heritage and will try to foster friendships that
will help sustain the Karnataka community in North America for future generations.
Taught by faculty members from the UI, the University of Central Arkansas
and the University of Chicago, the workshop fee is $350 and includes rooming
arrangements and one semester-hour of college credit. It is open to public
During the May 23-24 Spring Cultural Festival, Karnataka writers, filmmakers,
musicians and cultural experts will share their work and their political
and social views. U.R. Ananthamurthy, a well-known writer in Karnataka,
will read several passages from his stories, poetry and novels. Girish
Karnad, Karnataka director, actor and playwright, will screen and discuss
several of his most important films. In addition, dancers Rajeshvari and
Vijay Verma of Davenport will sing Kannada songs and perform South Indian
The festival is free and open to the public. Contributions will be accepted
to the University of Iowa's fund to support an endowed chair in Kannada
language and culture. For more information, contact Amita Mathur at 319-335-1356
or visit the website at http://www.uiowa.edu/~sasp.