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A splendorous special edition of poems by Muhammad Iqbal: Donation to the library of the SAI
A splendorous special edition of poems by Muhammad Iqbal (1877 - 1938) has been donated to the library of the South Asia Institute. The edition is illustrated by the famous calligrapher Abdur Rahman Chughtai and had belonged to Klaus Natorp, a journalist who wrote for the FAZ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) on South Asia. Natorp had received this rare edition personally from the former president of Pakistan Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq (1924 - 1988) and it includes a handwritten dedication by the president to the previous owner. For further information regarding the donation see also the press release by Heidelberg University.

Luxury edition of poems
by Muhammad Iqbal
(1877 bis 1938)

The Secret of Life (Persian)Command of God
The Suffering of the World
Posted on 15 Apr 2011
Lecture 'Iqbal's Adaptation of Goethe's poem 'Mahomet's Gesang', 18.3. 3:30 pm, JMI Dept. of Urdu
Jamia Millia Islamia University's Department of Urdu cordially invites to a lecture by
 Dr. Christine Oesterheld, South Asia Institute

Iqbal's Adaptation of Goethe's Poem 'Mahomet's Gesang'

Venue: Department of Urdu, Jamia Millia Islamia
Date: 18.March 2011, 3:30 pm

Please note that the lecture will be given in Urdu!
Posted on 17 Mar 2011
Lecture 'The Valley of the Kauravas' by Prof. William Sax, 1 March 2011, 6:30 pm, Conference Room III, IIC Annexe
The Valley of the Kauravas 

by Prof. Dr. William Sax, Head of Department of Anthropology and Acting Director, South Asia Institute

Date: 1 March 2011, 6:30 pm

Venue: India International Centre Annexe
            Lecture Hall III

Please join for tea at 6 pm.


Every winter, during the “dark months” of Karttik, Agahan, and Paush local versions of Mahabharata are performed throughout the Garhwal region of the Western Himalayas, where they are called panwal, gainda, pandav lila, and a variety of other names.  Local Rajputs believe that they are direct descendants of Nakula, and that these performances are a kind of funeral ritual for Pandu (hence they are also called shraddha).  In short, performances of Mahabharata are not merely aesthetic, but are bound up with everyday life, ideas of kinship and descent, and religious practice.  In far Northwestern Garhwal, Mahabharata is even more closely related to daily life.  Throughout this region, local people were traditionally ruled by territorial gods through their oracles, and the ruling gods of the upper Tons River basin were identified with Karna and Duryodhana, while the population was (and still is) divided into "Kauravas" and "Pandavas."  In this paper, I discuss the multiple ways in which Mahabharata informs the lives of local persons.

Posted on 27 Feb 2011

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