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We focus on the deep historical ties between the many and varied cultures, religions, literatures, and languages of the Middle East and South Asia

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Sirens of Modernity

By the 1960s, Hindi-language films from Bombay were in high demand not only for domestic and diasporic audiences but also for sizable non-diasporic audiences across Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, and the Indian Ocean world. Often confounding critics who painted the song-dance films as noisy and nonsensical. if not dangerously seductive and utterly vulgar, Bombay films attracted fervent worldwide viewers precisely for their elements of romance, music, and spectacle.


The Tent Generations, Palestinian Poems gathers together works by a select number of Palestinian poets, over the past seven decades, that give expression to the Palestinian experience under Israeli rule and Israeli occupation, as well as the experience of dispersion and displacement from their homeland following the Nakba, the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, and the subsequent wars of 1967 and 1973.

Spring 2022 Hindustani Music Residency

Hindustani Music Residency 


University of Virginia’s department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages and Cultures (MESALC) in collaboration with Nomi Dave, (Music) and Jay Nottingham (Director of Development) is hosting a three-day Hindustani Music Residency from March 31st to April 2nd. The high points of the residency are the Lecture-Demonstration, Music and Poetry Workshop, culminating in a concert: An Evening of Ghazals. (April 2, 7-9 pm). 



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