The South Asia Program Monday seminar covers a wide range of topics and is held at 12:15pm in G08 Uris Hall. The Program's 60th Anniversary Celebration continues with a performance by YO, Songs of the People: Music from the Heart of Japan and the Spirit of India on April 19th. The Cornell-Syracuse South Asia Consortium Annual Symposium, held at Syracuse University this year, is entitled: Examining Contemporary Politics in South Asia and it will be followed by a screening of the film Promise Land, directed by Kevin Dalvi.

Using care work and filial responsibility as sites for understanding social change, this paper examines the effects of concurrent economic and demographic shifts in Matlab, Bangladesh. Using interview data, I explore these shifts both through women’s perspectives on ...more

This presentation illustrates the complex and overlapping patterns of replacement, competition, appropriation and abandonment that constitute historical sacred landscapes in ancient and medieval South India. Focusing in particular on the site of Banavasi in the modern state of Karnataka, I examine archaeological and epigraphic evidence to parse out some of the spatial and temporal patterns in the interaction between a surprising diversity of religious traditions and practices, as well as between these traditions and elite authority.

The Cornell University South Asia Program recently received substantial funding from the U.S. Department of Education.  With our consortial partner, the Syracuse University South Asia Center, we have again been funded as a South Asia National Resource Center (NRC), and awarded Title VI funding to support Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for students. The Cornell-Syracuse NRC is one of 6 South Asia NRCs funded by the U.S. Department of Education for the years 2014-2018.


Anthr/Arkeo 2135: Beyond Kings, Palaces and Temples: Archaeology of South Asia (3 credits).  Spring 2015.  Dr. Uthara Suvrathan.

Two distinguished scholars, Professor James W. Gair of Cornell University and Professor W.S. Karunatillake of Kelaniya University, worked together to promote the understanding and study of Sinhala and South Asian linguistics for nearly five decades, from 1965 until Professor Karunatillake’s untimely death in 2012.