Bangladeshi baul singers again perform in Sweden

Baul Shilpi, a group of baul singers from Bangladesh who made a great success during their Sweden tour in 2003 and 2008, again visits Sweden in the end of November 2017. The group, calling themselves ”God’s scapegraces” (Guds vildhjärnor), consists of seven persons – four baul singers, two other musicians, plus the tour leader Sirajul Islam. They are as usual invited to Sweden by Dr. Christina Nygren, Dept. of Musicology and Theatre Studies, Stockholm University. On Sunday 12 November 2017, at 17.00, they will perform at Brokiga Bengalen Butik, Södermannagatan 50, Stockholm. More information about Baul Shilpi (in Swedish only).

Rani Nair awarded 10 years grant for her contribution to development of dance

Rani Nair along with Astad Deboo.

On 20 October 2017, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee (Konstnärsnämnden), a Swedish government agency supporting artists who work within the areas of visual art, design, music, dance, theatre and film, decided to award Rani Nair, talented Swedish dancer of Indian origin living in Lund, Sweden, SEK 1 m as a long-time (10 years) grant. Rani was one out of 144 professional artists awarded this type of grant, artists that have showcased artistic activities of high quality and have contributed to the development in their respective area of art. More information about the Arts Grants Committeee awards.
In recent years, Rani Nair has made a number of interesting dance projects together with renowned Indian dance maestro Astad Deboo, both in Sweden and India. It has included re-enacting Astad Deboo’s solo unrecorded works from the 1970s and 80s. They met in 2014, when Rani was introduced to him by the then Indian ambassador to Sweden. Read more in an article in Deccan Chronicle (April 2017).
Rani Nair first came into contact with Indian dance as a young child in the 1980s attending dance classes organised by Danish Bharata Natyam dancer Annemette Karpen and Bubu Munshi Eklund in Lund. It should also be mentioned that Rani is the daughter of well-known Lund University Professor Baboo Nair.

ICOMOS World Congress on Cultural Heritage to be held in Delhi

On 11-15 December 2017, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), which is UNESCO's Advisory organisation for Cultural Heritage and the World Heritage List, will hold its General Assembly in Delhi. Such an ICOMOS General Assembly is held every third year somewhere in the world. Over a thousand participants meet. Sweden will be represented by some ten persons. The overall theme of the Delhi symposium is Heritage and Democracy. Sub-themes include Heritage and Sustainable Urban Development and Peace and ReconciliationMore information on the Delhi symposium.
Recently, an agreement was reached between the EU and India on urban development, a declaration on partnership for smart and sustainable urbanization (more information). However, cultural heritage protection is lacking in the declaration as an important factor for the environment and sustainable development, for economic development, and quality of life. At the general conference, there will therefore be raised a resolution on this.
Dr. Nils Ahlberg, President of ICOMOS Sweden, board member of international ICOMOS, and one of the signatories, points out that cultural heritage protection in India is still in an initial phase and may need support and inspiration from outside, even though he is impressed by the knowledge, insights and the great commitment of the Indian colleagues. Europe and Sweden have long traditions in this area and a well-developed system of legislation, institutions, expertise and methodology as well as awareness of the cultural heritage and commitment of a wider public.
Nils Ahlberg therefore wants to promote increased cooperation in the field of cultural heritage conservation between Sweden and the EU on the one hand and India and perhaps broader in Asia on the other. Not least the cultural heritage as part of sustainable development, as an economic development factor and for poverty alleviation, for urban development and as a democracy issue. The Cultural Heritage as Human Rights – a Rights-Based Approach – is a current theme within ICOMOS.

Research project on Hinduism in Europe presented at EU parliament

Knut Jacobsen and Ferdinando Sardella with Indian Ambassador H.E. Gaitri Issar Kumar (far left), Mairead McGuiness and other delegates.

On 11 October 2017, Dr. Ferdinando Sardella from the Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies (ERG) at Stockholm University in Sweden and Prof. Knut Jacobsen of the Department of Archeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion at the University of Bergen, Norway, presented a booklet at the European Parliament in Brussels about their ongoing research project on ”Hinduism in Europe”.
The event, coinciding with the Diwali festival celebrations, was organised by the Hindu Forum of Europe and was attended by several members of the European Parliament and various ambassadors, including the Indian Ambassador at the European Union H.E. Gaitri Issar Kumar, and First Vice-President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuiness.
The research project was launched with a conference on ​Hinduism in Europe, held in Stockholm on 26-28 April 2017. The conference was funded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) and the Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies at Stockholm University. More information about the conference.
Full information about the project in the booklet presented in Brussels.

Uppsala University presents excellent website on the Balochi language

The Balochi Language Centre at Uppsala University is a group of researchers and writers who have taken an initiative to create and promote a standard literary language for the Balochi language, primarily spoken in Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan, with a total number of Balochi speakers stimated to be 10 million or even more.
The Centre has now produced an excellent web platform entitled The Balochi Language Project, giving a wealth of information about the language and its dialects; posting reports from important Balochi language conferences held in recent years - several of them held at Uppsala University; literature available with a possibility to download; and even a web based language course! The importance of the platform is highlighted by the fact that Balochi speakers are separated into several countries with various official languages, which increases dialect differentiation. Go for the Balochi Language Project.
The Centre has grown out of the Iranian Languages Section within the Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University, and its leading researcher Professor Carina Jahani (photo). She defended her doctoral dissertation in 1989 on a thesis entitled ”Standardization and Orthography in the Balochi Language” and she is by now one of the World’s leading experts in the field. She became Professor at the department in 2004, after the retirement of well-known Bo Utas, another scholar specialised on Persian culture and languages who also studied Afghanistan for several decades. Besides, a number of Balochi PhD students have defended their theses at the department over the years, including Behrooz Barjasteh Delforooz in 2010, a researcher who has also studied the Dravidian language of Brahui.
Balochi is an Iranian language, and is studied at Uppsala University along with other Iranian languages, including Dari, one of the major languages of Afghanistan. Courses are sometimes also held in Pashto and other languages spoken in Pakistan and Afghanistan. 

Lund University coordinates a follow-up project on the Rights of the Child

Andrea Flack,Tania Lutfunnessa, Madeleine Collin, and Sokol Xhaxho, third semester Master students in Sociology of Law and currently doing internship within the Child Rights Institute at Lund University along with Professor Per Wickenberg and NSAN editor Lars Eklund..

On behalf of the Lund University Commissioned Education (uppdragsutbildning), the Lund University successfully administered the Swedish International Development Cooperation (Sida) funded ”Advanced International Training Programme on Child Rights, Classroom and School Management” for 15 years - till 2016 - in collaboration with Sociology of Law Department, School of Social Work, Lund University’s former Dept. of Education, and the Faculty of Education and Society at Malmö University.
The programme aimed at spreading knowledge about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – UNCRC and supporting schools and authorities in a number of countries in Africa, Asia and Latin Amerika, including India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Inonesia in South and Southeast Asia. The programme was intended for target persons holding a position from which they could initiate processes of change in their home countries. In India, special focus was put on Kerala state, from where 30 participants to the programme were selected. The results of the training programme was summarized in the book ”Realising Child Rights in Education”. Go for the book, available on the Internet.
In Lund, one local result was also the formation of The Child Rights Institute at Lund University (CRI@LU), a multidisciplinary university organisation with participants in four faculties at LU with an overarching aim to support the Rights of the Child in different contexts, national and international, in research, in education or in other relevant practices concerning the Rights of the Child. This project is connected to the Department of Sociology of Law.
CRI@LU, coordinated by Professor Per Wickenberg and Professor Kerstin Svensson, has now initiated a follow-up venture to the concluded training programme. Funding has been secured for a three-year project, an Internet platform is being constructed and 16 country-based networks are set up, including one in India and one in Sri Lanka. The networking process started in May 2017 with a workshop in Lund, but the project will be officially inaugurated in February 2018. The aims are the same as in the previous project, but this time the idea is that each country involved will do the work themselves. In the case of India, it means that former participants from Kerala state now will spread the mission to for example near states as Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
The Child Rights Institute has also connected four master students in their internship to the project, Andrea Flack and Madeleine Collin from Sweden, Sokol Xhaxho from Albania, and finally Tania Lutfunnessa from Bangladesh, who is planning to write her master thesis on Child Marriages in her country.
NSAN editor Lars Eklund met Per Wickenberg on 18 October 2017 to learn more about the new project, and he had also a chance to meet the master students.


Karachi University celebration of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan’s 200th birth anniversary

On Tuesday 17 October 2017, the Department of Urdu at Karachi University celebrated the 200th birth anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan (1817-1898). Professor Heinz Werner Wessler from the Institute for Linguistics and Philology at Uppsala University participated in the event, and held a lecture entitled ”Reinterpretation, Reform, and the Reconciliatory: Sayyid Ahmad Khan’s Initiative in Interreligious Studies”. 
In his presentation, Prof. Wessler focused on Syed’s role as the torchbearer of new formations that enable Islam to cope with the religious, philosophical, economic and social challenges of 19th century colonial modernity, laying out the ground for Muslim nationalism in South Asia. His thoughts on Islamic modernism in terms of islah (reform) and reinterpretation (ijtihad) can be seen as the most important breakthrough in his concern about the introduction of Western forms of education among Muslims. However, the binary of tradition and modernity tends to overlook the multicultural setup that Sayyid Ahmad Khan hails from. He was very much aware of Christian and Hindu concepts of God and the world, as well as of social practices outside of his own fold. Particularly interesting in this context are his comments on the Bible. His Mohomedan Commentary on the Holy Bible (1862; second volume 1865) was published in two columns each page, English and Urdu, clearly marking the purpose of this publication, i.e. to enhance some form of interreligious dialogue. Indian historian Mushirul Hasan has, in his book ”A Moral Reckoning: Muslim Intellectuals in Nineteenth-century Delhi” (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2005), pointed out the reconciliatory effort in Syed’s approach to non-Muslim religions surrounding him in Delhi, particularly Christianity, but implicitly also forms of Hindu belief and practices. Read a review of the Karachi conference in The Dawn.
This conciliatory approach has to be seen in the context of the brutalities committed by both the Indian rebels and the victorious East India Company forces in the Revolt of 1857/58, which still were fresh in public memory in Delhi and all over North India at that time. In a time of growing alienation on religious lines it is time for the religious to return to open-minded, non-repulsive and unbiased readings of the scriptures of other religions in the spirit of Syed Ahmad Khan. More information about Syed Ahmad Khan.

Lund University seminar on Women’s Agency in Post-Partition Pakistan

Dr. Amrita Ghosh, postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at Linnaeus University in Växjö, will hold a seminar at Lund University on Wednesday 8 November 2017, 13.15-15.00. She will talk about ”Silent Waters: Mapping Silence and Women’s Agency in Post-Partition Pakistan" since she is currently working on two projects on literature from Kashmir and an anthology on the Bengal Partition of 1947.  The seminar is jointly organised by the Department of Gender Studies and Swedish South Asian Studies (SASNET). Venue: Dept of Gender Studies, Allhelgona Kyrkogata 14M, Lund. Full information

SASA seminar on Mobility and Gender in the Maldives

The South Asia Students Association at Lund University (SASA) organises an informal lecture with PhD candidate Phu Doma Lama from the Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety, Lund University on Thursday 23 November 2017, 17.15. Venue: Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Finngatan 16, Lund. The event is open to everyone and as usual fika will be served.
She will talk about ”Exploring the Consequences of Adaptation to Changes: The Case of Mobility and Gender in the Maldives”.
In her presentation, Phu, who recently participated in the 11th European PhD workshop in South Asian Studies, that was held in Procida, Naples, Italy (more information) draws from empirical work in Maldives, and attempts to critically understand adaptation, and its gendered consequence on mobility (considered as an important adaptive strategy). More information about the seminar.

Nordic South Asia scholars meet in Oslo in June 2018

In late June 2017, the recently established network entitled ”South Asia Across the Nordic Region” (SANR) held its first annual meeting in Copenhagen. SANR was established to present cutting edge research undertaken by Nordic scholars, and to facilitate greater collaboration across Nordic research institutions and universities. The need for such a meeting forum has been acutely felt by scholars, especially young scholars in need of mentorship and support in the early career stage. The annual meeting is therefore seen as an important step towards building up future frameworks of cooperation.
Next year, in 2018, the annual meeting of SANR will take place in Oslo on 5 and 6 June. As was the case in Copenhagen, the financial model remains simple: travel and accommodation costs are borne by scholars' home institutions, and the host provides local hospitality. Suggestions for events/panels/plenaries/other activities are invited. As in Copenhagen, the Norwegian organisers, led by Associate Professor Kenneth Bo Nielsen - who is also the Coordinator for the Norwegian Network for Asian Studies, promise to set aside ample time for mingling, exchanging research ideas, and exploring potential avenues of collaboration. A web page and a Facebook event page will be set up soon.

2018 Y-SASM Workshop to be held in Zurich

The 8th annual Young South Asia Scholars Meet (Y-SASM) Workshop will be held 15-17 June 2018 in Zurich, Switzerland. The theme of the workshop is ”Claims-making”. It is organised by the History of the Modern World department at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH), and the Dept. of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies at University of Zurich, in cooperation with the South Asia Forum (SAF). Since 2010, Y-SASM has aimed to provide a platform for interdisciplinary exchange among junior scholars in the field of South Asian Studies, including PhD students, advanced MA/MPhil students, early career Post-Docs and non-tenured faculty staff. While contributions from other places are welcome the main idea is to strengthen the South Asia network within Europe.
While claims-making has implicitly been a major theme in research on South Asia, theoretical understanding of the concept remains rather vague. In general, claims-making is related to certain perceptions and framings of social realities. Claims are linked to assumptions about rights or entitlements, on which demands can legitimately be based. Therefore, analysing processes of claims-making can provide complex insight into social, political and economic structures and the complex ways in which they are negotiated and consolidated. It is, however, not at all clear how the relationship between claims-making and ideological formations or moral paradigms should in fact be conceptualised. When taking a closer look at the process of claims-making, various other questions emerge, such as those about the conditions under which new claims arise or how various claims-making strategies change as a result of new spatial arrangements, technologies and different socio-political structures. Against this backdrop, the Y-SASM conference 2018 seeks to provide an interdisciplinary forum for exploring these issues. Therefore, we invite early career scholars to present their research linked to claims-making in a wide range of contexts. The conference aims at facilitating conversation between researchers from different backgrounds such as anthropology, history, geography, political science or media studies.  Full information about the Zurich Y-SASM 2018.

Dipak Malik reviews important book on Afghanistan politics

Farewell To Kabul: From Afghanistan to a more dangerous world by Christina Lamb (William Collins, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, London, 2015). Professor Dipak Malik in Varanasi reviews the book in the Mainstream journal, published in New Delhi in its 7 October 2017 issue. His initiated article is entitled A Must Read for those Meticulously following Afghan Events.
This important book draws a graphic picture of the American as well as Western alliance’s military presence of NATO partners pointing out the sheer blinkered view of Washington, London and an over-active and anxious Pakistan to install its proxy regime of the Taliban over Afghanistan. Being a war correspondent, Christina Lamb’s book contains the ground-level reporting about the myriad world of lies, deception, double-talk, corruption at the very door-step of the former Mujahidin fighters who grew into formidable warlords while waging their mercenary war empowered by the strategic planners in Pentagon along with the security advisor to President Carter, Zbiginiew Brzezinsky, who aimed at splitting the Muslim majority inhabited Soviet Central Asia and destroying the fragile secular regime in Afghanistan via jehad redesigned by the Pentagon and CIA outfits as the lethal instrument of dismantling a very shaky and yet in flux regime professing to bring both socialism and modernisation, a task almost impossible in a well-embedded medieval society. Read the full Mainstream review.

87th Annual Session of the Indian National Academy of Sciences in Pune

The 87th Annual Session of the Indian National Academy of Sciences (NASI) will be held 8-10 December 2017 at, Savitribai Phule Pune University. In connection with the annual sesssion, a  Symposium on “Basic Research - its role in national development” will be organised. The Scientific Sessions will be held in two sections: Section of Physical Sciences and Section of Biological Sciences. The scientific papers are presented by selected researchers/scientists in scientific sessions, for which prior submission of the abstract(s)/paper(s) is necessary. Full details.

Oslo double seminar on shared and contested religious spaces in India

Devleena Ghosh and Vera Lazzaretti.

The South Asia section at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS), University of Oslo, arranges a new series of Morgenstierne lectures during the fall 2017. The seminar series owes its name to Georg Morgenstierne, who was a renowned Professor of Indo-Iranian languages from 1937 till 1963 at the University of Oslo. (Before that he was actually Professor of Comparative Indo-European Linguistics at University of Gothenburg 1930–1937). Venue for all seminars: P.A.Munchs hus, Blindern, Oslo.
On Wednesday 1 November 2017, 14.15-17.00, a double lecture will be held with the theme ”Religious spaces: Shared and contested”, featuring Devleena Ghosh, Associate Professor at the Social and Political Sciences Program at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia; and Vera Lazzaretti, Post-doctoral Research Fellow at IKOS. They introduce two out-of-the-ordinary religious spaces in India, each providing a unique window into the country’s religious complexity. Devleena Ghosh has worked extensively on colonialism and Indian ocean exchange, and is the regional editor of the Asian Studies Review, whereas Vera Lazzaretti - who recently moved from the University of Milano, Italy - works on sacred places and spatialized practices of Hinduism. 
Dr. Ghosh’s presentation is entitled ”The Waking God: Desire, Concealment and Syncretic Practices at a Bangalore Church”, dealing with then fact that in spite of escalating religious tensions in India, sites that still openly welcome practitioners of different belief systems face a range of complex issues, such as the Holy Infant Jesus Church in Bangalore, whee there is a shrine set aside for people of non-Christian religions, both Hindu and Muslim, who view this deity as a jagrata or ‘awake’ god who grants boons and wishes.
Vera Lazzaretti’s presentation is entitled ”The burden of security: Spatial regulation of religious offense and the geographies of enforcement”, presenting the background for a new research project on the Kashi Vishwanath temple/Gyan Vapi mosque complex in Banaras (Varanasi), a site that is multiply shared and contested. 
More information about the double lecture.

Tagore Choir performs in Österlen church after Kali puja

The International Tagore Choir in Lund will perform with a programme on Indian/Bengali Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore in the village church of Maglehem in eastern part of Skåne on Saturday 4 November 2017, at 19.00. The concert is organised by Maglehems kulturförening and the Degeberga-Everöds församling, and coincides with a major ”Hela Österlen lyser” event on the All Saints Day. As ususal, the choir is led by Bubu Munshi Eklund, and with your NSAN editor being a member of the choir. Jazz saxophonist Ed Epstein will be a guest artist in this concert. More information.
On 22 October, the choir also performed in Malmö in connection with a Kali puja event held there (see photo).

Nepal and Bhutan in focus at sixth CIMCEB consortium meeting in Lund

Three South Asian representatives at the CIMCEB consortium meeting in Lund: Cheku Dorji from Royal University of Bhutan; Sanjaya Upreti from Tribubvan University; and Hari Prasad from Kathmandu University.

In 2015, Lund University was awarded a grant from the European Union Erasmus+ Programme, to fund a collaborative project entitled CIMCEB, an acronym for ”Curricula Development of Interdisciplinary Master Courses in Energy Efficient Building Design in Nepal and Bhutan”. The project is run by a consortium with six partner universities - three in Europe, two in Nepal (Tribhuvan University and Kathmandu University) and finally the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) or more precisely its College for Science and Technology in Phuntshoeling.
The project held its its sixth consortium meeting in Lund on 11-13 October 2017. The NSAN editor Lars Eklund participated in the first session of the meeting and mingled with the Nepalese and Bhutanese representatives, and informed about his recent visit to the RUB College of Education in Samtse, as well as previous visits to RUB as well as Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu.
Through the CIMCEB project, the partner universities from Nepal and Bhutan will develop a new Master programme in the area of energy efficiency in buildings as well as support existing Master programmes with development of laboratory facilities and establishment of new courses in order to encourage the possibilities to decrease the energy use in buildings and minimize the environmental impact. Read Lars Eklund’s report from the consortium meeting.

Anindita Datta visited Lund University with SASNET funding

Associate Professor Anindita Datta from the Dept. of Geography, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India, again visited Lund University in early October 2017 to plan for a new research project together with Professor Helle Rydström at the Centre for Gender studies. The project is entitled ”Cross-cultural and Cross-disciplinary Collaborations: Gender, Space, and Precariousness in Asia” and has received initial financial support by the Swedish South Asian Studies Network (SASNET) for the planning process. Anindita Datta has previously spent time at Lund University as an Erasmus Mundus scholarship holder. Her research interests are in the area of feminist geography, conceptual traditions in geography and social geography of India. She is particularly interested in visibilising indigenous feminisms, re orienting gender studies to Asian contexts, examining the praxis of everyday life over everyday spaces and in issues of gendered and epistemic violence. More information.
While being in Lund, Anindita made a cordial visit to the NSAN editor Lars Eklund and his wife Bubu Munshi Eklund.

Successful CISCA programme at Aarhus University changes name

The Contemporary India Study Centre Aarhus (CISCA) now changes name into ”India and South Asia at Aarhus University”, and is supposed to be an open platform for all India and South Asia related activities at Aarhus University and beyond. It builds on the network established by CISCA and its partners and follows its broad ideas of critically engaging with the subcontinent, disseminating and advancing knowledge on contemporary India and South Asia with its historical, political and socio-cultural diversity and enhancing and strengthening existing collaborations while at the same time building new ones.
CISCA was a product of the India-EU Study Centres Programme (IESCP), that was set up by the European Commission in 2008 as an integral part of the India-EU Joint Action Plan adopted in 2005. A number of Centres for European Studies in India were launched, and similarly a number of Centres for Indian Studies in Europe were established, one of them being CISCA, coordinated by Aarhus University and Dr. Uwe Skoda, and run in partnership with Allahabad University, Sambalpur University, and Sri Venkateshwara College in India, later more parter universities added.
It was inaugurated in February 2010. The aim of the programme was to promote a better understanding of the EU in India and vice versa through academic and other forms of collaboration, and its chief objective both to strengthen existing study centres and establish new ones focusing on EU studies in India as well as on contemporary Indian studies in Europe. CISCA has been very suuccessful in implementing its goals.

Mysore conference on partnerships to advance UN Sustainable Development Goals

An international interdisciplinary conference on ”Knowledge Partnerships to Advance UN Sustainable Development Goals” will be held in Mysore, India, 17-18 November 2017. It is organised by St. Philomena’s College in Mysore, in collaboration with the Sustainability Platform (TSP), India; the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) University Network based in Kuwait; the SIAM University in Bangkok, Thailand; and the Chulalongkorn University Global Network, also in Bangkok. The key conference coordinator is Professor Lawrence Surendra.
The conference focuses on urban planning, water and sanitation, energy and transportation systems, and sustainable development. It presents a unique opportunity to evaluate and critically examine our frameworks in the presence of policy planners, administrators, academics and civil society groups. The objective is to develop generic solutions using the successes and failures in addressing Mysore’s myriad challenges in the areas of urban planning, water and sanitation, energy and transportation systems. Full information about the conference.

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt performed at Stockholm Sangeet Festival

The 2017 Stockholm Sangeet Festival was held 7-9 October. The programme for this year’s three day festival included a performance by the legendary Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, winner of the Grammy award and creator of the mohanveena. Other artists included the santoor maestro Shree Satish Vyas with his group; the amazing khyal vocalist Ashwini Gore Deshpande and kathak dancer Hanna Mannila from Finland. On 8th October, the main concert day, much of the programme was held at the Grand Stage at Musikaliska Akademin, Nybrokajen 11, but the Young Sangeet Festival, workshops and the popular Open Stage were held at Stallet at Stallgatan 7. 
Swedish Bharatanatyam dancer Usha Balasundaram had produced an Indian dance story with live music for children and families, entitled The story of Savitri & Satyavan, with Marina Granlund being story teller, and with music by KG Westman (sitar) and Hugo Widén (tabla). Other Swedish participants included eminent Kathak dancer Veronica Tjerned, surbahar player Stian Grimstad and santoor player Moa Danielsson. Full information.