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The Asiatic Society of Mumbai
ASM LitClub Talk
‘Apna Shakespeare: The Bard in India’ by Dr. Shefali Balsari-Shah
on Tuesday, 24th January, 2017, at 4.30 p.m.


The Literary Club of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai cordially invites you to attend a talk on ‘Apna Shakespeare: The Bard in India’ by Dr. Shefali Balsari-Shah on Tuesday, 24th January, 2017, at 4.30 p.m. in the Durbar Hall of the Society.

Does Shakespeare resonate with us in India, or is his presence a sign of a continuing colonising mind- set? A steady process of translation, adaptation, and indigenisation of his work, coupled with extensive stage performances in various Indian languages as well as in English, have established Shakespeare as a cultural presence.

Indian cinema in turn, has sought inspiration in Shakespeare and produced several successful film versions, especially the recent ones by Vishal Bhardwaj.

But what of Shakespeare? Shorn of his language, is his essence irrevocably lost? Dr. Shefali Balsari- Shah's talk will look at some of the cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare's plays in India in the larger context of cross- cultural interpretation.

Dr. Shefali Balsari-Shah is a former Associate Professor and Head, Department of English, at St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), Mumbai. She is the Director of the Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning. She continues to teach as Visiting Faculty at St. Xavier's and also conducts workshops on various aspects of literature as well as popular culture, film studies and creative writing.

We look forward to seeing you on this occasion.

- Mrs. Sanjeevani Kher, Chairperson – ASM LitClub  
- Prof. Meenal Kshirsagar , Convenor  - ASM LitClub 
- Prof. Vispi Balaporia, Hon. Secretary - ASM 

The Asiatic Society of Mumbai
takes pleasure in inviting you and your friends to the
11th Dr. Mani Kamerkar Endowment Lecture
Dr. Stewart Gordon
Senior Research Scholar, University of Michigan,
Historian, and Honorary Fellow of the Society
‘Unani Medicine in India: Early Families,
Colonial Contestation and Modern Practice’

on Tuesday, 10th January, 2017, at 5.30 p.m.

in the Durbar Hall of the Society.
Dr. Ravin Thatte
Plastic and reconstructive surgeon, and a scholar,
will preside.

Kindly join us for tea at 5.00 p.m.

- Dr. Meena Vaishampayan, Chairperson Endowment Lectures Committee
- Prof. Vispi Balaporia, Hon. Secretary


On Sunday, 11th December, 2016

Doongerwadi or the Towers of Silence is the pristine premises where the Parsi Zoroastrians are laid to rest and where the family of the deceased go to say their last good bye to their departed ones. The word literally means “green area on a hill”. It is situated amidst natural green surroundings keeping in mind the theological prescriptions and ecological well-being. The various buildings required for the last rites are within the premises of the Doongerwadi.

As part of this EDUCATIONAL VISIT the participants will be taken round the premises and explained about the last rites of the Zoroastrians.
This educational walk will be conducted by Dr. Ramiyar Parvez Karanjia, a Doctorate in Avesta-Pahlavi from Bombay University.  He has done post-doctoral research and scholar at several Universities in Europe. He is an author of various books, regularly conducts courses and seminars, and gives presentations and talks on Zoroastrian religion, spirituality, Iranian languages and history.
Participants should assemble at the B. Blunt Salon, Hughes Road, Next to Ratan Tata Institute, ahead of New Era High School (Grant Road-nearest railway station) at 10.15 on Sunday, 11th December, 2016. The session will last about an hour and a half.

Number of participants is restricted and prior registration by email/ SMS/ phone call is necessary
Fee is as follows:
Members of ASM - Rs.100/- , Non-Members - Rs.200/- and College Students - Rs.50/-
(Members and Students are requested to carry their identity cards)
Fee to be paid on the spot and all are requested to carry exact change for payment.

Register/ Contact: 022 22660956 / Dr. R.K. Cheema - 9920102834
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
These numbers may be contacted only on the day of the walk - 9820836376 / 9820554833

- Mr Yogesh Kamdar(VP), Chairman Mumbai Research Centre
- Prof. Vispi Balaporia, Hon. Secretary Asiatic Society of Mumbai