Alash Ensemble comes to the Folklore Village

Alash Ensemble, a group of traditional Tuvan throat singers/musicians will be in concert at Folklore Village the night of Tuesday, March 17 at 7:30 pm.
Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens (65 +) and $4 for kids 12 years and under. Tickets are available by calling Folklore Village at (608) 924 – 4000, or through Brown Paper Tickets:

The members of Alash Ensemble are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. The band members are masters of traditional Tuvan instruments such as the Igil, the Doshpuluur and the Byzaanchy as well. Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. At the same time, they are fans of western music. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their own unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to their Tuvan musical heritage. They have performed with western artists such as Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and count the Sun Ra Arkestra and Jimi Hendrix among their influences.

To find out more about the band, visit their website:

Former Faculty member George Hart Awarded the Padma Shri By the Govt of India

CSA is proud to share the news of a friend and past UW faculty member (1969-73, 1974-75) George Hart has just been awarded the Padma Shri, among the highest honors given by the Government of India. Dr. Hart, Professor Emeritus in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies.

Please join us in congratulating Professor Hart for this richly deserved honor!

Read the print release here

Memorial to be held for Buddhist Scholar and LCA Alumni James Blumenthal


James Blumenthal, an associate professor in the School of History, Philosophy and Religion, died Oct. 8 from complications after a long struggle with cancer. He was 47.

Blumenthal received his PhD in 1999 in the Department of South Asian Studies at UW-Madison under the direction of Geshe Sopa and Professor David Knipe. Jim was an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University. A gathering of his friends will come together in Madison during the Annual Conference on South Asia, to share their memories of Jim. Please join and share the date and time with others who may want to be a part of this memorial:

Jim Blumenthal Memorial Gathering
Friday, October 17th, 2014
Wisconsin Ballroom (2nd floor),
Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W. Dayton Street, Madison WI

More information about James’ life and his career can be found on the Oregon State website.

CSA co-sponsors “Celebrate India!” at the Public Library

Our Celebrate India at Family Fun Night was a great success! To quote attendee Ryan Derflinger:

“I am as excited about this program as I am about those [other] high-priced programs – and this is FREE and RIGHT IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD – and I can bring my child!”

Ryan added, “It was even better than I expected!”

Don’t miss the next event! Check the facebook page regularly for up-to-date info about South Asia-related events in the community!

2014 South Asia Book Award Ceremony

2014 South Asia Book Award for Children Ceremony - Elizabeth Suneby, Jennifer Bradbury, Farhana Zia - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 3:00pm</span>
Please join us for the 2014 South Asia Book Award Ceremony honoring Elizabeth Suneby, author of Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education, with the 2014 SABA Award Book for Children, Jennifer Bradbury, author of A Moment Comes, with the 2014 SABA Award Book for Young Adults, and Farhana Zia, author of The Garden of My Imaan, with  the 2014 SABA Honor. For more information visit the SABA website.