Hosts Sanjay and Dora Singh honored the Sen family and their cultural contributions to the Birmingham community. A four volume set of books, compiling all of the paintings by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore - a gift from the Sultan, Sen, and Singh family was presented to the Museum's Clarence B. Hanson, Jr. Library. A great time was had by all!
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The Indian Cultural Society (ICS) at the Birmingham Museum of Art was established to promote all forms of Indian art and culture. The Museum, thanks to the generosity of the Callahan Family and other like-minded philanthropists, has one of the largest collections of Indian art and sculpture in the Southeast United States. The vast majority of the collection is on permanent display in the Asian Art Galleries. Thus, it was a natural fit to establish a society dedicated to promoting the rich cultural heritage of India at the Birmingham Museum of Art.
All events sponsored by ICS are free and open to the public. ICS is able to provide world class programming due to the generosity of like minded patrons and the Museum, which provides its facilities and staff to ICS for the events.
To learn more, please visit the Indian Cultural Society website.
SECOND ANNUAL INDIAN CULTURAL SOCIETY LECTURE
THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2013 - 6:00 PM
FREE // STEINER AUDITORIUM
Dr. E. Michael Harrington will discuss Musical and Cultural Counterinfluences - Making My Inner Indian from Norwegian Wood to Mississippi Masala, Beatles, Bollywood, and Beyond. The lecture will explore the counterinfluences, mash-ups, and appropriations of Indian and North American music and culture. Audio and visual for this address will include movies ranging from Wonderwall, Mississippi Masala, and Slumdog Millionaire, as well as the music from The Beatles, Miles Davis, Trilok Gurtu, Ravi Shankar, Frank Zappa, Britney Spears, Raul Malo, techno, EMD, and more.
Dr. Harrington is a professor in music copyright and intellectual property matters. He is a composer, musician, and consultant, and teaches courses in music entrepreneurship and the future of the music industry. Join us for what promises to be a fascinating evening!
THE PAINTINGS AND SONGS OF RABINDRANATH TAGORE
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2013 - 2:30 PM
FREE // STEINER AUDITORIUM
Please join the Asian Art Society as we welcome Dr. Sugata Sen and Dr. Pia Sen for a very special program, Rabindranath Tagore: The Myriad Minded Man and Creative Genius. In this dynamic performance, Dr. Sugata Sen will talk about the genius of renowned artist Rabindranath Tagore who did not begin his painting career until age 63 but was soon hailed as the first Modern Indian painter. Dr. Sen’s talk will be illustrated with Tagore's paintings and songs along with dances by her daughter, Dr. Pia Sen.
Dr. Sugata Sen was born in Santiniketan, India and educated at Visva Bharati, the University established by Tagore. While a student, Sugata was a member of the University’s cultural troupe, both as a singer and a dancer. Graduating in Bengali literature and specializing in Tagore, Sugata pursued an academic career. She retired as Professor of Bengali literature from Muralidhar Girls’ College, Calcutta and is a faculty member Tagore Research Institute, Calcutta. Sugata is an exponent of ‘Rabindrasangeet’ (Tagore’s songs) and, in addition to her books and articles, has a number of CD’s to her credit.
Annual Wine and Cheese Reception
Sunday // January 26, 2013 // 3-5PM
Birmingham Museum of Art // Oscar's Café
We invite you to join us at this annual, fun, family-friendly event! We will have activities for both children and adults, and discuss upcoming activities and other ICS matters.
Friday, March 7th, 6.30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Reception for Dr. Del Bonta, Callahan Lecture Series Speaker.
Venue to be decided.