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18 Aug 2015
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In conversation with Shobhaa DeJoin us as the author Samhita Arni sits down with one of India's most outspoken and respected opinion makers, Shobhaa De, for an in-depth conversation about her life and career in writing.

Shobhaa De is one of India’s bestselling authors. All 18 of her books have topped the charts and have been translated into many languages. Four are course material at the University of London. Her work features extensively in comparative literature courses at universities in India and abroad. More than 100 dissertations on her work have been written worldwide, and an academic examination of her books, The Fiction of Shobhaa De, brings together 40 critical essays by different authors. She is credited with giving birth to ‘Hinglish’, a heady, irreverent mix of Hindi and English that speaks to readers in a new way. Shobhaa De was honoured with her own imprint under the Penguin Random House umbrella, SDe Books, that has published important titles such as The 10 judgments that changed India.

In conversation with Shobhaa De will take place on Friday, 21 August, at the Prest Theatre, G06, FBE Building, 111 Barry Street, Carlton, Victoria 3053.
Eventbrite - In Conversation with Shobhaa De

Chai & Conversation: Sadanand Dhume discusses Narendra Modi at the crossroads – Will the Indian PM fulfill his potential or squander it?This Chai and Conversation will discuss India's rise as a major power, its growing middle class, how it is stepping up its economic diplomacy in Asia and strengthening ties with its new ally, Israel. It will also explore questions regarding Narendra Modi and the opportunities he now has as Prime Minister of India.

Sadanand Dhume is a Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. He writes about South Asian political economy, foreign policy, business, and society, with a focus on India and Pakistan. He is also a South Asia columnist for The Wall Street Journal. He has worked as a foreign correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review in India and Indonesia and was a Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the Asia Society in Washington. His political travelogue about the rise of radical Islam in Indonesia, My friend the fanatic: Travels with a radical Islamist, has been published in four countries.

This Chai and Conversation will be held on on Thursday, 20 August, from 3 to 3:30pm in the Upstairs Seminar Room of the Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne, 147–149 Barry St, Carlton, Victoria 3053.

Eventbrite - Chai & Conversation - Narendra Modi at the Crossroads: Will the Indian PM Fulfill His Potential or Squander It? with Sadanand Dhume
Aashiqui: The resurgence of music-based romantic dramas in BollywoodNOTE: This event was rescheduled. Please re-register if you wish to attend.

The Australia India Institute is pleased to present Aashiqui – the next pic in the AII's film series.

In Bollywood/Hindi cinema, the 1990s will be remembered as the era that saw the resurgence of the music-based romantic film. The success of this kind of cinema can be attributed to the collaboration between the company Vishesh Films, led by Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt, and the music company T-series (Super Cassettes Industries Private Limited), owned by Gulshan Kumar. Indian cinema is the largest collective enterprise in which the film and music industries go hand in hand. Songs from Hindi films dominate Indian popular music. Co-production between a music company and a film production house thus led to interesting developments with the release of Aashiqui/Romance (1990). With Aashiqui, Hindi cinema regained its confidence in romantic musical dramas that had been somewhat lost in the action-film era of the 1970s and 1980s. The success of Aashiqui also saw the rise of the music director duo Nadeem-Shravan and lead actors Rahul Roy and Anu Aggarwal.

The filmmaker, academic, journalist and photographer Dr Vikrant Kishore will present a screening of the film and a talk on Wednesday, 19 August, in Lecture Theatre G08, Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham Street, Carlton.
Eventbrite - Aashiqui: The Resurgence of Music-based Romantic Dramas in Bollywood!
Tiffin Talk: Eat the sky, drink the oceanIn 2013, ten Indian and ten Australian writers and illustrators joined forces to create a ground-breaking anthology of young adult speculative fiction. The collection includes six graphic stories and showcases 20 writers and artists from India and Australia, in an all-female, all-star line-up.

Published by Young Zubaan books in India and Allen & Unwin in Australia, this unique anthology grew out of conversations between writers, artists and publishers in the two countries. Annie Zaidi and Samhita Arni are two of the most exciting new voices in Indian fiction. Kirsty Murray is an award-winning Australian author of books for children and young adults. All three worked in collaboration with 17 other Australian and Indian writers and illustrators to produce works for Eat the sky, drink the ocean.

For this interactive Tiffin Talk, to be held on on Thursday, 20 August, from 1 to 2pm in the Upstairs Seminar Room of the Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne, 147–149 Barry St, Carlton, Victoria, 3053, the three authors will read from the book and discuss its themes.
Eventbrite - Tiffin Talk: Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean
We have a new website!If you haven't already noticed, the Australia India Institute has a brand new website. We've been secretly working away at our Barry Street offices over the last six months to bring a fresh take on our work and our objectives. The new site is full of little treasures, so take a look and tell us what you think!
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