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South Asia Department

South Asian Links

SOAS Sites

SOAS South Asia Institute (SSAI) (previously the Centre of South Asia Studies (CSAS))
The SOAS South Asia Institute (SSAI) co-ordinates the research of the SOAS South Asian specialists — more than 30 in number — spread widely throughout the various departments of the School. The website gives information about its current programmes.

External Sites

  • A Door into Hindi
    This ambitious site is being built by Afroz Taj and his colleagues at the University of North Carolina, with contributions from SOAS and other centres of Hindi-teaching. It’s still under development, but will eventually comprise a comprehensive introduction to Hindi, with video films shot on location in India, Hindi lessons filmed in American universities and in SOAS, and many other features. Some sample sections are ready for viewing now.
  • BBC Asian Network
    This site shows the BBC's idea of 'Asian' (i.e. South Asian) contemporary culture in the UK context.
  • Bhutan News Service
    'The first news agency of Bhutan'
  • British Association of South Asian Studies
    This website gives information about conferences, seminars, research projects and the like; and it has an especially useful list of further links to a wide range of sites relating to South Asia
  • British Library (India Office collections)
    The British Library, a few minutes’ walk from SOAS, draws research scholars from South Asia and from the rest of the world. Its holdings include uniquely rich sets of documentation from British India, major collections of manuscripts in Indian languages, and a strong collection of contemporary books and journals.
  • Census of India
    The census has a wealth of information and maps showing distributions of population, gender, languages, literacy and so on. Many of the returns from the 2001 census are now available online; for categories yet to appear, the 1991 returns are available.
  • Centre of South Asia Studies, Cambridge
    Yes, South Asia is studied at other UK universities too! This site gives lists of seminars etc., and a who’s who.
  • Digital Dictionaries of South Asia
    This ambitious project by the University of Chicago is gradually putting a selection of dictionaries online. Parts of this site are reports of work in progress, but some dictionaries, such as Platts’ ‘Dictionary of Urdu, Classical Hindi and English’, and ‘Hobson-Jobson: A Glossary of Colloquial Anglo-Indian Words and Phrases’ are already freely available.
  • Digital Himalaya
    A pilot project to develop digital collection, storage, and distribution strategies for multimedia anthropological information from the Himalayan region.
  • Film Samachar
    A gateway leading to film-related stories and reviews in the Indian press, and to other cinema websites and resources.
  • Hindi Script Tutor
    This web-based ‘Hindi Script Tutor’ has been developed by SOAS alumnus Richard Woodward. It shows how to write and pronounce each character in the Devanagari script, and includes some interactive tests. The Hindi Script Tutor can also be useful for students embarking on Nepali or Sanskrit, both of which are written in Devanagari.
  • INDOLOGY: Internet Resources for Indological Scholarship
    This site provides many useful links to such features as online dictionaries, electronic archives, discussion lists and much more.
  • Mountain Voices (Nepal)
    This site contains the (translated) texts of interviews with a large number of people, mainly from hill villages in central Nepal. The site is searchable by topic and students have often found it useful for their research projects.
  • Nehru Centre
    The Nehru Centre is the ‘cultural wing’ of the High Commission of India, and puts on an ambitious and wide-ranging programme of evening events — lectures, discussions, recitals of music, poetry and dance, book launches, exhibitions, and so on.
  • Nepal News
    'News from Nepal as it happens', with links to other media.
  • Nepal Research
    This is a rather sprawling collection of resources including regularly updated news pages and downloadable dictionaries.
  • Outlook
    One of the best news magazines on India and South Asia.
  • Royal Asiatic Society
    The RAS is one of London’s oldest scholarly institutions to promote the study of South Asia. The website gives a programme of lectures, together with information about the Society’s invaluable library, journal, and awards.
  • Samachar
    If the banner 'The Bookmark for the Global Indian' does not put you off too much, you will find this a very useful gateway to the Indian media.
  • SARAI
    SARAI is the acronym for ‘South Asia Resource Access on the Internet’, an invaluable resource and gateway maintained by Columbia University.
  • Upperstall
    A very nicely organised site dedicated to Hindi cinema, with reviews of films and features on actors and directors