SOAS University of London

SOAS South Asia Institute

South Asia Across Borders

SSAI launch poster
Various Speakers

Date: 18 May 2015Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 18 May 2015Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Launch Event

The SOAS South Asia Institute (SSAI) will be officially launching on the 18th of May 2015. The theme of the launch will be South Asia Across Borders. SOAS will welcome influential guests from South Asia and the South Asia community in the UK to celebrate the region’s heritage and its important role on the world stage. The public event will feature a panel of high-profile personalities giving their perspectives on the launch theme, as well as music, entertainment and food from the region.


The panel will follow a Question Time format, and audience members are asked to come with thought-provoking questions for our panellists, who will be as follows:

  • Moderator: Mishal Husain - Broadcaster
  • Shiv Shankar Mukherjee - SOAS Honorary Fellow, former Indian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and former Indian Ambassador to Nepal
  • Namita Gokhale - Writer, publisher and festival director
  • Maleeha Lodhi - Pakistan’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York
  • Kanak Mani Dixit  – Author, journalist and Founding Editor of Himal Southasian magazine, based in Kathmandu


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South Asia Across Borders


FeatureSpeaker/ Performer
Welcoming performanceMorgan Davis will be playing the instrumental music of the Sāraṅgīyā Langā musicians from Western Rajasthan
Opening performanceSahana Bajpaie will be performing a Tagore song- O je manena mana
IntroductionsWelcomes and introductions will be made by Professor Nirmala Rao (Pro-Director (Learning & Teaching) Professor Michael Hutt (Director, SOAS South Asia Institute) and Dr Navtej Purewal (Deputy Director, SOAS South Asia Institute)
PerformanceAmrit Kaur Lohia will be performing Tales of 1947, Ajj Akhaan Waris Shah Nu written by Amrita Pritam and composed by Amrit Kaur Lohia
PanelThe panel discussion will be led by Mishal Husain
Closing performancePriyanka Basu will be performing a dance to Raag Tilak Kamod
A reception will follow the panel discussion in the Brunei Suite, to which all guests are invited.

Organiser: SOAS South Asia Institute

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Contact Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4390