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Bringing Indian Music to the World

Professor Mousumi Banerjee grew up listening to the songs of Rabindranath Tagore. Now her quest is to convert the songs to Western music notation, starting with a high school band, hoping to make the music more accessible.

Professor Aniket Aga on the collapse of the western India tomato market

Farmers in Maharashtra’s Nashik district – where one in every four tomatoes in India comes from – are destroying standing crops on a scale never seen before, following persistent rock-bottom prices since the November 8 demonetization.


The Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Michigan is a national leader in promoting a deeper understanding of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka. The center offers a range of area-related courses taught by outstanding faculty, a scholarly lecture series, conferences, study abroad fellowships, student colloquiums and opportunities to volunteer, sponsor and cosponsor a variety of events. CSAS is also a U.S. Department of Education designated National Resource Center, funded to develop area studies education for this region of the world.

Aaruran is a philosophy major investigating the intersection of fashion, wealth, and textile accessibility on the streets of India.

Aaruran Chandrasekhar and our other 2016 Summer in South Asia Fellows are off and blogging.

Stay up to date with them by reading and commenting on their blog.

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