Culture of South Asia Past & Present


  • South Asian Art and Architecture
    A well-structured selective portal to hundreds of online resources, image archives, and published works on South Asian Art and Architecture, by Fran Pritchett
  • ABIA: South and Southeast Asian Art and Archeology Index
    An annotated bibliographic database covering South and Southeast Asian art and archaeology; the initiative of the International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden, in collaboration with international scholars and Asian academic institutes. The database is fully searchable and is freely accessible. Extracts from the database are also available in the form of printed bibliographies.
  • The John C. and Susan L. Huntington Archive of Buddhist & Related Art
    A photographic research and teaching archive
  • The Ramayana (South Asia Center, Syracuse University)
    A collection of materials, images, maps, texts, analyses, and teaching materials, from Ramayana Institutes held at Syracuse University in 1994 and 1997.
  • The Epic of Pabuji (John Smith, Cambridge)
    An illustrated overview of the famous Rajasthani oral epic. Includes summaries, translations, full text in Rajasthani, background, video clips, etc.
  • The Ricksha Arts of Bangladesh (Joanna Kirkpatrick)
    Beautifully illustrated scholarly study of this unusual art form.
  • SALIDAA: South Asian Disapora Literature & Arts Archive (Arts & Humanities Data Service)
    A digital archive covering literature, visual arts, theatre, dance and music. It features a wide variety of text-based and visual material such as excerpts of fiction, poetry and plays, manuscripts and writers' notes, art works, photographs, leaflets, programmes of events, stage and costume drawings of theatre and dance performances, lyrics, CD and record covers, and music scores relating to the substantial body of work produced by South Asian writers, artists, performers and musicians in England from 1947 to the present.
  • SAVAC: South Asian Visual Arts Collective (Toronto)
    "A Toronto-based, artist-run, nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and presentation of new works of contemporary visual art by artists of South Asian origin, within Canada and internationally."
  • Satyajit Ray Film & Study Collection (UC Santa Cruz)
    Biography, filmography, graphics, bibliographies, awards, etc. on the films of world-renowned filmmaker Satyajit Ray.
  • Asian Historical Architecture
    Structured digital photo archive, with indices and clickable map navigation interface for sites throughout South Asia.
  • South Asian Music Resources
    • The Evolution of South Asian Music Abroad (Desi HipHop, etc.)
      • ADF: Asian Dub Foundation
        Formed in 1993, Asian Dub Foundation are a live band using bass, guitar, a DJ, sequencers, samplers and drum machines and vocals. The band consists of Aniruddha Das, Chandra Savale, John Pandit, Deedar Zaman and Sanjay 'Sun-J' Tailor. Based in London, with community-oriented political lyrics.
      • Basement Bhangra
        Launched in the spring of 1997, Basement Bhangra is a club night that creates the ultimate urban vibe by spinning an eclectic mix of New York sounds, featuring roots bhangra played with a hip-hop sensibility." Wax by DJ Rekha.
      • Ziba Music Online
        California-based promoter of South Asian music, esp. Bhangra, Hindi Film, and Desi & Hindi Remix. Links, reviews, samples, sales.
    • Illustrated discography of Ustad Amir Khan (Eric Parker [1997])
    • Nizami Qawwal Brothers
      Traditional qawwals from Pakistan. Site includes some background on qawwali genre, photos of musicians, music clips and downloads, etc.
    • Toronto Gharana: Hindustani Music Resource
    • Traditional Folk Music of India
      Field recordings (in RealAudio format) of several genres of folk music, primarily from Bengal, by Soumya Chakravarti. Site also includes some background, photos of musicians, and some text of lyrics (PDF files).
  • Bharatnatyam: Classical Indian Dance (AsiaSource: Special Report from The Asia Society)
    Bharatnatyam, one of the most popular forms of classical Indian dance, has undergone several major transformations in its 2,000 year history. Site provides access to a comprehensive collection of articles, multimedia resources, and links to dance schools.