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‘Saree Conversations’ will trace lost weaving heritage April 21

April 14th, 2014

A series of upcoming events, collectively titled “Saree Conversations,” will explore the art and tradition of Saree weaving in India. All events will be held Monday, April 21, 2014, at the University Capitol Centre (UCC). Admission is free and members of the community are encouraged to attend.

Pavithra Muddaya will present her research on the lost Molkalmuru Saree Weaving Tradition in a lecture at 4 p.m. in 1117 UCC. Muddaya, who is managing trustee of VIMOR Handloom Foundation in Bengaluru, India, along with Harriet Vidyasagar, founder of Women of India (, will trace the developments of weavers from different areas in Karnataka and also discuss design revival and its personal impact on local livelihoods. Photographs and textile displays will accompany their presentation.

Following the lecture, Carthans Usha R. Balakrishnan and Kuldeep Singh will perform a vocal-dance duet in honor of the late Chimy Nanjappa (Muddaya's mother). SASP and CARTHA will host a reception following the performance, also in 1117 UCC.

Then, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in 2780 UCC, Prem Nanjappa will present a demonstration “Sharing Memories with Sarees.”

These events are sponsored by the South Asian Studies Program (SASP) in UI International Programs and CARTHA ( To see the full schedule of spring 2014 SASP seminars, visit

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Sarolta Petersen in advance at 319-335-3862.