The University of Iowa

Rebooting Hindu Hymns SASP seminar is Sept. 15

September 10th, 2014

The South Asian Studies Program (SASP) in UI International Programs will present a SASP seminar on Monday, September 15, 2014, titled “Rebooting Hindu Hymns.” Hamsa Stainton, assistant professor of Indian religions at University of Kansas, will present the seminar from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre. The event is free and open to the public. See the event poster

The stotra, or Sanskrit hymn of praise, has long been a popular form of Hindu literature. Stotras have a rich history in Kashmir, one of the most vibrant religious and literary centers in South Asia. In this talk, Stainton will discuss how Hindus in Kashmir have used these hymns to preserve and adapt their own traditions during the dramatic changes that have occurred in this region, from the advent of Islam to British Colonialism to the contentious integration into modern India. He will analyze the importance of these hymns for certain Kashmiri Hindus today, as well as highlight the flexibility and potential of Hindu hymns and the dynamic relationship between devotional literature and religious identity.

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