A Conference on Performing Arts and South Asian Literature to be held at the School of English
10 Cavendish Road
Leeds, LS1 9JT
19-20 March 2005
The singer alone does not make a song, there has to be someone who hears:
One man opens his throat to sing, the other sings in his mind.
Only from a marriage of two forces does music arise in the world.
Where there is no love, where listeners are dumb, there never can be song.
Rabindranath Tagore, ‘Broken Song’1
This Conference explores representations of the performing arts music, song, dance, theatre in literary works from South Asia,
and the key roles they play, transposed into written form, as vehicles in current postcolonial and/or postmodern debates on nation,
identity, cross-cultural translation, performativity, and aesthetics.
The organisers invite abstracts of no more than 250 words for 30-minute papers. These should reach the organisers by 31st July 2004.
A selection of the papers will be published in a future issue of Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings (University of
Further inquiries to the address below.
1. Rabindranath Tagore, Selected Poems, translated by William Radice (Penguin, 1987)
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