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Queens College Officially Launches "Year of India" on October 12 with Free Performance of Northern Indian Hindustani Music

--Events Planned Through June 2013 Will Explore India’s History, Art, and Culture;

Offerings Include September Deepak Chopra Appearance and South Asian Film Series--

FLUSHING, NY, September 5, 2012 – Dedicated to embracing and understanding the complexity and vitality of our world, Queens College each year examines the history, art, and culture of a different country. This program launched in fall 2010 with the Year of China, focused last fall and spring on Turkey, and continues this year with the Year of India. Events will include exhibitions, a film series, and performances and student-sponsored activities on culture, sports, and daily life. Content-rich presentations will explore India—its society and politics, arts and culture, math and science, religions and economics—as well as its influence in the South Asian region and the world, and its diaspora in the United States.

The initiative will also feature student and faculty exchanges, newly developed credit-bearing courses taught by professors from Queens College and our partner institutions in India, and programs by members of the Indian community. To encourage collaborations and partnerships, faculty will lead three study tours to India for faculty, students, and staff.

World-renowned tabla player and Yale faculty member Samir Chatterjee, bansuri flutist Steve Gorn, and others will officially launch the Year of India with a free concert, Hindustani Music of North India, on Friday, October 12, at 10 am in LeFrak Concert Hall.
The concert is also the first performance of the Aaron Copland School of Music’s Chamber Music Live fall season. As it inaugurates the Year of India initiative, the program’s steering committee and music school have allocated 100 free tickets for the general public. Call the Colden Auditorium Box Office at (718) 793-8080 to reserve tickets.

Year of India events taking place in September include a presentation on September 11 by celebrated author, physician, and advocate of alternative medicine Deepak Chopra, and a screening of the most successful Hindi film of all time, Sholay (Flames), on September 12.
Sholay kicks off the “Representing South Asia on Film” series, which includes 16 titles to be screened throughout the year, as well as three panel discussions on topics raised in the series. Visit the Year of India site for details and a schedule of events:

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Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY), founded in 1937, is dedicated to the idea that a first-rate education should be accessible to talented individuals of all backgrounds and financial means. Its more than 20,000 students come from over 170 nations and speak scores of languages, creating an extraordinarily diverse and welcoming environment. Located on a beautiful, 77-acre campus in Flushing, Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. Each year Queens College has been cited by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. This year Princeton Review’s The Best 377 Colleges ranked the college fourth in the nation for “Lots of Race/Class Interaction.” The college opened its first residence hall in August 2009. More info on Queens College at


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