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Martha G. Newman, Chair BUR 529, Mailcode A3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-7737

A conversation with Shabana Azmi

Wed, October 20, 2010 • 2:00 PM • Texas Union Theater, UNB 2.228

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Shabana Azmi, the well-known Indian actress, social activist, and diplomat, will speak to Hindi Urdu Flagship students and the UT community

Shabana Azmi, the well-known Indian actress, social activist, and diplomat, will speak to Hindi Urdu Flagship students and the UT community this Wednesday, October 20 at 2pm in the Texas Union Theater, UNB 2.228. Seating will begin at 1:30pm.

The face of independent Indian cinema, Shabana Azmi has come to occupy a unique and prominent place in modern South Asian cultural history. A powerful actress whose presence has lent a vitality and sustainability to India’s so-called parallel cinema, Azmi has also played a decades-long role as a social activist, championing the cause of the marginalized and denouncing violent religious communalism in the subcontinent.

The daughter of a renowned Urdu poet (her father, Kaifi Azmi) and a well-known actress (Shaukat Azmi), Shabana Azmi came to prominence as the young star of the New Indian Cinema of the 1970s, working regularly in challenging films by Satyajit Ray, Shyam Benegal and Mrinal Sen. She has since starred in over 60 films, the most familiar of which for American audiences would be Deepa Mehta’s Fire and Roland Joffe’s City of Joy. Azmi has played an equally important role as a social activist. She has lead several national campaigns against the ostracization of AIDS victims in India. She was nominated to the Indian Parliament in 1997 and she has been a UN Goodwill Ambassador for India.

Shabana Azmi’s visit is sponsored by the South Asia Institute, the Hindi Urdu FlagshipDepartment of Asian StudiesDepartment of Religious Studies, and the Islamic Studies Program.


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