Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Library Resources Fall 2009 UVa

Welcome to a new academic year! Hope all goes well.  Let me know if I or the library may be a help in any way.

Here's some further information about
1. Subject Library Guides
2. Online Journals
3. Books
4. the Asian Studies Room in Alderman Library

1. The main Library Guide for South Asian studies is
It is pretty basic and sparse so far, and I welcome you to look at it and make any suggestions of what to add there - links, information, news, etc.
Some other Guides are for Urdu, as well as South Asian History and specifically for class on the history of the Partition of India. Guides for Hindi and Persian will be developed in the future.

2. Online Journals.  We have recently revived our online subscription for the Economic and Political Weekly.  If you are logged in to UVa's online access, you may search and see full-text any EPW article from 1999 to the present.  Full-text of various Indian newspapers and of the India Today magazine are available through Lexis/Nexis.  You are probably aware of how to access online magazines such as Seminar and newspapers such as the Telegraph, which don't need authentication for online access.

3. Books. A large number of books arrived during the first 8 months of 2009.  Two lists of (A) English books  (B) of 2009 cover a large number of topics of food, art, history (1857 and partition), politics, anthropology, etc There are also a lists of recently received Persian language, and Hindi and Urdu language books

4. Asian Studies Room in Alderman.  We are continuing to remodel, improve, and add to the Asian Studies Room on the Second floor of Alderman Library.  Recently East Asian and South Asian Reference materials have been moved from the 4th floor and added to the Asian Studies Room. We are also moving Asian current periodicals, journals, and newspapers to the room at the entrance to the Asian Studies Room.  We are planning for adding some appropriate art works to the AS Room.  Two computers will be added to the Room. Come by and see the developments of the Asian Studies Room.  We hope that Asian reference, journals, newspapers, and wall art will be available by mid-November 2009 or so.  We encourage students and faculty to enjoy the Asian Studies Room as a center for research and study.

Please feel free to leave public comments on this blog (below), or to contact me [pm9k at] or other librarians about any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have.

I hope you may have been able to attend some of the Workshop on North Indian Vernaculars (18-19 September 2009). Here are some photos.

My previous Go Sher blog (August 2009) was about videos - have a look at it, if you have not seen it as yet.

Friday, August 28, 2009

South Asia videos, talking books, music on dvds

A large number of media arrived in Alderman Library at the University of Virginia during the summer of 2009 and will be cataloged in the coming month or two. They include
  1. motion picture videos on DVD
  2. documentaries on DVD and VCD
  3. music on DVD and VCD
  4. and finally 'talking books'
The motion picture videos on DVDs run to about 130, with a little less than half coming from Pakistan, mainly in Urdu and Punjabi languages, while the rest are from India, mostly in Hindi. Few have English sub-titles.

You can find a list of these at worldcat -

Each list may be sorted by title, author, newest/oldest, and date added.
If you select 'date added' with oldest first, you will see the Pakistani titles first with the India titles second in the list of 130 South Asia Videos of 2009.

Here are some photos (also at Picasa) of the India DVDs

Secondly, there are a about 60 DVDs and VCDSs which are non-motion pictures, but documentaries, music, and other media on DVDs and VCDs. See the media list at

Among these are some DVDs with play dramas of selected Prem Chand stories, two dvds on painters (the one on Rabindranath Tagore's paintings also includes some of his songs in Bengali with English sub-titles) , DVDs on film directors, science DVDs on bamboo, on Afghan women's movements, on Sanskrit manuscripts, and music DVDs.

There are 25 DVDs with music and some on dance, including Bhimsen Joshi, Subbulaksmi, Ustad Bishmillah Khan, Sufiana Qawalis, and Kathak, Odissi, etc. dance, at this list

Finally there are 7 "Talking Books" of sound recordings including Ludhiyanvi's Urdu poetry, H. Josi, S. Catopadhyaya, Rajvamsha, and Premchand's fiction, at this list

So, check out this new crop of South Asia media - if you see some things not yet cataloged, send me a request, and I'll see if I can rush them along for you.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

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