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Podcast: The Healing Charm of Zeb and Haniya's 'Urdu Blues'

Zebunnisa Humayun Bangash (L) and Haniya Aslam (R), also known as Zeb and Haniya.
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This is the latest installment of a series of podcasts entitled Another Pakistan, a co-production of the Asia Society and the Watson Institute at Brown University, with support on the ground from Aman ki Asha. Click here to learn more. Scroll to the end of this post to listen to the podcast.

Asia Society Co-commission, 'The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle,' Takes Flight in Edinburgh

A scene from Stephen Earnhart's <i>The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle</i>.
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Asia Society's co-commissioned production of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, inspired by Haruki Murakami's internationally popular novel, received stellar reviews when it ran at the Edinburgh International Festival late last month.

Director Stephen Earnhart's production combined dazzling elements of live performance, music, puppetry and dance/movement with cinematic video and audio technology to create a hypnotic "theater of dreams."

Asia Society Remembers Bangladeshi Director Tareque Masud, 1956-2011

<i>Clay Bird</i> director Tareque Masud (R) wins the prize for best script with his wife Catherine Masud (L) at the closing ceremony of the 2nd Marrakesh International Film Festival in Marrakesh, Morocco on Sept. 22, 2002. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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Asia Society notes with sadness the passing of Bangladeshi filmmaker Tareque Masud, who was killed in a traffic accident near Dhaka, Bangladesh, on August 13, at the age of 54.

Podcast: Ayesha Jalal, Part II - What Would Manto Say?

Historian Ayesha Jalal with Iqbal Hussain's painting of two ladies of the night in Lahore (cover art on a Penguin Classics edition of Manto's stories).
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Ayesha Jalal revisits the work of Manto (1912-1955), one of Pakistan's greatest writers, and finds it almost disturbingly relevant today.

Long-Awaited 'Art of Gandhara' Exhibition Draws NY Times Rave

Asia Society Museum’s John H. Foster Curator for Traditional Asian Art Adriana Proser (R) works with art handlers installing a piece in the exhibition The Buddhist Heritage of Pakistan: Art of Gandhara. (Bill Swersey/Asia Society)
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Asia Society Museum's latest exhibition, The Buddhist Heritage of Pakistan: Art of Gandhara, which opened August 9 after a delay of several months, receives a gratifying burst of publicity with a rave review in today's New York Times.

China Unable to Keep Handle on Ai Weiwei's Twitter

Ai Weiwei's Twitter page shows him to be back in political action.
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Chinese dissident artist has broken his government-mandated Twitter silence to speak out against the detainment of his friends.

Asia Society's Rachel Cooper Honored at Manhattan Iftar Dinner

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer hosted the Iftar Dinner which recognized Asia Society's Rachel Cooper on August 9, 2011.
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Asia Society Director for Performing Arts and Cultural Programs, Rachel Cooper was honored with an award yesterday at the Fourth Annual Iftar Dinner, a celebration of Ramadan that brings together leading members of New York's Muslim community.

Podcast: Mohammed Hanif and the Explosive Case of Karachi

Mohammed Hanif
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Mohammed Hanif is the pride of literary Pakistan these days, but he is warning us that the arts and liberated media in Pakistan all live in something of a bubble.

New Music Video: Indonesian Hip Hop in NYC

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In May, Asia Society brought the Jogja Hip Hop Foundation — the foremost hip hop group in Indonesia — to New York to perform their unique blend of ultra-modern hip hop beats and protest lyrics, mixed with traditional Javanese spells, wishes and poetry.

New York Times Lauds Asia Society's Ai Weiwei Exhibition

Ai Weiwei, <i>Mirror</i>, 1987.
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On the eve of its final weeks, Asia Society Museum's exhibition Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983-1993 enjoys a major publicity boost today with a lengthy review in the New York Times, which calls it "a wrap-around installation that puts you in the middle of the social and political action."