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A performance weaving together traditional elements of Indonesian shadow puppetry and live theater.
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Highlights from The Bandistan Ensemble's July 14 appearance at Asia Society.
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The classically-trained Saami Brothers perform traditional qawwali music following the two-day Lahore Literary Festival at Asia Society in New York.
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Highlights from the traditional Acehnese dance performance by Tari Aceh!, an all-female group from Banda Aceh in Sumatra, Indonesia.
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The instrumental quartet from Peshawar, Pakistan, gets an Asia Society crowd on its feet with their music rooted in Pashtoon traditions.
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The four members of Khumariyaan participate in a post-show discussion with members of the audience and Asia Society's Rachel Cooper.
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How does one portray a god onstage?
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Malaysia's Sutra Dance Theater presents "Krishna: Love Re-Invented," which retells the love between Krishna and Radha, on the Asia Society stage.
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Excerpts from the innovative multimedia stage production, followed by a conversation between the artists and Shirin Neshat.
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U.S.-based Iranian band Kiosk perform their song "Yarom Bia" ("Come My Love"), accompanied by Mohsen Namjoo on vocals, before a packed house at Asia Society.
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Iranian singer-songwriter brings his unique blend of music to Asia Society.
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Members of the Pakistani band noori discuss how their personal musical influences have played a big role in their unique sound.
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The Indonesian dance troupe combines martial arts, dance and percussion.
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The Iranian singer-songwriter discusses the vibrant popular music scene that has emerged in his country in defiance of official prohibitions.
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Indonesia's Papermoon Puppet Theater reinvents traditional puppetry in a mixed-media production exploring themes of identity, society and Indonesia's recent past.
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Watch his cover of a Sufi classic.
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Singer-songwriter sheds light on cosmopolitan career.
Highlights from the Spring Season of Asia Society's Creative Voices of Muslim Asia, featuring musicians and other performers from Iran, Afghanistan, Indonesia and Pakistan.
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Arif Lohar and his ensemble perform what the Village Voice describes as a "traditional Sufi rave."
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Pakistan's Arif Lohar and his ensemble bring a packed house at Asia Society New York to its feet.
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Watch: Arif Lohar and ensemble launch an epic rendition of "Alif Allah Chambey di Booti" onstage at Asia Society.
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Three virtuosos featured in concert highlights.
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In concert: masterly Afghan take on Indian raga.
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Excerpts from mesmerizing performance by two masters of Persian classical music.
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In the wake of 2011's "Arab spring," performers, scholars and journalists assess the rapid changes overtaking the Muslim world.
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Readings and performances commemorate the centennial of the multifaceted Urdu poet.
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The acclaimed Bangladeshi novelist discusses the second volume of her "Bengal Trilogy."
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NEW YORK, May 21, 2010 - In these excerpts, New York's Gamelan Dharma Swara show why they are the first non-Balinese group invited to compete in the Bali Arts Festival. (3 min., 45 sec.)
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Javanese rappers bring their unique spin on hip hop to the Asia Society stage.
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NEW YORK, April 30, 2011 - Pakistani poet Fahmida Riaz engages the crowd, and her fellow poets, at Asia Society's mushaira. In Urdu. (2 min., 31 sec.)

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NEW YORK, April 30, 2011 - Urdu poets Noon Meem Danish, Fahmida Riaz, Shehla Naqvi, Ifti Nasim, Humaira Rehman, and Raies Warsi perform in the traditional mushaira format. (1 hr, 49 min.)

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NEW YORK, April 30, 2011 - Hasina Gul, Waqas Khwaja, Fahmida Riaz, and others explore the rich variety of contemporary Pakistani poetry. (1 hr., 35 min.)

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Reza Aslan hosts an evening of readings and performances based on his anthology 'Tablet & Pen.'
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Highlights from the closing concert of the first New York Sufi Music Festival, featuring Abida Parveen, Akhtar Channel Zehri, and many other charismatic performers.
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Pakistan's musical legend captured in performance at Asia Society New York.
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NEW YORK, September 9, 2009 - Curator Salima Hashmi and several Hanging Fire artists discuss the work on display and its multifaceted portrayal of modern Pakistan. (2 min., 48 sec.)
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NEW YORK, September 10, 2009 - Exhibition curator Salima Hashmi and three Hanging Fire artists discuss the growing opportunities for global communication and interaction among Pakistani artists. (2 min., 21 sec.)
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Curator Salima Hashmi discusses the exhibition "Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan" with artists Rashid Rana, Asma Mundrawala, and Imran Qureshi.
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Part of the city-wide festival Muslim Voices: Arts and Ideas, Iranian American author Reza Aslan discusses Islam today in the contexts of history, faith, ideology, and culture.
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Naseeruddin Shah and colleagues revive one of the great storytelling traditions of South Asia.
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NEW YORK, February 23, 2009 - Fiction writers Daniyal Mueenuddin and Mohsin Hamid discuss their own and each other's work, writing, and their complicated relationships with Pakistan, their nat

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Video Excerpt: Mohsin Hamid and Daniyal Mueenuddin reflect on their status as "insider-outsiders" and on the role of nostalgia for a homeland in their work.

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Shirin Neshat, Nicky Nodjoumi, and Ramsey Clark discuss Iran's Ardeshir Mohassess and his art.

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Asia Society's Creative Voices of Muslim Asia is a multidisciplinary initiative using the arts as a springboard to understand the complexity of the many cultures included in the Muslim world. Supported in part by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and New York State Council for the Arts.

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