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Multimedia: Celebrating India, Bollywood Style

Aamir Khan in a scene from the Oscar-nominated movie 'Lagaan' (2001).

Bollywood has a rich history of celebrating patriotism through movies and music that highlight India. Here's a look at a few haunting classics and some foot-tapping contemporary songs that pay homage.

Interview/Gallery: Innovative New Publisher Readies India for Its Indie Comics Moment

Volumes Two and Three of 'Comix.India,' a black-and-white anthology of alternative comics launched in 2010.

Artists Bharath Murthy and Kailash Iyer are taking advantage of crowd-sourcing and up-to-the-minute publishing technology to build an Indian audience for alternative comics.

Interview (and Photos): Asheer Akram on His Pakistani Cargo Truck Initiative


Pakistan's vibrant truck art culture could be getting a test drive in America, if a young artist from Kansas City is successful.

Interview: 'Tina's Mouth' Author Has Graphic, Novel Take on Indian American Life

Budding existentialist Tina Malhotra is the heroine of 'Tina's Mouth.'

With the publication of Tina's Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary, Indian Americans now have a graphic novel heroine to call their own.

'Linsanity' on TIME Magazine's Cover (But Only in Asia)

February 27, 2012 edition covers of TIME magazine from (clockwise from top left) the United States, Europe, South Pacific and Asia.

While the cover of TIME's new Asia edition features New York Knicks shooting star Jeremy Lin, the magazine's other editions focus on Kim Jong Un.

Interview: Bhi Bhiman on Making Roots Music for the 21st Century

Singer-songwriter Bhi Bhiman. (Matthew Washburn)

How the son of Sri Lankan immigrant parents learns to play guitar and ends up being compared to Randy Newman.

2011: Five Pakistani Cultural Events You Might Have Missed

Promotional photo for <em>Karachi: The Musical</em>, directed and produced by Nida Butt in fall 2011.

In a year when news like the killing of Osama Bin Laden and the perpetually fraying state of U.S.-Pakistani relations dominated headlines, the following are five cultural programs from Pakistan that you might not have heard of in 2011.

Podcast: Adil Omar: 'Paki Rambo,' Dropping Beats in Islamabad

Islamabad rapper Adil Omar.

An Islamabad rapper sees himself as representing the lighter side of Pakistan.

Podcast: Saad Haroon: Pakistan as a Bad Bollywood Comedy

Pakistani comedian Saad Haroon.

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. Click here to learn more. Scroll to the end of this post to listen to the podcast.

New Music Video: Indonesian Hip Hop in NYC


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.