South Asia Week events explore Mahatma Gandhi legacy

The life and works of Mahatma Gandhi will be a key focus of the University’s South Asia Week.

Events marking the 150th anniversary of Gandhi's birth will take place from Monday 30 September to Friday 4 October.

Celebrating Gandhi

South Asia Week’s keynote speech will be delivered by political theorist and member of the House of Lords, Lord Bhiku Parekh. The event takes place at Appleton Tower from 4 pm on 3 October. 

Sri Lankan-British composer-pianist Tanya Ekanayaka will perform a Sri Lankan Homage to Gandhi. The event takes place on 2 October from 1 pm at the Reid Concert Hall.

The book launch of Mohandas Gandhi: Experiments in Civil Disobedience by Professor Talat Ahmed will take place at Blackwells bookshop on South Bridge from 6 pm on 1 October. 

The University's connections with South Asia will also be celebrated with a range of events including film screenings, exhibitions, book launches and musical performances.

Focus India: Sustainable Fashion

The student-led event Focus India: Sustainable Fashion looks at the work of undergraduate students who undertook the Sustainable Fashion Trek to India this year.

The event takes place from 5 pm on 3 October at the University’s Business School.

Edinburgh Festivals

Showcasing South Asia at the Edinburgh Festivals takes place from 5 pm at The Outreach Centre, Holyrood Road on 30 September.

The event brings together a panel of participants from this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival, who will reflect on events that had a South Asia focus.

Sitar Project

A sitar concert will take place at St Cecilia’s Hall on 4 October at 1 pm.

The concert will be led by Dr. Alec Cooper and Laurence Howells, the co-directors of the Sitar Project, an initiative that aims to promote Indian music in Scotland.


The Walls of Ahmedabad Exhibition brings to life the history of the Indian city of Ahmedabad through the eyes of architect and aerial photographer Robert Stephens.

The exhibition presents a dramatic perspective of modern Ahmedabad, the former capital of the Indian state of Gujarat. The exhibition opens on 2 October at the Matthew Architecture Gallery, Minto House.

Film screening

Demons in Paradise is a trilingual Sri Lankan documentary that depicts the 30-year-long Sri Lankan Civil War.

A screening of the film takes place on Friday 4 October from 4 pm at the Project Screening Room, 50 George Square.

Open mic

The South Asian Student Association will also host a performance panel followed by an open mic for South Asian poets, writers and artists.

Events are organised by Edinburgh Global, the Centre for South Asian Studies and the South Asian Student Association.

Edinburgh and South Asia

The University is home to more than 400 students from the region, across seven countries.

There are more than 1800 alumni in South Asia and another 500 South Asian alumni in 40 countries around the world.

The University is home to the longest-running South Asian student association in the UK, founded in 1875 as the Indian Association.

The University of Edinburgh has a long history of links with South Asia. We hope that this cultural showcase is an opportunity for our students, staff and friends to connect with this vibrant region and our engagement in teaching, research, exchange and more.

Professor Pankaj PankajInternational Dean for South Asia, the University of Edinburgh

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