Thirteen Festivals: A Ritual Year in Bengal - Book Release & Lecture

5:30–7:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi


Jawhar Sircar, CEO of Prasar Bharti released Professor Ralph Nicholas's new book- Thirteen Festivals, "A Ritual Year in Bengal". The book release was followed by a lecture by Professor Nicholas in collaboration with the American Institute of Indian Studies.

Ralph W. Nicholas is the William Rainey Harper Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago.  He was President of the American Institute of Indian Studies and now is Chair of its Board of Trustees.  Before his retirement he served as the Dean of the College, Deputy Provost, and Director of International House at the University of Chicago.

He began research on South Asian societies and cultures in 1960, when he was a graduate student at the University of Chicago.  He previously studied kinship, politics, and economics in rural West Bengal.  The present work which forms the basis for this talk deals with the religious performances and rituals of ordinary people in a village in West Bengal.