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South Asia Center presents: Tulasi Srinivas

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South Asia Center presents: Forging Faith: Ambivalent Globalization, Neo-ness and Innovative Religion in the Temple Publics of Bangalore City by Tulasi Srinivas

Tracing change in the Indian city through Hindu temple publics, this embedded ethnography seeks to interrogate complex relationship between tradition and neo-ness in the wake of the changes that neo-liberal economics and globalization has brought to Bangalore, Karnataka.

Through rituals and rhythms and the performed affect—rasa and bhava—that is deployed and engaged among priests, devotees and others in the public realm of the temple during the festival of Kanu Pandigai, Srinivas explores the nature of moral subjectivity in a South Asian neo-liberal urban context that builds towards a theoretical scaffolding for cultural sustainability.

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