The South Asian Studies Program is the study of the culture, history, politics and literature of South Asia at Brandeis. We have a vibrant community of faculty in the humanities and social sciences, regularly host lectures by some of the most prominent public intellectuals and scholars of and South Asia, offer a minor for undergraduates who wish to focus their studies on South Asia and offers undergraduate and graduate fellowships. The minor allows students to take courses in a range of disciplines for a deeper study of the region.

Parmesh Shahani examines LGBT themes in Indian culture

Parmesh Shahani talked about the Godrej India Culture Lab, which aims to foster diverse thinking.

Parmesh Shahani spoke about his work as founder and head of the award-winning Godrej India Culture Lab on April 11 in the Mandel Atrium. As the lab’s home page explains, it was established in 2011 “as a space for cross-pollination of ideas” to “challenge existing notions of culture and encourage dialogue and experimentation through innovative programming.” 

Parmesh Shanani, founder of Godrej Culture Lab

CULTURAL EDUCATION: Parmesh Shahani, founder of the Godrej India Culture Lab, began his talk by sharing his experience coming out as gay. He went on to discuss the lab’s efforts to advocate for LGBT inclusion and cultural understanding.

Interview with Parmesh

SAS minors Swati Kaushik and Peter Diamond interview Parmesh Shahani.

Watch interview here


Interview with Parmesh


Namita Dharia, "Unruly Urbanism: Gods, Guns, and Real Estate at the Edge of India's National Capital"

February 11, 2019

Event posterNamita Daria is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Rhode Island School of Design.


April 11, 2019

event posterParmesh Shahani is founder of the Godrej India Culture Lab and author of Gay Bombay.




Alumni Meet Up

February 2, 2019


On Feb. 2, current and former SAS students met up to talk about life after Brandeis and what you can do with a minor in South Asian Studies. William Lodge ('13) spoke about applying the analytic skills he learned in humanities classes to his research at the Harvard Chan School of Public health. Naman Patel ('15) spoke about the impact his Brandeis education is having on his current studies towards a Masters degree at the Harvard Divinity School.

Fall 2019 Course Highlights

SAS 100A: India and Pakistan: Understanding South Asia

Professor Avinash Singh
Block V
T,Th 5:00 PM–6:20 PM

IGS 165A: Revolution, Religion, and Terror: Postcolonial Histories
Professor Avinash Singh
Block N
T,Th 2:00 PM–3:20 PM
REL/SAS 152a: Introduction to Hinduism
Professor Anil Mundra
Block K
M,W 2:00 PM–3:20 PM
SAS 150B: Love, Sex, and Country: Films from India

Professor Harleen Singh
Block L
M,W 3:30 PM–4:50 PM