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Harvard University Press publishes English translation of Kannada Mahabharata edited by Center Director 

The Mattoo Center is delighted to announce that Harvard University Press' Murty Classical Library of India has published volume one of Kumaravyasa's classic Kannada Mahabharata. This jewel of world literature is a groundbreaking fifteenth century Kannada interpretation of the classical Sanskrit epic. 

The Center Director, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor S.N. Sridhar, was honoured to edit the volume, which was translated by a distinguished team of renowned scholars, including Professors C.N. Ramachandran and N. Hegde. Professor Sridhar and the team are currently working on the second volume. 

The publication of volume one of this seminal text was greeted with immense public enthusiasm in Bangalore, and widely covered in both print and digital Indian media. In early January  2024, the translation and editing team of scholars, represented by Professors Hegde, Ramachandran, and  Sridhar, gave a week-long Master Class series of lectures at the Bangalore International Centre. Over 500 members of the public attended these engaging discussions. 

The Center looks forward to shortly publishing a series of video interviews with Professor Sridharabout the global literary importance of this new publication, as well as its key significance in Indian and South Asian intellectual history. 

Appointment of Sthaneshwar Timalsina as new Mattoo Endowed Chair of Indic Studies

The Mattoo Center is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Timalsina as the new Endowed Chair of Indic Studies, effective Fall 2023. Professor Timalsina will begin teaching at the University in Spring 2024.

Professor Timalsina has served as Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy at San Diego State University since 2005, and held teaching positions at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Washington University in St Louis, MO. He completed his PhD from Martin Luther University in Halle, Germany (2005) with a focus on the history of Advaita (Non-Dualist) philosophy. 

His areas of teaching and research include classical Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain literature and philosophies with a specific focus on consciousness studies. His first book, Consciousness in Indian Philosophy (Routledge, 2008) is  a comparative study of Advaita and Buddhist understandings of the self and consciousness. Dr Timalsina also works in the area of Tantric studies and his recent publications, Tantric Visual Culture: A Cognitive Approach (Routledge, 2015), and Language of Images: Visualization and Meaning in Tantras (Peter Lang, 2015), explore the cognitive and cultural domains of Tantric visualization. 

Professor Timalsina's Faculty page may be found here.

Endowed Scholarship Applications Soon Open for Spring 2024

Applications will soon be open for our 2024 Endowed Scholarships! 

Spring 2024 Courses

The following South Asia-related courses are being taught this Spring semester, which satisfy SBS requirements :

HIN 112 Elementary Hindi - II  (Prof. Aruna Sharma)

HIN 212 Intermediate Hindi - II (Prof. Aruna Sharma)

AAS 110 Appreciating Indian Music (Prof. Aruna Sharma)

AAS 201 Intro to Indian Civilization (Prof. S.N. Sridhar)

AAS 260 Buddhism (Prof. Andrew Nicholson) 

AAS 320 Literatures of India (Prof. Sthaneshwar Timalsina) 

AAS 473 Orientalism  (Prof. Andrew Nicholson) 

AAS 572 Language and Reality (Prof. Sthaneshwar Timalsina)

News & Events

Spring Open House - March 5, 2024 at 5:00pm at the Center! Please join us as we celebrate the arrival of spring and announce our upcoming academic programs, scholarships, and cultural and social events! We look forward to welcoming you back as we honor our faculty members' most recent achievements and awards! We will have traditional sweet and savoury Indian snacks and refreshments, samosas, and plenty of chai! 

2024 Spring Gala - The upcoming May date is to be announced shortly! Be advised that we will soon be sending out our invitations to our first annual Gala Fundraiser since the Covid pandemic!

We look forward to celebrating over 25 years of success in serving the Stony Brook community of students, faculty, alumni, and staff as well as the wider Long Island and Greater New York City communities. Registration is limited to the first 250 guests who purchase tickets. You won't want to miss this elegant night of speeches, fine cocktails, and a superb feast and traditional Indian entertainment at Leonard's Palazzo in Great Neck. 

If you have not already done so, please  e-mail us if you wish to receive our biannual newsletter with the latest student, faculty, and staff updates, academic programming, and cultural events! 

DIWALI 2023 - November 14, 2023, 5:00pm at Roth Pond!  Please join us as we celebrate the festival of lights at Roth Pond with a traditional diya (lamp)-lighting ceremony, followed at 6:00pm by an Open House party at the Center with free, fresh samosas, gulab jamun, sweet and savory snacks, and festive music! We will have 100 large floating lotuses and small candles available on a first come, first-served basis at the Pond lighting, along with 200 non-floating, hand-held painted and unpainted clay and brass diyas! Local community members are most welcome to attend along with students, faculty, and staff!

Center honored by Suffolk County Executive at ceremony celebrating Indian independence  anniversary 

The Mattoo Center for India Studies was recognized on August 18, 2023 by the Suffolk County Executive and Legislature along with other distinguished members of the Indian American community of Long Island at a ceremony at the County Government center celebrating the 76th anniversary of Indian independence (August 15, 1947). 

Center Director Professor S.N. Sridhar was honored to receive the award on behalf of the Center alongside Dr Nirmal Mattoo, MD, President and Chair of the Center's Executive Committee, and Sudesh Mukhi, Vice President of the Executive Committee.

After a series of inspiring welcome remarks from Assistant County Executive Olga El Sehamy, the IACLI team, lamp lighting, and single of the two national anthems, the County Legislators present bestowed the awards on behalf of the County Executive.

Professor Sridhar gave the ceremony's keynote address reflecting on the many lessons of Indian independence and India's unprecedented growth and overcoming of many challenges in the last seven decades to become a leading global power. 

Many thanks to County Executive Steve Bellone and Legislator Manuel Esteban for their recognition of the Indian American community's innumerable contributions to all aspects of American public life. We extend our deep gratitude to the dedicated IACLI board members, master of ceremonies, host committee, enthusiastic volunteers and supporters, and generous sponsors. 

Center sponsored and organized successful IAWE 25 World Englishes linguistics conference

The Mattoo Center for India Studies was delighted to have hosted and facilitated the organization and convening of the 25th global conference of the International Association for World Englishes (IAWE) held at Stony Brook University  from June 15-17.

IAWE 25 brought together over 120 professors and researchers in linguistics from 44 countries to discuss the varied roles English plays in a multilingual world. The presentations inspired passionate discussion and feedback. 

The Mattoo Center for India Studies and the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies were honored to sponsor the Conference. Center Director S.N. Sridhar noted that "South Asia is emerging as a powerhouse in English usage: it has the largest number of users of English as a second language in the world, and English has been widely nativized there. English continues to be one of the most important languages of Asia and Africa both as an inter-national language and as an intra-national language, being influenced by its engagement with many languages and cultures." 

We express our profound gratitude to the IAWE Executive Board, the Conference cosponsors, the international and local organizing committees, plenary speakers, and presenters whose extraordinary efforts and engaging participation made IAWE-25 such a success.

Spring 2024 Mattoo Center Hours 
The Center is a dynamic resource for all University students, faculty, staff, and community members interested in any aspects of Indian and South Asian civilizations, ancient or modern. We welcome all visitors! Whether you are Indian, Indian-American, South Asian, or simply interested in learning about the immense contributions of Indic and South Asian peoples to global systems of philosophy, sciences, religion, architecture, music and the other high arts over six millennia, our doors are open for you! 

We are open on Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm, and on Fridays from 9:00am to 12:30pm during the Spring 2024 semester. 

We invite you to visit us, enjoy South Asian treats, and peruse the Center's extensive research library and special collections. 

If you would like to be added to our e-mail list to receive our monthly event and programming updates, please e-mail us  at 

For media inquiries, bookings, invitations, and questions, please e-mail the Center Director, Professor S.N. Sridhar ( or Ryan Hunter, Assistant to the Director, at 631-632-9742  for any urgent inquiries or questions. 

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For Students

Congratulation to all Fall 2023 Essay and Photo Competition winners! 

The Center is proud to offer our warm congratulations to the 19 distinguished students whose outstanding essay or photo submisssions were selected  as the winning entries for our inaugural Fall 2023 Essay and Photo competitions!

Students were asked to write a short essay or submit a photograph on one of two themes ("What does India mean to me?" and "What's in a name? Examining the discussion of the proposed official renaming of India to Bharat"). 

The winning students for the Essay Competition are: 

Saksham Sharma 

Praveen Parthasarathy 

Aashika Jeswani 

Varun Gambhir 

Ojas Natu 

Kashvi Kumar 

Yatharth Bahl 

Shriram Hegde 

Fariha Lisa 

Ashavdeep Singh Sodhi 

The winning students for the Photo Competition are: 

Sarthak Parakh

Tanvi Jain 

Tejinder Singh 

Ritesh Chauvan 

Vasili Iugov 

Christina Colucci 

Sudhanshu Kumar 

Thejas Kempegowala 

Shwetali Rane

Saksham Sharma

We will soon be featuring short interviews with the students on our new YouTube channel, and shortly be announcing the date (this Spring semester) for the Awards Ceremony to celebrate the achievement of the remarkable entries! 

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