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Jean-Pierre Angenot (Goa UNIVERSITY) & Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya (University of London) Coordinators of TADIA (The African Diaspora in ASIA), a project associated with UNESCO ( TADIA (THE AFRICAN DIASPORA IN ASIA), an International Academic Programme Associated to the UNESCO Slave Route Project
  • KARNATAKA SIDDIS GROUP TOUR IN BRAZIL AND PORTUGAL
    from 21th of October 2005: cultural shows in Londrina, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador da Bahia and Lisbon.
  • PAN-African Festival of Music, Dance and Song:
    in Panaji, Goa: 6th-8th of January 2006 (in the evening): in Yellapur, Karnataka: from 9 at 6.p.m. to 10 at 6 a.m.(= a full night for the National Siddi Day!) 12 African and Afro-descendants musicians, dancers and singers teams from :
    • Afro-Asia: India (Karnataka and Gujarat), Pakistan, Sri Lanka
    • Africa (Indian Ocean side): Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Madagascar
    • Africa (Atlantic side): Cape Verde, Angola
    • Afro-America: Brazil, United States.
  • International Conference on the African Diaspora in Asia: Its Past, its Present and its differences and similarities with the Transatlantic Diaspora
    in Panaji, Goa: 11th - 13th of January 2006 In the morning and in the afternoon: papers sessions In the evening: audio/video and documentary movies sessions:
    • Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy: From Africa to India: Sidi Music in the Indian Ocean Diaspora (74 minutes).
    • Benigna Zimba: Slave routes and oral tradition in Southeastern Africa: History in images (60 minutes)
    • Adams Bodomo: CD-rom Ghana songs
    • Beheroze F. Shroff: We're Indian and African: Voices of the Sidis (49 minutes)
    • Sheila Walker: "Scattered Africa: Faces and Voices of the African Diaspora" (55 minutes)
    • Farida Al-Mumbrik Challo Ratanpur Ursma, Sidi Goma Bhavnagar, Gujarat (3 VCD)
    • Desmond Nazareth & Christopher Rego: Souls ans Spices (75 minutes)
  • FESTIVAL OF AFRICAN CINEMA from 14th of January 2006 (in the evening):
  • visit to historical Siddi sites from 14th to 24th of January 2006
Coordinators:
  • Jean-Pierre Angenot, Goa University
  • Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya, University of London
TADIA International Scientific Committee:
  • Amy Catlin Jairazbhoy, University of California at Los Angeles
  • Rustom Bharucha, Kolkata
  • Ravindranath S. Hiremath, Karnatak University, Dharwad
  • Aparajita Biswas, University of Mumbai,Center for African Studies
  • Niladri Sekhar Dash, Indian Statisical Institute, Kolkata
  • Vijayalakshmi Teelock, University of Mauritius
  • Helene Basu, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Pashington Obeng, Harvard University
  • Henry J. Drewal, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Joseph E. Harris, Howard University
  • Edward A. Alpers, University of California at Los Angeles
  • Salikoko S. Mufwene, University of Chicago
  • Allen F. Roberts, University of California at Los Angeles
  • Beheroze F. Shroff, University of California at Irvine
  • Alberto da Costa e Silva, Academia Brasileira de Letras
  • Kabengele Munanga, Universidade de Sao Paulo
  • Manolo Florentino, Universidade do Rio de Janeiro
  • Barbara Kempf, Universidade Federal de Rondônia
  • Valdir Vegini, Universidade Regional de Joinville
  • Benigna Zimba, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo
  • Adams Bodomo, University of Hong Kong
  • Ineke van Kessel, University of Leiden, African Studies Center
  • Behnaz Mirzai, York University
  • Esma Durugönül, Akdeniz University, Turkey
  • Sabir Badalkhan, Università degli Studi di Napoli "l'Orientale"
  • Gwyn Campbell, McGill University, Canada
  • Ehud R. Toledano, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
  • Nkonko M Kamwangamalu, Howard University, USA
  • Galia Sabar, Tel Aviv University
  • Eva Sebestyen, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest
  • Abdulaziz Lodhi, Uppsala University, Sweden
Conference Management Committee:
  • The Department of Konkani of Goa University Conference Organizing Committee:
  • Olivinho J. F. Gomes, Goa University (President)
  • V. Shivkumar, Goa University / CLAS
  • Dilip Loundo, Goa University
  • Madhavi Sardessai, Goa University
  • Geralda de Lima Angenot, Goa University
  • Pratima Kamat, Goa University
  • Eduardo Judas Barros, NEAA - Afro-Asian Studies Centre, Brazil
  • Teotônio R. de Souza, Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Lisbon
  • Clifford J. Pereira, Royal Geographical Society, London
Festival of Music Organizing Committee:
  • Eric Ozario, Kalaangaan Konkani Heritage Centre & Mand Sobhann, Mangalore (President)
  • John Kaitan Siddi, Tadia Society, Yellapur
  • Motes Kaitan Siddi, Siddi Sanskriti Kala Mandd, Lalguli
  • Francis Guntipilly, Indian Social Institute, Bangalore
  • Kiran Kamal Prasad Jeevika Trust, Bangalore
  • Farida K. Al Mumbrik, Sidi Goma Al-Mumbrik Charitable Trust, Bhavnagar, Gujarat
  • Charles Câmara, University of Stockholm
Festival of Cinema Organizing Committee:
  • Moving Images Film Club of Goa
visit to historical Siddi sites: From Saturday 14th of January 2006
  • Maharashtra tour: Fort of Janjira, Malik Ambar's tomb, Aurangabad and Ahmadnagar The fort of Janjira near Murud was constructed in 1571 by Siddi Burhankhan, the Nizamshah's commissary. This is one of the vital seaforts in Maharashtra, the only fort which remained invincible in its lifespan. Even after repeated valorous efforts by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj, and the Peshwas of the Maratha kingdom to capture the fort, it remained with the Siddis for centuries. The most distinguished of the Siddi rulers of western India was the Siddhi Wazir Malik Ambar, who, beginning as a slave under Queen Chand Bibi, the Queen Elizabeth of India, rose to the top, becoming commander-in-chief of the armies of the Bombay empire. When Queen Chand was slain by rebels in her palace in July, 1600, Malik Ambar remained loyal to the ruling dynasty. By a brilliant coup he captured Ahmadnagar, the principal fort, from the rebels, and proceeding to the city of Aurangabad, which he himself had built, he proclaimed Mustaza II, grandson of Nizan Shah, ruler with himself as regent. Seven years later, however, Malik Ambar deposed the king and seized the throne. When in 1628 the English came to India their first contact was with Malik Ambar. He was then master of the island of Janjira, which the English, like the Ethiopians of three centuries before, wanted as a base for commerce with the interior. With gifts, promises, and flattery they tried to gain a foothold on the island, but Malik Ambar would not succumb to their blandishments. Malik Ambar died, at the age of eighty. His tomb is near the Ellora caves.
  • Gujarat tour: Gori Pir Hill, KHAMBAT and GIR FOREST SIDDI VILLAGES A sacred shrine of the Gujarati Sidis who are Sufi devotees of an African agate trader, their patron saint Gori Pir or Baba Gor who was also known as Sidi Mubarak Nobi. His tomb was first mentioned in a 15th century documentation in 1451 when a Moghul leader visited the sacred site. Khambat is the site where Gori Pir conducted his agate business. The Gir National Park is the sanctuary where live the last asiatic lions.
  • Andhra Pradesh tour: HYDERABAD'S AC Guards district
The old quarter of Masab Tank, where live the families of the Nizam's African Cavalry Guards formed by Real Siddis, only demobilized in 1948.

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