Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

Watch a yoga demonstration, get an Indian tattoo, attend a Bollywood dance workshop, sample Indian cuisine, and watch a Bollywood movie at UTSAV 2017: A Celebration of World Hindi Day, which will be held on Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 pm, at the GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium, Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman. The festival is free and open to the public; participation in events is first-come, first-served; but participants are encouraged to sign up to expedite the registration process.


Organized by the UP Asian Center and the Embassy of the Republic of India in the Philippines, UTSAV 2017 seeks to celebration of World Hindi Day, which "commemorate[s] the national language of the Indian subcontinent" and aims to “promote and propagate this language that is breaking down communication barriers across the globe” (Indian Embassy, Berlin). 

UTSAV 2017 features a variety of activities that seeks to raise awareness and appreciation of various facets of Indian culture and society, from yoga and tattoo culture to cuisine and Bollywood dance and film.


  • 1300 – 1330 : Registration
  • 1330 – 1340 : Welcome Remarks
  • 1340 – 1345 : Inauguration and Lighting of Lamp
  • 1345 – 1400 : Keynote message, Michael L. Tan, Ph.D., Chancellor, UP Diliman
  • 1400 – 1410 : Dean’s Remarks, Joefe Santarita, Ph.D., UP Asian Center
  • 1410 – 1430 : Introduction of India and World Hindi Day, Dr. Suresh Kumar, First Secretary, Indian Embassy, Philippines
  • 1430 – 1530 : Yoga Demonstration
  • 1410 – 1630 : Mehndi corner (Indian tattoo)
  • 1530 – 1600 : Bollywood Dance Workshop
  • 1600 – 1620 : Indian snacks and Masala chai
  • 1630 – 1830 : Screening of Bollywood movie, Stanley Ka Dabba (READ REVIEW)


      For directions, please view this map and a street view of the facade of the UP Asian Center. 


For inquiries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 981.8500 local 3577 (Nellie) or 3586 (Janus).  

The Asian Center offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. The Center offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. The Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the latest issue of which can be downloaded at the journal's website. For other news and upcoming events at the Asian Center, click here.