Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

2023 Prize Recipients

Undergraduate Paper Prize

Lucas Fromm, "Conceptions of Liberation: A comparative analysis of how four Indian philosophical traditions conceptualize Moksa"

Aalia Jagwani, “The Departure” 

Adi Thatai, “A Bite of Home: Family Recipes Adapted from the writings of Saramma Kendangath Joseph” 

Kate Salke, “Yantra and Mantra: Aesthetic, Symbolic, and Ritual Unifiers” 

Thesis Prize in South Asian Studies


Zeeshan Hassan-Andoh, "Lines and Layers: The Formation of Contemporary Miniature Painting"

Humanities (co-winners)

Srinaath Kidambi Perangur, "Translating Tyāgarāja: The Sanskrit Songs of South India’s Most Famous Classical Composer"

Catherine Michele Nelli - "On Nineteenth-Century Indology: Divergences Between Sanskrit and Colonial French and English Reception of Jayadeva’s Gītagovinda"

Social Sciences

Catherine Michele Nelli - "Between Empire and Post-Colonial Nation-Building: A Comparative Analysis of Nationalism’s Role in French India’s Decolonization in Chandernagore and Pondicherry (1947-1954)"