2018 Visiting Artist Imran Channa is a contemporary artist from Pakistan. His art practice interrogates the intersection between power and knowledge. Channa’s primary focus is on the documentation and dissemination of historical narratives and events. He explores how fabricated narratives can override our collective memory to shape individual and social consciousness and alter human responses. In this interview, we discuss how he first became interested in installation artwork and the benefits of making art abroad.
As part of our deep commitment to South Asian art, The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University partnered with Mumbai’s most important museum, the Chhattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangralaya (CSMVS), to host a two-day event around art and heritage conservation in India.
“On 28th April 2018, I Interviewed Mr. Milkha Singh (Flying Sikh), one of the finest athletes India has ever produced” beamed a very excited Akshay Veer, a partition ambassador at the Mittal Institute, Harvard University. Akshay was part of a 55 student cohort that worked on a project titled, ‘Looking Back, Informing the Future – The 1947 Partition British India: Implications of Mass Dislocations across Geographies.’ As part of this project, student ambassadors collected and documented oral stories from survivors of the Partition. (more…)
This course explores traditions of Islamic spirituality in South Asia through the lens of three genres: the qawwali, concerts of mystical poetry; sufiana kalam, Sufi romantic epics and folk poems; and the ginans, hymns of esoteric wisdom recited by the Satpanthi Ismailis. Since these genres represent examples of language, symbols and styles of worship shared across Islamic and non-Islamic denominational boundaries, we will also examine their relationships with other Indic traditions of devotion, particularly those associated with the so-called sant and Hindu bhakti movements.
This course will provide a framework (and multiple lenses) through which to think about the salient economic and social problems of the five billion people of the developing world, and to work in a team setting toward identifying entrepreneurial solutions to such problems.
Every year, The Mittal Institute supports Graduate Student Associates from across the different schools at Harvard whose research focuses on South Asia. GSAs participate in monthly workshops in which they present their thesis research to one another, and organize an end of year conference to showcase their research in the spring. Interested in applying for 2018-2019? Apply now!
The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute along with the Harvard Club of India hosted the 8th annual One Harvard Young Harvard meet up on Aug 3rd 2018. The event welcomed all current and incoming students at Harvard University at the Gymkhana Club in New Delhi. We were joined by incoming students from various graduate schools, including the School of Education (GSE), Law School (HLS), Design School (GSD) as well as many alumni from across Harvard. (more…)
Looking to fund your research, internship, or language study in South Asia this winter? Applications to our graduate and undergraduate grants are open!
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Suraj Yengde is India’s first Dalit Ph.D. holder from an African university in the nation’s history. He is currently doing a post-doctoral fellowship at the Shorenstein Center, Harvard Kennedy School. We sat down with Suraj to discuss caste, apartheid and the idea of a fourth world think tank.
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Purandar Das, a long-time supporter and one of the founding members of the South Asia Institute at Harvard. Mr. Das was thoroughly committed to advancing South Asia- related research at Harvard, as well as several educational initiatives worldwide. He was essential to the creation and development of the recently renamed, The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University. We are eternally grateful for the guidance and support he provided us. We convey our sincere condolences to Mrs. Das and their family and wish for strength to cope with the loss.