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The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University (The Mittal Institute) engages through interdisciplinary research to advance and deepen the understanding of critical issues relevant to South Asia and its relationship with the world. 


About The Mittal Institute 

Upcoming Events

Sat, August 25, 2018 from 04:30pm - 06:30pm  /  American Center  /  New Delhi

India Seminar Series: ‘Unspoken Story’ with Prof Vikram Patel, The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School

As part of our ongoing India Seminar Series, we are partnering with Sangath and It’s Ok To Talk for an event titled ‘Unspoken Story’ with Vikram Patel, The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School, in a conversation about mental health. This event is supported by Welcome Trust and the American Centre, and is also in partnership with Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), USA.




Sat, Aug 25, 2018 at 04:30pm

Sat, Aug 25, 2018 at 06:30pm

Mon, August 27, 2018 from 05:30pm - 07:30pm  /  Bengaluru  /  Microsoft Research

Fireside Chat with Tarun Khanna & Manish Sabharwal

Join the Harvard Business School India Research Centre and the HBS Club of India for a Fireside Chat with Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, HBS, and Manish Sabharwal, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, TeamLease for a fireside chat about Prof. Khanna’s recent book, Trust: Creating the Foundations for Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries.



5:30-6:00 PM Registration, Tea & Networking

6:00-7:00 PM Fireside Chat

7:00-7:30 PM Q & A


Please RSVP here



Microsoft Research
9, Vigyan, Lavelle Road, Ashok Nagar
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 05:30pm

Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 07:30pm

Wed, September 5, 2018 from 04:30pm - 06:00pm  /  CGIS South Concourse

Welcome Back Mixer

Celebrate the start of the school year with the Mittal Institute! Meet our team, learn about funding opportunities and various Harvard South Asia Student Groups, and enjoy South Asian food. All are welcome!

Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 04:30pm

Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 06:00pm

CGIS South Concourse
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138


Visiting Artist Profile: Imran Channa

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.

Partition Stories: Meeting the ‘Flying Sikh’

“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…)

Fall Class: Muslim Devotional Literatures in South Asia: Qawwalis, Sufiana Kalam (Sufi Poetry) and the Ginans

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.

Graduate Student Associate (GSA) Applications are Open!

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!

8th Annual One Harvard Young Harvard Event 2018

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…)

In Memory of Purandar Das

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.