Pakistani musician and author Ali Sethi, AB '06, returned to Harvard to talk to his longtime friend and mentor Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim Religion and Cultures, about sufi poetry, his own artistic journey and life as a perpetual student of the arts, and his days as a Harvard undergraduate.
Earlier this month, Kabi Raj Lama spoke at the Lalit Kala Akademi, India's national academy of arts. His talk, entitled 'Trauma and Memory: Healing through Art', retraced his life story; he spoke of art, natural disasters and mental health. The event followed a 3-day workshop on stone lithography with the artist and students at the Akademi.
Sunil Hirani is a collector of South Asian art, and will soon join The Mittal Institute's Arts Council. The Indian-American businessman displays works by Tyeb Mehta, FN Souza, MF Husain and others at his home in Connecticut, as well as much older, classical pieces. Here, he discusses the importance of conserving South Asia's artistic heritage.
Aman Kaleem, a Delhi-based filmmaker, is one of the four South Asian artists selected as 2018/19 Visiting Fellows at The Mittal Institute. At Harvard, she will explore the use of new visual technologies to create films that are truly immersive experiences.
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.
Milan Rai is a Nepali artist whose media span painting, installation, and artistic intervention. Rai came to The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University, in Spring 2016 as part of the Visiting Artist Fellowship (VAF).
Curious about how artists make traditional Indian Miniature paintings? Check out our video of the demonstration and workshop led by artist and art historian Murad Mumtaz Khan, organized as part of Professor Jinah Kim's Painting in India Course (HAA184x Painting of India) at the Harvard Art Museums Materials Lab.
Mittal Institute Visiting Artist, Faiham Ebna Sharif is a freelance journalist and photographer focusing on social issues in his home country of Bangladesh. During his time at Harvard, Faiham has been researching the world tea trade in Harvard’s museums and libraries
On April 17, The Mittal Institute hosted an opening reception and seminar for the exhibition, "Revelations: Reclaiming South Asian Narratives." By exhibiting pieces from this year's Visiting Artists, the show aims to unravel challenging social issues that often fall outside the limelight.