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Concert from Bangladesh

Sun, Aug 1, 2021 at 06:00pm

Sun, Aug 1, 2021

6pm Dhaka – 6pm London – 6pm New York

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Concert from Bangladesh is a mixed reality music concert, using cutting edge technology to take audiences on a virtual audio-visual journey through Bangladesh past and present, encompassing mystical Baul singers from rural Kushtia, experimental electronics and hip hop from the streets of Dhaka.

Musicians and Performers

  • Adittya Arzu aka Siaminium (Electronics and Recording Engineer)
  • Meerashri Arshee (Classical Raga vocalist)
  • Arif Baul (Baul vocalist and composer)
  • Nishit Dey (Composer, Sitar and Tabla player)
  • Enayet (Producer, Electronics, Composer)
  • Moumita Haque (Nazrul sangeet vocalist)
  • Nazrul Islam (Dhol player)
  • Gully Boy Rana and Tabib Mahmud (Hip hop artists)
  • Jawaad Mustakim Al Muballig (Bansuri flute player)
  • Provhat Rahman (Electronics)
  • Saidur Rahman (Harmonium player)
  • Shoummo Saha (Audio producer)
  • Sohel (Percussionist)

About the Concert From Bangladesh

Concert From Bangladesh is a groundbreaking mixed reality digital collaboration between UBIK Productions (London) and Samdani Art Foundation (Dhaka) supported by the British Council Digital Collaboration Fund. The organisations have commissioned acclaimed British-South Asian artist Shezad Dawood to create a virtual reality stage for a concert released on 1 August 2021 via Pioneer Works’ (NYC) website, expanding on the 50 year legacy of Concert For Bangladesh: the original charity concert initiated by Ravi Shankar and George Harrison of Beatles’ fame, in aid of the relief effort and refugee crisis during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971.

Co-curated by Diana Campbell, Artistic Director of the Samdani Art Foundation (SAF), with Dhaka-born music producer and artist Enayet Kabir, together with assistant curators Ruxmini Choudhury and Shoummo Saha, Concert From Bangladesh updates the 1971 concert to showcase a wealth of talent across varied Bangladeshi musical traditions – from mystical Baul singing to experimental electronics and socially engaged Dhaka hip hop – and raise funds for the Bangladeshi climate change and human rights charity Friendship.

The concept was developed by Campbell together with multiple collaborators including Dawood. In the words of SAF Founder Nadia Samdani, “As Bangladesh celebrates 50 years of independence, we are delighted to be a part of producing a work that allows the world to listen to the wealth of music and culture found in our country, and to reconsider the role that music and art can play in banding people together to fight for a better and more equal future.” Miranda Sharp, UBIK Productions Director, says,“We’re thrilled to be working with SAF and Shezad Dawood on this multidisciplinary, transnational project that pushes the boundaries of art and music production and develops new digital collaborative workflows.”

Concert From Bangladesh will go live to audiences via Pioneer Works’ online platform on 1 August 2021, accompanied by live events at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (Wakefield) as part of Yorkshire Sculpture International and Pioneer Works (New York City), 50 years on from the original concert. Additional events will take place with Chisenhale Gallery (London), at Leeds City Varieties Music Hall (Leeds) and Srihatta Samdani Art Centre and Sculpture Park (Sylhet). These institutions are located in significant diasporic or rural Bangladeshi areas and will further de-centre and democratise the project’s reach, amplifying the experience to diverse Bangladeshi and international communities.

The concert will take viewers on an expansive sonic journey spanning six centuries, beginning with renowned Baul singer Arif Baul accompanied by instrumental virtuosos Nazrul Islam, Saidur Rahman, and Sohel. This will be followed by a piece composed by Enayet and Nishit Dey exploring the shared musical language between Nazrul sangeet, classical raga and 90s jungle, by blending cutting edge electronic production and arrangements by Enayet, Provhat Rahman and Adittya Arzu aka Siaminium, with classical raga and Nazrul sangeet vocals by Meerashri Arshee and Moumita Haque, Bansuri flute by Jawaad Mustakim Al Muballig and sitar performance by Nishit Dey. The concert will end with the Bangladeshi hip hop duo Tabib Mahmud and 12-year-old Gully Boy Rana, whose socially engaged lyrics highlight some of the pressing issues the Concert aims to fundraise for.

Shot against a green screen by a Bangladeshi team in Dhaka, Concert From Bangladesh will feature the musicians performing against shifting virtual sets that will immerse audiences in vibrant Dhaka streets, and transport them to the riverbanks of Gorai River Kushtia via mangrove ecosystems and Somapura Mahavihara – one of the best known monasteries in the Indian Subcontinent built in the 8th century AD –, culminating with a performance in the iconic Beauty Boarding, a historically vibrant literary hub in Dhaka and a meeting place for intellectuals to this day.

The performances will be interspersed with archival and contemporary documentary footage, and the concert will be amplified by Augmented Reality assets, including a free filter activated through audiences’ phones and laptops, bringing 3D objects from the screen into viewers’ immediate surroundings. The Concert’s graphic identity is developed by long-time Samdani Art Foundation collaborator Fraser Muggeridge Studio.

COVID-19 in South Asia – A Practitioner’s Workshop: Part 3

Part 3 – Tests and Vaccines

7:30-8:30 pm IST/ 10:00-11:00 am ET

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The science and practice of Covid-19 clinical care continues to evolve as new discoveries change our treatment options, management of complications and influence vaccination strategies. The Mittal Institute, with the support of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System, and the Swasth Community Science Alliance, is organizing a series of panel discussions by leading scientists and frontline clinicians on the latest evidence-based updates for COVID-19 care. Our goal through these talks is to assist with the management of COVID-19 and improvement of health outcomes in South Asia.

This session will discuss the various vaccines, how they work and their efficacy, as well as what we know and what we don’t know. Additionally, the panelists will detail what types of tests are now available in South Asia and the role of each for either clinical or population health.


Manoj Mohanan, Associate Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University 



  • Anu Acharya, Founder and CEO, Mapmygenome
  • Priya Sampathkumar, Consultant, Division of Infectious Diseases, Mayo Clinic; Associate Professor, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  • Rebecca Kahn, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

COVID-19 in South Asia – A Practitioner’s Workshop: Part 2

Part 2 – High Value Therapeutics

7:00-8:00 pm IST/ 9:30-10:30 am ET

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The science and practice of Covid-19 clinical care continues to evolve as new discoveries change our treatment options, management of complications and influence vaccination strategies. The Mittal Institute, with the support of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System, and the Swasth Community Science Alliance, is organizing a series of panel discussions by leading scientists and frontline clinicians on the latest evidence-based updates for COVID-19 care. Our goal through these talks is to assist with the management of COVID-19 and improvement of health outcomes in South Asia.

This session will focus on high value therapeutics for COVID-19 patients, including the latest evidence-based reasoning for their use and impact.


Amita Sudhir, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine 



  • Priya Nori, Associate Professor of Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Rajesh T. Gandhi, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Shitij Arora, Associate Professor in Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

COVID-19 in South Asia – A Practitioner’s Workshop: Part 1

Part 1 – Oxygenation and Ventilation: At home and in the hospital

7:30-8:30 pm IST/ 10:00-11:00 am ET

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The science and practice of Covid-19 clinical care continues to evolve as new discoveries change our treatment options, management of complications and influence vaccination strategies. The Mittal Institute, with the support of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the  Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System, is organizing a series of panel discussions by leading scientists and frontline clinicians on the latest evidence-based updates for COVID-19 care. Our goal through these talks is to assist with the management of COVID-19 and improvement of health outcomes in South Asia.

This session will share the latest updates on protocols for oxygenation and ventilation in COVID-19 patients, contextualized for resource-limited and rural environments.


Rajani Surendar Bhat, Consultant Physician and Pulmonologist,



  • Paul Sonenthal, Associate Director for Inpatient Medicine and Critical Care, Partners In Health; Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician, Brigham & Women’s Hospital
  • Richa Gupta, Professor and Head of the Department of Respiratory Medicine, Christian Medical College Hospital, Vellore

Advancing Justice: Responses to Anti-Asian Racism in the U.S.

Thu, Apr 1, 2021 at 04:00pm

Thu, Apr 1, 2021 at 05:30pm


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Han Lu, Senior Policy Analyst, National Employment Law Project
christina ong, PhD Student, Department of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh
Elena Shih, Manning Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies, Brown University



Vivian Shaw, College Fellow, Department of Sociology, Harvard University; Co-Principal Investigator, AAPI COVID-19 Project


Han Lu’s work at the National Employment Law Project focuses on how inequalities of nationhood, carceral punishment, and the workplace shape one another. Prior to his work at NELP, Han was a line defender at the Orleans Public Defenders. He is a first-generation college graduate. Prior to law school, Han worked as a defense investigator for the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, the juvenile public defender in his hometown of New Orleans.

christina ong is a PhD student in Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh studying the development of Asian America in the 1960s-1980s through an in-depth case study of New York City’s the Basement Workshop. She also serves as the Project Manager and Qualitative Committee Co-Lead for the AAPI COVID-19 Project, a multidisciplinary mixed-methods study on how COVID-19 is impacting AAPI lives in the United States. Her research interests span topics related to diaspora, racial justice, and transnational feminisms.

Vivian Shaw is a College Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University and the Lead Researcher (co-PI) for the AAPI COVID-19 Project, a multi-method investigation into the impacts of the pandemic on the lives of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin with graduate portfolios in Asian American Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies. From 2018-2019, Vivian was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Weatherhead Center for International Relations’ Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, also at Harvard.

Elena Shih is the Manning Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University, where she directs a human trafficking research cluster through Brown’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. Shih’s book project, “Manufacturing Freedom: Trafficking Rescue, Rehabilitation, and the Slave Free Good” (under contract with University of California Press), is a global ethnography of the transnational social movement to combat human trafficking in China, Thailand, and the United States. Shih is an outreach organizer with Red Canary Song, a grassroots coalition of massage workers, sex workers, and allies in New York City.

Co-sponsors: Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights​, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard-Yenching Institute, Korea Institute, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Bangladesh at 50: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Wed, Mar 3, 2021 at 07:00am

Thu, Mar 4, 2021 at 11:00am


Wednesday, March 3, 2021: 7:00 AM EST – 11:00 AM EST // 6:00 PM BST – 10:00 PM BST 
Thursday, March 4, 2021: 7:00 AM EST – 11:00 AM EST // 6:00 PM BST – 10:00 PM BST
Register here to receive the Zoom link to both days of the conference.
Livestream Day 1 (Wednesday, March 3) on YouTube
Livestream Day 2 (Thursday, March 4) on YouTube

Bangladesh gained independence from Pakistan in 1971. To mark 50 years of Bangladesh’s independence, the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University is holding virtual conference on March 3 and 4, 2021. The conference will highlight the arc of Bangladesh’s history from the Language Movement through the Liberation War to the present – and the future.

Panelists will discuss a wide range of topics, including the remarkable economic and human development of independent Bangladesh and the important role of civil society in its development. This arc will be traced and analyzed through a set of panel presentations by leading Bangladeshi scholars and activists moderated by international scholars who have worked on and in Bangladesh.  


To view the agenda for both days and the panelists who will be speaking at the event, click here.

Models of Innovation: Education in South Asia

Wed, Nov 11, 2020 at 09:30am

Wed, Nov 11, 2020 at 10:30am

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In this interactive session, four organizations will showcase their innovative models of education delivery in times of the pandemic. These success stories, from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan, bring together learning from all corners of the region and illustrate how the shared challenge of quality and access can be mitigated through partnership, research, and resilience.

Emmerich Davies, Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Ayaz Aziz, Manager (Online Education), Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center
Nishant Pandey, CEO, American India Foundation
Rumee Singh, Founder, Katha4Nepal
Haroon Yasin, Co-founder and CEO, Taleemabad

Date: 11 November 2020
Time: 9:30–10:30a EST //8:00–9:00p IST // 7:30–8:30p PKT // 8:15–9:15p NPT // 8:30–9:30p BST

Rediscovering Partition from New Perspectives

Tue, Sep 1, 2020 at 10:00am

Tue, Sep 1, 2020 at 11:30am


Partition Webinar Poster
10:00 AM EDT  |  3:00 PM BST  |  7:00 PM PKT  |  7:30 PM IST
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The impact of the 1947 Partition still ripples throughout South Asia, 73 years later. However, our knowledge of this historic event is constantly being reevaluated by academics and researchers who have continued to illuminate the details of what occurred. This panel will explore how new research efforts help us understand the full depth of the history and legacy of Partition.


  • Jennifer Leaning, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


  • Ian Talbot, Professor of History and Director of the Centre for Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies, University of Southampton
  • Yaqoob Bangash, Assistant Professor, Information Technology University, Lahore

Registration not required. This event is co-sponsored by the Harvard Club of India and the Harvard Club of Pakistan.

Webinar: The Labor of Fashion, the Global COVID-19 Crisis, and the Politics of Resistance in Bangladesh

Fri, Jun 12, 2020 at 09:00am

Fri, Jun 12, 2020 at 10:30am


9:00–10:30 AM EST // 6:00–7:30 PM PKT // 6:30–8:00 PM IST // 7:00–8:30 PM BST

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  • Dr. Elora Chowdhury, Professor, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Dr. Durba Mitra, Assistant Professor, Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University


  • Taslima Akhter, Photographer and Organizer, Bangladesh Garments Sramik Shanghati
  • Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua, Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh
  • Dr. Seuty Sabur, Associate Professor, Department of Economics and Social Sciences, BRAC University, Bangladesh
  • Dr. Dina M. Siddiqi, Clinical Associate Professor, Liberal Studies, New York University
  • Dr. Nafisa Tanjeem, Assistant Professor, Global Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Lesley University

The global apparel industry is currently facing an unprecedented crisis resulting from the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Major fashion retailers in the Global North are closing their stores and laying off workers. The same brands that demonstrated strong public commitment for protecting the safety and security of Bangladeshi garment workers after the Rana Plaza collapse in 2013 are not hesitating to cancel or suspend orders or delay payments. Thousands of workers are currently out of work and facing a unique livelihood, as well as a health threat. 

Bangladeshi local labor rights organizers are urging the garment factory owners and the Bangladesh government to stop laying off workers, pay the unpaid salary, and enact health safety protocols at the workplace. On the other hand, Bangladeshi garment factory owners and international labor rights groups are exclusively targeting the global brands and asking them to take responsibility for the workers. What is missing in the local and global COVID-19 organizing initiatives is an understanding of how focusing exclusively on either the global brands or the local Bangladeshi actors – such as the government and the factory owners – creates an unfortunate disjuncture between local and global labor organizing priorities and fails to address global capitalism’s creative ways of feminizing and racializing garment workers’ bodies and labor across the supply chain.

By bringing together labor rights organizers and critical scholars, this webinar addresses: How can we move beyond the spotlight approach of focusing on one actor of the apparel supply chain at a time? How can we engage in dialogues and organizing across borders to simultaneously hold the global retailers, governments, and factory owners accountable for ensuring workers’ safety and wellbeing? What does a transnational resistance that is mindful of the power differences between labor organizers in the Global North and the Global South look like?

Growing the World’s Largest NGO: BRAC, Bangladesh, and Beyond

Fri, Mar 6, 2020 at 12:30pm

Fri, Mar 6, 2020 at 02:00pm

CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

CGIS South, S250
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Founded in 1972, BRAC has become one of the largest and most successful NGOs in the world. Dr. Muhammad Musa, Executive Director of BRAC International, will discuss the efforts that go into making BRAC a success, and explore the organization’s vision to continue expanding in Bangladesh and around the world.

Lunch will be provided.


  • Muhammad Musa, Executive Director, BRAC International


  • Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School; Faculty Director, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute

Bangladesh Rising: Conference at the Harvard Kennedy School

Sat, May 12, 2018 at 08:00am

Sat, May 12, 2018 at 09:00pm

Harvard Faculty Club

Harvard Faculty Club
20 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE: The Economist reported last September that it is “a good moment to celebrate Bangladesh’s economic progress. Its annual growth has averaged more than 6% over the past ten years and has run above 7% over the past two.” More than celebrating, Bangladesh Rising conference will discuss how Bangladesh can maintain its momentum, and potentially accelerate the growth achieved in the last decade. The conference will host practitioners, academics, and high-level government officials to discuss the ways the country can advance further and avoid pitfalls. It will include important topics such as financial inclusion, foreign investment, generation and provision of electricity, and sustainable development goals, among others.




  • Ricardo Hausmann, Director of Center for International Development at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)
  • Stuart L. Hart, Professor, University of Vermont, Professor Emeritus, Cornell University, Founder of Enterprise for a Sustainable World
  • Charles Lacy, Angel investor in Bangladesh, President of Barred Rock Fund and former President of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream
  • Nasrul Hamid, MP, State Minister of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Government of Bangladesh
  • Abul Kalam Azad, Principal SDG Coordinator at Bangladesh Prime Minister’s Office
  • Kazi Aminul Islam, Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Investment Development Authority
  • Paban Chowdhury, Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Economic Zone Authority
  • Mashiur Rahman, Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister, Government of Bangladesh
  • Roger Wagner, Expert lawyer in energy sector
  • Muhammed Aziz Khan, Chairman of Summit Group
  • Deepesh Nanda, CEO of Gas Power Systems, GE South Asia at GE Power
  • Sonia Bashir Kabir, Managing Director at Microsoft Bangladesh
  • Anika Chowdhury, Head of Business Development at Square Pharmaceuticals
  • Farzana Chowdhury, Managing Director and CEO at Green Delta Insurance
  • Tanjib-ul-Alam, Head of Tanjib Alam & Associates
  • Mainuddin Monem, Managing Director at Abdul Monem Economic Zone
  • Jamaluddin Ahmed, General Secretary, Bangladesh Economic Association
  • Ahmad Zuaiter, Founder and Managing Partner at Jadara Capital Partners
  • Meera Narayanaswamy, Senior Investment Officer, Global Financial Markets at IFC

SAI Spring Art Exhibition: Showcasing Research in South Asia Through Visual Arts

Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 04:00pm

Mon, Apr 9, 2018

The SAI Spring Art Exhibition features 2D and 3D art and artifacts inspired by Harvard students who traveled to South Asia sponsored by Harvard SAI travel grants. Some highlights include children’s picture books written in the Indigenous languages of Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh, photographs of fallen mosques in Myanmar and candid photos of workers at a laundry device in Mumbai.

Reception with Chai
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
4:00 – 5:00PM

The exhibition will be open through April 9

Asia Center Lounge
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA