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SAI Event Topic : Arts Initiative

Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata Book Talk

START
Mon, Dec 2, 2019 at 04:30pm

END
Mon, Dec 2, 2019 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Speaker: Karthika Naïr, Author and Poet

Moderator: Parimal Patil, Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy, Harvard University

In Until the Lions, Karthika Naïr retells the Mahabharata through the embodied voices of women and marginal characters, so often conquered and destroyed throughout history. She captures the richness and complexity of the Mahabharata, while illuminating lives buried beneath the edifices of one of the world’s most venerated books — revealing the most intimate threads of desire, greed, and sacrifice.


Nepal Mandala Symposium

START
Thu, Dec 5, 2019 at 05:30pm

END
Sat, Dec 7, 2019

VENUE
Sackler 029 Lecture Hall

ADDRESS
Sackler 029 Lecture Hall
485 Broadway
Cambridge, MA ‎

Symposium Schedule

Opening Keynote Panel with Dharma and Punya Curators
Thursday, December 5
5:30 – 6:30pm
Lecture Hall, Lower Level, 485 Broadway, Cambridge
Reception: 6:30 – 7:30pm, HAA Living Room, 4th floor
485 Broadway, Cambridge

Symposium
Friday, December 6
8:00am – 6:00pm
Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy St, Cambridge

Dharma and Punya Exhibition Group Visit*
Saturday, December 7
10:00am – 3:00pm
Iris B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross
*Space limited, pre-registration required


Art Exhibition: Exploring Identity Through a Contemporary South Asian Lens

START
Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 06:00pm

END
Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 08:00pm

Our Fall 2019 Visiting Artist Fellows, Sagar Chhetri from Nepal and Sakshi Gupta from India, will exhibit their artwork to provide creative commentary on identity today in South Asia. During the reception, both Chhetri and Gupta will present their work and engage in a discussion with the audience. Snacks will be served at the October 15 opening reception!

Eclipse, Sagar Chhetri
At the Still Point of the Turning World, Sakshi Gupta

The exhibition will be available for viewing between October 15, 2019 and November 26, 2019 on the fourth floor of CGIS South. The opening reception will take place on October 15, 2019.


23rd Annual Harvard India Poetry Meeting

START
Sun, May 19, 2019 at 02:00pm

END
Sun, May 19, 2019

VENUE
CGIS South, S010

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S010
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

The theme for this year’s India Poetry Reading is “Compassion.” This annual event celebrates India’s contribution to the field of literature and invites local poets to recite original compositions in the language of their choosing. 

This event is presented in partnership with the Department of South Asian Studies at Harvard University and South Asian Poets of New England.

Please contact Bijoy Misra (bmisra@fas.harvard.edu) or Chandu Shah (bostonwale@gmail.com) for more information.


The Covenant of Love: The Poetry, Music and Spirituality of South Asian Muslim Cultures

START
Sun, May 5, 2019 at 07:00pm

END
Sun, May 5, 2019 at 08:30pm

COST   General public: $10 Students and Harvard ID holders: Free

Misaq-e-Ishq means The Covenant of Love and during this event Ali Asani ’77 (professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures at Harvard); Pakistani pop star and author Ali Sethi ’06; and vocalist, guitarist and Grammy Award-winning producer Noah Georgeson will bring alive through musical performance, the poetic consciousness of several legendary South Asian mystic poets.


Mallika Sarabhai: Dance to Change the World

START
Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 04:30pm

END
Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

A lecture and demonstration by Mallika Sarabhai, one of India’s leading choreographers and dancers for over three decades. In constant demand both as a soloist and with her own dance company, Darpana, she has created and performed classical and contemporary works around the world. A constant activist for societal education and women’s empowerment, Sarabhai has created numerous stage productions that have raised awareness about crucial issues, advocating change throughout India.

Moderator:

Homi Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University


Artist Talk: Amar Kanwar

START
Thu, Apr 18, 2019 at 06:00pm

END
Thu, Apr 18, 2019 at 08:00pm

Amar Kanwar presents an artist talk. The following evening on Friday, April 19, 7 pm, Such a Morning will be screened at the Harvard Film Archive.

Both Amar Kanwar programs are presented in collaboration with The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard Film Archive, Film Study Center, and The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University.


Culture, Language, and Identity: Perspectives Through South Asian Art

START
Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 04:30pm

END
Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 06:30pm

The show features two artists from Pakistan and India who reflect on the impact of The 1947 Partition of British India in their works. Mahboob Jokhio and Krupa Makhija explore the interplay between culture, language and identity through a deeply personal lens.


Visiting Artist Fellows Exhibition Reception: Partition Perspectives

START
Tue, Mar 12, 2019 at 06:00pm

END
Tue, Mar 12, 2019 at 08:00pm

VENUE
Harvard Allston Education Portal

ADDRESS
Harvard Allston Education Portal
224 Western Ave.
Allston, MA

The 1947 Partition of British India displaced millions of people along religious lines and led to the creation of two new countries: Pakistan and India. In this exhibition, Mahbub Jokhio and Krupa Makhija, the Mittal Institute’s Spring 2019 Visiting Artist Fellows reflect on the impact of the partition. Their work explores the deeply personal issues of culture, language, and identity in the region.


Art and Science of the Forbes Pigment Collection | Color and Pigments in Indian Painting

START
Thu, Aug 9, 2018 at 06:00pm

END
Thu, Aug 9, 2018

VENUE
CSMVS Museum, Mumbai

ADDRESS
CSMVS Museum, Mumbai
159-161 Mahatma Gandhi Road
Fort, Mumbai - 400023, Maharashtra, India


VENUE
Visitors' Centre Auditorium

Please join us for this two-part lecture cosponsored by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) and supported by Jai & Sugandha Hiremath – Hikal Ltd. An invitation to this event may be found here

 

Art and Science of the Forbes Pigment Collection by Narayan Khandekar

Dr Narayan Khandekar tells us about the Forbes Pigment Collection. It will cover the reasons why Edward Waldo Forbes started collecting pigments, how the collection grew, new additions to the collection and how it is used now by using case studies from the activities of the Straus Centre for Conservation and Technical Studies.

Narayan Khandekar leads the Strauss Center’s conservation and research activities, as well as those for the Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art. Specializing in the scientific analysis of paintings and painted surfaces, he has published extensively on the subject. He curates the Forbes Pigment Collection and the Gettens Collection of Binding Media and Varnishes.

Color and Pigments in Indian Painting by Jinah Kim

How blue is Krishna? Does the Sankrit term “kṛṣṇa” mean blue? Color experience is highly subjective, and color terms pose semiotic challenges. A fluid semantic range in Sanskrit makes it even more challenging to identify which color a color term denotes. Here, the data gleaned from scientific analysis of pigments and the study of material and physical aspects of paintings as objects can help unpack the role of artists in shaping the way we see color. Identifying pigments in use in Indian miniature painting and reading them in close comparison with the colors discussed in theoretical texts and artistic treatises, afford us a glimpse into artists’ intimate, embodied knowledge of each color’s material properties.  This talk will demonstrate how efforts to contextualize the analytical data on pigments with art historical questions can help advance our understanding of color and pigments in the history of painting beyond a matter of confirmation of a pigment’s use.

Jinah Kim is the Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture. Professor Kim’s research and teaching interests cover a broad range of topics with special interests in intertextuality of text-image relationship, art and politics, female representations and patronage, issues regarding re-appropriation of sacred objects, and post-colonial discourse in the field of South and Southeast Asian Art.

 

 



Arts at SAI Seminar: Tea Tales of Bangladesh

START
Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 04:30pm

END
Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 06:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Faiham Ebna Sharif, SAI Visiting Artist

Chair: Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University

Comments by: Alison Nordström, Curator and Historian of Photography

SAI Visiting Artist Faiham Ebra Sharif is a is a freelance multimedia journalist and photographer. He will discuss his current project, Cha Chakra: Tea Tales of Bangladesh, which sheds light on the plight of the tea garden workers of Bangladesh who are among the lowest paid and most vulnerable laborers in the world yet are strangely invisible to the global media. This project aims to collect the undocumented history of the global tea industry through photography, oral histories, and archival materials


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