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SAI Event Topic : Arts Initiative

Perspectives: A Conversation with Rohail Hyatt

START
Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 04:00pm

END
Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Arts Initiative and Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar

Rohail Hyatt, Producer, Coke Studio; actor; film composer; rock music artist; and keyboardist

Chair: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University

Hyatt will discuss the laws of nature in contrast to the current state of global music standards. Like genetically altered food, our sense of what is considered ‘musical’ seems to have been altered too. In the eastern world, music is considered to be the ‘food for the soul’. Do we know what are we feeding our souls lately? Has organic music completely died, or will there be a resurgence in this field as in the case of the food industry?

Co-sponsored with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program


Cancelled: The Ephemeral City: Looking at Temporary Landscape of Religion in South Asia and Latin America

START
Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 05:30pm

END
Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 08:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S010

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S010
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

Due to weather and the University closing, this event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

SAI Arts Initiative Event

Exhibition Reception and Personal Tour at 5:30PM in the CGIS South Second Floor Lobby, followed by a panel discussion at 6:30PM CGIS S010.

What is the role of the Ephemeral City in the broader discussion about urbanism globally? Rahul Mehrotra, Chair of  the Department of Urban Planing and Design (GSD), will moderate a conversation across disciplines about ephemerality in the landscapes of South Asian and Latin American cities.

Rahul Mehrotra (GSD), in collaboration with Jose Mayoral (GSD) and Felipe Vera (Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, Chile) will guide the audience through the exhibition at 5:30 PM.

Panelists:

Felipe Hernandez, Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Shankar RamaswamiLecturer on South Asian Studies, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Marianne Potvin, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Tarun Khanna, Director of the South Asia Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School
Luis ValenzuelaLecturer in Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

This panel is part of the exhibition The Ephemeral City: Looking at Temporary Landscape of Religion in South Asia and Latin America.

The Research Project on the Ephemeral City, led by professor Rahul Mehrotra at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, has been engaged in documenting and systematically compiling different forms of temporary urbanism worldwide, particularly in South Asia and Latin America. This exhibition focuses primarily on religion, one of the seven taxonomies  identified for the ephemeral city. It present ten cases of temporary occupation of urban spaces for religious events and celebration that demonstrate powerful ways in which the public realm is temporarily appropriated to create sacred spaces. In religious ephemeral landscapes, human ingenuity breaches the boundaries between the local and the global, the historic and the contemporary, converting permanent cities and landscapes into sacred grounds.

Cosponsored with the  David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) at Harvard University

 Q+A with Rahul Mehrotra


The Politickle Pickle: A Conversation on Indo-US Relations

START
Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 04:00pm

END
Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 05:30pm

VENUE
Elliot Lyman Room, Longfellow Hall

ADDRESS
Elliot Lyman Room
Longfellow Hall
Harvard Graduate School of Education
13 Appian Way
Cambridge, MA

SAI Special Event

Tanvi Madan, PhD Fellow, Foreign Policy Director, The India Project The Brookings Institution

Shivshankar Menon, Former Indian NSA and Foreign Secretary

Chair: Nicholas Burns, Sultan of Oman Professor of the Practice of International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School

Cosponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the WCFIA Fellows Program. Supported by the Hindustan Times and the South Asian Art Council – Boston.

Reception at Gutman Library to follow.

Opinion by Nicholas Burns ‘A US-India Comeback?’ in The Boston Globe


Coded Elegance

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Sat, Jan 31, 2015

END
Sat, Jan 31, 2015

VENUE
CGIS South Concourse
Harvard University

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

SAI Photo Exhibit

On Display in the CGIS South Concourse from Nov. 5, 2014 – Jan. 31, 2015. 

Open Mondays-Thursdays 7am – 9pm; Fridays 7am – 7pm

Capturing South Asia: Interview with Pablo Bartholomew

Coded Elegance, by Pablo Bartholomew, is a series of ethno-anthropological photographs of tribes and people of the hills and valleys of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, and Manipur, taken from 1989 to 2000.

Coded Elegance constitutes a mere fragment of Bartholomew’s extensive visual anthropological documentation of the various tribes and people residing in the low Himalayan hills and valleys of Northeast India — a people whose lives are marked by tradition and transition. The series, an off shoot of Marked with Beauty, his 2000 exhibition of rich, color photographs of the many Naga tribes, is influenced by his own collection of portraits of the Darjeeling hill tribes by Johnston and Hoffman, and Irving Penn’s body of work in Papua New Guinea.

It explores his journey and interaction with tribes in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, and Nagaland — diverse communities with myriad different languages and dialects — as well as the people inhabiting the valleys in that region. The preservation of their traditional cultures articulated through their dress, rituals, and rites of passage, forms the overarching subject of Coded Elegance.

With generous support from the Donald T. Regan Lecture Fund, the Arts Initiative at SAI brings experienced and emerging artists to Harvard whose work focus is on social issues related to South Asia.  


A Personalized History of Indian Photography, 1880 to 2010

START
Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 05:15pm

END
Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 06:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University

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

Arts Lecture and Opening Reception for ‘Coded Elegance’

Photographer Pablo Bartholomew, whose career spans over 40 years, introspects on his personal collection of historical photographs as well as works by other photographers from the pre and post-Independence era, rounding off by elaborating on contemporary practices. This visual walkthrough consists of photographic work that has marked and influenced him.

Chair: Dalia Linssen, Assistant Professor, RISD

Reception to follow.

Pablo’s photo exhibit, ‘Coded Elegance’ will be on display in the CGIS South Concourse, 1730 Cambridge Street, from Nov. 5 to Jan. 31, 2015.

With generous support from the Donald T. Regan Lecture Fund, the Arts Initiative at SAI brings experienced and emerging artists to Harvard whose work focus is on social issues related to South Asia. 


Anatomy of a Man-Made Disaster: Thirty Years Later, Remembering the Bhopal Gas Tragedy

START
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 12:00pm

END
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 01:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University

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

SAI Arts Initiative Seminar

Pablo Bartholomew, Photojournalist

Discussant: Bridget Corbett Hanna, Post-Doc, Sociology and Anthropology, Northeastern University

Chair: Ajantha Subramanian, Professor, Social Anthropology Program, Harvard University

In December 1984, a gas leak at the Union Carbide Factory, now owned by Dow Chemicals, caused the death of thousands of inhabitants of Bhopal and incapacitated the living who have yet to be fully compensated. Photographer Pablo Bartholomew, then aged 29, who arrived at the scene recounts his experiences of what it was like covering the disaster and its aftermath.

Lunch will be provided.

Pablo’s photo exhibit, ‘Coded Elegance’ will be on display in the CGIS South Concourse, 1730 Cambridge Street, from Nov. 5 to Jan. 31, 2015.

With generous support from the Donald T. Regan Lecture Fund, the Arts Initiative at SAI brings experienced and emerging artists to Harvard whose work focus is on social issues related to South Asia.  

 


South Asia Exchange: Thoughts, Responses and Questions

START
Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 06:00pm

END
Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 09:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South Concourse
Harvard University

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

A group show called South Asia Exchange:
An exhibition exploring contemporary dialogue about South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, including social justice, pop culture, industry, the environment, food, music, and how they come into play with the idea of exchange.

Exhibit duration: October 6 – October 14, 2014

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6 – 9 p.m.
Panel Discussion:
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Exhibit is open to the public :
Mon-Thurs: 7 AM – 9 PM
Fri: 7 AM – 7 PM

Cosponsored with MITHAS and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts


The Role of Arts in Social Change

START
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 05:00pm

END
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 06:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S010

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S010
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

Gender and Arts at SAI Seminar

Nandita Das, Actor, Director, and Advocate of Social Issues

Cara Moyer-Duncan, Assistant Professor, Africana Studies, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies, Emerson College

Moderator: Mukti KhaireAssociate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Nandita Das is known to world audiences for her critically acclaimed performances as an actor in films like Fire, Earth, Bawander, and Before the Rains. Das will speak on her work that addresses social issues in the South Asia context, with particular focus on gender issues.

Cara Moyer-Duncan was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cape Town’s Centre for African Studies while completing field research. Her work is on culture, art, and social change, with a particular focus on Africa.

Please also consider attending the Film Screening of Bawandar on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 6:00PM.

This is the inaugural event of the Arts Initiative at SAI, which connects with artists who use art as a medium to communicate intractable social issues that impact South Asia.

Cosponsored by The Cultural Agents Initiative, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and the Cultural and Humanitarian Agents seminar at the Mahindra Center for the Humanities.

Article about the event: Art and Social Change