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“Argaḍa” and “Nirargaḍa”

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Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 12:00pm

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Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 01:30pm

Cosponsored Event

Liu Zhen, Professor, National Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies, Fudan University; Visiting Scholar, Harvard-Yenching Institute

Chair/Discussant: Michael Witzel, Wales Professor of Sanskrit, Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University

This talk will offer a short introduction to the Sanskrit word “argaḍa” and its antonym “nirargaḍa”. The word “argaḍa” first appears in Brāhmaṇa literature to refer to a bolt that locks a cowshed. The word continued to be used in post-Vedic literature, including Hindu, Buddhist, and Jainist texts in which it refers to a bolt used on the door of a house or city gate. A more detailed description of an argaḍa is, however, found in the technical texts and its image is found in works of art. “Argaḍa” and its antonym “nirargaḍa” later became a paired metaphor used in a religious context. In addition to this pair of words, this presentation will discuss the related compound “nirargaḍamedha,” which means a kind of sacrifice.

Liu Zhen studied Indology, Tibetology and Sinology at Universität-München, Germany from 2001-2008. He is currently a professor in the National Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies, and Director of the Center for Gandhian and Indian Studies, at Fudan University. His research specialties are Veda and Vedic literature, comparisons between Chinese and Indian literature, Indian Mahā- and Hīna-yāna Buddhism, comparisons of Indian, Tibetan and Chinese Buddhist documents, Sanskrit manuscripts and Indian and Central Asian art.

Cosponsored with Harvard Yenching Institute



POSTPONED: Film Screening: Baghban

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Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 04:15pm

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Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 07:15pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

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

This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for the fall semester.

Cosponsored Event

An elderly couple wish their children to care for them in their old age. But their children see and treat them as a burden, and they must struggle to regain their worth and dignity to themselves and others.

Cosponsored with Asia Center


POSTPONED: Film Screening: For Fun

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Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 04:15pm

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Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 06:00pm

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CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

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

This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for the fall semester.

Cosponsored Event

A charming story of a group of senior citizens who set up a Peking Opera club in hopes of finding revitalization through singing and dancing. Fast paced and delightful.

Cosponsored with the Asia Center



Misaq-e-Ishq: The Covenant of Love

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Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 07:00pm

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Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 08:30pm

Cosponsored Event

The Lahore Biennale Foundation, the LUMS School of Education and the Harvard South Asia Institute present

An Evening dedicated to Music, Poetry and the Arts
Misaq-e-Ishq: The Covenant of Love

Featuring

Music and poetry recital by
Ali Sethi

With Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim Religion and Cultures at Harvard University

And an introduction to the inaugural Lahore Biennale by Artistic Director Rashid Rana
Location: Ali Institute of Education, Main Auditorium, Ferozepur Road

A music-and-poetry recital around the Sufi ideal of Love. Spanning many regions, languages and eras, the ensemble touches upon the works of regional masters and Sufi visionaries Amir Khusraw, Shams Sabzwari, Bulleh Shah, and Shah Abdul Latif.
Donations will be used to promote the arts and education.

This event is supported by
Institute for Policy Reforms

For Event Passes, contact 0321-948-6822

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Jazz Goes to Bollywood

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Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 06:00pm

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Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 08:00pm

VENUE
MIT Tang Center, Building E51, Room 275

ADDRESS
MIT Tang Center
Building E51, Room 275
2 Amherst Street @ Wadsworth Street
Cambridge, MA

Cosponsored Event

MIT-India and the Harvard South Asia Institute present South Asia and Its Diasporas, a speakers series

Naresh Fernandes, Author of Taj Mahal Foxtrot: The Story of Bombay’s Jazz Age

Discussant: Vivek BaldAssociate Professor, Comparative Media Studies/Writing, MIT

In the late 1950s, a period acknowledged as the Golden Era of Hindi film music, Bollywood songs were enlivened by a rather unusual influence: jazz. This presentation will explain how a group of journeymen jazz musicians fleeing racism in the U.S. in the 1930s gave India a taste for hot music, and how these syncopated sounds found their way into the Hindi film studios. It will also explore how political ideas traveled the other way, as African Americans sought Gandhi’s advice on their political struggles.

Naresh Fernandes is the author of Taj Mahal Foxtrot: The Story of Bombay’s Jazz Age. He is the editor of Scroll.in, a digital news publication in Bombay.

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