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SAI Event Topic : India Seminar Series

Tue, December 4, 2018 from 06:00pm - 08:30pm  /  India International Center

Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World

Why do infectious diseases emerge where they do? What makes them spread so quickly? Where do we look for the next one?

Our world is connected more than ever before by global travel and trade, by technology and by our microbes. Join us for a discussion that examines the connections between human, animal and environmental health, and discover how specialists in India and around the world track and respond to disease outbreaks.

The exhibition is part of an ongoing project at the Harvard Global Health Institute that aims to raise awareness about the factors contributing to infectious disease epidemics.

Ashish Jha
Dean for Global Strategy
K.T. Li Professor of Global Health
Director, Harvard Global Health Institute

Kayla Laserson
Adjunct Lecturer of Epidemiology
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Preetha Rajaraman
U.S. Health Attaché for India and Regional
Representative for South Asia, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Urvashi Prasad
Office of the Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog
Founder of Every Voice
Former Director, Operation Asha

Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 06:00pm

Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 08:30pm

Tue, November 27, 2018 from 06:00pm - 08:30pm  /  India International Centre  /  Kamala Devi Complex

Meritocracy: Perspectives from China Past and Present

Frank Wen-hsiung Wu Memorial Professor of Chinese History and Director, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University

Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School and Director, The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University

How should societies identify and promote merit?  Enabling all people to fulfill their full potential and ensuring that competent and capable leaders are selected to govern are central challenges for any society. Failure to meet these challenges can have enormous costs, for individuals and for societies as a whole.  The richness of China’s historical experience and its distinctive current practices offer useful tools for reflection and comparative analysis.  Does the case of China offer any lessons – positive or negative – for India to consider?


Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 06:00pm

Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 08:30pm

India International Centre

#40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate
Delhi, India

Kamala Devi Complex

Sat, November 3, 2018 from 04:00pm - 06:00pm  /  East of Kailash  /  Garhi Ext  /  Lalit Kala Akademi Artist Studio  /  New Delhi

Artist Talk: Trauma and Memory – Healing through Art

As part of the Artist Talk in our India Seminar Series, we are collaborating with the Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA), Govt of India, to host Kabi Raj Lama, a Nepal-based artist and printmaker as well as a former Visiting Artist fellow at the Mittal Institute. Kabi Raj had two direct experiences confronting traumatic natural disasters: the 2011 Tsunami in Japan and the 2015 Gorkha earthquake in Nepal. The talk will include the artist’s realization that mental health is often ignored in the process of rebuilding after a natural disaster, and how art can be used as a form of healing from trauma. His work reflects the complexities of disasters through an intimate portrayal of personal encounters, and his current project takes his work to a completely new dimension of art therapy and scientific inquiry.

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Sat, Nov 3, 2018 at 04:00pm

Sat, Nov 3, 2018 at 06:00pm

Tue, October 23, 2018 from 05:00pm - 07:00pm  /  CGIS South  /  S040

Screening and Discussion of ‘Shaadi, Sex Aur Parivaar’

Delhi-based filmmaker Aman Kaleem’s documentary on the institution of marriage through the perspective of three Indian brides.  The characters explore the ideas of love, body image, and identity while seeking liberation for themselves. Kaleem is one of the four Mittal Institute Visiting Artist Fellows for 2018/19.

Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 05:00pm

Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 07:00pm

CGIS South


Wed, October 3, 2018 from 06:00pm - 07:30pm  /  India International Center: Annexe Building: Lecture Room- I  /  New Delhi

Gender, Violence and Vulnerabilities of Adolescents in India


As part of our ongoing India Seminar Series, we are partnering with the Center on Gender Equity and Health, UC San Diego for a talk titled, ‘Gender, Violence and Vulnerabilities of Adolescents in India’ by Dr. Anita Raj, Tata Chancellor Professor of Medicine, Director of Center on Gender Equity & Health (Department of Medicine), UC San Diego. Dr. Raj will present research on adolescent risk for early marriage, family violence and sexual assault, and the role these have on mental health concerns for both adolescent girls and boys. Policy and program implications based on these findings will be discussed.

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Wed, Oct 3, 2018 at 06:00pm

Wed, Oct 3, 2018 at 07:30pm

Thu, September 27, 2018 from 06:00pm - 08:00pm  /  India International Center  /  Kamala Devi Complex  /  Seminar Hall 3

Tackling Fluorosis: Innovative technology as a solution to the spreading health crisis

Join us for our ongoing India Seminar Series to discuss the growing challenge of Water Fluorosis, in a discussion titled, ‘Tackling Fluorosis: Innovative technology as a solution to the spreading health crisis’

There are about 66 million people in India suffering from toxic levels of fluoride in their drinking water, these are mostly poor people in rural communities in dry / arid area that must depend of groundwater as their drinking water source. Fluoride is a vicious toxic ion in the sense that it affects and attacks the poor far more aggressively that it affects those nutritionally better off. It also is very effective in ruining the lives of very young people who then suffer from serious bone deformation (skeletal fluorosis) and its harmful economic, social, and psychological effects.

The panelists for this discussion include,

 – Dr. Andrew Z. Haddad- ITRI-Rosenfeld Postdoctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

 – Srikrishna Sridhar Murthy- Founder and CEO, Sattva Consulting

 – Dr. Sunderrajan Krishnan- Executive Director, INREM Foundation

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Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 06:00pm

Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 08:00pm

Thu, August 9, 2018 at 06:00pm  /  CSMVS Museum, Mumbai  /  Visitors' Centre Auditorium

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

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.



Thu, Aug 9, 2018 at 06:00pm

Thu, Aug 9, 2018

CSMVS Museum, Mumbai

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

Visitors' Centre Auditorium

Wed, June 27, 2018 from 06:00pm - 07:30pm  /  India International Centre  /  Kamala Devi Complex  /  Seminar Hall 3

Roads, Region Formation, and the Question of Tribes in Northeast India

Ziipao posits that road building has always been an act of power, which has at different times been leveraged to smooth relationships, securing borders, (dis)connecting people, enabling trade, creating spaces of contestation, or diluting boundaries between varied ethnic groups. Read Raile’s recent blog on the People’s Road. 


Raile Rocky Ziipao, Arvind Raghunathan and Sribala Subramanian South Asia Fellow, The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University


Seminar Hall 3, Kamala Devi Complex
India International Centre
Lodhi Estate, New Delhi – 110001

Wed, Jun 27, 2018 at 06:00pm

Wed, Jun 27, 2018 at 07:30pm

India International Centre

#40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate
Delhi, India

Kamala Devi Complex

Seminar Hall 3

Tue, May 29, 2018 from 06:00pm - 07:30pm

It’s Complicated: Unpacking the Material Consequences of Political Reservation in Bihar

M.R. Sharan, Ph.D. Scholar, Harvard Kennedy School 

Manindra Nath Thakur Associate Professor, Centre for Political Studies Jawaharlal Nehru University

This seminar focuses on how political reservation in favour of Scheduled Castes (SC) in Bihar affects inequality in private wealth and access to public goods. It presents research and findings of public good access across all of Bihar’s 45,000 villages and analyses data on private wealth for more than two crore rural households across the state. While reservation for SCs does not affect overall provision of resources, it shifts benefits towards SCs: in particular, more public goods are available to the main SC village and there is a rise in private wealth for those closest to the local leaders. The results are primarily driven by re-election incentives and ‘own-jati’ preferences of elected leaders. 

TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2018 PM
6 PM to 7:30 PM 

Seminar Hall 3,
Kamala Devi Complex,
India International Centre,
Lodhi Estate, New Delhi

Contact: Dr. Sanjay Kumar at

Tue, May 29, 2018 at 06:00pm

Tue, May 29, 2018 at 07:30pm