This year’s annual SACHI meeting and event will explore the megacity Kumbh Mela and features specialists Diana Eck, professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies at Harvard University, and Rahul Mehrotra, professor of Urban Design and Planning at Harvard Graduate School of Design, followed by a short discussion. Facilitated by Robert Goldman, Professor of Sanskrit, UC Berkeley.
The Kumbh Mela is a Hindu religious fair that occurs every 12 years in India, and has become the largest public gathering in the world. The most recent observance of the festival took place in 2013 in Allahabad, with an estimated attendance of over 80 million people. Because of its size and complexity, the 2013 Kumbh Mela inspired the Harvard South Asia Institute’s flagship multi-year interdisciplinary research project in a number of complementary fields: business, technology and communications, urban studies and design, religious and cultural studies, and public health. Launched in 2015, the “Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity”book and exhibition consolidate research findings and serve as an example of interdisciplinary research conducted at Harvard.
Free with general museum admission.
Join the reception on the Loggia after the program.
This program is co-presented by the Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India. It is part of the The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe Programs organized by the Asian Art Museum.
Diana Eck, Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies atHarvard University.
Eck invites Harvard alumni and friends to join her in New York City for a conversation about her most recent book, India: A Sacred Geography, which is a culmination of more than a decade’s work. Eck will address spiritual pilgrimages in India, such as the Kumbh Mela, which was the focus of a multidisciplinary project undertaken by the Harvard South Asia Institute along with five other professional schools at the University. Additionally, she will address the Pluralism Project, which explores and interprets the religious dimensions of America’s new immigration; the growth of Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain, and Zoroastrian communities in the US.
Panel discussion and Q & A with HSPH Kumbh Mela Team
Satchit BalsariMD, MPH: Fellow, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights • Associate Faculty, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative • Director, Global Emergency Medicine Program / Weill Cornell Medical College • M.P.H., Harvard School of Public Health, 2002 Gregg GreenoughMD, MPH: Director of Research, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative • Assistant Professor, Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School • Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital • M.P.H. Johns Hopkins University, 1998