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Neelanjan Sircar — Colossus: The Anatomy of Delhi

Fri, Mar 4, 2022 at 12:00pm

Fri, Mar 4, 2022 at 01:30pm

Neelanjan Sircar is a Senior Visiting Fellow at CPR and Assistant Professor at Ashoka University. His research interests include Indian political economy and comparative political behavior with an eye to Bayesian statistics, causal inference, social network analysis, and game theory. Mr Sircar’s recent work focused on state level elections in India through both data work and ethnographic methods. He is particularly interested in understanding theoretic principles that undergird the decision-making processes of voters in India, which can shed light on democratic practice in the developing world more generally. He also works on projects characterising the social connections between citizens in India and their local brokers and leaders, as well as how these local brokers and leaders, both rural and urban, make decisions.

Mr Sircar is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and economics from UC Berkeley in 2003 and a PhD in political science from Columbia University in 2014.

This event is part of the Joint Seminar on South Asian Pol­i­tics, co-sponsored by the Center for Contemporary South Asia at the Wat­son Insti­tute at Brown Uni­ver­sity; the Weath­er­head Cen­ter for Inter­na­tional Affairs and South Asia Institute at Har­vard Uni­ver­sity; and the MIT Cen­ter for Inter­na­tional Studies.

Post Pandemic: Driving Inclusive Growth in Asia

Wed, Jan 19, 2022 at 08:30am

Wed, Jan 19, 2022 at 09:45am

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Wednesday, January 19, 8:30am ET / 9:30pm SGT

Stream the event on YouTube

In a region containing over half of the world’s population and key global powers such as China and India, the pandemic has caused massive shifts in healthcare, economics, and education that affect billions. This series aims to catalyze research on what steps can be taken in the region to not only recover, but also chart a new course that ensures even the most vulnerable in society are included in the post-pandemic boom.


Dr. Asim I. Khwaja, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School


Dr. Bernard Tan, Senior Vice Provost, National University of Singapore

Dr. Jishnu Das, Professor, Georgetown University

Dr. Rukmini Banerji, CEO, Pratham

Implications: Regional Perspectives on the US Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Fri, Sep 10, 2021 at 09:00am

Fri, Sep 10, 2021 at 10:30am

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An Asia Beyond the Headlines Seminar Series 


  • Shirin Jaafari, Reporter, The World, USA  
  • Shubhanga Pandey, Chief Editor, Himal Southasian, Sri Lanka 
  • Nasim Zehra, Author/Columnist; National Security Expert; Senior Anchor/Analyst, Channel 24, Pakistan 


James Robson, James C. Kralik, and Yunli Lou Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations; Harvard College Professor; Victor and William Fung Director, Asia Center, Harvard University


Shirin Jaafari is a reporter for The World, a public radio program based in the US. Her reporting focuses on the Middle East and Afghanistan. Most recently, she was in Afghanistan to cover the US withdrawal. Shirin has also reported from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. Before joining The World, Shirin worked for the BBC in Washington DC.

Shubhanga Pandey is the chief editor of Himal Southasian, a digital publication of South Asian politics, history, and culture. He has also written for other publications, including The World Politics Review, London Review of Books, Jacobin, and The Caravan.

Nasim Zehra is a national security specialist and a prominent journalist. As a columnist, television host, and teacher, with extensive experience in the development field, she writes and lectures widely on national security and global politics. She is the author of From Kargil to the Coup (2018). Ms. Zehra has been a Fellow and is currently an Associate at the Harvard University Asia Center. She was also a visiting lecturer at the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad; National University of Science and Technology; and at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Zehra has served in an honorary capacity in the following committees/positions: the President‘s Advisory Committee on Foreign Affairs and national security (2001), member of Kashmir Committee ( 2002), and Pakistan‘s Special Envoy on UNSC reforms for Canada & Latin America (June 2005). Ms. Zehra holds an MBA from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, and a Master’s degree in Law & Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA.

James Robson is the James C. Kralik and Yunli Lou Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and the William Fung Director of the Harvard University Asia Center. He has served as the Chair of the Regional Studies East Asia M.A. program. He teaches East Asian religions, in particular Daoism, Chinese Buddhism, and Zen, as well as the sophomore tutorial for concentrators. Robson received his Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Stanford University in 2002, after spending many years researching in China, Taiwan, and Japan. He specializes in the history of medieval Chinese Buddhism and Daoism and is particularly interested in issues of sacred geography, local religious history, and Chan/Zen Buddhism. He has been engaged in a long-term collaborative research project with the École Française d’Extrême-Orient studying local religious statuary from Hunan province. He is the author of Power of Place: The Religious Landscape of the Southern Sacred Peak [Nanyue 南嶽] in Medieval China (Harvard, 2009), which was awarded the Stanislas Julien Prize for 2010 by the French Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres and the 2010 ToshihideNumata Book Prize in Buddhism. Robson is also the author of “Signs of Power: Talismanic Writings in Chinese Buddhism” (History of Religions 48:2), “Faith in Museums: On the Confluence of Museums and Religious Sites in Asia” (PMLA, 2010), and “A Tang Dynasty Chan Mummy [roushen] and a Modern Case of Furta Sacra? Investigating the Contested Bones of Shitou Xiqian.” His current research includes a long-term project on the history of the confluence of Buddhist monasteries and mental hospitals in East Asia.

Sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center; Co-sponsored by the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University

An Epidemiological Perspective on Whether There Will Be a Third Wave of COVID-19 in India?

Fri, Aug 27, 2021 at 09:00am

Fri, Aug 27, 2021 at 09:45am

6:30pm IST // 9:00am EST

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As India experiences substantive health and socioeconomic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the webinar proposes to focus on emerging COVID-19 variants, how vaccines can adapt to these new variants, and how India can mitigate a potential third wave.

Keeping in mind the scale and severity of infection, the COVID-19 vaccines provide hope and are being accelerated at an unprecedented pace in India with a wide variety of scientists continuing to develop new vaccine technologies globally. With vaccines in our armor, the world is expecting to ‘return to pre-COVID times’ but a clear timeline is not available. Through the webinar organized by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health – India Research Center, Project SANCHAR, and The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, we aim to interview Dr. William Hanage and Dr. Chandrakant Lahariya on the steps India can take to return to normal.


William P. Hanage, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health
Dr. Bill Hanage is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the Center for Communicable Diseases at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His research and teaching focus on the epidemiology of infectious disease and evolution of infectious agents. He received his PhD from Imperial College London. He joined the faculty at HSPH in 2010. He has made seminal contributions to the study of diverse pathogens, both bacteria and viruses, and has special interest in evolution in response to interventions such as vaccination or antimicrobials, using laboratory based and computational methods.

Chandrakant Lahariya, Physician-Epidemiologist and Public Policy and Health Systems Expert
Dr. Lahariya is a medical doctor and one of India’s leading public policy, vaccines and health systems experts. He has worked with academic institutions and the World Health Organization for more than 13 years. His work focuses on vaccines and vaccination programs, health system strengthening and universal health coverage. In the field of disease outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics, his work is an eclectic mix of academic research, public policy formulation and field implementation. He is amongst the leading Indian experts in the COVID-19 pandemic preparedness and response. 


Divya Rajagopal, Former Senior Assistant Editor, Economic Times

Sponsored by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health India Research Center; Project SANCHAR (Science and News: Communicating Health and Research); and The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University, Harvard Global Research Support Centre India

Concert from Bangladesh

Sun, Aug 1, 2021 at 06:00pm

Sun, Aug 1, 2021

6pm Dhaka – 6pm London – 6pm New York

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Concert from Bangladesh is a mixed reality music concert, using cutting edge technology to take audiences on a virtual audio-visual journey through Bangladesh past and present, encompassing mystical Baul singers from rural Kushtia, experimental electronics and hip hop from the streets of Dhaka.

Musicians and Performers

  • Adittya Arzu aka Siaminium (Electronics and Recording Engineer)
  • Meerashri Arshee (Classical Raga vocalist)
  • Arif Baul (Baul vocalist and composer)
  • Nishit Dey (Composer, Sitar and Tabla player)
  • Enayet (Producer, Electronics, Composer)
  • Moumita Haque (Nazrul sangeet vocalist)
  • Nazrul Islam (Dhol player)
  • Gully Boy Rana and Tabib Mahmud (Hip hop artists)
  • Jawaad Mustakim Al Muballig (Bansuri flute player)
  • Provhat Rahman (Electronics)
  • Saidur Rahman (Harmonium player)
  • Shoummo Saha (Audio producer)
  • Sohel (Percussionist)

About the Concert From Bangladesh

Concert From Bangladesh is a groundbreaking mixed reality digital collaboration between UBIK Productions (London) and Samdani Art Foundation (Dhaka) supported by the British Council Digital Collaboration Fund. The organisations have commissioned acclaimed British-South Asian artist Shezad Dawood to create a virtual reality stage for a concert released on 1 August 2021 via Pioneer Works’ (NYC) website, expanding on the 50 year legacy of Concert For Bangladesh: the original charity concert initiated by Ravi Shankar and George Harrison of Beatles’ fame, in aid of the relief effort and refugee crisis during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971.

Co-curated by Diana Campbell, Artistic Director of the Samdani Art Foundation (SAF), with Dhaka-born music producer and artist Enayet Kabir, together with assistant curators Ruxmini Choudhury and Shoummo Saha, Concert From Bangladesh updates the 1971 concert to showcase a wealth of talent across varied Bangladeshi musical traditions – from mystical Baul singing to experimental electronics and socially engaged Dhaka hip hop – and raise funds for the Bangladeshi climate change and human rights charity Friendship.

The concept was developed by Campbell together with multiple collaborators including Dawood. In the words of SAF Founder Nadia Samdani, “As Bangladesh celebrates 50 years of independence, we are delighted to be a part of producing a work that allows the world to listen to the wealth of music and culture found in our country, and to reconsider the role that music and art can play in banding people together to fight for a better and more equal future.” Miranda Sharp, UBIK Productions Director, says,“We’re thrilled to be working with SAF and Shezad Dawood on this multidisciplinary, transnational project that pushes the boundaries of art and music production and develops new digital collaborative workflows.”

Concert From Bangladesh will go live to audiences via Pioneer Works’ online platform on 1 August 2021, accompanied by live events at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (Wakefield) as part of Yorkshire Sculpture International and Pioneer Works (New York City), 50 years on from the original concert. Additional events will take place with Chisenhale Gallery (London), at Leeds City Varieties Music Hall (Leeds) and Srihatta Samdani Art Centre and Sculpture Park (Sylhet). These institutions are located in significant diasporic or rural Bangladeshi areas and will further de-centre and democratise the project’s reach, amplifying the experience to diverse Bangladeshi and international communities.

The concert will take viewers on an expansive sonic journey spanning six centuries, beginning with renowned Baul singer Arif Baul accompanied by instrumental virtuosos Nazrul Islam, Saidur Rahman, and Sohel. This will be followed by a piece composed by Enayet and Nishit Dey exploring the shared musical language between Nazrul sangeet, classical raga and 90s jungle, by blending cutting edge electronic production and arrangements by Enayet, Provhat Rahman and Adittya Arzu aka Siaminium, with classical raga and Nazrul sangeet vocals by Meerashri Arshee and Moumita Haque, Bansuri flute by Jawaad Mustakim Al Muballig and sitar performance by Nishit Dey. The concert will end with the Bangladeshi hip hop duo Tabib Mahmud and 12-year-old Gully Boy Rana, whose socially engaged lyrics highlight some of the pressing issues the Concert aims to fundraise for.

Shot against a green screen by a Bangladeshi team in Dhaka, Concert From Bangladesh will feature the musicians performing against shifting virtual sets that will immerse audiences in vibrant Dhaka streets, and transport them to the riverbanks of Gorai River Kushtia via mangrove ecosystems and Somapura Mahavihara – one of the best known monasteries in the Indian Subcontinent built in the 8th century AD –, culminating with a performance in the iconic Beauty Boarding, a historically vibrant literary hub in Dhaka and a meeting place for intellectuals to this day.

The performances will be interspersed with archival and contemporary documentary footage, and the concert will be amplified by Augmented Reality assets, including a free filter activated through audiences’ phones and laptops, bringing 3D objects from the screen into viewers’ immediate surroundings. The Concert’s graphic identity is developed by long-time Samdani Art Foundation collaborator Fraser Muggeridge Studio.

Cultivating Trust Can Unlock India’s Potential

Thu, Apr 22, 2021 at 12:30am

Thu, Apr 22, 2021 at 01:50am

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Watch the preview video here.

10:00-11:20 am IST // 12:30-1:50 am ET

Join us for the 13th Session of Distinguished Global Indian Speaker Series by Amity University Gurugram, and co-sponsored by The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute.


10:00-10:10 am IST // 12:30-12:40 am ET
Opening Remarks by Prof. (Dr.) Gunjan M. Sanjeev, Vice President, RBEF, Director-International Affairs
Welcome Address by Prof. (Dr) P.B. Sharma,Vice Chancellor, Amity University Gurugram
Words of Wisdom by Dr. Aseem Chauhan, Chancellor, Amity University

10:10-10:15 am IST // 12:40-12:45 am ET
Felicitation Ceremony and Presentation of Virtual Citation to Prof. (Dr.) Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, HBS; Director, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University 

10:15-10:55 am IST // 12:45-1:25 am ET
Special Session: “Cultivating Trust Can Unlock India’s Potential” by Prof. (Dr.) Tarun Khanna

10:55-11:00 am IST // 1:25-1:30 am ET                
Celebrating Three Years of Publication of the Book: Trust: Creating the Foundation for Entrepreneurship in Emerging Countries, authored by Prof (Dr.) Tarun Khanna 

11:00-11:20 am IST // 1:30-1:50 am ET
Q&A interaction followed by Vote of Thanks by Prof. (Dr) Gunjan M Sanjeev

Innovating in the Health Sector in India

Mon, Apr 19, 2021 at 10:00am

Mon, Apr 19, 2021 at 11:15am


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7:30–8:45 PM IST // 10:00 AM–11:15 AM EDT 
Over the past three years, the Mittal Institute, in partnership with the Tata Trusts, has been conducting research into innovations in healthcare in India. These innovations are focused on expanding access to care, widening the range of services offered, and re-imagining the mode of healthcare delivery. Join us for a discussion on this research. Panelists will speak about innovating in the public health sector, translating health research into practice, and the challenges of creating an enabling environment for these innovations to thrive.
Welcome Remarks by Manoj Kumar, Founder, Social Alpha and Senior Advisor, Tata Trusts
  • Vikram Patel, The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School
  • Satchit Balsari, Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Anant Bhan, Bhopal Hub Head, Sangath
  • Pawan Sinha, Professor of Vision and Computational Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Rajani Ved, Former Executive Director, National Health Systems Resource Centre

Consequences: South and Southeast Asia and the 2020 U.S. Election

Thu, Dec 3, 2020 at 12:00pm

Thu, Dec 3, 2020 at 01:00pm


Location: Online, via Zoom

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Mattias Fibiger, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Erik Kuhonta, Associate Professor of Political Science, McGill University

Doreen Lee, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Northeastern University; Visiting Scholar, Harvard University Asia Center

Ashutosh Varshney, Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences; Professor of Political Science; Director; the Center for Contemporary South Asia, Brown University

Chair/Moderator: James Robson, James C. Kralik and Yunli Lou Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations; Victor and William Fung Director, Harvard University Asia Center; Chair, Regional Studies East Asia, Harvard University

Asia Beyond the Headlines Seminar Series, Harvard University Asia Center; co-sponsored with the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute

Art and Science of Heritage Conservation: Finding the Right Balance, Part 2

Thu, Dec 17, 2020 at 09:00am

Thu, Dec 17, 2020 at 10:15am


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6:00–7:15 AM PT // 9:00 AM–10:15 AM ET // 7:00–8:15 PM PKT // 7:30–8:45 PM IST // 8:00–9:45 PM BST

This event is the second in a 2-part series. View Part 1 here.

As part of the Mittal Institute’s Program for Conservation of Culture, this webinar will focus on the status of art conservation science in South Asia today. The panelists will explore how to develop and carry out a leading art conservation science program in South Asia.

This event is co-hosted by the Mittal Institute and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) museum in Mumbai, India. 


  • Anupam Sah, Head of Art Conservation, Research, and Training, CSVMS, Mumbai


  • Vinod Daniel, Board Member of International Council of Museums and Chairman of AusHeritage
  • Anusha Kasthuriarachchi, Department of Archaeology, Colombo
  • Jinah Kim, Professor of Indian and South Asian Art, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
  • Bijaya Kumar Shahi, Founder Chairperson, ICOM, Nepal;
  • Manager Singh, Director General, National Research Laboratory for Conservation of Cultural Property, Lucknow
  • Sharada Srinivasan, Professor, School of Humanities, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru

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Book Talk: Rahul Mehrotra’s “Working in Mumbai”

Fri, Nov 13, 2020 at 01:30pm

Fri, Nov 13, 2020 at 02:30pm


Rahul Mehrotra will present his new book, Working in Mumbai, with panelists Eve Blau and Mark Lee.

Working in Mumbai is a critical reflection on thirty years of the practice of RMA Architects. Rahul Mehrotra weaves a narrative to connect his multiple engagements in architectural practice, including teaching, research, documenting, writing, and exhibiting since the establishment of the practice in 1990. The book is structured around the subjects of interior architecture, critical conservation, and work and living spaces that straddle the binaries of the global and the local as well as the rural and the urban.

While the book is a portfolio of the selected works of RMA Architects, the projects are curated so as to unravel and clarify the challenges faced by architects in India and in several parts of the “majority” world where issues related to rapid urbanization and the impacts of global capital are among the many that dispute conventional models of practice. Working in Mumbai is used emblematically to interrogate the notion of context and understand how the practice evolved through its association with the city of Bombay/Mumbai.

This Graduate School of Design (GSD) series offers the opportunity for faculty to discuss their recent publications, their research, or their thoughts on teaching. It serves as a forum in which faculty can share and discuss their research and projects while in process, in addition to finished publications. 

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This event is organized by the Frances Loeb Library and South Asia Institute.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health in China, India, and the United States

Mon, Nov 9, 2020 at 08:15pm

Mon, Nov 9, 2020 at 09:30pm


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  • Arthur Kleinman, Professor of Medical Anthropology, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School


  • Xiao Shuiyuan, Professor, Central South University, Xianya School of Public Health
  • Yifeng Xu, President, Shanghai Mental Health Center; Head & Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine; Director, WHO/Shanghai Collaborating Center for Research and Training in Mental Health
  • Vikram Patel, The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Professor, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Co-Founder and Member of Managing Committee, Sangath
  • Karestan Koenen, Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology and Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Host and Commentator

  • Winnie Yip, Professor of Global Health Policy and Economics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Director, Harvard China Health Partnership; Acting Director, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

This is a Fairbank Center Director’s Seminar. This event is sponsored by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Harvard China Health Partnership, and co-sponsored by the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute.

Daastan è South Asia

Thu, Oct 8, 2020 at 01:00am

Thu, Oct 8, 2020 at 02:00am


This 60-minute presentation will showcase the range of work Harvard has been able to do in South Asia. It will focus the spotlight on efforts to drive public health communication and policy translation, influence management practice and capability building in education, and how leaders in South Asia are making a difference in the places where they live and work by adopting smart business models, leveraging technology, and using business as a force for good.

Using the visual storytelling medium, Dastaan è South Asia strings together stories from frontline workers, leaders in business, academia, government, our alumni, donors, and other stakeholders bringing to life the diversity, development challenges, and cultural context of the region. 

Time: 1:00a EST / 10:30a IST / 10:00a PKT / 11:00a BST 

Venue: Live on 24 hours of Harvard website 

This event is presented as part of “24 Hours of Harvard,” a special feature of Worldwide Week at Harvard 2020. It is co-sponsored by the Harvard Business School India Research Center, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health India Center, Harvard Business Publishing, and the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute.