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SAI Event Type : Cultural/Social Events

Thu, November 29, 2018 from 05:00pm - 07:00pm  /  CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010

Beyond the Nation and the Novel: The Drama and Music of Dwijendralal Roy

Chaired by: Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of History, Harvard University

Sunil Amrith, Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies, Harvard University

A reading on “Musical Crossings” by Sarvani Gooptu, Professor in Asian Literary and Cultural Studies, Netaji Institute for Asian Studies, Kolkata, from her book The Music of Nationhood

Sugata Bose on “Literature as History, History as Political Theory”

Performance of D.L. Roy’s songs (including those from his play Shah Jahan) by Sarvani Gooptu and Sugata Bose, accompanied by Dipankar Deshmukh on the esraj and Rajesh Pai on the tabla

We are co-sponsoring this event with the Asia Center, Harvard University

Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 05:00pm

Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 07:00pm

CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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

Wed, October 10, 2018 from 07:30pm - 09:00pm  /  Lowell House

Autumn Moon: An Evening of Hindustani Music with Aastha Goswami

Join celebrated Hindustani musician Aastha Goswami for an intimate concert on Harvard campus.

Aastha Goswami received her music training from the prestigious ITC SangeetResearch Academy in Kolkata where she trained under the tutelage of Pandit Arun Bhaduri and the legendary Padma Vibhushan Smt. Girija Devi Ji.
Performing for more than 20 years all over India, with numerous awards and honors to her credit, Aastha is based in Vrindavan, the cultural-spiritual center of Krishna worship.
Deeply entrenched in the famous Kirana (Gharana) classical musical tradition of Hindustani music, she has also immersed herself in the stream of Devotional music. While her repertoire showcases traditional classical compositions, she enriches her performances with a rare collection of compositions of the Braj region celebrating Krishna and the seasons of devotion.
As the renowned classical dancer Padmashri Geeta Chandran says: “Aastha Goswami’s voice is like honey flavoured by the rarest saffron of selfless sadhana and when this dedicated riyaaz is perfected at the feet of Radharamanji in Vrindavan, it transcends time and space to pierce infinity! She is on a different internal journey; reaching Ishwara through Swara!
Location: Stewart Room at Lowell House
1201 Massachusetts Avenue

Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 07:30pm

Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 09:00pm

Wed, September 5, 2018 from 04:30pm - 06:00pm  /  CGIS South Concourse

Welcome Back Mixer

Celebrate the start of the school year with the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute. Meet our team and learn about funding opportunities that are available to students and fellows, and see about the various South Asia-related students group at Harvard. There will be free tea and snacks, and all are welcome!

Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 04:30pm

Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 06:00pm

COST: Free

CGIS South Concourse
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Fri, April 27, 2018 from 02:00pm - 05:00pm  /  Adam's House Basement  /  Cambridge  /  Corner of Bow St and Arrow St  /  MA 02138

Japanese Woodblock Print Demonstration with Kabi Raj Lama

In collaboration with Harvard’s Bow and Arrow Press, The Mittal Institute’s Artist in Residence Kabi Raj Lama will lead a three-hour demonstration and workshop on Japanese Woodcut Print-making.

The workshop will begin with Kabi Raj sharing his lithography and woodcut prints. He will discuss his print-making journey and then demonstrate how to make prints by hand using water-based inks and a special tool. After the tutorial, participants are invited to make their own print.

Kabi Raj Lama is a contemporary printmaker based in Kathmandu, who primarily works with lithography and the Japanese mokuhanga (woodcut) medium. His work examines themes of natural disasters, trauma and religion. Lama sees the complexities of natural disasters as multidimensional — affecting both tangible and intangible worlds.


This demonstration is free and open to the public.

Located at the corner of Bow St. and Arrow St. Adams B-Entry basement level.

More about Bow and Arrow Press.

Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 02:00pm

Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 05:00pm

Wed, April 25, 2018 from 05:00pm - 06:30pm  /  1201 Massachusetts Ave  /  Lowell Inn  /  Second Floor

Coming Out and Coming Back: Rediscovering Hinduism After Coming Out

Dr. Om Lala, MD, MBA, MPH ‘12, AB ‘06, former President of Dharma and Founder of the Harvard Interfaith Council, will begin by discussing his experience of grappling with his Hindu faith after coming out as gay.

Treating Dr. Lala’s experience as a case study, the discussion will then ask broader questions about Hinduism, sexual orientation, and how everyone comes out in some way or another.

Faculty Host: Diana Eck, Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society, Director of the Pluralism Project

Refreshments will be served.

Co-sponsored by Harvard Dharma

Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 05:00pm

Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 06:30pm

Mon, January 29, 2018 from 04:00pm - 05:00pm  /  CGIS South, S250

Summer Grant Opportunities Open House

Come hear about SAI Student Funding opportunities from past SAI grant recipients. Learn about the various types of grants and the application process, while enjoying some delicious South Asian food. 

SAI Summer 2018 Grant applications are due on February 15th, 2018. SAI offers Language Study Grants, Research Grants, and Internships Grants to students registered as either a Harvard undergraduate or graduate during Summer 2018.

Mon, Jan 29, 2018 at 04:00pm

Mon, Jan 29, 2018 at 05:00pm

CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Thu, November 9, 2017 at 07:00pm  /  Agassiz Theater

Nepathya: Kudiyattam, Sanskrit Theater Performance

Kudiyattam is the last living performance tradition of Sanskrit theater in the world. Recognized by UNESCO as preserving “masterpieces of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity,” this visually powerful tradition is performed by the troupe Nepathya, from central Kerala in South India.

Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 07:00pm

Thu, Nov 9, 2017

Sun, October 15, 2017 from 12:00pm - 06:00pm  /  Harvard Art Museum

Bollywood Screening at Harvard Art Museums

This Sunday, Oct 15, Harvard Art Museums will screen two landmark Indian films, Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) and Chak De! India (2007) – Free Admission.

The screening will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway.

12:05 pm Chak De! India
Directed by Shimit Amin and Rob Miller
(2007; 153 min.)

2:50 pm 15 Minute Intermission

3:05 PM Amar Akbar Anthony
Directed by Manmohan Desai
(1977; 183 min.)…/cale…/bollywood-film-day

Sun, Oct 15, 2017 at 12:00pm

Sun, Oct 15, 2017 at 06:00pm

COST: Free