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Channels of Expression in Times of Change

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Wed, Oct 7, 2020 at 01:00pm

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Wed, Oct 7, 2020 at 02:00pm

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Webinar

Featuring music and dance across continents, this session sheds light on creative and expressive processes and celebrates the means of resilience they provide. Four units of Harvard University across continents will present dance expressions of ancient, modern, and contemporary understandings of:

  • Cosmic synergies encompassing both change and equilibrium in the cosmos (Asia)
  • Timeless truths on human emotion and experience to seek answers to contemporary questions (North America)
  • Human relations and their dynamics (Europe)
  • Universal connections between humanity and elements of nature (South America)

The presentation of these four dance performances will be followed by a conversation among the artists and special guests.

Opening remarks by Sanjay Kumar (The Mittal Institute, New Delhi), Helena Monteiro (DRCLAS Brazil), Evan Katsarelis (CHS Greece), and Zoie Lafis (CHS US, also the curator of this event)

Guest respondents: Panayotis League, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology and Director of the Center for Music of the Americas, Florida State University

Time: 1:00p EDT / 10:30p IST / 2:00p BRT / 5:00p UTC / 8:00p EET 

Venue: Live on 24 hours of Harvard website 

This event is a collaboration between David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (Brazil), The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Center for Hellenic Studies, and Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece. It is presented as part of “24 Hours of Harvard,” a special feature of Worldwide Week at Harvard 2020


Khusrau’s River of Love: Cosmopolitanism and Inclusion in South Asian Traditions

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Thu, Oct 8, 2020 at 07:30am

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Thu, Oct 8, 2020 at 09:00am

VENUE
Webinar

Preview: https://bit.ly/34uH0Rn

In its recent history, South Asia has witnessed a deep polarization of society fueled by ideologies that seek to exclude “the other,” variously defined through the lens of caste, religion, ethnicity, language, gender, sexual orientation, and race. Promoted through various media, these exclusionary discourses have overshadowed the region’s rich legacy of inclusion and humanism expressed through its vibrant literary and performative traditions, best exemplified by Amir Khusrau, South Asia’s legendary historian, poet, musician, and mystic.

This presentation, which features performances by musician and writer, Ali Sethi, and Dastango (story-teller), journalist, and writer, Himanshu Bajpai, with commentaries by Harvard Professor Ali Asani, aims to highlight this cosmopolitan ethic and shared cultural history by showcasing Khusrau’s work and legacy. Through the dastan-goi or qissa, traditional form of storytelling, and the qawwali, the iconic form of South Asian Sufi poetry, the presentation will offer an alternative lens through which we may engage with and appreciate difference.

Speakers:

  • Ali Asani, Murray A. Albertson Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Committee on the Study of Religion and Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
  • Ali Sethi, singer and writer
  • Himanshu Bajpai, Dastango, writer, and journalist

Time: 7:30a EST / 5.00p IST / 4:30p PKT / 5:30p BST 

Venue: Live on 24 hours of Harvard website 

This online session is presented as part of “24 Hours of Harvard,” a special feature of Worldwide Week at Harvard 2020


24th Annual Harvard India Virtual Poetry Meeting

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Sun, May 17, 2020 at 02:00pm

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Sun, May 17, 2020

The theme for this year’s India Poetry Reading is “Justice.” This annual event celebrates India’s contribution to the field of literature and invites local poets to recite original compositions in the language of their choosing. 

This event is presented in partnership with the Department of South Asian Studies at Harvard University and South Asian Poets of New England. This year, the event will be presented virtually. 

Please contact Bijoy Misra (bmisra@fas.harvard.edu) or Chandu Shah (bostonwale@gmail.com) for more information and the Zoom link for this session.


India Science Festival 2020

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Sat, Jan 11, 2020 at 10:30am

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Sun, Jan 12, 2020 at 06:45pm

The beginning of 2020 will mark a massive celebration of science and technology with the India Science Fest, which aims to bridge the gap between science and society. This extravaganza is a non-profit initiative to help youth engage with the latest in science from across the world, fueling curiosity and demystifying the scientific career path. Aspiring Minds, an Indian-born global assessments leader, is a lead organizer of the Festival in association with the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University, the primary academic partner for the event.


Pride & Progress Film Festival and Symposium

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Fri, Oct 25, 2019 at 09:00am

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Fri, Oct 25, 2019 at 06:00pm

VENUE
Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA

ADDRESS
Harvard Kennedy School
Cambridge, MA

The Pride & Progress film festival and symposium will screen movies and highlight human rights filmmakers and activists who are leading the cultural fight against laws that criminalize and discriminate against LGBTQ+ people in the former British colonies.


Art Exhibition: Exploring Identity Through a Contemporary South Asian Lens

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Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 06:00pm

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Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 08:00pm

Our Fall 2019 Visiting Artist Fellows, Sagar Chhetri from Nepal and Sakshi Gupta from India, will exhibit their artwork to provide creative commentary on identity today in South Asia. During the reception, both Chhetri and Gupta will present their work and engage in a discussion with the audience. Snacks will be served at the October 15 opening reception!

Eclipse, Sagar Chhetri
At the Still Point of the Turning World, Sakshi Gupta

The exhibition will be available for viewing between October 15, 2019 and November 26, 2019 on the fourth floor of CGIS South. The opening reception will take place on October 15, 2019.


Welcome Back Mixer

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Wed, Sep 4, 2019 at 04:30pm

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Wed, Sep 4, 2019 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South Concourse
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South Concourse
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Celebrate the start of the school year with the Mittal Institute over chai and snacks! Learn from our team about the work that the Mittal Institute is doing in South Asia and the numerous funding opportunities available, interact with various Harvard South Asia student groups, and meet with other Harvard students who are interested in South Asia! 


23rd Annual Harvard India Poetry Meeting

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Sun, May 19, 2019 at 02:00pm

END
Sun, May 19, 2019

VENUE
CGIS South, S010

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S010
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

The theme for this year’s India Poetry Reading is “Compassion.” This annual event celebrates India’s contribution to the field of literature and invites local poets to recite original compositions in the language of their choosing. 

This event is presented in partnership with the Department of South Asian Studies at Harvard University and South Asian Poets of New England.

Please contact Bijoy Misra (bmisra@fas.harvard.edu) or Chandu Shah (bostonwale@gmail.com) for more information.


The Covenant of Love: The Poetry, Music and Spirituality of South Asian Muslim Cultures

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Sun, May 5, 2019 at 07:00pm

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Sun, May 5, 2019 at 08:30pm

COST   General public: $10 Students and Harvard ID holders: Free

Misaq-e-Ishq means The Covenant of Love and during this event Ali Asani ’77 (professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures at Harvard); Pakistani pop star and author Ali Sethi ’06; and vocalist, guitarist and Grammy Award-winning producer Noah Georgeson will bring alive through musical performance, the poetic consciousness of several legendary South Asian mystic poets.


Mallika Sarabhai: Dance to Change the World

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Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 04:30pm

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Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

A lecture and demonstration by Mallika Sarabhai, one of India’s leading choreographers and dancers for over three decades. In constant demand both as a soloist and with her own dance company, Darpana, she has created and performed classical and contemporary works around the world. A constant activist for societal education and women’s empowerment, Sarabhai has created numerous stage productions that have raised awareness about crucial issues, advocating change throughout India.

Moderator:

Homi Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University


Culture, Language, and Identity: Perspectives Through South Asian Art

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Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 04:30pm

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Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 06:30pm

The show features two artists from Pakistan and India who reflect on the impact of The 1947 Partition of British India in their works. Mahboob Jokhio and Krupa Makhija explore the interplay between culture, language and identity through a deeply personal lens.


The Art of the Ghazal: Ali Sethi and Ali Asani

START
Fri, May 3, 2019 at 05:00pm

END
Fri, May 3, 2019 at 07:00pm

VENUE
Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall

ADDRESS
Fong Auditorium
Boylston Hall
Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA

In this demonstration, Pakistani musical sensation Ali Sethi and Harvard Professor Ali Asani will take you into the lyrical world of ghazals. The ghazal originated in Arabia in the 7th century and developed into a significant literary genre in Persian, Urdu, and other South Asian languages. It may be understood as a poetic expression of loss and romantic love, often associated with traditions of spirituality in South Asia.

Experience the emotional journey of Sufi music through performance and demonstration as Sethi and  Asani trace the history, evolution, and form of popular Urdu ghazals to date. All texts will be translated into English so everyone can be fully immersed in the art of the ghazal.


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