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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.


Visiting Artist Fellows Exhibition Reception: Partition Perspectives

START
Tue, Mar 12, 2019 at 06:00pm

END
Tue, Mar 12, 2019 at 08:00pm

VENUE
Harvard Allston Education Portal

ADDRESS
Harvard Allston Education Portal
224 Western Ave.
Allston, MA

The 1947 Partition of British India displaced millions of people along religious lines and led to the creation of two new countries: Pakistan and India. In this exhibition, Mahbub Jokhio and Krupa Makhija, the Mittal Institute’s Spring 2019 Visiting Artist Fellows reflect on the impact of the partition. Their work explores the deeply personal issues of culture, language, and identity in the region.


Autumn Moon: An Evening of Hindustani Music with Aastha Goswami

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Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 07:30pm

END
Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 09:00pm

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

Welcome Back Mixer

START
Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 04:30pm

END
Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 06:00pm

COST   Free

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 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!




Coming Out and Coming Back: Rediscovering Hinduism After Coming Out

START
Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 05:00pm

END
Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 06:30pm

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