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SAI Event Type : Lecture

Wed, November 14, 2018 from 05:30pm - 07:00pm  /  Thompson Room, Barker Center

From Lahore With Love

‘From Lahore With Love’ is a lecture-cum-demonstration by musician and author Ali Sethi (Harvard ‘06) that reveals the many ways in which Sufi poets and musicians have encoded a subversive ambiguity into South Asia’s religious-cultural ethos, one that continues to empower experiential forms of knowledge while confounding the attempts of state, corporate and global forces to appropriate Sufi poetry and music for hegemonic goals.

Chair: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University

Please note: This event is free and open to the public but space will be limited and seats are only available on a first come, first served basis.

Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 05:30pm

Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 07:00pm

Thompson Room
Barker Center

12 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Mon, October 15, 2018 from 05:00pm - 07:00pm  /  CGIS South, S030

The Emerging Markets Technological Revolution: Financial Inclusion & Development Through Digitization

Nadeem Hussain, founder of Telenor Microfinance Bank, is globally recognized for his dedication and service to financial inclusion. He has chaired the United Nation’s MDG Session on Financial Inclusion, is a frequent speaker at international forums on branchless banking and microfinance, and has held numerous board and committee positions in the sector. He will discuss the technological revolution taking place across emerging markets, analogous to the 19th century Industrial Revolution in the West in terms of the transformational impact on development and society.

Chair: Asim KhwajaSumitomo-FASID Professor of International Finance and Development, Harvard University 


*The location of this event has changed to CGIS South S030

Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 05:00pm

Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 07:00pm

CGIS South, S030
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Wed, October 10, 2018 from 04:30pm - 06:00pm  /  CGIS South, S250

The Great Indian Migration Wave

Join visiting scholar Chinmay Tumbe and moderator Ian Talbot for a discussion about the great Indian Migration wave.  In this seminar, Tumbe provides an overview of his book, India Moving: A History of Migration, which attempts to explain when, how and why people have moved to, from and within the subcontinent over centuries. It reveals one of the world’s largest, longest and on-going episodes of labour migration, referred to as the Great Indian Migration Wave, and its significance in modern Indian history. It provides a new perspective on the migration of business communities both within and outside India. It shows how 25 million people who trace their roots to India in the past three centuries, were dispersed across the world from Japan to Jamaica and why internal diasporas matter as much as international diasporas. It documents the mass migrations caused by multiple Partitions, refugee crises and other displacements in Indian history and their disproportionate impact on particular communities. And finally, it provides a perspective on migration and development, in history and in 21st century India.

Chinmay Tumbe is faculty member of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and the 2018 Alfred D. Chandler Jr International Visiting Scholar in Business History at Harvard Business School. He works on migration, cities, firms and history. He chairs the IIMA Archives initiative and coordinates the History Internship series at IIMA. An alumnus of the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, he has been a faculty member at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad and was the 2013 Jean Monnet Fellow at the Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute, Florence, Italy. He has published widely on migration for a decade and has served on policymaking groups.


Copies of Chinmay’s book will be available for purchase at the event for $10

Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 04:30pm

Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 06:00pm

COST: Free

CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Wed, October 3, 2018 from 06:00pm - 07:30pm  /  India International Center: Annexe Building: Lecture Room- I  /  New Delhi

Gender, Violence and Vulnerabilities of Adolescents in India


As part of our ongoing India Seminar Series, we are partnering with the Center on Gender Equity and Health, UC San Diego for a talk titled, ‘Gender, Violence and Vulnerabilities of Adolescents in India’ by Dr. Anita Raj, Tata Chancellor Professor of Medicine, Director of Center on Gender Equity & Health (Department of Medicine), UC San Diego. Dr. Raj will present research on adolescent risk for early marriage, family violence and sexual assault, and the role these have on mental health concerns for both adolescent girls and boys. Policy and program implications based on these findings will be discussed.

To RSVP write to and confirm your presence at the event.


Wed, Oct 3, 2018 at 06:00pm

Wed, Oct 3, 2018 at 07:30pm

Thu, August 9, 2018 at 06:00pm  /  CSMVS Museum, Mumbai  /  Visitors' Centre Auditorium

Art and Science of the Forbes Pigment Collection | Color and Pigments in India Painting

Please join us for this two-part lecture cosponsored by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) and supported by Jai & Sugandha Hiremath – Hikal Ltd. An invitation to this event may be found here


Art and Science of the Forbes Pigment Collection by Narayan Khandekar

Dr Narayan Khandekar tells us about the Forbes Pigment Collection. It will cover the reasons why Edward Waldo Forbes started collecting pigments, how the collection grew, new additions to the collection and how it is used now by using case studies from the activities of the Straus Centre for Conservation and Technical Studies.

Narayan Khandekar leads the Strauss Center’s conservation and research activities, as well as those for the Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art. Specializing in the scientific analysis of paintings and painted surfaces, he has published extensively on the subject. He curates the Forbes Pigment Collection and the Gettens Collection of Binding Media and Varnishes.

Color and Pigments in Indian Painting by Jinah Kim

How blue is Krishna? Does the Sankrit term “kṛṣṇa” mean blue? Color experience is highly subjective, and color terms pose semiotic challenges. A fluid semantic range in Sanskrit makes it even more challenging to identify which color a color term denotes. Here, the data gleaned from scientific analysis of pigments and the study of material and physical aspects of paintings as objects can help unpack the role of artists in shaping the way we see color. Identifying pigments in use in Indian miniature painting and reading them in close comparison with the colors discussed in theoretical texts and artistic treatises, afford us a glimpse into artists’ intimate, embodied knowledge of each color’s material properties.  This talk will demonstrate how efforts to contextualize the analytical data on pigments with art historical questions can help advance our understanding of color and pigments in the history of painting beyond a matter of confirmation of a pigment’s use.

Jinah Kim is the Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture. Professor Kim’s research and teaching interests cover a broad range of topics with special interests in intertextuality of text-image relationship, art and politics, female representations and patronage, issues regarding re-appropriation of sacred objects, and post-colonial discourse in the field of South and Southeast Asian Art.



Thu, Aug 9, 2018 at 06:00pm

Thu, Aug 9, 2018

CSMVS Museum, Mumbai

159-161 Mahatma Gandhi Road
Fort, Mumbai - 400023, Maharashtra, India

Visitors' Centre Auditorium

Tue, April 3, 2018 from 12:00pm - 02:00pm  /  202 Meeting Room  /  61 Kirkland Street

South Asia Without Borders Seminar: Citizenship of the Outcastes

The panel will discuss conceptions of “citizenship” in India as related to caste and indigeneity. The discussion will be an opportunity to explore the ways that citizenship and belonging have been constructed through exclusion and marginalization based on social, political, and ethnic lines.

Rajyashri Goody, Visiting Artist, The Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Harvard University

Suraj Yengde, W.E.B. Du Bois Nonresident fellow, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University; Research Associate, Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Raile Rocky Ziipao, Arvind Raghunathan and Sribala Subramanian South Asia Visiting Fellow, The Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Harvard University

Moderator: Sai Balakrishnan, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Lunch will be provided.

Co-sponsored by the Committee on Ethnicity Migration and Rights (EMR) and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 12:00pm

Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 02:00pm

Sat, December 23, 2017 from 02:00pm - 05:00pm

B4 Valedictory Event in Bangalore

On December 11th, the Boston Bangalore Biosciences Beginnings (B4) program formally inaugurated the Workshop on Genomic Applications in Healthcare & Translational Research, co-hosted by Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Harvard University and Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB). The intensive two-week workshop includes daily lectures and hands-on sessions, culminating in a valedictory event featuring a key note by Dr. VijayRaghavan (Secretary of Department of Biotechnology, India.) The valedictory event will take place on Saturday, December 23, 2017.

Valedictory Event Schedule

2:00 – 2:30pm  | Key note: The Study and Practice of Bio Sciences in India
By Dr. VijayRaghavan, Secretary of Department of Biotechnology, India  “The study and practice of bio sciences in India”

2:30 – 4:00pm |  Panel Presentation: Impact of B4 program
Professor Venkatesh N. Murthy, Harvard University (moderator)
Parvathi M. Sreekumar, B4 Fellow
Gayatri Ramakrishnan, B4 Fellow
Ramya Purkanti, B4 Fellow
Aditya Murthy, Indian Institute of Science

4:00 – 4:10pm |  Closing Remarks 
By Professor N. Yathindra, Director, Institute
of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology

4:15 – 5:00pm | Reception


The event will take place at the IBAB Auditorium.

Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology 

Biotech Park, Electronics City Phase I

Bengaluru 560 100, India

Tel: 080-285 289 00, 080-285 289 01, 080-285 289 02


Sat, Dec 23, 2017 at 02:00pm

Sat, Dec 23, 2017 at 05:00pm

Thu, November 30, 2017 from 06:30pm - 08:00pm  /  Asia Society, New York

Looking Back, Informing the Future: A Multidisciplinary Research Project on the 1947 Partition of British India

2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the Partition of British India, as well as the launch of Harvard’s South Asia Institute’s major research on Partition.
Panelists will discuss the complexities of large-scale human migration and resettlements. Such lessons can inform current cross-border displacement and the corresponding growth of urban settlements and cities.


A Multidisciplinary Research coordinated by the Harvard South Asia Institute on the 1947 Partition of British India
TARUN KHANNA Director, Harvard South Asia Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann
Professor, Harvard Business School.
KARIM LAKHANI Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Director Harvard Innovation Science Laboratory.
JENNIFER LEANING François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights. Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights.
RAHUL MEHROTRA Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design; Principal, RMA Architects of Mumbai, India.
PRASHANT BHARADWAJ Assistant Professor, Department of Economics at the University of California, San Diego
Viewpoints is an annual series featuring prominent, visionary figures in the creative arts and is made possible by the generous support of Aashish and Dinyar S. Devitre.



Tickets at $20 members; $22 students/seniors; $25 nonmembers

Asia Society Program Website

Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 06:30pm

Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 08:00pm

Asia Society, New York

725 Park Ave, New York, NY 10021

Fri, November 10, 2017 from 05:00pm - 07:00pm  /  CGIS South, S020 Belfer

Outer Beauty and Inner Silence

David Dean Shulman, Hebrew University

CHAIRS: Parmil G. Patil, Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy, Harvard University; Richard Wolf, Professor of Music and South Asian Studies, Harvard University

This lecture will offer readings from one extraordinary section of the Tamil text, Kampaṉ’s twelfth-century Irāmāvatāram, the Cittirakūṭap paṭalam, when the heroes enter into their new home in the wilderness. The question to be addressed is: what is the poet telling us about this tensile moment, and, above all, what has he left unsaid?

Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 05:00pm

Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 07:00pm

CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138