CGIS South, S020 Belfer
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138
The Riyaaz Qawwali ensemble was established on a college campus in the US 12 years ago. Since then, it has toured the country, debuting in Europe in 2017. Artistic Director and founder of Riyaaz Qawwali, Sonny Mehta, will share his personal story from learning classical music to performing qawwali, the musical genre commonly associated with the Sufi tradition in South Asia. He will demonstrate the basics of qawwali, unfolding the relevant musical elements, poetry and important performance aspects. With the backdrop of the history of qawwali in the US, he will share Riyaaz Qawwali’s journey and how the ensemble has found its voice through performances – breaking, in the process, cultural and religious barriers.
Muslim Societies in South Asia Series, chair: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard Univerity
Co-sponsored by The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Prince Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program and the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education
SAI Visiting Artists: Rajyashri Goody, Faiham Ebna Sharif, Kabi Raj Lama, Imran Channa
Chair: Jinah Kim, Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Department of History of Art and Architecture
What does a relationship between memory and history of Partition look like? How does one represent the negative space between conflictual concepts and interlinked stories, be they memory-history, labor-exploitation, trauma-healing, and imperialism-resistance?
This exhibition brings together works by four South Asian artists that unravel challenging social issues that often fall outside of the limelight. It explores possibilities that lie in making traditionally invisible stories and narratives visible, from tea garden workers in Bangladesh; personal accounts of trauma and healing after disasters in Nepal; Dalit resistance in India; and the fallibility of memory during the Partition in Pakistan.
There will be a reception from 5-6 PM in CGIS South Concourse, prior to the seminar.
The exhibition will run from April 16 – May 10.
Co-sponsored with the Harvard University Asia Center
Tue, Apr 17, 2018 at 05:00pm
Tue, Apr 17, 2018 at 07:30pm
Performance by Ankit Chadha
Chair: Hajnalka Kovacs, Preceptor in Hindi and Urdu, Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University
Dastangoi, the lost art of Urdu storytelling, developed in 8th century CE around the adventures of an Arab hero, Amir Hamza. These stories became very popular in 19th century North India. With the demise of the last known exponent of the art form in 1928, Mir Baqar Ali, the form also died with him. The modern revival has seen not just the performance of the traditional stories from the Hamza dastan, but also the adaptations of more local and contemporary themes. Ankit Chadha, a writer and storyteller, has been a practitioner of Dastangoi since 2010. His writing varies from biographical accounts of personalities like Kabir, Rahim, Dara Shikoh and Majaaz to modern folk tales on corporate culture, internet and mobile technology. Ankit also has works for young audiences and has worked on Urdu adaptations of children’s classics; including Alice and The Little Prince. He is the author of the award-winning book for children, My Gandhi Story, and the recently released, Amir Khusrau – The Man in Riddles.
Possible through the generosity of the Asia Center. Co-sponsored with the Department of South Asian Studies.
Glenda M. Gloria, Managing Editor and Co-Founder of Rappler, Philippines social news network
Shalini Singh, Features Reporter, New Delhi, India; former reporter for The Week and the Hindustan Times; founding trustee at the People’s Archive of Rural India
Bonny Symons-Brown, Australian Broadcasting Corporation; former TV news anchor, Jakarta, Indonesia
Edward Wong, The New York Times; former New York Times Beijing Bureau Chief and Iraq correspondent
Chair: Professor Karen Thornber, Victor and William Fung Director, Harvard University Asia Center; Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and of Comparative Literature, Harvard University
S020, Belfer Case Study Room, Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse; CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St.
Asia Center Seminar Series; co-sponsored with the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute
Sonal Khullar explores decolonizing museum practices in the display of South Asian Art, using the 2017 Documenta exhibition of Indian painter, Amrita Sher-Gil as a case study.
At Documenta in 2017, the work of Indian painter Amrita Sher-Gil (1913-1941) was exhibited alongside that of American filmmaker Maya Deren (1917-1961), presumably to highlight affinities in their feminism, primitivism, and cosmopolitanism. This talk considers the proposal and provocation of this comparison, and its implications for art history and museum practice. How do we narrate a postcolonial modernism that extended across empires and nations? Using Octavio Paz’s In Light of India (Vislumbres de la India, 1995), a memoir of his time in India and a meditation on South-South relations, Sonal Khullar offers a critical account of postcoloniality in the visual arts that departs from recent attempts to locate postcolonial modernism within histories of the nation-state, World Wars, decolonization, and political developments such as the Bandung Conference of 1955 and the Non-Aligned Movement.
Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 06:00pm
Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 07:30pm
Thursday, November 30, 2017, 4:15 p.m.
ASIA RESPONDS TO TRUMP IN ASIA
Chair: Karen Thornber, Victor and William Fung Director, Harvard University Asia Center; Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and of Comparative Literature, Harvard University
Moderator: Andrew Gordon, Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History, Harvard University
Ronak Desai, Associate, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, India and South Asia Program, Harvard Kennedy School
William Kirby, Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies, Harvard University; Director, Harvard China Fund
Sophie Lemière, Postdoctoral Fellow, Weatherhead Scholars Program, Harvard University; Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute
Tae Gyun Park, Kim Koo Visiting Professor, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University; Professor of Modern Korean History, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University
S020, Belfer Case Study Room, Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St.
Co-sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Korea Institute, Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Reischauer Institute, U.S.-Japan Program, and Weatherhead Center for International Studies
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?
The collaboration between Avijit Mukul Kishore and Rohan Shivkumar emerges from the intersection of their respective disciplines – architecture and documentary film. The film opens these disciplines to self-critique and looks at the way that they imagine and construct a nation and its citizen.
Avijit Mukul, Filmmaker
Rohan Shivkumar, Architect
Chair: Rahul Mehrotra
Professor Of Urban Design And Planning,
Harvard Graduate School Of Design