This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for the fall semester.
A charming story of a group of senior citizens who set up a Peking Opera club in hopes of finding revitalization through singing and dancing. Fast paced and delightful.
Cosponsored with the Asia Center
Join the Harvard Ed Portal for a free screening of the award-winning film “Marvi: The Mystic Muse,” exploring singer Sanam Marvi’s search for her own roots across Pakistan and her journey with Sufism. The event will follow a post-screening conversation with filmmaker Tanya Panjwani and Professor Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University. This screening is also sponsored by Celebrity Series of Boston, Harvard Office for the Arts’ Learning From Performers program, Harvard South Asia Institute, and World Music/CRASHarts.
This film embarks on a journey through Pakistan with renowned singer Sanam Marvi to discover her roots in Sindh and Punjab, through the shrines of Saints that inspired her to deliver the message of Sufism that permeates the land. It follows her creative process to spread this message through live concert performances, and documents her challenges in spreading the Sufi message in Pakistan and all over the world. We discover the Sufi Saints of Pakistan such as Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, Laal Shahbaz Qalandar, Sachal Sarmast, Bulleh Shah, and Shah Hussain through the eyes of Marvi, and speak to teachers and experts who were a part of her mystical journey.
The documentary showcases how one particular artist is able to internalize and embody her faith in a worldly sense, spreading the message of Sufism throughout the world through the medium of music. This is against the backdrop of a seemingly restricted society, where a section of the population is battling certain societal elements and where Sufi artists as well as female public figures are often at odds with certain fundamentalist groups in the country. The documentary endeavors to understand how one artist, Sanam Marvi, attempts to maneuver through these limitations to emerge as a prominent female Sufi singer in Pakistan and worldwide.
Sat, Mar 25, 2017 at 04:00pm
Sat, Mar 25, 2017 at 07:00pm
224 Western Ave., Allston
This is the first meeting of a proposed annual conference of a research network that will meet every year at a different university, our other partner institutions being Chicago, Columbia and Cornell. Graduate Students from Harvard and beyond will convene to discuss a range of historical topics about border-making and border-crossing in various parts of early modern and modern Asia. The topics are of interest to students of South Asian, South-east Asian, Indian Ocean and East-Asian history. All are welcome to join us for the presentations and subsequent discussions, and no registration is required.
Along with the public conference, there are a series of paper workshops and closed-door roundtable discussions with faculty experts on various relevant topics on Friday, March 24. These sessions are restricted to faculty and graduate students. Interested graduate students should email email@example.com for the reading list/ packet for the Friday workshops, with which some familiarity will be expected. Harvard faculty from all departments are most welcome to attend all sessions on both the days.
Sponsored by the Asia Center, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, History Department, Inner Asian and Altaic Studies, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, South Asia Institute, and Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University.
Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar
Madeeha Syed, Pakistani Journalist
Marco Werman, The World
Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University
Join Pakistani journalist Madeeha Syed, Marco Werman from Public Radio International’s The World, and Ali S. Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures at Harvard University, for a conversation on the intersection of culture, journalism, and religion in today’s global environment.
The conversation is cosponsored by the Center Stage program of New England Foundation For The Arts and SAI
Reception to follow.
The Fellowship supports recent PhDs in the humanities and social sciences related to South Asia. Deadline: March 31, 2017.
Cresa Pugh, Doctoral Student in Sociology & Social Policy, spent her winter session conducting field research on the constructions of citizenship and belonging for the stateless Rohingya of Burma.
The Harvard Business School Creating Emerging Markets project (CEM), in collaboration with the HBS India Research Center (IRC), hosted a two-day conference titled, “Creating Emerging Markets: Lessons from History” on February 13-14 in Mumbai.
The first 2 episodes feature professors Sunil Amrith and Jennifer Leaning.
The two-day Harvard student event, hosted at the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, brought together business leaders, entertainment professionals, and many other leaders to engage in a conversation about India’s path to global leadership.
The new report is based on the ‘Exchanging Health Information’ seminar held at the Radcliffe Institute in 2016.
The SAI research project on Partition is creating an accessible archive to digitize the stories, records, and reflections of the 1947 Partition of British India in crowd proportions.
During winter session, Mei Yin Wu, Harvard College ’17, interned at Wildlife Conservation Trust in Mumbai, which currently works with over 110 national parks and sanctuaries in India, covering tiger reserves and nature preserves.
On Feb. 3, SAI hosted a discussion forum in Delhi to facilitate a personalized dialogue about Partition. Professor Uma Chakravarti, who moderated the discussion, showed how these stories connect to the present and inform our understanding of history, nation, community, and religion.
Congratulations to Harvard College students Bharath Venkatesh ’17 and Marisa Houlahan ’17, who were chosen by SAI as winners of the Office of International Education’s Annual International Photo Contest for their photos taken in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
The weekly seminars, starting February 1, will explore issues that have often been ignored in the context of the Partition as well as discuss their relevance and impact today, both in South Asia and in other parts of the world.
Professor Jinah Kim (History of Art & Architecture) is looking for a Research Assistant to help her with various research projects, which includes an exhibition on Nepalese Buddhist art, a visual database project, a bibliographic project on the history of Indian painting, and a symposium on South and Southeast Asian Art.
The Craftsmen is small forest enterprise facilitator that creates new value chains, provides year-round employment, and trains communities in sustainable harvesting practices.
Naren Tallapragada, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Francesco Wiedemann, MIT, were the inaugural winners of SAI’s 2016 Seed for Change Competition for their venture gomango, which provides low-cost refrigerated transport to food producers in India. They spent December in India.
The 18-month project with Tata Trusts focused on rural livelihood creation in the handicrafts sector, and science and technology-based social entrepreneurship.
We offer our full support to Harvard students, faculty, staff and affiliates, regardless of their country of origin or religious background, alongside the Harvard International Office and the university’s Global Support Services.