Tarun Khanna speaks to a crowd at the Dhaka Arts Summit.
Meena Hewett, Executive Director of the South Asia Institute (SAI), and Tarun Khanna, Director, SAI, and Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School, attended the Dhaka Art Summit (DAS) last week, the world’s largest non-commercial platform for South Asian art.
The event, held from February 5 to 8 at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, served as a platform to bring together over 300 artists, curators, writers, and art professionals for exhibitions, lectures, film screenings, and panel discussions about art in the subcontinent.
Meena Hewett spoke to a crowd in the Rewind exhibit area about how SAI’s mission of serving as a platform to bring people together to discuss issues critical to South Asia is similar to the goal of the Summit. SAI recently launched its Arts Program, which aims to connect faculty, students, institutions, art experts, and administrators interested in South Asian art.
SAI’s Visiting Artist Program brings up-and-coming artists from South Asia to Harvard for 2 weeks to participate in discourse with students and faculty on critical issues. In the fall, SAI hosted Indian artist Ranjit Kandalgaonkar, who draws upon contemporary visual arts media, archival documentation and historical artifacts to document, represent and critique urban flows, and Pakistani artist Basir Mahmood, whose work weaves together various threads of thoughts, findings, and insights into poetic sequences and narratives.
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