Launched in 2015, the Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity book and exhibition consolidate research findings and serve as an example of interdisciplinary research conducted at Harvard. The faculty leaders and Kumbh administrators will discuss their experience studying the world’s largest festival, and lessons learned for future research. This event marks the launch of the book’s translation into Hindi.
6:00 – 6:30PM Tea Reception
6:30 – 7:00PM Welcome, Lighting of the Lamp, and Book Launch by Honorable Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav
7:30-8:30PM Panel Discussion on Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity
Rahul Mehrotra, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Alok Sharma, Inspector General of Police, Allahabad, at the 2013 Kumbh Mela
Moderated by Devesh Chaturvedi, Divisional Commissioner, Allahabad, at the 2013 Kumbh Mela
Tarun Khanna, Director, Harvard South Asia Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School
Jennifer Leaning, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights; Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health
Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design
The Kumbh Mela is a Hindu religious fair that occurs every twelve years in India, and has become the largest public gathering in the world. The most recent observance of the festival took place in 2013 in Allahabad, with an estimated attendance of over 80 million people. Because of its size and complexity, the 2013 Kumbh Mela inspired the Harvard South Asia Institute’s flagship multi-year interdisciplinary research project in a number of complementary fields: business, technology and communications, urban studies and design, religious and cultural studies, and public health. Launched in 2015, the Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity book and exhibition consolidate research findings and serve as an example of interdisciplinary research conducted at Harvard.
Differences between copyright, GI, trademark, and costs of certification
Business advantages conferred by intellectual property certifications
What kinds of handicrafts/handlooms products and designs might be eligible?
Who owns IP rights in the handicrafts/handlooms sector? – artisans, designers, or the organization?
Guriqbal Singh JAIYA will share his thoughts and insights from his two decade long experience at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and provide information and examples of how organizations in the Crafts Sector can benefit from intellectual property certifications.
This webinar is for:
Individuals associated with the handicrafts and handlooms sectors who lead and occupy senior positions in their organizations;
Social entrepreneurs and executives of social organizations in creative industries who may wish to use IP as a powerful tool to protect their products and innovations;
Practitioners involved in the non-profit sector who wish to maximise impact,
Students who are interested in knowing how using IP effectively can become a very important strategy in achieving the objectives of a social organization
This is fifth in a series of monthly webinars on the Indian handicrafts and handlooms sector until November 2016. Every webinar in this series is completely free of cost.
Social Enterprises in India have been increasingly playing a transformative role in solving a number of issues in a sustainable manner. Their contribution is visible in areas as diverse as health, education, drinking water, sanitation, women’s empowerment, energy conservation, art and culture, among many others.
This webinar will focus on:
Ways in which social enterprises in India can achieve impact and scale.
Examples of successful social enterprises from India and guiding principles that may have resulted in their success
Discussion of the ways in which these principles can be applied to your organizations
Tarun Khanna is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School, where he has sought for two decades to study the drivers of entrepreneurship in emerging markets as a means of economic and social development. At HBS since 1993, after obtaining degrees from Princeton and Harvard, he has taught courses on strategy, corporate governance and international business to MBA and Ph.D. students and senior executives. For many years, he has served as the Faculty Chair for HBS activities in India and South Asia.
In the fall of 2010, he was named the first director of the university-wide Harvard South Asia Institute. The institute rapidly grew to engage over 150 faculty from across Harvard in projects embracing the pure sciences, social sciences and the humanities, and spanning the region from Afghanistan to Myanmar. In this role, he currently teaches a popular university-wide elective course ‘Contemporary Developing Countries’, where students work in multi-disciplinary teams to devise practical solutions to complex social problems.
In 2014, the Government of India nominated him as the Chairperson of the NITI Aayog Expert Committee on ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship’. The Report submitted by this Expert Committee was accepted by the Indian Cabinet and has informed the formation of the ‘Atal Innovation Mission’, charged with contributing to build-up the innovation infrastructure of India.
Context of the Series of Webinars
This is the fifth in a series of monthly webinars as part of the Harvard University SAI and Tata Trusts Project. Every webinar in this series is completely free of cost.
This webinar is for social entrepreneurs from India and other South Asian countries.
This two-day conference on architecture in South Asia is being held in partnership with the Tata Trusts, The South Asia Institute (SAI) at Harvard University and Vinod & Saryu Doshi Foundation. Renowned architects from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Nepal, the Maldives and India will participate in the deliberations, which will be preceded by a keynote lecture by Sunil Khilnani on March 18 at the NGMA Mumbai. The line-up of speakers includes Akeel Bilgrami, Nayyar Ali Dada from Pakistan, Anjalendran from Sri Lanka, Kashef Chowdhury from Bangladesh, Rajni Chavda from Bhutan, Sameep Padora and Kapil Gupta from India.
The State of Architecture: Practices and Processes in India
Exhibition at the NGMA, Mumbai from 6 January to 20 March, 2016
Timings:11 am – 6 pm, except Monday and National Holidays
Curators: Rahul Mehrotra, Ranjit Hoskote and Kaiwan Mehta
This exhibition will present the state of contemporary architecture in India within a larger historical overview since Independence. It will not only map emerging practices but also discuss the aspirations they represent, and stimulate a conversation on architecture among the architectural fraternity, patrons and public at large. Embodying a spectrum of positions that characterise architectural production in India, the content is intended to be provocative and make explicit the multiple, and often simultaneously valid, streams of architectural thought and engagement that truly represent the pluralism of India.
Chair: Asad Ahmed,Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University
In September 2013, Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh witnessed a pogrom against local Muslim residents. More than 100 were killed and over 80,000 displaced. This film explores the social, political, and economic dynamics in a region that has historically seen relative harmony between Hindus and Muslims. What happened this time? The film cuts across multiple facets of violence that right-wing nationalism has wrought in north India: ‘honor’ politics, gender violence, caste and class polarization under the umbrella of Hindu-ness or Hindutva. The film also shows how non-Hindutva parties in the region play along with such polarizing rhetoric in the hopes of electoral windfalls in their favor.
In the midst of this violence, the film also narrates a growing resistance in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli, where the story has yet to be played out. ‘What will be the fate of Muzaffarnagar, eventually?’
Sawhney graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India in 2006. His films focus on labor, gender, and caste issues in north India.
Christopher Clary, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University
In traditional surveys in Pakistan, the vast majority of respondents identify India as an enemy and a serious threat to Pakistan. Do these beliefs affect voter choices? In a novel survey experiment, we find that voters punish politicians who advocate a friendly policy toward India, but only modestly. Candidate attitudes toward India were the least meaningful characteristic for voter choice among five characteristics tested.