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SAI Event Region : India

Thu, May 19, 2016 from 06:00pm - 07:00pm  /  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity

Special Event

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.

Click here for tickets.

To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975; to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk.


Thu, May 19, 2016 at 06:00pm

Thu, May 19, 2016 at 07:00pm

MFA, Mabel Louise Riley Seminar Room (Meeting Room 156)

465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

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Thu, May 5, 2016 - Fri, May 6, 2016  /  Thompson Room, Barker Center

Who Speaks for Democracy Across South Asia?

Annual Symposium

This year’s Symposium will feature conversations on the topic of democracy across South Asia.

Click here for the full schedule and registration.

Thu, May 5, 2016

Fri, May 6, 2016

Thompson Room
Barker Center

12 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

SAI Symposium16
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Wed, May 4, 2016 from 08:00am - 09:30am

Webinar: Intellectual Property in Creative Industries

Livelihood Creation Project Webinar

Guriqbal Singh JAIYA, Director-Advisor to the Executive Director, WIPO Academy of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

5:30pm to 7:00pm IST (8:00am to 9:30am EST)

Register here.

This webinar will address:

  • 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.

Register here.

Cosponsored with the Tata Trusts

Wed, May 4, 2016 at 08:00am

Wed, May 4, 2016 at 09:30am

May4 Webinar
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Fri, April 29, 2016 from 10:00am - 11:00am

Webinar: Social Enterprises in India: Some Guiding Principles for Scale and Impact

Livelihood Creation Webinar

7:30pm to 8:30pm IST (10:00am to 11:00am ET)

Tarun KhannaDirector, Harvard South Asia Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School

Please register here.

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.

Please register here.


Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 10:00am

Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 11:00am

April 29 Webinar
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Tue, March 22, 2016 from 04:00pm - 06:00pm  /  CGIS Knafel, K262

China Economy Lecture: Democratization of the Market for Talent: The Cases of China and India

Cosponsored Event

Tarun Khanna, Director, SAI, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School

Cosponsored with the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 04:00pm

Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 06:00pm

CGIS Knafel, K262
Harvard University

1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

0322 fairbank
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Sat, March 19, 2016 - Sun, March 20, 2016  /  CSMVS Museum, Mumbai

Windows and Mirrors: Reflecting on Recent Architecture In South Asia

Special Conference

Q+A: The state of architecture in India

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.

Learn more here.

Sat, Mar 19, 2016

Sun, Mar 20, 2016

CSMVS Museum, Mumbai

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

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Thu, March 10, 2016 from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm  /  Yenching Auditorium

Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai

Film Screening and Discussion

Nakul Singh Sawhney, Filmmaker 

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.

Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Yenching Auditorium

2 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

0310 MBH Film FINAL
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Fri, March 4, 2016 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm  /  CGIS South, S050

Voters and Foreign Policy: Evidence from a Survey Experiment in Pakistan

Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics

Christopher ClaryPostdoctoral 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.

Cosponsored with Brown University, MIT, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Reception to follow.

Fri, Mar 4, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Fri, Mar 4, 2016 at 4:00 pm

CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Christopher Clary
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Wed, March 2, 2016 from 04:00pm - 06:00pm  /  CGIS South, S010

The Crippled Frontier: Screening and discussion on conflicts on the periphery of India

Film Screening

Pankaj Butalia, Documentary Filmmaker

Chair: Jacqueline Bhabha, FXB Director of Research; Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health; Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Lecturer in Law, Harvard Law School; Adjunct Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School

Join filmmaker Pankaj Butalia for a screening of his film “The Textures of Loss,” followed by a discussion on conflicts on the periphery of India, topics in his film trilogy that also includes “Manipur Song” and “Assam: On the edge of neglect.”

Two decades of violence in Kashmir has left the valley devastated. Every family silently nurses its deep wounds. Women have lost husbands, fathers, sons and brothers. Children grow up in an environment of deep depression  and young men do not see any future for themselves. “The Textures of Loss” is an elegy to the wounded Kashmir valley. The loss of loved ones manifests itself not only in pain, but also in anger, somatic symptoms, paralysis and deadness. The film dwells on some of these responses.

Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 04:00pm

Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 06:00pm

CGIS South, S010

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

CrippleFrontier DINAL
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