Kudiyattam is the last living performance tradition of Sanskrit theater in the world. Recognized by UNESCO as preserving “masterpieces of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity,” this visually powerful tradition is performed by the troupe Nepathya, from central Kerala in South India.
This Sunday, Oct 15, Harvard Art Museums will screen two landmark Indian films, Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) and Chak De! India (2007) – Free Admission.
The screening will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway.
12:05 pm Chak De! India
Directed by Shimit Amin and Rob Miller
(2007; 153 min.)
2:50 pm 15 Minute Intermission
3:05 PM Amar Akbar Anthony
Directed by Manmohan Desai
(1977; 183 min.)
Come hear about SAI Student Funding opportunities from past SAI grant recipients. Learn about the various types of grants, the application process, and the
Seed For Change 2018 Competition while enjoying some delicious South Asian food.
Winter 2017: October 15, 2017
Seed for Change 2018: Letter of Intent by December 8, 2017
Summer 2018: February 15, 2018
Join Harvard area studies centers and the Office of Career Services at an information session about Wintersession opportunities during the January break for Harvard undergraduates.
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Danish Husain is a poet, actor, filmmaker and theatre director – he is one of the people who have helped revive the lost art form of Urdu storytelling, Dastangoi, and is a columnist with India Today’s opinion website Daily O.
Chair: Ali Asani
Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University
Qissebaazi expands and builds upon traditional storytelling. A multilingual platform with multiple performers, it is theatrical in presentation but still, distinctively, storytelling.
A Harvard South Asia Institute Muslim Societies in South Asia Series
A Harvard Graduate School of Design Exhibition
August 21 – October 6, 2017, with a special opening lecture on September 6 by Professor Rahul Mehrotra at 6pm, followed by a reception
As a point of entry and exit, a threshold has a dual coding in society as both a physical and symbolic marker of separation and connection. Thresholds are often explicitly hard-edged or even brutal in their expression, demarcating rigid boundaries, as in the definitive lines of walls, barricades, and security checkpoints in buildings, around cities, or across larger territories. Too often, thresholds also divide human activity or communities according to social, ethnic, national, or economic characteristics. Architecture and planning can unwittingly contribute to these different forms of physical separation, especially in ways made visible through their practitioners’ interpretations of culture, religion, or legislation. As the academic disciplines that inform spatial practices, architecture and planning are themselves often similarly separated by disciplinary thresholds, inhibiting porosity between fields of research. By definition, an individual discipline necessarily is organized around a self-referential center of discursive production, but this often happens at the expense of the richness found at the intersection of multiple disciplinary perspectives. Is architecture, in its compulsive drive to create the autonomous object, inherently hardening the thresholds separating it from other disciplines and, by extension, reproducing those schisms within the built environment? Can architecture and planning intentionally construct soft thresholds―lines that are easily traversed, even temporarily erased―thereby allowing for multiple perspectives across different modes of research and practice and catalyzing disciplinary and social connections? What, then, is the physical expression of a soft threshold―a space that is visually and physically porous, plural in spirit, encompassing of its context, and yet rigorous in its expression?
This exhibition on the works of RMA Architects, Mumbai + Boston, represents the compulsive drive of the practice to construct soft thresholds―through research, engagement with the city, and making of architecture.
Celebrate the start of the school year with SAI! The Welcome Back Mixer is a chance for students to enjoy delicious South Asian food while meeting SAI’s Visiting Fellows and faculty, learning about student funding opportunities, and meeting with representatives from Harvard South Asia student groups.
For all student groups who wish to organize an informational table at the mixer, please use this form.