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TedX: Lessons from Kumbh Mela – Worlds Largest Gathering of Humanity

Tarun Khanna, Director of the South Asia Institute and Jorge Paulo Lemann professor at Harvard Business School, delivered the following TEDx talk in Mumbai in December about SAI’s project on the Kumbh Mela. A diverse group of scholars and practitioners from Harvard University travelled to the 2013 Kumbh Mela, the largest collection of humanity on the face of the earth,…

    Delhi Notebook: How the wedding syndrome could fix India

    In a recent column for The Financial Times, ‘How the wedding syndrome could fix India,’ Victor Mallet writes about how the Indian government manages one-off events but not longer-term projects, and cites SAI’s recently- published book on the Kumbh Mela. “It is the same Ganges on whose sandbanks the usually inept Uttar Pradesh government built a fully serviced temporary city for tens…

      Asia Society: Lessons from the Kumbh Mela

      At the Asia Society in New York on November 6, faculty leaders discussed how the Kumbh Mela is an opportunity to learn about megacities, possibly illuminating solutions to natural disasters that require temporary housing.

        Asia Society: The ‘Sheer Spectacle’ of Kumbh Mela

        “They had six weeks to get a city up and running with infrastructure, water supply, and electricity. That was an amazing surprise. But equally surprising was how quickly they dismantled it,” says Rahul Mehrotra, Graduate School of Design, one of the faculty members who will speak about the project at the Asia Society on Nov. 6

          Faith in a Smart City

          “India is no stranger to confusion and that is why the much-talked-of jugaad, muddling through or miraculously rescuing a situation at the last moment is so common. But the Kumbh Mela, according to the Harvard team, was a carefully planned and efficiently executed operation.”

            Kumbh Mela book launch in Delhi

            On Monday, August 17, SAI launched the Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity book and exhibition in Delhi, India. Shri Akhilesh Yadav, Honorable Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, was on hand to launch the book with Harvard faculty, to a crowd of over 250 people.

              Using cell phones to change society

              The potential of mobile technology to change society was examined in an Exploratory Seminar titled ‘Using Cellphones to Change Societies’ hosted by SAI and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study on September 4 and 5, 2014.

                Radcliffe Workshop:Mapping the Ephemeral City

                The spirit of collaboration and community that made this year’s Kumbh Mela festival so successful was on vivid display at the Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral City workshop August 29 and 30, 2013 at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

                  Mapping the Kumbh Mela Blog

                  This blog contains writing, posts, media and other impressions and information from the Harvard team’s research at the Kumbh Mela.