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SAI Event Topic : Arts Initiative

Tue, April 3, 2018 from 12:00pm - 02:00pm  /  202 Meeting Room  /  61 Kirkland Street

South Asia Without Borders Seminar: Citizenship Panel

Rajyashri Goody, Visiting Artist, The Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Harvard University

Suraj Yengde, W.E.B. Du Bois Nonresident fellow, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University; Research Associate, Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Raile Rocky Ziipao, Arvind Raghunathan and Sribala Subramanian South Asia Visiting Fellow, The Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Harvard University


Co-sponsored by the Committee on Ethnicity Migration and Rights (EMR) and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 12:00pm

Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 02:00pm

Fri, March 9, 2018 from 12:00pm - 02:00pm  /  CGIS South, S153

Pre-Texts with Doris Sommer

Doris Sommer, Ira and Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Possible through the generosity of the Asia Center

The Humanities have important work to do in developing societies because they foster creative and critical thinking. For its own intrinsic value, the aesthetic judgment that the Humanities hone affords pleasure of freedom and sociability. And related to those pleasures is the general faculty of judgment that free societies depend on. With the activities of Pre-Texts we gather lessons of philosophy, pedagogy, and art — including vernacular arts — to offer high order learning in low-resourced communities. In collaboration with partners in the Indian education and public health sectors, Cultural Agents hopes to contribute to development in India with Pre-Texts by engaging local strengths to promote: Literacy, Innovation, and Citizenship.

Lunch will be provided during the seminar and will be followed by a demonstration of Pre-Texts with audience participation.

Possible through the generosity of the Asia Center


Fri, Mar 9, 2018 at 12:00pm

Fri, Mar 9, 2018 at 02:00pm

CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Thu, November 9, 2017 at 07:00pm  /  Agassiz Theater

Nepathya: Kudiyattam, Sanskrit Theater Performance

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.

Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 07:00pm

Thu, Nov 9, 2017

Thu, October 12, 2017 at 04:00pm to
Sun, October 15, 2017 at 12:15pm  /  CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010  /  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

American Council for Southern Asian Art Symposium XVIII

ACSAA Symposium web banner

October 12 – October 15, 2017

Harvard South Asia Institute is proud to co-sponsor the biennial American Council for Southern Asian Art Symposium. ACSAA symposia serve as opportunities to meet colleagues, reconnect with mentors and graduate school cohorts, and share one’s current research with the field. From senior scholars to graduate students, ACSAA symposia are one of the primary ways ACSAA members gather and support one another, share ideas with a group of like-minded colleagues, and participate in the ACSAA community. We are looking forward to welcoming you all in Boston/Cambridge, MA!

ACSAA 2017 Organizers

Jinah Kim, Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art & Architecture
Laura Weinstein, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy curator of South Asian and Islamic Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

About the ACSAA

The American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the study and awareness of the art of South and Southeast Asia and the Himalayan regions. In addition to periodic symposia, usually held every two years, ACSAA pursues these goals through various projects, including its annual bulletin, bibliographies, a color slide project, a microfiche archive and outreach materials. Since its incorporation in 1967, ACSAA has grown from its original fifteen members to an organization of some three hundred individuals and institutions. ACSAA is formally affiliated with the College Art Association (CAA) and the Association of Asian Studies (AAS).


For more information about this conference, please visit our website:

Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 04:00pm

Sun, Oct 15, 2017 at 12:15pm

COST: $50-$180

CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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

465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Thu, September 21, 2017 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S020 Belfer

Qissebaazi: A Multilingual Storytelling Orbit Directed by Danish Husain

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

Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 04:00pm

Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 05:30pm

COST: Free

CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138

Fri, September 8, 2017 from 02:00pm - 04:00pm

Water by Deepa Mehta

Join us for a screening of Deepa Mehta’s acclaimed film Water (2005; 115 min.), part of the Elements trilogy. Set in 1938 Colonial India, against Mahatma Gandhi’s rise to power, the story begins when eight-year-old Chuyia is widowed and sent to a home where Hindu widows must live in penitence. Chuyia’s feisty presence affects the lives of the other residents, including a beautiful young widow, who falls for a Gandhian idealist.
This screening is offered in conjunction with the installation Women in South Asian Art, on view in the University Teaching Gallery at Harvard Art Museums from August 26, 2017–January 7, 2018.
Free Admission

Please also join us to continue Mehta’s Elements trilogy with screenings of Fire on Friday, September 29 and Earth on Friday, October 27 at 2 pm in Menschel Hall.

Check Harvard Art Museum’s calendar for details:

Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 02:00pm

Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 04:00pm

Sat, August 26, 2017 - Sun, January 7, 2018  /  Harvard Art Museum

Exhibition: Women in South Asian Art

University Teaching Gallery, Harvard Art Museums

Drawn from the Harvard Art Museums’ renowned South Asian art collection, this University Teaching Gallery installation complements an undergraduate course exploring images of women in South Asian art; the course takes a historical perspective in order to understand the politics of gender and the social status of women in today’s South Asia. In addition to historical examples of female patronage and representations of goddesses, the installation includes a group of objects portraying women as active agents—a lady chasing a cat, for example, or a rare depiction of a female artist. A small group of erotic images invites viewers to consider the relationship between erotic science and the Indic attitude toward the body, in which sexuality and virility are auspicious forces.
The installation’s related course (HAA 183W) is taught by Jinah Kim, the Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. The University Teaching Gallery serves faculty and students affiliated with Harvard’s Department of History of Art and Architecture. Semester-long installations are mounted in conjunction with undergraduate and graduate courses, supporting instruction in the critical analysis of art and making unique selections from the museums’ collections available to all visitors.
Find more information at the Harvard Art Museums’ Website. 

This installation is made possible in part by funding from the Gurel Student Exhibition Fund and the José Soriano Fund. Modern and contemporary art programs at the Harvard Art Museums are made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art.

Sat, Aug 26, 2017

Sun, Jan 7, 2018

Thu, March 30, 2017 from 12:00pm - 01:30pm  /  Memorial Hall 030

Artist Talk: Landscape of Abstraction

Arts Seminar

Madhu Das, Visiting Artist, SAI Arts Program

Chair: Susan Bean, Independent Scholar and Chair, Art & Archaeology Center, American Institute of Indian Studies

Madhu Das is a multi-disciplinary Visual Artist based in Mumbai, India; his artistic practice is primarily concerned with the projection of identity onto the social and natural world: in a way that the two are woven together in the Indian space (both mythic space and actual); Exploring both conceptual and material sensibilities through range of media including drawing and painting, photography, performance, video, site-specific interventions, collaborative community projects and interactive/performative installations.

In his work, human body often establish an improvisational relationship with object and sculptural elements in the space. The work has involved the spaces in both a narrative sense and as a site of memory to re-narrate historical events as a way of plotting connections between the particular and the universal. Subjectively, he adapt aspects of material culture as well as methods from anthropology, allegorical fiction as conceptual tool, which later extends to the space of the viewer, from the point of a storyteller, exploring exciting linguistic devices and imagery with a sense of irony and paradox.

Lunch will be served.

SAI Visiting Artist Program

The location is Memorial Hall Meade Room 030, 45 Quincy Street. 



Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 12:00pm

Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 01:30pm

Tue, March 28, 2017 from 01:00pm - 02:30pm  /  CGIS S001

Artist Talk: Rabindra Shrestha

Arts Seminar

Rabindra Shrestha, Visiting Artist, SAI Arts Program

Chair: Jinah KimGardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University

Rabindra Shrestha is a Nepalese visual artist. Installation, detail pen and ink drawing, painting, traditional painting (Paubha), illustration, cartoon, and ceramic art are the different mediums of his visuals expressions. Most of his art is directly conceptual based. The collaborative line art project, Earthquake line and Finger prints with red line are some of his series in the Nepali contemporary art scene. Many people refer to him as a “Line Artist”. Shrestha’s works has been exhibited throughout the National Fine Art exhibition (nine times), Kochi-Muzirise Biennale 2014 (India), and Asian Art Biennale (Bangladesh). He secured the National Special Award (NAFA) from National Academy of Fine Arts three times, and was a winner of the US embassy Art Competition (Nepal).

SAI Visiting Artist Program

Lunch will be served.

Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 01:00pm

Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 02:30pm

CGIS S001, 1730 Cambridge Street

CGIS S001, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA