SACHI Annual Event 2015: Rama and Company Come to the Asian

Date:     Sunday, November - 08, 2015
Time:    2-4 pm
Location:   Samsung Hall, Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco

The Asian Art Museum’s major exhibition The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe (October 21, 2016-January 15, 2017) highlights 130 splendid paintings, sculptures, and performing arts objects made over 1500 years in India, Southeast Asia, and the West. These works are being brought from museums in Europe, the UK, and around the US to illuminate the personalities and characters, trials and triumphs of the four main characters, Rama, Sita, Hanuman, and Ravana.  It will be the largest and most important exhibition on the Rama epic ever staged in the US.

Dr. Forrest McGill, Wattis Senior Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, and Chief Curator of The Rama Epic, will describe the exhibition’s themes and approaches and illustrate some of the most significant artworks. The introduction will be followed by a conversation with two renowned Ramayana scholars from UC Berkeley,  Dr. Robert P. Goldman and Dr. Sally J. Sutherland Goldman, together with Forrest McGill.

In a concluding piece, visiting artist, Dr. Mallika Sarabhai will enact a segment from her stage production, Sita’s Daughters.

Please join us for a Reception in the Loggia following the event.

Free after Museum Admission.

Image Credit:

Hanuman flies to the Himalayas for magical herbs, page from the Mewar Ramayana, 1649–1653, by Sahibdin (Indian, active approx. 1625–1660). Opaque watercolors on paper.The British Library, Add. MS 15297(1) f.100r.

For pictures of the event click here.

Jitish Kallat in his studio3

A Conversation with Contemporary Artist Jitish Kallat

Date:     Saturday, October - 17, 2015
Time:    2.00 pm - 3.00 pm
Location:   Samsung Hall, Asian Art Museum. 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco.

Following groundbreaking U.S. art installations, Public Notice 3 at the Art Institute of Chicago (2010-2011), and Epilogue at the San Jose Museum of Art (2013-2014), Jitish Kallat visits San Francisco for an insightful conversation discussing his art practices and the critically acclaimed curating project, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

Please join SACHI and Asian Art Museum friends for a rare opportunity to hear Mumbai-based artist Jitish Kallat, a stimulating voice in the contemporary art scene today.

To learn more about Jitish Kallat’s installation Public Notice 3, please visit .

To watch Jitish Kallat speak on the Infinite Episode, please visit .



Learning from Lahore

Date:     Friday, September - 25, 2015
Time:    12 noon - 2 p.m.
Location:   Townsend Center for the Humanities
220 Stephens Hall, Univ. of California, Berkeley

Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India and Institute for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley are proud to present Learning from Lahore,  an illustrated talk on the urban history of Lahore by Professor Will Glover, Distinguished Architectural Historian and Director of Graduate Studies, History, Univ. of Michigan. Dr. Munis Faruqui, Co-Chair, Berkeley Pakistan Initiative and Associate Professor, Dept. of South and Southeast Asian Studies will lead a conversation with Prof. Glover following the presentation. The event is free and open to the public.


Lahore Revisited – The City and Its Nineteenth Century Guidebook

Date:     Sunday, August - 30, 2015
Time:    4.00 p.m.
Location:   India Community Center
525 Los Coches Street
Milpitas, CA
Image Credit:

Annu Palakunnathu Matthew

Woman at River, from the series Memories of India, 2002

5 inches x 5 inches

Courtesy Annu Palakunnathu Matthew and sepiaEYE.

A Special Program: Living Between Cultures

Date:     Sunday, May - 10, 2015
Time:    5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location:   San Jose Museum of Art
110 S. Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Imagined Journeys: Lalla Roukh and Her Story

Date:     Sunday, May - 03, 2015
Time:    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location:   Danforth Lecture Hall, Mills College Art Center
5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland

Springtime Melodies

Date:     Sunday, April - 19, 2015
Time:    4 PM – 6 PM
Location:   Home of Indu & Raman Khanna
208 Echo Lane, Portola Valley

Sri Lanka: A Land of Multicultural Exchanges

Date:     Wednesday, April - 15, 2015
Time:    6:00 p.m
Location:   Home of Vinati Mishra
2190 Broadway, Apt. 9W, San Francisco

High Calling: Nicholas Roerich and his Search for Shambhala

Date:     Wednesday, April - 01, 2015
Time:    6.00 p.m.
Location:   History Building 200
Room 30, Main Quad
Stanford University


Date:     Sunday, February - 22, 2015
Time:    2-4 pm
Location:   Danforth Lecture Hall
Mills College Art Museum
5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland