Healing through Art with Esther Gokhale

Date:     Saturday, May - 21, 2016
Time:    12 pm - 2 pm
Location:   200 Larkin Street, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Human beings are natural mimics. We copy what we see around us and unfortunately, posture in modern cultures has been deteriorating over the last 100 years. We can overcome this obstacle toward living our best lives by learning to treat our bodies as the natural wonders that they are. Join Esther Gokhale at the Asian Art Museum as we uplift ourselves, both physically and figuratively, by identifying patterns and mimicking the posture of ancient art and sculpture throughout the gallery collection. SACHI invites you  to explore Hindu, Buddhist and Jain artworks in the Asian Art Museum galleries for a novel posture and wellness workshop.

Fees:  $25.00 plus museum admission;  Limited to 20 participants

RSVP:;  650-918-6335


Buddha Amitayus
China, possibly, Chengde
Qing dynasty, Reign of the Qianlong emperor (1736-1795)
Lacquered and gilt wood
The Avery Brundage Collection, B60S16+
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Behind The Man Who Knew Infinity: Panel Discussion with Film Excerpts

Date:     Thursday, April - 21, 2016
Time:    7.30 pm
Location:   Cubberly Auditorium, Stanford University

Prior to the SF Film Festival Opening April 22-24, 2016, and the theater film release on April 29, 2016, SACHI (Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India) and Department of Mathematics, Stanford University invite you to an introduction and excerpts from the film, The Man Who Knew Infinity , on the life and legacy of Srinivas Ramanujan, featuring film Director Matthew Brown,  and a distinguished panel of mathematicians Manjul Bhargava (Princeton University), Ken Ono (Emory University), and Kannan Soundararajan (Stanford University). Please join us for this special conversation discussing the extraordinary genius of Ramanujan and the artistic inspiration for the film in Cubberly Auditorium at Stanford University.

For the film preview please watch

For pictures of this extremely well received, house-full event please click here.

A letter from Ramanujan in 1913 to Cambridge Professor G.H. Hardy, reproduced
for the film, The Man Who Knew Infinity. 
Image Credit:   Liz Colbert

The Poets of Partition

Date:     Sunday, March - 20, 2016
Time:    4 pm
Location:   87 Nora Way, Atherton, CA. 94027

In this talk, Prof. Satia will explore the experience and thoughts of Urdu poets who lived through the Partition of India in 1947. The story of Partition is typically told through the lens of high politics; here we will learn of the alternative political visions of an influential set of cultural actors. Through their lives and poetry we can excavate what other visions of the subcontinent’s future were on the table from the 1920s to 1950s.

The talk will range over the work and lives of many poets, but key figures include Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Makhdoom Mohiuddin, Hasrat Mohani, Ram Prasad Bismil, Mohamed Ali Jauhar, Allama Iqbal, Jigar Moradabadi, and Jagannath Azad. Dr. Satia will invoke earlier names like Ghalib and Daagh as well. Some will be Punjabi poets like Amrita Pritam and Shiv Kumar Batalvi.

The talk will also explore what, if anything, the poets’ lost causes can tell us about future possibilities.

Here is a link to Dr. Satia’s essay on her work:



“Mom, You’re Not Normal”: Yasmen Mehta in conversation with Kamini Ramani

Date:     Saturday, March - 05, 2016
Time:    4 pm to 6 pm
Location:   70 Tobin Clark Drive, Hillsborough, CA

Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India (SACHI) is delighted to present Yasmen S. Mehta, a dynamic and creative San Francisco dance artist and choreographer, in conversation with Kamini Ramani,  a storyteller and fan of artistic and entrepreneurial talent.

When Yasmen Mehta’s daughter tells her, “Mom, you’re not normal,” she takes it as a compliment. It has taken her many years to achieve sublime nuttiness, and she has relished every wacky experience that brought her closer to her goal. In her memoir, Mehta shares her hilarious and fascinating life story and the many lessons she has learned along the way. After twenty years of pirouettes and pliés, her decision to embrace her inner jock through speed skating further cemented popular opinion: Yasmen Mehta is not normal. Mehta currently teaches CrossFit, Pilates, and Yoga Tune Up®. In telling her life story, she explores the power, beauty and grace of the human body while encouraging others to experience that for themselves.

Kamini Ramani is a Bombay native turned San Francisco resident for over 25 years. Her love for literature began in the dark halls of Elphinstone College where she was taught and inspired by a phalanx of legendary Parsi professors. She pursued this interest with a degree in English Literature at Yale University, followed by a second degree at Stanford University. She is an avid reader of fiction (South Asian & beyond). As the marketing partner at venture capital firm Mayfield, Kamini enjoys amplifying the stories of passionate entrepreneurs.

Q & A, and Book Signing will follow the conversation.

Free Admission; Light Refreshments will be served.



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