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:http://www.tanqeed.org/2016/01/poets-of-partition/
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.
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.
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.
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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 http://www.artic.edu/exhibition/jitish-kallat-public-notice-3 .
To watch Jitish Kallat speak on the Infinite Episode, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJYmaXzvbpY .
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.