Art & Visual Cultures of South Asia

The South Asia Art Initiative (SAAI) at the University of California, Berkeley promotes research-based conversations and collaborations around the arts of South Asia + its diasporas from the ancient period to the present. SAAI’s mission as an incubator of creative thought and practice is animated by the research interests of the Cal community of faculty and students as well as collaborations with national and international partner institutions. Along with hosting lectures, conferences, and artist/curator/scholar residencies, the SAAI offers the annual UC Berkeley South Asia Art & Architecture Dissertation Prize and the UC Berkeley South Asia Artist Prize.

Upcoming Events

Asma and SanthiAsma Kazmi + Santhi Kavuri-Bauer | Crisis and Creativity: Artists Speak Series

Wed, Oct 27, 2021
9-10:30 a.m. PST
Zoom Event


Faizan AhmedFaizan Ahmed | A Photobook from Pakistan: Traveling on the Metro Bus for Five Years

Thu, Nov 18, 2021
9-10:30 a.m. PST
Zoom Event


osmund bopearachchiThe Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture
Osmund Bopearachchi | Gandharan Art Revisited: What is New and What is Next

Thu, Dec 9, 2021
5-6:30 p.m. PST
10 Stephens Hall

SAAI Artist/Scholar in Residence

Partha Mitter

Emeritus Professor, History of Art
University of Sussex

Residency Dates: March 13 - March 20, 2022