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.

Saai-fall-2022-eventsUpcoming Events

ON ZOOM Tue, Sept 13, 2022: 
Dalvir Pannu | The Sikh Heritage - Beyond Borders: An Illustrated history of the Sikh shrines in Pakistan

Fri, Sept 23-25 & Thu, Oct 6, 2022
3rd i's 20th Annual SF Int'l South Asian Film Festival

Fri, Sept 30, 2022
Asim Waqif | Decentralising the Creative Process

Mon, Oct 17, 2022
Supriya Chaudhuri | Modernism, Realism and Catastrophe: Local and Global Aesthetics in Mid-Twentieth Century India

Fri, Oct 28 - Sun, Oct 30, 2022
South Asian Literature and Arts Festival

Thu, Nov 3, 2022
Jason Felch | Chasing Shiva: Investigating the Market in South and Southeast Asian Antiquities

Tue, Nov 8, 2021
Rochona Majumdar | Anger and its Aftermath in Indian Cinema

Thu, Nov 17, 2022
Namita Vijay Dharia | The Industrial Ephemeral: Labor and Love in Indian Architecture and Construction

Scholar in Residence

Partha Mitter

Emeritus Professor, History of Art
University of Sussex

Residency Dates: Spring  2023