Mapping the Kumbh Mela

Interdisciplinary faculty and student research on a “Pop-up Mega City”

Mapping the Mela in the Media

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Over the past few months, media outlets across the globe have captured Harvard’s project on the Kumbh.  Below is a snapshot of the media coverage.  The South Asia Institute at Harvard is collecting these and will keep posting them as newer articles are published.

A pop-up city becomes an 80 million person laboratory (Boston.com, April 24, 2013)

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“Over the next few months the researchers will be tagging and sorting images, analyzing patient flows at hospitals, breaking down cellphone data, and generally trying to wrestle their mela research into something useful—both for improving the next mela, in 2025, and for understanding how temporary settlements operate anywhere in the world.”

Maha Kumbh miracle: Harvard to hear it from CM (The Times of India, April 14, 2013)

“Following the success of the 55-day Maha Kumbh mela, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and his team of officials has accepted an invitation by the Harvard University to make a presentation on how the government organised and managed the religious congregation.”

Harvard to get Kumbh lesson from Akhilesh (The Indian Express, April 13, 2013)

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“Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has accepted the Harvard University invitation to make a presentation on how the state government organised the 55-day religious congregation during Kumbh, which attracted millions of people from India and around the world, and went off smoothly.  The chief minister will speak at the university campus on April 25.”

Lessons of a Temporary City (Harvard Gazette, April 4, 2013)

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“Presenters from the GSD, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard School of Public Health, and the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights described their findings — from archival research into melas as far back as the mid-1800s to epidemiological data on disease outbreaks at this year’s festival — all of which the project’s coordinators hope to make available online with the help of the Harvard libraries.”

Inside the ultimate pop-up megacity (India Abroad, March 15, 2013)

“With high-powered handheld cameras mounted to a kite and zoomed high in the air, a handful of Harvard students joined Graduate School of Design Professor Rahul Mehrotra at the Maha Kumbh Mela, the mystical, magical and mind-boggling phenomenon, which every 12 years draws over 100 million pilgrims.”

What does Kumbh Mela mean to Harvard? (HBS News, March 11, 2013)

“The Maha Kumbh Mela came to an end yesterday in Allahabad, India, after 55 days. Senior Lecturer and Dauten Real Estate Fellow John Macomber, a member of the School’s Finance Unit, reflected on his recent visit to the world’s largest religious gathering and the impact it will have on his teaching and research.”

Ganges turns fecal lab as wealthy bathe with nude mystics (Bloomberg.com, March 11, 2013)

Ganges Turns Fecal Lab as Billionaires Bathe With Naked Mystics

“’I don’t know if you can pollute the Ganges or the Yamuna any more than they are already,’ Harvard’s Cash said. ‘That water is sewage. And God knows what else is in it — chemicals to destroy the bacteria as well.’”

India’s Kumbh Mela Ends (Wall Street Journal, March 10, 2013)

“Part of Harvard’s research was aimed at exploring how cities of the future will be constructed as the world urbanizes. ’30 years from now there will be twice as many people living in cities,’ Mr. Macomber said.”

Harvard Business School at the Kumbh Mela (Forbes.com, March 7, 2013)

Video with team member John Macomber

Pop-up megacity is a lesson for India (Financial Times, March 1, 2013)

Temporary tents provided for devotees during the Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad

“Onno Ruhl, head of the World Bank in India, calls it ‘an incredible logistical operation’. Harvard researchers describe it as ‘a pop-up megacity’.”

Tracking disease in a tent city (Harvard Gazette, March 1, 2013)

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“The Harvard visitors’ ambitious plan was to track diseases spreading among four of the Kumbh’s 14 sectors in real time, tracing them back to their sources, and hopefully stopping their spread before large-scale damage could be done.”

Management, Maha Kumbh style (The Hindu, February 28, 2013)

“How does one manage a human sea along a river! No surprise that Harvard Business School, among others, evinced interest in studying the organisation of the mammoth gathering at Maha Kumbh 2013 on the banks of the Ganga in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. Without doubt the occasion holds important lessons for future managers.”

Harvard’s tips for Kumbh organisers (Gulfnews.com, February 28, 2013)

“Stunned by the scale and magnitude of this ‘city’ raised on the sandy riverbed, a team of 50 faculty members and students of Harvard University spent 20 days here, documenting and analysing how this largest gathering of humanity is organised.”

Among millions, a blank slate (Harvard Gazette, February 22, 2013)

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“The Kumbh, at first glance, wouldn’t seem to offer [Tiona Zuzul and Vaughn Tan, both pursuing PhDs at Harvard Business School] much: It’s the last place one would look for haute cuisine or high-tech startups. But for Tan and Zuzul, and for many of the Harvard researchers drawn here, the Kumbh offered the promise of a true blank slate.”

The Sangam of Three Waters – Clean, Grey and River (FXB Center Blog, February 21, 2013)

By team member Michael Vortmann

Women collecting greywater for drinking - in spite of message that the water isn't potable.

“One of the key logistical challenges at the Kumbh is managing water flows for the millions of people who come to bathe… In addition to the extensive systems providing clean drinking water, greywater also has separate and actively managed catchment systems.”

Kumbh Mela and Burning Man: What the world’s two craziest pop-up cities have in common (Quartz.com, February 20, 2013)

“You can’t be at the Kumbh Mela long without hearing a comparison between the Hindu festival and Burning Man, the offbeat American gathering that takes place in the Nevada desert. While they are vastly different in size (see graphic above), they share the extraordinary similarity that both are pop-up cities built and disassembled in a matter of months. But on closer inspection, that’s just the beginning of the similarities between these two fascinating events.”

EMcounting the Mela: From Chennai to Prayag (FXB Center Blog, February 20, 2013)

By team member Satchit Balsari

FXB/EMcounter Team consolidating a long day’s work

“Yesterday, our team crossed the 30,000 mark. Since January 27th, 2013, the four sector hospitals that we have been following have seen over 30,000 patients… The tool we used to log data is called ‘EMcounter’.”

A sea of humanity in Kumbh holds clues to how we behave (The National, February 20, 2013)

Indian devotees carry containers with water from the Sangam or confluence of the Yamuna, Ganges and mythical Saraswati rivers at the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad on February 10, 2013. Robert Schmidt / AFP Photo

“The Harvard students and their professors, nearly 40 in all, had a somewhat different agenda. They were here in January to ‘map the Kumbh’ to understand the dynamics of a temporary city during pilgrimage.”

Mapping the Kumbh Mela (Times of India, February 18, 2013)

“Kumbh Mela, the world’s most grandiose religious festival, saw an unusual group of visitors for an unusual purpose this year. A multi-disciplinary team of over 50 faculty members, staff and student researchers from Harvard University visited the event to document and analyse the processes involved in its successful functioning.”

Harvard impressed with Kumbh’s orderliness (Times of India, February 17, 2013)

“The first verdict from the international health experts at the Kumbh Mela to record diseases among pilgrims has been positive. The team comprising mainly medical doctors from Harvard University in Massachusetts, USA, is ‘largely impressed’ with the orderliness of the Mela and the lack of any major disease outbreak.  However, the caveats follow.”

Harvard doctors give Kumbh health facilities thumbs up (Times of India, February 16, 2013)

The main objective of the Harvard team, which had the support of the National Disaster Management Authority and the Allahabad Medical College, was to map patterns of diseases, water distribution, sanitation and disaster management plans.”

Harvard docs impressed by Kumbh Mela orderliness (Health.India.com, February 15, 2013)

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“Largely impressed with the orderliness of the Mela and the lack of any major disease outbreak there, the team of international health experts comprising mainly medical doctors from Harvard University in Massachusetts, USA, stationed at the Kumbh Mela to record diseases among pilgrims have given a positive verdict so far.”

Das Kumbh Mela in Indien (ZDF Media – Germany, February 14, 2013)

[German television spot featuring Public Health team]

Saving the mother river (Harvard Gazette, February 14, 2013)

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“On this afternoon, the group [of Harvard students] was headed to a stretch of beach at the Sangam to track down Swami Chidanand Saraswati… one of the leading faces of the ‘Green Kumbh’ movement, a new feature at this year’s Maha Kumbh Mela and an offshoot of a broader push for environmentally conscious pilgrimage in India.”

US takes market tips from Kumbh vendors (The Telegraph – Calcutta, February 12, 2013)

“‘We’re trying to understand how the vendors cope with the risks and uncertainty in a fast-changing market,’ said Breza, an assistant professor of finance and economics at Columbia Business School in New York. ‘What we learn from the Kumbh may some day help small and large business firms elsewhere in the world,’ Breza told The Telegraph.”

Ephemeral Hospitals, Enduring Insights: Healthcare at the Kumbh (FXB Center blog, February 11, 2013)

By team member Dhruv Kazi

Ambulances stationed at Central Hospital.

“Delivering health care to 100 million people is an enormous task anywhere, but it’s even more challenging when the city – and hence its hospitals – must be temporary.”

Kumbh Mela: Case study in chaos attracts Harvard Business School (International Business Times, February 11, 2013)

“Macomber’s case study will home in on three global themes: massive and rapid urbanization; scarcity of basic resources such as clean air, water, electricity, land, coupled with excess traffic and pollution; and the inability of governments to effectively address these problems.”

How the deadly stampede outside the Kumbh Mela could have been avoided (Quartz.com, February 11, 2013)

By team member Logan Plaster

” Based on the observations made by our research team from the Harvard School of Public Health, there are at least five simple ways that Kumbh organizers can decrease the chance of a repeat event without laying a single concrete block of new infrastructure.”

Mahakumbh 2013 becomes a subject of public health research for Harvard University students  (India Today, February 10, 2013)

“The PHT [Harvard’s Public Health Team] has roped in 10 medical students and interns from Allahabad and Mumbai. Using specially developed smartphone applications, they spend hours at four of the 14 selected medical centres at the mela to collate data that go to a central server.”

Maha Kumbh Mela: City gears up for biggest gathering of humanity (Gulf News, February 9, 2013)

“The pop-up city has generated a lot of interest among academics, researchers and companies who are coming here to study crowd dynamics, crowd behaviour, mobile and internet phone usage among other things.  Over 300 journalists from 50 countries and hundreds of Indian journalists are camping here to cover this mega spectacle of faith that has baffled Western academics.  A team of Harvard University is here to study ‘economics and logistics’ behind the city.”

How a gathering of 30 million holds the answer to medical record keeping (Quartz.com, February 8, 2013)

By team member Logan Plaster

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“Our team from Harvard’s School of Public Health arrived at the Kumbh Mela this week with a simple goal. Deploy an electronic record system to help health clinics record and collate complaints so that they can be tracked over time… Harvard’s team created a simple iPad-based electronic medical record that tracks chief complaints and prescriptions and then deployed an enthusiastic team of Indian medical students and interns to gather the data from four clinics each day.”

Can big data from epic Indian pilgrimage help save lives?  (New York Times Blog, February 8, 2013)

Pilgrims at this year's Kumbh Mela.

“Big data, meet humanity.

The South Asia Institute at Harvard has sent a team of public health specialists to one of the largest gatherings in the world, the Kumbh Mela in India, with a goal of assembling the largest public health data set ever among a transient population… They are analyzing data from the four hospitals that cater to the congregants to try to gauge who is ailing from what and when. By mapping ‘complaints, diagnoses, medications and geographical origins of patients,’ the researchers said, they hope to discover disease outbreaks and patterns.”

Chaos and order of 12 million pilgrims at Kumbh Mela (The Australian, February 7, 2013)

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“THE dusty, humid streets of Allahabad, in India’s northern Uttar Pradesh will over the next month see a team of no less than 36 researchers from Harvard descend on the city to investigate the world’s largest gathering of people.”

Photos: A most important day at the Kumbh Mela, population 30 million and counting (Quartz.com, February 6, 2013)

By team member Logan Plaster

Medical students from nearby Alahabad speak with Aaron Heerboth (R), one of the Harvard team coordinators from the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights.

“We heard the Kumbh long before we entered its hazy, golden streets. In fact, if you close your eyes anywhere in the river valley where this pop-up mega city has been erected, you can hear the constant, occasionally thunderous hum—car horns, public announcements and sacred song punctuated by the occasional blast of fireworks.”

Mapping a megacity’s metabolism (Harvard Gazette, February 5, 2013)

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“If you wanted to jury-rig your own local version of Google Maps, you might end up with something like the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) team gathered one January morning, already sweltering under the rising Indian sun.

But GSD professor Rahul Mehrotra and his colleagues and students were going where Google hasn’t: into the heart of the Maha Kumbh Mela, India’s ‘ephemeral city,’ an impressive grid of colorful, tent-lined streets that pops up every 12 years to accommodate the world’s largest gathering of Hindu pilgrims.”

Harvard Team documents Kumbh Mela (India Blooms, February 5, 2013)

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“A multidisciplinary team of over 50 faculty, staff and student researchers from Harvard University visited Allahabad to document and analyze the processes involved in the successful functioning of the ongoing Kumbh Mela, the world’s largest religious festival that occurs every twelve years, lasts 55 days, and draws millions of visitors to a temporary, purpose-built tent city on the banks of the Ganges and Yamuna at Prayag where it has formed a confluence along with the mythical Saraswati.”

Harvard University team studying the Kumbh Mela (India Info Online, February 5 2013)

“Through exchange of knowledge between disciplines, the research and development from ‘Mapping of the Kumbh Mela’ project will result in building educational tools and resources pertinent to the study of religion, urban design, business, and global health. The project will also lead to possible solutions to issues such as the design for disaster and medical response, rapid urbanization, management of public goods and services, communication & connectivity through mobile technology, and health care for large populations inhabiting temporary settlements.”

Pilgrimage Mahakumbh – John Macomber’s Blog  (Tumblr, February 4, 2013)

Harvard Business School professor John Macomber reports on his experiences at the Kumbh Mela.

The spectacular first Maha Data Kumbh (The New Indian Express, February 3, 2013)

“The [Harvard] researchers call this year’s mela as the first Big Data Kumbh. The millions of cellphones at the Kumbh will be tapped as mobile sensors. Local cellular providers and government authorities will help the team to collect the biggest ever telecom data bank ever created. The information will help understand disaster management by analysing how calamities can be prevented or contained; massive religious gatherings are usually venues of disasters. The Big Data project promises to be a treasure trove of information for statisticians, engineers, mathematicians and social scientists. On the sandy shores, science and belief meets to understand the edifice that is human civilisation.”

The 80 Million-Pilgrim March (Wall Street Journal, February 1, 2013)

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How to manage the world’s biggest religious event? With an instant city…  Prof. Mehrotra says that the city is unique not just because of the number of people who gather there but because it is arranged like a more permanent community. ‘Spatially, it is organized into zones with a use of infrastructure that replicates a regular, efficient urban condition,’ he says.”

Harvard University students research on Maha Kumbh Mela (TV News 5, January 30, 2013)

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Harvard students conduct research at India’s Kumbh Mela festival (USA Today, January 28, 2013)

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“During their winter break, a group of Harvard students and professors traveled to India to witness the Kumbh Mela, which has been widely described as the largest human gathering on Earth.

Wandering among a crowd of Hindu devotees and sadhus, or holy men, the students were there to research and observe the temporary mega city that had popped up along the banks of the Ganges to house the millions of festival attendees.”

Photo gallery: Maha Kumbh Mela in India subject of Harvard study (Straits Times, January 28, 2013)

India’s ‘imagined landscape’, where ‘geographical landscape is filled with legend and stories’ (The Indian Express, Jan 28, 2013)

An Interview with Diana Eck

Kumbh’s pop-up mega city ‘unlike any other research’ for Harvard team (The Financial Express, January 27, 2013)

“‘Not like any field research I’ve done before,’ is how John Macomber, senior lecturer of business administration at Harvard Business School, describes his Maha Kumbh experience. He is part of a 36-member team from Harvard that was in India recently to study various aspects of the Kumbh Mela and ‘map the metabolism of the city’.”

Studying India’s Maha Kumbh Mela Festival (Harvard Business Review, January 25, 2013)

by Tarun Khanna

“Between 2000 and 2010, the population of Delhi burgeoned from 15 million to 22 million while Shanghai’s population swelled from 14 to 20 million. Compare that to the recent rise of an impromptu city near Allahabad in India: In the week after January 14, 2013, the first day of the Maha Kumbh Mela festival — during which Hindus gather for a sacred bath at the confluence of the Ganga and Yamuna rivers — around 10 million people had gathered there.”

Why a Harvard Finance Instructor Went to the Kumbh Mela (Forbes.com, January 24, 2013)

by John Macomber

“I’m in a winter coat and hat in the January pre-dawn cold and dark, standing on sandbags on a riverbank in the middle of Uttar Pradesh, India.  Pilgrims and the faithful and the respectful come to the river this morning by the hundreds, clad in the minimum, praying and splashing and releasing marigold wreaths and rafts of small oil lamps into the river.  This is not like any field research I’ve done before.”

Harvard’s Hot Destination (Deccan Herald, January 24, 2013)

“India appears to be a hot destination for students and researchers from Harvard to conduct on the spot studies in areas like team management, logistics, economics etc.

First to attract their attention was the perfection of Mumbai’s Dabbawallas who deliver thousands of lunchboxes to office goers everyday… Next it was the Indian Railways that saw Harvard brains wondering at the turnaround in the fortunes of this behemmoth… And now, it’s the Kumbh Mela. This largest congregation of human beings anywhere on earth, with its mind boggling logistical arrangements and economic fallout will be seeing Harvard study groups descending on India.”

From Harvard to Kumbh on Study Tour (India Express, January 23, 2013)

“A research group from the Harvard Business School (HBS) has spent five days in Allahabad looking at various aspects of the Kumbh Mela. As some of the members of the group put it, the first-hand experience from “ground zero” has helped dispel several notions and also left many questions unanswered.”

Shivling of Mercury appeared in Maha kumbh (India TV – Youtube, January 23, 2013)

[Interview with Diana Eck, Rachel Taylor, Isaac Dayno, and Leila Shayegan starting at minute 7]

Harvard University professors and students take part in Kumbh Mela (News Express Online – Youtube, January 23, 2013)

Kumbh clean up with Harvard students (Youtube, January 23, 2013)

‘More to Kumbhmela than shahi snaans and naga sadhus’ (The Times of India, January 23, 2013)

“On the last day of her stay in the Sangam city, [Professor Diana Eck] performed the ritualistic ‘havan’ and participated in a ‘satsang’. Prior to the dip, Eck, her colleagues and students participated in an hour-long exercise initiated by the Ganga Action Parivar to clean the banks of the two rivers that meet at Sangam. She said, ‘Rivers are the lifeline of a culture and Ganga is surely the most important river in India. The participation of my group was a token contribution towards cleansing the waters that wash off sins in a secular way.'”

Harvard team to study what makes Kumbh Mela rock (Niti Central, January 22, 2013)

“The Kumbh Mela, considered the largest public gathering in the world, will be the subject of a case study at Harvard University, which will study the logistics and economics behind it and the ‘pop-up mega-city’ that comes to life in Allahabad during the religious event.”

Mahakumbh Mele para sodha karenga prabandhan guru aur chatra (Aaj Tak, January 22, 2013)

[Maha Kumbh Mela to be the subject of a case study at Harvard University]

Harvard University to Study Kumbh Mela Festival (Bernama.com – Malaysia, January 21, 2013)

Inside India’s pop-up city (Harvard Gazette, January 21, 2013)

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Kumbh Mela: worth learning from (Financial Times Blog, January 21, 2013)

“This year, the Maha Kumbh Mela is bigger than ever so it presents a special organisational challenge. The area covered by the tent city has risen from 1,500 hectares in 2001, the last time the Maha Kumbh Mela was held, when it lasted 44 days. This year there are 99 parking lots on site, up from 35 in 2001. There are 12,461 state police personnel at the festival, up from 9,965 in 2001. And 85 CCTV cameras have been installed; back in 2001, there were none…  There is clearly much to learn from the Kumbh Mela, which is why Harvard is sending staff and students from six departments in arts and sciences, design, business and health.”

Maha Kumbh Mela: Now a Harvard University case study (Studio N Channel – Youtube, January 21, 2013)

Mahakumbh Mele ko dekha ascharya me hai dunya, Harvard University karvaegi sodha (DainikBhaskar.com, January 21, 2013)

[Maha Kumbh Mela now a Harvard University Case Study]

महाकुंभ मेले को देख आश्चर्य में है दुनिया, हार्वर्ड यूनिवर्सिटी करवाएगी शोध

100 Million Pilgrims to be Studies by Harvard (International Business Times, January 20, 2013)

“The sheer scale and size of the Maha Kumbh, which is expected to draw more than 100 million people to the banks of the Ganges, has attracted interest from the unlikeliest of places – the United States’ Harvard University… ‘There’s no doubt that the mela is an incredible, even astonishing, human undertaking. Just the organisational logistics involved in managing so many people over a few months in one spot is tremendous. Our project seeks to understand this unique phenomenon better,’ Diana Eck, a key faculty member associated with the project, said.”

Harvard University scholars in awe of Mahakumbh (LivePunjab.com, January 20, 2013)

“The students and academics from the Harvard University are in complete awe of the Mahakumbh Mela currently underway at Allahabad, so much so that they are studying its dozens of astonishing aspects…

Diana Eck, a key member of the research team, is impressed with the way the mega event is controlled and its other aspects.

‘There’s no doubt that the mela is an incredible, even astonishing, human undertaking. Just the organizational logistics involved in managing so many people over a few months in one spot is tremendous. Our project seeks to understand this unique phenomenon better,’ says Diana.”

Maha Kumbh Mela: Now a Harvard University case study (Press Trust of India, Jan 20, 2013)

“The Maha Kumbh Mela, considered the largest public gathering in the world, will be the subject of a case study at Harvard University, which will study the logistics and economics behind it and the “pop-up mega-city” that comes to life in Allahabad during the religious event… Creating this huge encampment entails multiple aspects of contemporary urbanism, including city planning and management, engineering and spatial zoning, an electricity grid, water lines and sanitation systems, food and water distribution plans, hospitals and vaccination centres, police and fire stations, public gathering spaces, and stages for entertainments and plays, the university said.”

Maha Kumbh now a Harvard case study (TV 5 News Channel – Youtube, January 20, 2013)

Mahakumbh mystique attracts academics and students from Harvard University (Times of India, January 20, 2013)

“Besides the millions of pilgrims, ash-smeared ascetics, doe-eyed starlets and wide-eyed tourists that usually flock to the Mahakumbh Mela in Allahabad, there is a new class of visitors the religious gathering has attracted this year: academics and students from Harvard University.

Intrigued by the sheer scale and complex dynamics of the mela, a group of top Harvard dons have been quietly working on a big multi-disciplinary project to study its various aspects.”

Kumbh Mela festival: a sanitary challenge of mammoth proportions (France 24, January 17, 2013)

“A 35-strong team of Harvard professors and students will be at Kumbh Mela this year studying the festival’s logistics, keen to find out how a ‘pop-up mega city’ works. Satchit Balsari and Gregg Greenough are from the Harvard School of Public Health.  ‘It’s an impressive operation. It’s mind-boggling to see how the administration organises the festival.'”

Kumbh Mela to generate Rs 12000 crore for UP (Truthdive.com, January 17, 2013)

“Kumbh Mela, the religious gathering said to be the largest in the world is expected to generate Rs 12000 crore for the UP exchequer. In addition, FMCG companies are estimated to do business of Rs 1500 crore in two months’ time…  Harvard School’s various disciplines have sent out teams to study the organization of the event which attracts 150 million people… Harvard Dept of Public Health, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard Business School, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Divinity are studying how this mini city is created and functions and how it dismantles itself after the mela is over.”

Harvard and the Kumbh Mela (Live Mint, January 15, 2013)

Illustration: Jayachandran/Mint

“Behind the massive show of religious devotion is a quiet secular machine that services the millions who pour into Allahabad for the Kumbh Melas. The details are mind boggling. The crowd on the main days is large enough to be visible from space satellites. Some 25,000 tonnes of foodgrains are sent to feed the pilgrims. About 700,000 tents are erected to house the visitors. Pipes have to be laid so that clean drinking water is available.”

Mahakumbh ka adhyayan kara rahi Harvard University (One India, January 15, 2013)

[Harvard University studying Maha Kumbh Mela]

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Harvard’s next case study: The logistics and economics behind Kumbh Mela, the largest human gathering in history (Quartz.com, January 14, 2013)

by Logan Plaster

“Harvard’s South Asia Institute, a group that connects all the schools at Harvard for the sake of inter-disciplinary regional projects, sees [the Kumbh Mela] as an unprecedented opportunity. The Institute has coordinated 35 students and faculty from four distinct schools to travel to the festival and study everything from water quality to sanitation techniques to health clinic readiness.

Somewhat shockingly, this is a real first for Harvard, which typically operates in a much more siloed fashion. Harvard Business School has its world and the School of Public Health has its, and rarely the twain shall meet.”

Maha Kumbh Mela: 10 milioni di fedeli indù nel Gange (Huffington Post – Italy, January 14, 2013)

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January 31, 2013 at 2:20 pm

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