Mapping the Kumbh Mela

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

Mahakumbh mystique attracts academics and students from Harvard University, Times of India

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“Tarun Khanna of Harvard Business School is fascinated by the massive temporary township – ‘pop-up megacity’ is what he calls it — that springs up on the sandy banks of the converging rivers. It is spread over 1,940 hectares this year. “To make an inexact but useful comparison, consider how large bustling cities like Istanbul or Lagos took several decades to go from populations of 1 million to 10 million. At the Kumbh, it’s quite amazing for scholars like us to observe such speedy migration into a city like this. It makes for a unique, rapidly moving laboratory — and offers us a special opportunity to study everything from the process of organisation to the interplay of commerce and technology,” he says.”

Read more of in the Times of India.

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Written by Nora Maginn

January 20, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Posted in All, Media

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