The programme for June 17, 2017 is: Ramayani: The Gond Way
The Speaker: Utkarsh Patel
The Gonds of central India interpret and tell the epic very differently from the way it is represented in the popular versions. From the main characters to the way the events unfold, there is a twist in every old tale. Utkarsh Patel tells the stories that bring out the diversity of the Ramayana narrative in a way that the epic becomes a mirror for the cultural and sociological identity of one of the oldest tribes.
Timing: 5.30 pm-6.30 pm
Ticket: Free entry
Audience: This is for a mature audience, 16 and older
Sessions will be conducted by: The founding members of Talking Myths Project (talkingmyths.com). What it is about: Build an understanding of Indian mythology in relation to world mythologies and create a context whereby traditional tales from the subcontinent are heard, shared and preserved in our collective memory Audience: This event is for a mature audience, 16 years and above Days and Dates: Once a month on the third Saturday*, starting from November 19, 2016 Time: Registration and tea 5 pm. Sessions start at 5:30 pm Duration of each session: 1 hour Venue: Trilogy, Building no. 28, First floor, Above Mercedes Service Center, Raghuvanshi Mills Compound, Next to Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel, Mumbai 400013. Landline: +91 8080 590 590, Mobile: +91 9004444598. Maximum number of participants: 50 Registration fees: Free
DR. VIDYA KAMAT
Dr. Vidya Kamat is a contemporary fine artist, and researcher scholar. She holds a degree in fine arts (B.F.A.) and Ph.D.in (Arts) from University of Bombay for her thesis on “Myths and Symbols seen in Sanskrit and allied literature”. Kamat has been a visiting faculty of Comparative mythology at the Department of Sanskrit, at the University of Mumbai from 1994-2010. She is a recognized as an advisor for Ph.D students by University of Mumbai since 2003. Kamat has published research papers in art and in comparative mythology in various national and international publications that includes The Times of India, The Indian Express, and Journal of Asiatic Society to mention a few. She was awarded a national cultural fellowship for her project: “A Study and Documentation of Roadside shrines in Mumbai” by Majlis, through HIVOS, Netherlands in 2002-2004.
ARUNDHUTI DASGUPTA SINGHAL
Arundhuti heads Business Standard‘s book publishing business currently and over the years has worked in a variety of editorial positions, freelance as well as a full time employee. Her work has involved writing, researching and planning for communication products in the print as well as digital space. She has also been a business journalist with leading newspapers (Financial Express, Times of India and Business Standard). She has co-authored two books which have been published by Penguin and Puffin India. Called The Weretiger: Stories of the Supernatural (released in the year 2002) and Spooked: Stories of the Supernatural (released in the year 2004), the books were a collection of original stories that dealt with ghosts, magic and mystery. Arundhuti also writes a regular blog on mythology called Kissa Kahani Bazaar (http://kissa-kahani.blogspot.in/) and a monthly column for Business Standard called Mythic Mantra.
Utkarsh has more than 20 years of experience in Sales and Business Development of IT products and solutions. He has worked with some of the well known IT organisations, some being start-ups, in India. Utkarsh has qualifications in Mythology, both Indian and the World from Mumbai University. He is also a faculty on the subject of Comparative Mythology, at the Mumbai University. He has been writing a Blog, ‘This is Utkarsh Speaking’ (http://utkarshspeak.blogspot.in/) for close to five years now, where he writes primarily on mythology and tries to uncover the real stories and little known implications of myths and legends.