The Circle of Stories
Do stories shape us or are they shaped by us? Utkarsh Patel and Arundhuti Dasgupta talk about why we tell stories, dip into the vast reserve of folk tales and myths from across the world to explore the power and influence they held over our past and continue to do so today.
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Ticket: Rs. 150 per person, per session
(You can pay via cash/card at the venue on the day itself.)
Audience: This is for a mature audience, 16 and older
ADVISORY: No parking or valet services. We are on the first floor, the lift does not open at the first floor.
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.