NOVEMBER 23, 2019!
OMG: How media transforms the myths we tell
Media has always played an important role in myth. Be it using mythology’s rich imagery to rouse emotions and create a movement as was done during the country’s freedom struggle, or establish social order. And as myth is used by media, it is also transformed by it. Utkarsh Patel and Arundhuti Dasgupta talk about the links that bind myth and media, how one shapes the other and feeds off it at the same time. They will talk about Ram, Perseus, Bharat Mata, Draupadi and Santoshi Mata among others
The Mythology Project is a platform meant to preserve and nurture the intangible inheritance of stories, performing arts, songs and everything else that connects us all and helps us understand the world around us
Founders Arundhuti Dasgupta, an author and columnist on myth and culture, and Utkarsh Patel is lecturer of Comparative Mythology at the University of Mumbai. Both have studied Comparative Mythology, Indian and World, from Mumbai University.
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.