The idea of India most of us have is one in which many interpretations of the nation are possible. Indeed, diversity is part of formal policy in India – there is a powerful official form of diversity, spoken in the “language of the Indian nation”. So we need to look at the concept of the nation itself before we can examine “narrating” a nation or its diversity. And the nation does not exist in isolation, and certainly not in our times of globalisation. What does this mean for our own version of lived diversity? Which are the voices that are heard, and which go unheard? Beginning with the hybrid and heterogeneous nature of Indian culture and cultural artefacts such as the novel, the poem or autobiography, Githa Hariharan will consider what we can learn about the “many Indias” from selected novels, poems and autobiographies.
The event will be held on Thursday, 19th September, 2013 at the Symbiosis Vishwabhavan Auditorium, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune at 5.00 pm. For more information, contact Manasa Gopakumar - +91-9765272659 or Amrita Sridar - +91-7709190971.