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Thinker, Cultural Activist & Literary Critic

Date & Time

Tue, 27 Sep 2022

Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

Has the artificial memory already taken a complete possession of the human memory? Have Indians altogether forgotten from where they arrived here? Where does one locate the beginning of India as a civilisation? Does it originate in the Vedas? Does it go back to the Indus civilisation? Was there a civilisation before the Indian mythos emerged? What was India when the Holocene began 12000 years before our time? Why is there politics being constructed around the question of India’s origin? This lecture will discuss the need for a People’s Report on Indian civilisation and the efforts being made towards preparing such a report.

This episode of BIC Talks is an extract from the second of a series of four masterclass lectures by Prof. G N Devy, titled Memory, Culture and The Being of India that took place in the BIC premises in early February 2022.

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Ganesh N Devy

Thinker, Cultural Activist & Literary Critic

G. N. Devy, a thinker and a public intellectual, initiated and led the People’s Linguistic Survey of India, covering over 700 languages with a team of nearly 3000 volunteers. The PLSI resulted in the publication of 91 titles, divided in 50 volumes in English, Hindi and several Indian languages, bringing to notice some 35000 printed pages of valuable data on the language diversity of India.

Devy initiated a series of international conferences of the indigenous communities from all continents resulting in 12 published volumes of perspectives of the indigenous on culture, ecology and politics.

Currently, he is engaged in producing a People’s Report on Indian civilisation and its history of the last 12000 years with the help of a large international collective of scholars in Human Genetics, Archaeology, Linguistics and Anthropologists.

Devy describes himself as a cultural activist. He writes in three languages—Marathi, Gujarati and English. His first book in English, After Amnesia (1992) received the Sahitya Akademi Award, which he returned in protest after the assassination of Dr. M. M. Kalburgi.

He has been an institution builder and a Professor of Literature. He has received many awards and honours including Padmashri, the Linguapax Award and the Prince Clause Award. He writes in Marathi,Gujarati and English and has to his credit 99 books written or edited by him.

His recent publications include, Being Adivasi (co-edited, Penguin, 2021) and Mahabharata – the Epic and the Nation (Aleph, 2022).