The Literary Club of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai cordially invites you to “Buddha’s Bowl @ Ajanta, a presentation by Vithal C. Nadkarni, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Ajanta’s rediscovery, on Friday, 7th February, 2020, at 5.30 p.m., in the Durbar Hall of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai.

Buddha’s Bowl @ Ajanta: In the 200th year of Ajanta’s rediscovery, Vithal C. Nadkarni takes an analytic look at the changing narratives sparked by this World Heritage site. The re-imaging of the Ajanta Apsara, whether in the East or in the West, is hardly a new phenomenon.

Still, how does one evaluate Ajanta’s influence on maestros such as Auguste Rodin, for example? And on thinkers like Schumacher, the so-called Buddhist socialists, not to forget celebrities such as Robert Thurman, Richard Gere and Steven Seagal? What can the wannabe genius and acolyte of today hope to learn and imbibe from the masterful murals that have had an abiding influence not just on Indian art but also on a global scale? More importantly, how can we revitalise our hearts, minds and lives with this enchanting artistic legacy?
Vithal C. Nadkarni is a former Science Editor of The Times of India, and a Consulting Columnist with The Speaking Tree; and also a Vice-President of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai.
Do join us for this enriching and elevating experience.
Tea will be served at 5.00 p.m.

- Mr. Surendra Kulkarni, Hon. Secretary, ASM
- Prof. Meenal Kshirsagar , Chairperson - ASM LitClub

The Asiatic Society of Mumbai Literary Club cordially invites you to a talk on
‘Writing Across Forms’ by Shanta Gokhale on
Tuesday, 28th January 2020, at 5.30 p.m.

The writer will attempt to answer the question: How do the processes for writing a novel, a play and a memoir differ if they differ at all? She will talk about her personal experiences working with the three formats. Shanta Gokhale is a renowned writer, journalist, theatre critic and cultural commentator. She has recently published ‘One Foot on the Ground: A Life Told Through the Body’ an unusual and extraordinary autobiography, one of the finest personal histories written in contemporary India.
Do join us for an evening of illuminating insights into the mind of one of the leading intellectuals of our time.
Tea will be served at 5.00 p.m.
- Mr. Surendra Kulkarni, Hon. Secretary, ASM
- Prof. Meenal Kshirsagar, Chairperson - ASM LitClub

The Literary Club of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai is delighted to invite you to a talk on “The Vocabulary of Marathi Food” by Saee Koranne-Khandekar, on Tuesday, 17th December at 5.30 p.m. at the Durbar Hall of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai. This talk attempts to question the conventional vocabulary of Marathi food and trace its origins. It also hopes to showcase the successes and failures of employing universal terms to define the cuisines of the region; does renaming a Bhakri as Taco make it more aspirational and, therefore, more welcoming to a non-Marathi, younger consumer? Must all modern interpretations be labelled "fusion" and must they involve liquid nitrogen to qualify?
The speaker will also talk about the occurrence of food imagery in oral Marathi literature and how it serves to be a source of food wisdom.
Supported by readings from the book, “Pangat, A Feast”, and a visual presentation of the author's work, this talk attempts to debunk the myths that surround Marathi cuisine among those who are familiar with it as well as those who are curious about it.
About the author:
The speaker, Saee Koranne-Khandekar is an author and culinary consultant. She researches and writes primarily on food, where her interests include indigenous cuisines, baking, and culinary literature. She is the author of the widely reviewed Crumbs!: Bread Stories and Recipes for the Indian Kitchen and writes extensively on baking and regional cuisines in their historical and socio-cultural contexts, and has been awarded the Food Chroniclers Award, 2019. Her second book, “Pangat: A Feast”, navigates the many sub-cuisines of Maharashtra and attempts to break the myths that surround the food of the land.
Saee is also an amateur poet. Her work can be read on www.saeekhandekar.com, and in various print and online journals.
Do join us for this very Interesting evening about a subject that is close to our hearts!
Tea will be served at 5.00 p.m.
- Mr. Surendra Kulkarni, Hon. Secretary, ASM
- Prof. Meenal Kshirsagar, Chairperson ASM LitClub
- Ms. Sushama V. Dabak, Convenor,ASM LitClub

   
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