Nature's Narratives: Writing Outdoors In India By Stephen Alter
With over 15 books to his name, including Becoming a Mountain: Himalayan Journeys in Search of the Sacred and the Sublime, Stephen Alter was writer-in-residence at MIT for 10 years and is one of India’s foremost nature writers. The Godrej India Culture Lab in collaboration with Sanctuary Asia and the Himalayan Club kickstart their Nature Month with a special talk by him.
Date and Time: February 12, 2016, 5 p.m.
Venue: Auditorium, First Floor, Godrej One, Pirojshanagar, (Entry from the Eastern Express Highway.) Vikhroli East.
About the event:
Stories about nature are an inseparable part of Indian literature. India’s jungles, mountains and coastlines have provided inspiration, metaphors and lore for millennia. British India thrived on tales of the wild by authors like Kipling and Corbett. As independence arrived, naturalists such as M. Krishnan and Salim Ali wove a message of conservation into their accounts of birds and mammals.
At the Lab, Stephen Alter will talk about his personal experiences as a nature writer in India and how he discovers most of his subjects outdoors. This is a rare opportunity to listen to him – so please don’t miss the chance. RSVP soon! This talk is free and open to all.
About Stephen Alter:
Stephen Alter is founding director of the Mussoorie Writers’ Mountain Festival and much of his writing focuses on the Himalayas. The Secret Sanctuary (Puffin, 2015) is his most recent novel for younger readers. Among the honours he has received, are fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Fulbright Program, the East West Centre in Hawaii, and the Banff Centre for Mountain Culture. He is this year’s recipient of the Kekoo Naoroji Book Award for Himalayan Literature.
About the organiser:
The Godrej India Culture Lab is a fluid experimental space that cross-pollinates ideas and people to explore what it means to be modern and Indian. The Lab was launched in January 2011 as an attempt to create an alternative intellectual hub in Mumbai city that would serve as a catalyst for conversations about contemporary India, by brokering interactions between academia, the creative industries, the corporate world and the not-for-profit sector. Parmesh Shahani, the founder of the Lab says, “India is an important world power. Its contemporary culture needs to be chronicled, amplified and debated across interdisciplinary silos. Hopefully the conversations that we enable will lead to insights, connections and serendipitous collaborations among its participants."