D D Kosambi Festival of Ideas is here!


The Festival which provides all the fodder for the mind and also for the soul— The 8th D D Kosambi Festival of Ideas, which hosts best of minds from various arenas of life, is here. This year the Festival will be held from February 17 to February 21 at Dinanath Mangueshkar Kala Mandir, Kala Academy, Campal, Panaji.

On the inaugural day, February 17 at 5 p.m. there will be a talk by former member of Planning Commission of India and former India Chairman of Boston Consulting Group, Arun Maira, on the topic, ‘Shaping our Future: One Country; One Destiny.’

On February 18 at 5 p.m. there will a talk by ideation specialist, a renowned Indian English theatre personality and CEO of AP Advertising Private Limited, Alyque Padamsee, on the topic, ‘Ideation : The wildfire that is sweeping the world.’

February 19 at 5 p.m. one will witness lecture by IIM Ahmedabad professor and founder of Honey Bee Network Executive, Anil Kumar Gupta, on the topic, ‘Mining the Minds for a Meaningful Future: Lessons from the Honey Bee Network.’

On February 20 at 5 p.m. Governor, Reserve Bank of India and economist by Raghuram Rajan, will speak on ‘Democracy & Free Enterprise: Concurrence & Contradictions.’

On the concluding day, February 21 at 5 p.m. former Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), K Radhakrishnan, will speak on ‘Mathematics and Space Missions.’

Speakers of the 8th D D Kosambi Festival of Ideas 2015

Arun Maira:  He is a former member of the Planning Commission chaired by the Prime Minister of India. In this ministerial level position, he was responsible for facilitating the shaping of policies and programs relating to industrialisation and urbanisation in the country, and tourism.  He is the author of several books, which include “Shaping The Future:  Aspirational Leadership in India and Beyond” by John Wiley’s and Sons in 2001, to name a few. He was a member of the Tata Administrative Services and worked in several senior positions in the TATA Group in India and abroad for 25 years until 1989.  He has advised Governments and international agencies on leadership processes to accelerate development. Prior to his appointment on the Planning Commission, Arun Maira has served on the boards of several large Indian companies, including companies in the Tata, Birla, Godrej, Hero, and Mahindra Groups. He has been a Member of The Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) National Council for many years.

Alyque Padamsee: He is a multi-faceted genius who wears three hats. One, as the brand father of modern Indian advertising and has built over 100 brands. Two, he is the guru of English theatre in India with over 70 major productions to his name.  Three, he is very committed to Public Service work, and is currently guiding the Bombay Police Force in a campaign against eve teasing and sexual molestation on the city streets.

He has worked as communications advisor to Chandrababu Naidu, the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, where he creatively supervised the presentation to President Bill Clinton and also Prime Minister Tony Blair. His best-seller book on Advertising entitled a Double Life is prescribed in business school.

Internationally, Padamsee is famous for his portrayal of Mohammad Ali Jinnah in Sir Richard Attenborough’s film ‘Gandhi’. He is also the only Indian to be voted into the International Clio Hall of Fame, the Oscars of World Advertising.  His current revival of the musical Jesus Christ Superstar is breaking all box-office records in Mumbai.

Anil Kumar Gupta: Gupta earned his Ph D degree in management from Kurukshetra University (India) in 1986 after his masters in Biochemical Genetics in 1974 from Haryana Agricultural University, Haryana. He is currently a professor in the Centre for Management in Agriculture. His unique work of analysing indigenous knowledge of farmers and pastoralists and building bridges to science based knowledge has led to the honour of being elected at a young age to India’s National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and recognition through Pew Conservation Scholar Award of USD 150,000, 1993 to 96 from University of Michigan. Biodiversity conservation through documentation, value addition and dissemination of local peoples’ innovative resource conservation practices is the thrust in future work.  His desire to develop a platform to recognise, respect and reward local innovators was the stimulus behind the creation of the Honey Bee network.

To help provide support structures for grass roots innovators and link formal and informal knowledge systems, SRISTI, a global initiative and an NGO, to network local innovators was established in 1993. It provides organisational support to the Honey Bee network in over 70 countries.

To demonstrate the potential of knowledge rich economically poor people in taking developing societies out of the morass of mediocrity and lead these on to a path of sustainable, democratic and diversified progress. And have been walking (around 6000 kms across India) for a week or more every summer and winter for last 17 years as a part of Shodhyatra (journey on foot) to celebrate creativity at grassroots,  to learn from grassroots teachers and share creativity of communities encountered so far.

Raghuram Rajan:  Raghuram Rajan took over charge as the 23rd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India on September 5, 2013. Prior to that, he was the chief economic advisor, Ministry of Finance, Government of India and the Eric J Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago’s Booth School.

He was also Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund (2003-2006).  Rajan had chaired the Indian Government’s Committee on Financial Sector Reforms (2007-2008).

He co-authored, “Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists” with Luigi Zingales in 2003. He then wrote “Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy,” for which he was awarded the Financial Times-Goldman Sachs prize for best business book in 2010.

K Radhakrishnan: KRadhakrishnan; the former Chairman of ISRO and   current chairman for the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology currently; is a technocrat par excellence; a dynamic and result oriented manager with very fine personal and inter personal qualities; an astute Institution builder with a strategic vision. He has had a distinguished career adorned with accomplishments that spans beyond 40 years in space technology, applications and space programme management.

During 2000 – 05 he had a stint in the Ministry of Earth Sciences as the Founder Director of Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services and the first Project Director of Indian National Tsunami Warning System.

He also held several important positions at the international level including vice chairman of Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (2001-05), founder chairman of Indian Ocean Global Ocean Observing System (2001-06) and chairman of the Working Group of the Whole UN-COPUOS STSC (2008-2009).


D D Kosambi Festival of Ideas is organised by Directorate of Art & Culture.

All these talks are open to all.