PANAJI: The 7th D D Kosambi Festival of Ideas will be held from February 4 to February 8 at Kala Academy, featuring noted personalities from various fields including co-founder of Infosys N R Narayana Murthy and astrophysicist Jayant Narlikar.
Others who will be delivering lectures include author Vandana Shiva (Indian); Kishore Mahbubani (Singapore), an academician and former Singaporean diplomat, currently professor in the Practice of Public Policy and Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore; and Baroness Patricia Scotland (UK), a British barrister who served in many ministerial positions within the UK government.
The Directorate of Art and Culture had initiated the D D Kosambi Festival of Ideas to commemorate the birth centenary of the legendary Damodar Dharmanand Kosambi, who contributed to genetics by introducing Kosambi’s map function. He is well-known for his work in numismatics and for compiling critical editions of ancient Sanskrit texts.
D D Kosambi was also a historian specializing in ancient India who employed the approach in his work.
He is described as ‘the patriarch of the Marxist school of Indian historiography’. This festival is the only one of its kind in the country.