The four-month long Festival of India in Thailand,which has featured a wide range of music, dance, and art shows, ends this month with two exclusive events.
The first, a royal photo exhibition titled India through the Lens of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, is currently running at the Chulalongkorn University Museum. The exhibition features photos taken by HRH Princess Sirindhorn during her many trips to India.
Her collection of over 30 photos centre around daily life — street kids, shop owners, tribal characters — as well as lesser-known cities like Hampi, Ahmedabad, and Lucknow, and the variety of spaces characteristic of the Subcontinent, from tea estates to cow-pens.
“These photos share the ‘taste’ of life that passes by endlessly [in India],” says HRH Princess Sirindhorn, whose 60th birthday the festival commemorates this year.
HRH Princess Sirindhorn will visit the photo exhibition during its last day on display, May 25, as well as the closing event, Words on Water, a literary roundtable featuring some of the top authors in India today. The discussion will be held at 2pm in the Main Hall of Chulalongkorn University.
This the first time that an Indian literary event of this magnitude has been held in Bangkok, thanks to the efforts of Teamwork Arts, the organizers of the world-famous Jaipur Literature Festival who conceptualized the Festival of India in Thailand.
The authors include Vikas Swarup, the diplomat-writer whose book “Q & A” inspired the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire; Namita Gokhale, who has written 12 books and is co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival; Arshia Sattar, academic and writer famous for her translation of the “Ramayana;” Shailendra Gulhati, noted for his books on Shiva; Shobhaa De, a popular celebrity- columnist; and young Amrita Tripathi, journalist, TV anchor, and author of two books.
Both events are free and open to the public. Reservations are required to attend Words on Water. Contact[email protected] to reserve your seat.
By Lekha Shankar