Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik speaks to GayBombay on Arguments for Change from Indian Mythology
Date: 12 September 2010
Time: 5:00PM to 8:00 PM
Venue: Nikhil Entertainment, Reena villa, 197, Aaram Nagar, Part 2, Versova Road, Andheri west, Mumbai.
From Andheri station WEST one can take either the #249 or #251 Bus and get down at the Macchimar bus stop. Look for a Subway Outlet and opposite that there is an entrance to Aram Nagar 2. On entering, Reena Villa is to the right.
What’s it about:
We live in what’s often described as a conservative society and the problem that people who come to groups like GB face is that we seem to be trying to do something radically new in this society. But this isn’t quite correct, because India is neither than conservative, nor are we trying to do something that’s so new here.
A better way to look at it is that this is a society that can accommodate difference and change – but it must be presented in terms that it can understand and accept. Simply thrusting new ideas or lifestyles is going to cause a negative reaction – but presenting these ideas and lifestyles in ways that fit them into an Indian context is much more likely to get them accepted.
One way in which Indians process and present such arguments for change has always been mythology. There is an idea that all myths are static and sacrosanct, but that simply does not look at the reality of the myths and what they are saying. People have always used myths to find metaphors for their world and how they would like it to be. They are very powerful tools with which arguments for change can be made, for many issues, including homosexuality
Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik is an expert on mythology and, in particular, this aspect of it – understanding what myths say and how they are relevant to our lives and how we can use them to make real change. He’ll be talking about this in general and the specific context of the issues that people who come to Gay Bombay face.
This will be an open and interactive session, with plenty of space to ask questions and share concerns. Its an exceptional event and people should really try not to miss it out. For more about Dr. Devdutt you can read his website. You can also check his many books, including his new version of the Mahabharata that is topping the bestseller lists at the moment
* Ensure that you get to the venue by 5pm.
* Drag is a strict no-no. For the simple reason that though Gay Bombay doesn’t mind drag, the places that host us do.
* We like to maintain Gay Bombay as a comfort zone. This is a platform, which allows hesitant and often apprehensive gays to come and meet other gay people. As such, this platform has a strictly non-sexual framework. This group is not about porn, or orgies, or sex-talk, or escorts, or hook-ups.
* Do get your friends along to help them gain access to a group especially if they are not netizens. You do not have to be “out” to the world to attend. This is a discreet event being held as a clean, safe & social get-together of a non-sexual nature. Hardly any of those attending are “out” as such.
* You need to be at least 18 years of age to attend.
This event is organised by: http://www.gaybombay.org
Right of admission reserved.