ABOUT

The Festival which provides fodder for the mind and also for the soul-

The Directorate of Art & Culture, Government of Goa had initiated the D.D. Kosambi Festival of Ideas to commemorate the birth Centenary of the legendary Damodar Dharmanand Kosambi the Indian historian, mathematician, statistician and polymath 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 Marxist historian specializing in ancient India who employed the historical materialist approach in his work. He is described as "the patriarch of the Marxist school of Indian historiography”. He was an enthusiast of the Chinese revolution and its ideals, and, in addition, a leading activist in the World Peace Movement.

During the festival of Ideas, this directorate invite globally celebrated speakers usually personalities from various spheres of life: who has been an inspiration or motivation to the world, also people who are advent innovator, reformers, working in social responsibility sectors etc… These visionaries speak on topics that range through subjects like science, mathematics, politics, administration, architecture, social cause, natural phenomenon, world peace, inspiring young minds and the list goes on. The Festival of ideas is one of the most celebrated and awaited event by intellectuals, academician, students community, business class sector etc… The category of the people attending is ever evolving relative to the versatile selection of speaker invited to deliver the lectures series. We have been experiencing an audience of over 1000 per day every year during the festival of Ideas in the auditorium, which itself accounts to the grand success of this event.

After delivering their motivational and inspiring talk, we offer an effective interactions phase wherein audience are given opportunities to clarify doubt to ask related question to the speakers. This Festival is the only one of its kind in the Country. We have had opportunities in the past of presenting visionaries like Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar (Eminent Scientist of India and President of Global Research Alliance)-2011, His Excellency Dr. A.P. J. Abdul Kalam (Former President of India and Eminent Scientist)-2011, His Holiness The Dalai Lama (World renowned spiritual leader and crusader of Peace)-2011, Lord Meghnad Desai (Indian-born British economist and acclaimed intellect)-2011, Shri Narayana Murthy (Indian businessman and the co-founder of Infosys)-2014, Dr. Raghuram Rajan, ( Governor Reserve Bank of India & Economist)-2015 to name a few.

There is also a well-documented video CDs that are sold at the event premises of the lecture delivered by speakers in past D.D.Kosambi Festival of Ideas. A live telecast of all these lecture are also screened on the local channel and on the Directorate of Art & Cultures Website.

Last but not the least, D.D.Kosambi Festival of Ideas is an initiative by this Directorate to assure and time and again reassure a collective reminiscence of the work done by and the legendary himself- Shri. Damodar Dharmanand Kosambi