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'Caste and Culture in India'

A talk by  G. Kalyan Rao  (author of Untouchable Spring)

The Department of English. University of Delhi, invites you to a talk by G. Kalyan Rao (chaired by Prof. Gopal Guru) on Thursday, February 21 at 3 p m in room number 61, Arts Faculty, North Campus, DU

What is history? It is nothing but a human story told by a grandmother to her children. The valuable work, the magnificent contribution and experience of the first and foremost inhabitants of this land, the Dalits and Adivasis are neglected, unseen and brutally suppressed. This is the first and foremost unrecorded 'missing case' in the history of human civilization. Why this organized crime? Who are the perpetrators? And why did they do so? The answers to these questions are not that simple because the study on caste and culture in India is not simple. This lecture will be a small step to understand the missing link between caste and culture in India.

G Kalyan Rao is a senior member of the Revolutionary Writers Association (AP), Active Writers Organisation in Andhra Pradesh.

He is the author of a novel in Telugu titled Antarani Vasantham (2000) which was translated as Untouchable Spring in English by Alladi Uma and M. Sridhar and published by Orient BlackSwan, Hyderabad in 2010. The novel is about the lives and struggles of Dalit communities in Andhra Pradesh. The novel has also been translated into Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi.

G Kalyan Rao has written around fifteen plays, significant among them being Tolipoddu, Satire and Lockup. He is presently writing a sequel to the novel Antarani Vasantam.