Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar (1820-1891), Ram Mohan Roy (1774-1833) and Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), the 19th Century Triumvirate, are esteemed as the principal trail-blazers Of Renaissance in India.
It is a fascinating story how Vidyasagar, born in a poor orthodox Brahmin family in a remote village of Bengal, became a towering giant as a social reformer against the very same orthodoxy, an indefatigable champion of education for all, particularly women, and a lion-hearted benefactor of the poor and the distressed. Living a simple life dressed in native dhoti, chador and a pair of ‘choti’ (slippers), he was the focal hero of many interesting anecdotes. The crusades for Widow Remarriage and against Brahmin polygamy and child brides and the resultant Act of 1856 allowing widow remarriage were his crowning achievements that heralded the prospect of freedom from the age-old fetters for women across the length and breadth of India. We will celebrate the life and achievements of a legendary humanist, philanthropist, educationist and a radical social reformer paving the road towards Modernity and enlightenment.
Dr. Amal Chaudhuri was trained in Medicine and served as a senior hospital consultant in the N H S in the UK. Following ‘goodbye’ to Medical career Dr. Chaudhuri gave up the sacred thread of his stethoscope. He decided to shift his focus to a venture of researching, exploring, writing and lecturing about the footprints of men and women`s spectacular journey along the sandy beaches of Time, otherwise known as culture and civilisation!