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NEW YORK, October 03, 2018
   
IAAC kick starts Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary celebrations.
Author Ramachandra Guha captivates audience with his book talk.
 
Guha Book Launch Press Release
   

Eminent historian and author Ramachandra Guha captivated a packed audience with his talk on Gandhi at his book launch held by the Indo-American Arts Council at DAG NYC on 2nd October. His magnum opus ‘Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1948’ is the second and concluding volume of the magisterial biography that began with the acclaimed, Gandhi Before India: the definitive portrait of the life and work of one of the most abidingly influential–and controversial–men in world history

Earlier in the evening, Professor S.N. Sridhar introduced him, talking about Guha’s various accomplishments and his personal admiration for him. He praised Guha’s work as having discipline, being meticulous and based on solid research. He also said that it was comprehensive, insightful and most importantly fair. In a lighter vein, he called Guha an equal opportunity offender who criticizes both the major political parties in India. In conclusion, he was in praise of the book, saying, that it reveals why Gandhi is considered to be the maker of modern India and how his vision has sustained us and should make us better citizens of the world.

Calling the book a culmination of 20 years of work, Guha held the attention of the audience, offering them in his talk, ten reasons why, a century and half after his birth, Gandhi is still relevant, more so than ever. Basing the talk on his research and reflection, Guha took the audience through various episodes of Gandhi’s life and times, his relationship with his family, his social and political thinking and beliefs, his vision and his motives. Sharing anecdotes from Gandhi’s life and work, he also revealed Gandhi’s sense of humor, leaving the audience in splits. Guha also shared many little known aspects of Gandhi’s life, in India and elsewhere.

More than 200 people gathered at the beautiful DAG. In the audience at the event were honorable members of the IAAC board, Chairman Dr. Nirmal Mattoo, Vice Chairman Rakesh Kaul, Rajeev Kaul, Anil Bansal, Executive Director Sunil Hali and many other dignitaries and esteemed members of New York society. Also present was Mr. Sonny Mehta, Editor In Chief and Chairman of Knopf Publishing Group, a Division of Random House, Inc. Post the very engaging conversations between the author and his audience during the Q&A session, Guha obliged fans with book signings and photos.

Executive Director of IAAC, Sunil Hali said “IAAC is committed to supporting world class experiences for our Indo-American community which celebrate India’s vibrant culture. Our next gala event is the November 3rd Diwali, celebrations at Symphony Space in New York.”

Ramachandra Guha’s latest book ‘Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1948’ is available for sale across bookstores in the US.

ABOUT RAMACHANDRA GUHA:
Ramachandra Guha has taught at Yale and Stanford universities, the University of Oslo, the Indian Institute of Science, and the London School of Economics. His books include the award-winning India After Gandhi, and the first volume of this biography, Gandhi Before India which was a 2014 New York Times Notable Book, and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. He writes regularly on social and political issues for The New York Times, and for the British and Indian presses, including The Telegraph and the Hindustan Times. He lives in Bangalore, India. Follow him on twitter at @Ram_Guha

ABOUT PROFESSOR S. N. SRIDHAR:
Professor S. N. Sridhar is SUNY distinguished service professor, founding director of the Center for India Studies, and founding chair of the department of Asian and Asian American studies at Stony Brook University, New York. He has authored and edited many books and papers on Kannada, Indian English, and Indian languages, linguistics, literature, and culture, including Ananya: A Portrait of India, with Dr. Nirmal M. Mattoo. He is leading a consortium translating Kumara Vyasa’s 15th c. Kannada Mahabharata for Harvard’s Murty Classical Library of India.

ABOUT INDO-AMERICAN ARTS COUNCIL: 
The Indo-American Arts Council is a 501 ©3 not-for-profit secular arts organization passionately dedicated to promoting, showcasing and building an awareness of the arts and artists whose heritage lies in the Indian subcontinent in the performing arts, visual arts, literary arts and folk arts. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. For information please visit www.iaac.us

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK, September 19, 2018

INDO-AMERICAN ARTS COUNCIL presents
Ramachandra Guha
   

The Indo-American Arts Council announces an evening with renowned historian, Ramachandra Guha, author of several bestselling books, including the highly acclaimed “India After Gandhi” and “Gandhi Before India”. He will talk about his recent book,“Gandhi: The years that changed the world (1914-1948)”. This star literary event will be held at DAG Modern, Fuller Bldg, 41 East 57th Street, NYC, on October 2nd from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. 

Professor S. N. Sridhar, Director of the Center for India Studies at SUNY, will introduce Ramachandra Guha, who will give a talk on his book for about 45 minutes. This will be followed by a QA with the audience. Books will be available for sale and signing during the post-launch wine reception. 

Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869, so this fall will mark the start of a one-year set of celebrations to anticipate his 150th birthday on October 2, 2019.

Billed as the most definitive new biography of Gandhi, the book is  the second part of the two-volume biography of M. K. Gandhi and is a follow up to the acclaimed, Gandhi Before India (2013) which was presented by the IAAC at the National Arts Club where New Yorker’s Jonathan Shannon moderated the event. 

The first volume was a 2014 New York Times Notable Book, and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. It received high praise from many publications including Sydney Morning Herald which said that “In Ramachandra Guha, a great man has found a great biographer, a wise, persistent and elegant historian who has done justice to perhaps his nation’s greatest story.”

The second volume not only tells the story of Gandhi’s life, starting with his return from South Africa and ending in his tragic assassination in 1948, but also the history of India's freedom movement and its many strands. The book also includes new readings of his arguments with B.R. Ambedkar, Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Subhash Chandra Bose, among others. 

It opens with Mohandas Gandhi’s arrival in Bombay in January 1915 and takes us through his epic struggles over the next three decades: to deliver India from British rule, to forge harmonious relations between India's Hindu and Muslim populations, to espouse inclusivity within Hindus and to develop India's economic and moral self-reliance. 

In reconstructing Gandhi's life and work, Ramachandra Guha has drawn on sixty different archival collections, the most significant among them being a previously unavailable collection of papers belonging to Gandhi himself. Using this wealth of material, Guha creates a portrait of Gandhi and of those closest to him--family, friends, political and social leaders--that illuminates the complexity inside his thinking, his motives, his actions and their outcomes as he engaged with every important aspect of social and public life in the India of his time. 

The book has received favorable reviews with one in Publisher’s Weekly hailing it as Incisively written, this is a landmark account of Gandhi’s engagement with the world he would transform forever.  

Kirkus Reviews called it A massive and much-needed study of his subject’s emergence as a world leader. . . .Superb. On nearly every page, Guha offers evidence why Gandhi remains relevant in the world 70 years after his death."

Sunil Hali, Executive Director, Indo-American Arts Council, said " Guha is considered one of the foremost historians in India. Known for his extensive research and objective portrayal, Guha makes Gandhi relevant for today's generation"  

Books will be available for sale and signing during the post-launch wine reception.

The event will be held at the DAG Modern, Fuller Bldg, 41East 57th Street, NYC, on October 2nd, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Tickets at http://bit.ly/Gandhibooklaunch $25 General admission, $10 IAAC Members and Students, Free admission with annual membership of $50. 

ABOUT RAMACHANDRA GUHA:
Ramachandra Guha has taught at Yale and Stanford universities, the University of Oslo, the Indian Institute of Science, and the London School of Economics. His books include the award-winning India After Gandhi, and the first volume of this biography, Gandhi Before India which was a 2014 New York Times Notable Book, and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. He writes regularly on social and political issues for The New York Times, and for the British and Indian presses, including The Telegraph and the Hindustan Times. He lives in Bangalore, India. Follow him on twitter at @Ram_Guha

ABOUT PROFESSOR S. N. SRIDHAR:
Professor S. N. Sridhar is SUNY distinguished service professor, founding director of the Center for India Studies, and founding chair of the department of Asian and Asian American studies at Stony Brook University, New York. He has authored and edited many books and papers on Kannada, Indian English, and Indian languages, linguistics, literature, and culture, including Ananya: A Portrait of India, with Dr. Nirmal M. Mattoo. He is leading a consortium translating Kumara Vyasa’s 15th c. Kannada Mahabharata for Harvard’s Murty Classical Library of India.

ABOUT INDO-AMERICAN ARTS COUNCIL: 
The Indo-American Arts Council is a 501 ©3 not-for-profit secular arts organization passionately dedicated to promoting, showcasing and building an awareness of the arts and artists whose heritage lies in the Indian subcontinent in the performing arts, visual arts, literary arts and folk arts. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. For information please visit www.iaac.us

© Indo-American Arts Council Inc. 
303 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1007, New York, NY 10016. Phone: 646 907 8022 Fax: 212 594 8476
Email: admin@iaac.us Web: www.iaac.us

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