“The Timbaktu Story” by C K ‘Bablu’ Ganguly (1973, EL)
Inspired by ‘JP’ and Fukuoka and driven by developmental and theatre activism, Bablu co-founded the ‘Timbaktu Collective’ in 1990. It has since enhanced livelihood opportunities for marginalised sections by regenerating and reviving the local economy and ecology. Bablu is an Ashoka Fellow, 1993 and an Old Cottonian of the ’73 vintage.
The Gen Thimayya Medal for 2017 was awarded to Shahu Chhatrapati (1963, Elphick House)
DR. MANDYAMSRINIVASAN, AM, FAA, FRS
Professor of Visual Neuroscience Queensland Brain Institute
Fellow of the Royal Society of London
Member of the Order of Australia
Old Cottonian – 1962 THE REV. DR. J. JAYAKIRAN SEBASTIAN
Dean & H. George Anderson Professor Of Mission and Cultures
The Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
Presbyter, Church of South India
Old Cottonian – 1974
This year saw two young speakers- Dr. Rahul Rao, Senior Lecturer in Politics SOAS, University of London and Old Cottonian from the 1996 batch and Dr. Rohan Narayana Murty, Junior Fellow, Society of Fellows, Harvard University and Old Cottonian from the 2001 batch- expound on the topic “Academia at Crossroads: Finding and Fostering Creativity”. Given their diverse academic backgrounds the speakers held forth on the subject from differing perspectives but the common theme was despite seeming odds against it was possible to foster creativity in the academia.