The quaint charm of this town is impressive. Fort Kochi lays a connect to the future from the past, with a neat partition of art and culture. Opening its streets for an art biennale, which was unheard of till then, paved the way for preserving a town in the most creative form making it a hub of such activities.
Riyas Komu, the Mumbai based artist and one of the organizers behind the first edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale, opened the URU art harbour in 2016. Analogous to what Kochi stands for, this space also traces the history to create a space for the growth of art and culture.URU has been successful in its vision of opening up space for engagement and exchange of art and culture. Regularly hosting art exhibitions and talks on the realms of art and literature.
This week, URU art harbour in association with the School of Gandhian thoughts and Development Studies, Mahatma Gandhi University, and Erudite Scholar-in-Residence Programme, Kerala-State Higher education Council presents a talk by Prof. Faisal Devji.
A professor of Indian History at the University of Oxford, Devji will speak on Godless secularism: Europe, India and Religion. Sharing its history with our country and at a time when the concept of secularism is taking a different shape, this conversation ought to throw light on rethinking secularism without God who once gave it a political meaning. The talk will surface along the lines of what the crisis of religion look like in Europe, represented as it is by the problem of Islam and whether its Indian history has anything to teach us about our presence globally.
This edition of URU conversations will happen on Sunday, 17th of March at 5:30 pm at the URU Art Harbour, Mattanchery Kochi.