Protecting a river in Gandhian style

sourav-roy-hindon-vikrant-sharmaHindon river runs its course mostly along small towns and villages, before it joins Yamuna near Noida. With dissolved oxygen levels being zero throughout the length of the river, the onus of rejuvenating the river lies on the people living in the area. This is the story of Vikrant Sharma, one such common man who has stood up and organised villages and small towns to fight the cause of protecting their river. Read the full article on YourStory

Poets as agents of social transformation

sourav-roy-kadammanittaIndian subcontinent has produced countless poets who stood up to their beliefs and wrote for peace, change, rights, and revolution. Some of these poets even lived by what they preached and have become legends. We present to you some modern Indian poets who belong to this category. This list, in no way is complete, but we hope it starts a meaningful dialogue among our readers on how art and society can impact each other. Read the full article on YourStory

फिल्में जो उद्यम के लिए प्रेरित करती हैं

sourav_roy-manthanहॉलीवुड की तरह हमारे देश में उद्यमिता केंद्रित फिल्में कम ही बनी हैं। प्रस्तुत है 1950 से 2005 के बीच बनी हमारे संघर्ष, खुशियां और त्रासदी को समेटती फिल्मों को सूची जिन्हें हर उद्यमी को देखना चाहिए। आगे पढ़िए…

कबीर मुझे बुनते चले गए

sourav-roy-dastangoiकहानी सुनाने का रिवाज़ पुराना है। चाहे वह जातक और पंचतंत्र की कहानियाँ हो, लोक कथाएँ या वचन हो या दक्षिण भारत की बुर्रा कथा या विल्लू पातु। चाहे वह इंटरनेट और डिजिटल मीडिया के ज़माने में हमारी अपनी योर स्टोरी ही क्यों न हो। इसी तरह कहानी सुनाने की एक पारम्परिक कला है दास्तानगोई। बीसवीं सदी की शुरुवात तक इसे लगभग मुर्दा करार दिया गया। मीर बाक़र अली, जिन्हें आख़री दास्तानगो कहा गया, 1928 में चल बसे। साल 2005 में दास्तानगोई के पुनरुत्थान की शुरुवात हुई और आज ये नई पीढ़ी के कलाकार अपनी नई पुरानी कहानियां लेकर दुनिया के कोने कोने तक पहुँच गए हैं। आगे पढ़िए…

Bringing poetry back into people’s lives

sourav-roy-poetry-coutureAudiences are willing to pay a hefty sum to watch stand-up comedians perform, who today live with greater dignity than ever before. Compare stand-up comedy with poetry. Through poetry, audience can experience more than just one emotion of laughter. They can experience joy, sorrow, love, pain, drama and truth. This makes poetry much more intellectually stimulating as well as entertaining. If audiences are willing to pay to watch the stand-up comics perform, why should the same not be tried in the field of poetry? Read the full article on YourStory

Remembering the wizard of hockey

sourav-roy-dhyan-chandWidely considered as the greatest field hockey player of all time, Dhyan Chand is remembered for his leadership, extraordinary goal-scoring skills and his unbeaten records, which earned India three Olympic gold medals. We as aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators following our creative pursuits have a lot to learn from him. Read the full article on YourStory

Colleges as agents of social transformation

sourav-roy-college-social-transformationIt is said that if all is well with the colleges, all will be well with society. Good institutions matter. Colleges have been for a long time agents of massive social transformation, housing teachers, who almost always challenged the established beliefs of their times, were questioned and even criticized, but were proven right when seen in hindsight. Such academia is today under threat, both culturally and institutionally. It is however, high time for the tides to change. Read the full article on YourStory