In the heart of the Western Ghats in Shimoga district is a little village called Heggodu, and it is here that some of India’s greatest minds gather every year for a week of debate, discussion, and culture.
Ninasam’s annual outing begins on October 7 this year, and concludes on 13. Started in 1990, it is a workshop on culture appreciation, with plays, music and dance performances held on the sidelines. Day sessions focus on sociopolitical themes (for example, village India, alternative visions and futures, gods and goddesses), and are combined with lec-dems on art forms.
On the faculty this time are Jnanpeeth awardees U R Ananthamurthy and Chandrashekhara Kambara, novelist Vaidehi, filmmaker Girish Kasaravalli, sociologist Shiv Visvanathan and philosopher Sundar Sarukkai. The seats are filled this year, which means no accommodation, but if you can stay at a hotel in the charming town of Sagar, 13 km away, you can still catch some sessions. Ninasam (also spelt as Neenasam) is organisation dedicated to the promotion of theatre and culture. It was founded by theatre guru and Magsaysay awardee K V Subbanna.