Conservation is a story of space
Coralie D’Lima & Prafullata Rajput
Date: 15 NOVEMBER 2017
Time: 18:30 – 20:00
Venue: MENEZES BRAGANZA HALL, PANJIM
The science of Conservation is essentially a story of space – a story in which humans interact with wild species, and the natural spaces they inhabit, resulting in consequences depending on the nature and dynamics of the interaction. Dr Coralie D’Lima will tell this story through a historical account of how conservation developed as a science, and by using anecdotes and real-world examples.
Coralie’s talk will comprise of three parts: The traditional relationship between humans and natural spaces, how this relationship has deteriorated with a shift in conservation policy towards a more preservationist approach, and how contemporary strategies have re-established the importance of humans in conservation.
Coralie will apply this discourse to the Indian context. She will illustrate how conservation of species and natural spaces previously occurred through examples (for instance in “sacred groves”, traditional management of the Commons etc.). Thereafter the talk will highlight how a strictly western protectionist paradigm has failed, leading to dire conservation outcomes (such as the ecosystem damage, increased poaching or harvesting, reduced wildlife protection, and displacement of traditional communities and their livelihoods). Finally, the discussion will address contemporary conservation solutions, and how an inclusive approach which maintains the relationship between humans and natural spaces results in conservation successes.
Whereas Coralie’s talk will shed light on the various interdependencies between humans, wild species, and the natural spaces they coinhabit, Dr Prafullata Rajput’s Bharatnatayam dance performance will run parallel to the talk and is meant to lend an audiovisual appeal to the subject. The performance has been conceptualized by Prafullata and choreographed jointly by her Guru Ms S. Durga Lakshmi (MA & MPhil in Bharatnayam), and will be performed by Nrithiya Neelambari and Prafullata.
Prafulatta has been a dancer since her childhood and has pursued learning Bharatnatyam for over a decade. Her passion is to depict new stories and to explore the fusion of modern stories with this ancient art form of storytelling and expression. She is an Ayurvedic doctor with a medical qualification from the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences and also a member of Central Council of Indian Medicine. She is a yoga teacher too.
In 2015, she got professionally connected with CleanCube, a Canadian Government sponsored research grant to create a sustainable social enterprise for marginalized women in India who would be manufacturing a very unique plant based water filtration medium from their own homes.
Bharatnatyam, Ayurveda and Yoga are the principle areas of interest in her life.
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