Chithra Madhavan has a M.A. and an M.Phil. from the Department of Indian History, University of Madras and also a Ph.D. from the Department of Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Mysore. She is the recipient of two post-doctoral fellowships from the Department of Culture, Government of India and from the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi. She is the author of seven renowned books primarily based on the Indian heritage and culture. She has written the text for a coffee-table book Snapshots Of A Bygone Era- A Century of Images. Chithra is a guest faculty at various institutions in Chennai such as Kalakshetra Foundation and the Asian College of Journalism. She frequently delivers lectures on temple architecture and iconography at various venues in India, including several IITs, as well as in abroad.The first edition of the Valley of Words, International Literature and the Arts Festival 2017 has been organized from November 17-19, 2017 in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

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What is your perspective about Dehradun?

Its incessantly colourful play of nature makes it a picturesque city nestling at the foothills of the magnanimous Himalayas. This dale serves as a medium to look forward to, to pass one’s life in and come onto to close the last chapter of its mortal career. Such is the beauty of its peaceful aura which allows one to gain a spiritual insight.

How would you justify the essence of your books which are primarily based on the Indian heritage and culture?

The essence of my books lies in that of the iconic sculptures and temples of our very nation, with not only incredible architecture but also holiness passing through its every single carving. It is only the beauty of Indian architecture and sculpture which adds on to the notability of my books.

How do you think could the Valley Of Words be made a world class festival? What are you looking forward to in there?

A mutual conference of several people from different fields who are passionate about their chosen areas of research could make the festival very interesting. People belonging to not just the literary background but that encompassing all fields. So that it is made easy for the general public to relate to and remain interested.Moreover, owing to the endeavour to learn, I would love to interact with all such people from different fields along with the audience.

What are you lookin forward to at the festival besides the main event?

Owing to the fact that the whole festival is set up in a city so beautiful, I would be interested in excursions, programmes, Nature and Heritage walks or Book Reading sessions before and after the festival timing.

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