Bangalore International Centre had arranged a talk on “From Puttur to Timbaktu : A Travelogue” by Prof. MalavikaKapur of NIAS on Friday, 12th April, 2013 at 6.30 PM>
Prof. MalavikaKapur in her presentation unfurled the special position ofPuttur and Timbaktu – two far away places, which hold a special position in her heart. She spent her childhood days at Puttur, a small town near Mangalore. Much later in life, she travelled to Burkina Faso and Mali. Her talk was a special tribute to both the places, particularly Mali and its famous medieval trading post namely, Timbaktu – a place which most people believe does not exist!
Aided by a power-pint presentation which had very interesting visuals about the people and the places she visited in the wake of an international conference, Prof. Kapur talked about the simple life led by the tribals there and their civilization. She underscored the fact that even though they follow Islam, it is not the rigid kind advocated by the hard-core fundamentalists elsewhere. The recent outburst of violence and terrorism in Mali was largely because of the aggressive efforts by the orthodox followers of Islam to purge the native elements which had effortlessly merged into the way Islam was being practiced there.
The fascinating talk was followed by a keen interactive session with the audience.