Namita Gokhale

‘Mountain Echoes’ has found a special and precious place in my mental geography. It is the abode of happiness, and of the creative imagination. For the last six years, I have sat with Mita Kapur of Siyahi, and with Pramod KG, Kunzang Choden, Siok San Dorji and other friends, trying to formulate sessions that will distill the essence of the dragon kingdom, embracing both continuity and change. The spiritual landscape of Bhutan, as well as its formidable physical beauty, its ancient legacy and young democracy, are now a part of my deepest core of mindfulness. The traditions of Bhutan and its neighbouring Himalayan regions, including my native Kumaon, the food, folklore, and music of the mountains, echo and resound through the rest of the year, wherever in the world I might be. The learnings and inspirations of our unique literature festival, and the friendships with from India, Bhutan and around the world that it has engendered, mean more to me than I can express in words. Tashi Delek!

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