The Asian Lenses Forum
Understanding the past to aspire to a better future
Owing to centuries of dominance by western culture and economy we seem to have forgotten our [rich and diverse cultural] legacy. Asian Lens is an attempt to enable today’s youth to appreciate and understand their legacy and draw inspiration from it.” — Rajendra Singh Pawar
However, the resurgence of Asia is the new global reality. TALF aspires to sensitise Asian youth to the rich and diverse legacies of the Asian continent and prepare them to know where they stand in this rapidly changing global environment.
Broadly, TALF aims:
- To provide Asian youth with a deeper understanding of what it means to be Asian
- To foster a deeper understanding of their nations’ heritage and legacy
- To encourage awareness of themselves, their surroundings and their histories
- To inspire them to play a constructive role commensurate with the rising Asian influence in the global space
- To shift perspectives so we can view ourselves through our own diverse lenses
- To generate relevant knowledge, to encourage multiple dialogues, to engage stakeholders across generations and nationalities
Attended by students and industry stalwarts alike, both in person and virtually in successive years, TALF seminars witness the participation of committed thought leaders, opinion makers and informed youth who seek to view the world through multiple and diverse Asian perspectives.
Apart from annual seminars, TALF conducts events and activities across three different segments:
- Junior TALF Bi-annual camps engage schoolchildren on the theme of Heritage Education.
- Young TALF Engages university students on the ‘History of Science and Technology in India and Asia’
- TALF The online platform acts as a repository of content and discussions revolving around the ethos behind The Asian Lenses Forum.
An initiative such as this is the need of the hour as it studies Asia through the ‘Asian eyes’.— TALF Senior Advisor Jean-Pierre Lehmann
TALF associates and speakers
- Pavan K Varma, former Indian Diplomat and Author
- Dr Ashok Khosla, Indian Environmentalist
- Leela Samson, Bharatanatyam Dancer, Choreographer, Writer
- Arun Kapur, Educator
- Meeta Sengupta, Writer, Speaker, Advisor on education and skills.
- Pallavi Aiyar, Award-winning Journalist and Author