Delhi Book Launch on March 10, 2017

The Promise of Beauty and Why It Matters by Shakti Maira was launched by artist Anjolie Ela Menon, dancer Geeta Chandran, poet Ashok Vajpeyi and environmentalist Vandana Shiva, who participated in a spirited discussion on beauty. This was followed by a moving dance performance by Geeta Chandran, inspired by the book, at the art gallery amidst Shakti’s sculpture.

The Antidote to Discontent

Chandrahas Choudhury writes about Shakti Maira’s wide-ranging investigation into the ways in which we experience beauty, that can offer an unusual key to our civilization’s problems.

The Promise Of Beauty is idiosyncratically written: After every two-three chapters, Maira pauses to draw together some of the strands of what has been said with his own thinking on beauty. “Beauty is more than a concept,” he writes, “and is best taught through lived experiences of mind and body.” To this end, he asks each of his respondents to describe a profound “beauty experience” of their own.

Read it here