1st Memorial Lecture -
delivered online by Prof P C Joshi
1st Memorial Lecture delivered on 29 October 2021 in an online mode by Prof P C Joshi, Pro-Vice Chancellor and eminent Professor of Anthropology, Delhi University. Drawing on Professor Mahapatra's pioneering work on South-East Asia particularly Indonesia, Prof Joshi talked about India's cultural influence on South-East Asia and Indonesia in particular.
2nd Memorial Lecture -
delivered by Prof Geetika Ranjan
The 2nd L K Mahapatra Memorial Lecture titled, “Historical Wrongs and the Aftermath: Journey of a Tribe" was delivered by Professor Geetika Ranjan, one of India’s most eminent contemporary anthropologists, based at the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong.
In her lecture, Prof Ranjan discussed the case of the Bhoksa, a PVTG (particularly vulnerable tribal group) from the state of Uttarakhand. Despite plans and schemes for improving its state, the tribe continued to remain weak and vulnerable, she stated. She argued that certain historical wrongs in policy making and implementation have left deep ineradicable scars, which render the later amelioration plans less effective. She discussed the reasons which make it very difficult to undo the wrong already done.
LKM Centre Inauguration -
10 June 2022
Hon'ble Union Minister of Education, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, inaugurated the LKM Centre and Library and declared it open to the public today. The LKM Centre and Library has been set up by the L K Mahapatra Memorial Trust in memory of the eminent anthropologist, Professor L K Mahapatra at his residence, 16 Satyanagar, an iconic address for anthropology in Odisha.