Kamala Nehru College follows the proud
tradition of commemorating the profound
contribution of its reverent founder
Principal Dr. K.K. Gorowara by
organizing the Annual Gorowara
Memorial Public Lecture Series where
the subjects addressed are in keeping with
the Kamala Nehru College vision of empowering women
through holistic education. The focus of
these lectures rests on inspiring and
exposing the students to encouraging
ideas and experiences of eminent
personalities from diverse walks of life.
The 14th Dr. Gorowara Annual Memorial Public Lecture was held on 15th March 2018.
Mr. Navtej Singh Johar, a well-known Bharatnatyam exponent, writer and Yoga
instructor addressed the audience on the topic ‘The Idea of the Body’. Mr. Johar
stressed on the idea of the body, the Indian body in particular, and how this may
influence the practice, presentation, and the history of both Yoga and Indian dance.
The 13th Dr. K.K. Gorowara Annual Memorial Public Lecture was held on 15th
February 2017. Ms. Laila Tyabji, a renowned craft activist and social worker
enthralled the audience with her talk ‘Craft as Empowerment in the Age of
Technology'. The lecture highlighted the significance of empowering rural women
through 'craft' and also addressed the emerging challenges in this context.
The 12th Dr. K.K. Gorowara Annual Memorial Public Lecture was held on 8th
February 2016. The speaker was Professor S. Irfan Habib who is an eminent historian
and a scholar. The title of his lecture was ‘Reading the Past: Some Reflections.’
Professor Habib emphasized on the absence of self-critical reflections and reforms
within Islamic tradition and the growing need of a dialogue between religious
The 11th Dr. K.K. Gorowara Annual Memorial Public Lecture was delivered by Professor
Krishna Kumar, Department of Education, Delhi University on 26th February 2015.
Professor Krishna Kumar is an Indian intellectual and academician, noted for his writings
in the sociology and history of education. He delivered the lecture on the topic:
‘Childhood and Education of Girls’. Professor Krishna Kumar remarked that neither male
nor female teachers in India are equipped to deal with conflicts and contradictions
between educational aims and the aims of girlhood.
The 10th Dr. K.K. Gorowara Annual Memorial Public Lecture was delivered by
renowned classical; dancer and speaker Padma Vibhushan Dr. Sonal Mansingh on the
10th March 2014. The topic of her lecture was ‘Women in Performing Arts: Is there
Male Gaze?’ While shedding light on the classical dance forms, she spoke on the
wider scope of dances in the present time due to social media platforms, which
she called as mishmash. According to her the quick fix attitude and classical
dances can't go together.
The 9th Dr. K.K Gorowara Annual Memorial Public lecture was delivered by Sir Mark
Tully, a renowned journalist and writer on 15th Februaury, 2013. The topic of his
lecture was ‘India: The Road ahead’. He laid emphasis on understanding the problems
and challenges within the social scenario of India and not looking at west for its
solutions. India needs to preserve the essence of its tradition and values and at the
same time acclimatise itself to contemporary times.
Sri Harsh Mander, an acclaimed writer and a social activist on 23rd February 2012,
conducted the 8th Dr. K. K. Gorowara Annual Memorial Public Lecture. The topic of
his lecture was ‘India’s Unfinished Battle Against Hunger’. Dignitaries including
professors from Jawaharlal Nehru University, academic/non-academic staff and
students of Kamala Nehru College attended the lecture.
The 7th Dr. K.K. Gorowara Annual Memorial Public Lecture was held on 15th
February 2011. The speaker of the day was the renowned film maker Mr. Muzaffar
Ali. He addressed the students on “Cinema of the soul” and shed light on his long
journey and passion as an artist. While laying emphasis on the use of aesthetics in
cinema, he concluded the session by saying, “…today’s Bollywood cinema is an art
of noise, the challenge is to face the silence in the cinema!”