Indian Origin German Author visits India, December 3-6, 2015
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Indian born German author Rajvinder Singh visited Mumbai and Pune from December 3-6, 2015. During his visit Mr. Singh held several lectures and talks at various institutions. Mr. Singh visited IIT and delivered a lecture on "Refugees in Germany - Asset or Burden." Mr. Singh also interacted with the professors and students of IIT besides visiting the important departments on the campus. This was followed by a visit to the German Department of Mumbai University where he spoke on "Life and Writing in Germany." Mr. Singh then held a lecture on "Refugees in Germany - Asset or Burden" at the Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai followed by a Q&A session. The event was moderated by Dr. Gabriele Siebert, Adjunct Professor, German Department, University of Mumbai and Intercultural Trainer. He then attended a reception hosted by Consul General Siebert together with the Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai.
Mr. Singh then travelled to Pune, where he was welcomed by Mr. Karl Pechatscheck, Director, Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Pune. While in Pune, Mr. Singh visited the Fergusson College, where he spoke about "Life and Writing in Germany." This was followed by a reception hosted by Mr. Karl Pechatscheck, where guests comprising of artists, Deutschland-Alumni and others got an opportunity to interact with Mr. Singh.
The author, Mr. Rajvinder Singh, was born in 1956 in Kapurthala in India and has been a German citizen since 1997 and also member of the German P.E.N.
In the year 1993 Mr. Singh coined the term “Dialogue of cultures “ as a counter draft to the “Clash of civilizations” and organized a series of events titled as “ Dialogue of cultures” from 1993 until 1995 in the House of Cultures of the World in Berlin. Further Mr. Singh was the member of the group, who took the initiative “Courage against hatred towards the foreign" and held numerous readings and lectures at the German schools in the framework of “Culture caravan for tolerance” from 1994 until 1995. Since this time he also carries out writing workshops for the youngsters. Mr. Singh has received numerous Indian and German literature awards. He has also coined the terms “Six-Eyes-Principle” and “Welcoming culture.”