Indias leading eco-feminist Vandana Shiva has been chosen by the Fukuoka city government in Japan for the Grand Prize of the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize this year. The seventh Indian to have won this award,Shiva is the founder of the Research Foundation for Science,Technology and Ecology. Past winners include sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar,renowned dancer Padma Subrahmanyam,historian and author Romila Thapar and sociologist Ashis Nandy. Shiva,59,who has authored more than 20 books has been awarded several international awards including the Right Livelihood award,which is also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize . She stands for organic farming and the preservation of indigeneous Indian seeds. She has also consistently worked towards the empowerment of women in developing countries. The Fukuoka Prize was set up in 1990 to honour those who have helped in preserving Asian culture.
A 10-day cultural extravaganza is being organised by Delhi-based NGO YP Foundation to celebrate International Youth Day that falls on August 12. The festival will include a shadow puppet-making workshop and a performance by the Raghu Dixit Project. Popular multi-instrumentalist Shankar Tucker,who is known for interesting musical arrangements of popular songs,will also feature in the festival. A one-day community festival called Reclaiming Our Choices,which will celebrate the diversity in gender,sexuality and personal identity,will also be a part of the larger festival. Having begun on July 20 the festival will conclude on August 4 and will also include workshops on active citizenship,youth engagement and musical theatre among a host of other things. The festival will be celebrated in different venues across the city,including India Habitat Centre and Blue Frog.