16 episodes

Welcome to the Expert Hour brought to you by Sandeep & Gitanjali Maini Foundation and its principal patron John Delano. We work to preserve Indian history, heritage, art, artists and culture. This series of talks deals with subjects that are light, interesting, inspiring and invigorating. To borrow Mahatma Gandhi’s words: “A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” So join us as we take you through the exciting world of art and artists, delve into the inquisitive mind of authors and scholars, peer through the lens of photographers to capture magical moments, and explore the vibrant melting pot of cultures that defines India and what makes up the Expert Hour.

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Welcome to the Expert Hour brought to you by Sandeep & Gitanjali Maini Foundation and its principal patron John Delano. We work to preserve Indian history, heritage, art, artists and culture. This series of talks deals with subjects that are light, interesting, inspiring and invigorating. To borrow Mahatma Gandhi’s words: “A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” So join us as we take you through the exciting world of art and artists, delve into the inquisitive mind of authors and scholars, peer through the lens of photographers to capture magical moments, and explore the vibrant melting pot of cultures that defines India and what makes up the Expert Hour.

    Expert Hour with Dr. Caleb Simmons

    Expert Hour with Dr. Caleb Simmons

    Dr. Caleb Simmons specializes in religion in South Asia, especially Hinduism. His research specialties span religion and state-formation in medieval and colonial India to contemporary transnational aspects of Hinduism. His book Devotional Sovereignty: Kingship and Religion in India (Oxford University Press, 2020), examines how the late early modern/early colonial court of Mysore reenvisioned notions of kingship, territory, and religion, especially its articulations through devotion. He teaches courses on Hinduism, Indian religions, and method and theory of Religious Studies at the University of Arizona. Dr Simmons has also published several other books and papers and is an expert on Mysore, its history and culture. 

    • 26 min
    Expert Hour with Manu S. Pillai

    Expert Hour with Manu S. Pillai

    Prolific author and historian Manu S. Pillai releases his fourth book in five years, 'False Allies: India's Maharaja's in the age of Ravi Varma'. After having closely examined his growth and success over the years, Sandeep & Gitanjali Maini Foundation was delighted to give the author a research grant for this new book.
    We speak to him about this new twist that he has given an often jaded narrative, his favourite Ravi Varma painting and what his plans are for his next book. 

    • 21 min
    Expert Hour with Shoba Narayan

    Expert Hour with Shoba Narayan

    She’s dabbled in it all - art, food, wine, fashion, travel, culture, spirituality and writing.  Shoba Narayan wears many hats, but what she’s known for most are her eclectic written works - more specifically non-fiction memoirs. Her varied experiences reflect brilliantly in the words she pens, her thoughts are deep, yet easy to grasp. 
    Shoba Narayan is the author of five books. She has been a journalist and columnist for 30 years, writing for national and international publications. She has won a James Beard Award and a Pulitzer Fellowship. She has taught and lectured at universities in India and abroad. She is interested in Indian aesthetics– and has researched its influence on jewellery, music, textiles and scents. She is a birdwatcher, wine-drinker and gadget geek. 

    Her lifelong mission is to get fit without exercising and lose weight without dieting.

    • 19 min
    Expert Hour With Dr. Girija Kaimal - Part 2

    Expert Hour With Dr. Girija Kaimal - Part 2

    In this episode of the Expert Hour we address some specific questions on Dr. Girija Kaimal's practices. All questions have been sent in by listeners. 

    Dr. Girija Kaimal is an Associate Professor in the PhD Program in Creative Arts Therapies at the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions and Assistant Dean for Special Research Initiatives. In her Health, Arts, Learning and Evaluation (HALE) research lab,  she examines physiological and psychological outcomes of creative visual self-expression. Girija currently leads studies examining arts-based approaches to health among cancer caregivers, active duty military service members and veterans 

    • 16 min
    Expert Hour with Dr. Girija Kaimal - Part 1

    Expert Hour with Dr. Girija Kaimal - Part 1

    Dr. Girija Kaimal is an Associate Professor in the PhD Program in Creative Arts Therapies at the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions and Assistant Dean for Special Research Initiatives. In her Health, Arts, Learning and Evaluation (HALE) research lab,  she examines physiological and psychological outcomes of creative visual self-expression. Girija currently leads studies examining arts-based approaches to health among cancer caregivers, active duty military service members and veterans 
    In this episode of the Expert Hour we introduce Dr Girija Kaimal, who leads studies examining arts-based approaches to health among cancer caregivers, active duty military service members and veterans.

    • 20 min
    Expert Hour with Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan

    Expert Hour with Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan

    Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan is a children’s author, poet, translator, editor, and voice-over talent. She is also a former non-profit development professional who spent two decades as an advocate and fundraiser for persons with disabilities. She has published children’s books in India and the United States, including A Pie Surprise and Other Stories, the award-winning Indi-Alphabet (, and How Many Lines in a Limerick. Her newest book that hit the stands in April 2021 is called Prince with a Paintbrush: The Story of Raja Ravi Varma.

    • 15 min

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