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Sarat Chandra Das Memorial Lecture

Sarat Chandra Das Memorial Lecture

Sarat Chandra Das was a remarkable man of letters, a pioneer Pundit explorer of the Survey of India. He was the first Indian scholar of the Tibetan language and culture and one of the greatest pioneers in the discovery and exploration of Tibet in the 19th century.

During 1879-82, when Tibet was forbidden to foreigners, Sarat Chandra Das went to Tibet disguised as a Buddhist lama and surveyed unknown regions of the Kanchenjunga Massif and Tibet on behalf of the British Government of India. During this journey, he crossed glacier passes greater than 20,000 feet without the aid of any modern mountaineering equipment. This has been acknowledged as one of the ‘boldest journeys on record’ by famous British mountaineer Frank Smythe.

In 2004, on the initiative of Aspi Moddie, it was decided to institute an annual Memorial Lecture in his name to keep alive and honour his memory. Several illustrious speakers have graced the occasion over the years.

Year Speaker Title of the Talk
2004 AD Moddie Centuries of Travels and Tales - A Bharat - Himalayan View
2005 Prof Syed Iqbal Hasnain Melting Mountain Majesties - Warming in the Himalayas
2006 Vijay Crishna Tibet of our Minds - A Journey’s End
2007 George W Rodway Exploration & Mountaineering in the Garhwal/Kumaon Himalaya from the mid-nineteenth century through 1938
2009 Dr Debal Sen Panch Kedar
Subrata Chakraborty Shikhun East Expedition
2010 Col Neerja Rana HMI Expedition to Mt Makalu (8481M) - 2009
2011 Bill Aitken The Himalaya as Metaphor for Exploration
2012 Brig M M Masur 2009 Everest Expedition - NIM
2013 Dr Dalia Roy Sarat Chandra Das’ incredible life and Adventures
2014 Viral Mehta The Hidden Petroglyphs of Ladakh
2015 Mirella Tenderini K2 - The Savage Mountain
AVM Apurba Bhattacharyya Ganga - Through the Prism of my Eyes
2016 Robert Pettigrew Kulanthapitha Watershed, Pandit Sarat C Das & Rudyard Kipling
Dr Sumit Mukherjee Habitat & Culture of Trans-Himalayan Tribes
2018 Ms Aparna Kumar - DIG, ITBP Mountaineering by Indian Women
2019 Satyarup Siddhanta A collage of several Peak Climbs
Sarat Chandra Das