“I have now made two very worthwhile trips to MCPH. Each visit was marked by much intellectual stimulus and serious discussions with the faculty and students, among whom the morale was  high, the scholarly commitment intense and genuine, and the quality uniformly excellent.”

Akeel Bilgrami, Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University, USA


“I have taught literature all my life in Indian and foreign Universities. Nowhere in my experience have philosophy and social sciences been taught in an interdisciplinary way except in this school. MCPH has an excellent approach in its syllabus and its students will be unique as practitioners and teachers of literature. I could see they are trained to think creatively because of the courses they take in several branches of the Humanities.”

UR Ananthamurthy, Eminent Kannada writer and Jnanpith laureate


“MCPH is asking its students to take as seriously as possible core questions in culture and power, across time – at present and though history – and space – in India and outside of India. It is demanding that they learn major works, both theoretical and empirical. It is inviting them to confront the problems, and promises, of disciplinary and interdisciplinary work…what more could one possibly provide one’s students?”

Sheldon Pollock, Professor of South Asian Studies, Columbia University, USA


“MCPH has an international reputation because of its extraordinary faculty who are committed to studying how mind, body, and society are co-constitutive, or bound together to form our ethical dispositions toward law, medicine, education, and economics.”

Carolyn Rouse, Professor of Anthropology, Princeton University, USA


“The learning at MCPH is not just within the classroom, the entire environment surrounding the Centre is designed to facilitate conversations about new ideas with peers and faculty. The writing-intensive approach of the course encourages us to apply concepts discussed in the classroom to our individual areas of interest. This gives us the space to develop in our individual research fields, while constantly discovering new ideas.”

Chitralekha Manohar MA student (2012-2014)

"Having not lived in a university town before, I reached Manipal with many reservations. However, MCPH helped me unlearn the irrational fear I had always associated with following my thought to its end, and in that manner also to write and read earnestly. I would recommend the experience of MCPH to anybody who likes the sea, a library and critical articulation."

Laxmi Priya MA student (2014 - 2016)






August -September 2017

(hosted by the Dr TMA Pai Chair in Indian Literature)


Kiran Nagarkar is among the most reputed writers in contemporary India. He is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Ravan and EddieCuckold (for which he won the Sahitya Akademi Award), God’s Little Soldier and The Extras, a sequel to Ravan and Eddie. His first book, Saat Sakkam Trechalis, written in Marathi and translated into English as Seven Sixes are Forty-three, is considered a landmark in post-Independence Indian literature. His play Bedtime Story and the screenplay Black Tulip were published in 2015. His novels have been translated into German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Marathi. Nagarkar has also written several plays and screenplays in Marathi and English.

For more information about the Chair in Indian Literature and other writers-in-residence at Manipal University this year, visit:


Hebbar Gallery and Art Centre

Hebbar Gallery and Art Centre