Friends of Halvad

Kevin McGrath

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Kevin McGrath was born in southern China in 1951 and was educated in England and Scotland; he has lived and worked in France, Greece, and India. Presently he is an associate of the Department of South Asian Studies and poet in residence at Lowell House, Harvard University.

His research interests are in Epic Mahabharata and his publications in this field include:

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The Sanskrit Hero (2004), Stri (2009), Jaya (2011), Heroic Krsna (2013), Raja Yudhisthira and Arjuna Pandava (forthcoming 2016). He is a specialist in preliterate poetry and in heroic literature.

He has also written a personal memoir about life in the Kacch: In the Kacch (2015).

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At present he is building up an organization that develops water security prospects in the District, including harvesting and conservation.

His work in poetry includes:

Fame (1995), Lioness (1998), Supernature (2012), Eroica (2013), and Windward (2015).

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McGrath lives in Cambridge Massachusetts, with his family.

Hannah Angle

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Hannah Angle was born February 14th, 1992 in Sewell, New Jersey.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. She is an aspiring cinematographer that makes  documentary and narrative films. Hannah has a concentration in Visual Anthropology and has studied twice in India with Dr. Jayasinhji Jhala (Bapa).

While in India she visited the Halvad Citadel.

After becoming completely enchanted by the space and connecting with the people from the town who worked there, she began filming an observational documentary. In her documentary she explores the space as a means to connect cultures and preserve a history of the town under the direction and guidance of Bapa. The film was presented in a visual anthropology class at Harvard University in Summer 2015 and at the Temple Global Conference in Fall 2015.

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She plans to continue helping Bapa bring his projects to life and to stay connected with the space that has brought so much direction and inspiration to her life.

Currently Hannah is working as a freelance filmmaker in Philadelphia filming documentaries, narratives, and commercials. In addition to her passion for moving image she also does photography and writes poetry. To visit her work check out her website by clicking here.

Ledelle Moe

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Ledelle Moe was born in Durban, South Africa in 1971.

She studied sculpture there at Technikon Natal and graduated in 1993. Active in the local art community, Moe was one of the founding members of the FLAT Gallery, an artist initiative and alternative space in Durban.

A travel grant in 1994 took her to the United States where she embarked on a period of study at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Sculpture Department Master’s program. She completed her Master’s Degree there in 1996 and soon after accepted an adjunct position in the Sculpture Department at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland.

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‘Relief III’, Dhrangadhra, Gujarat, India by Ledelle Moe

Later she taught at the Corcoran College of Art in Washington, DC, Virginia Commonwealth University and St.Mary’s College of Maryland. Moe has exhibited in a number of venues including the Kulturhuset (Stockholm, Sweden) the NSA Gallery (Durban, South Africa), the International Sculpture Center (Washington, DC), The Washington Project for the Arts (Washington, DC) and American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY. Throughout this time Moe has remained strongly connected to South Africa, returning to visit annually.

In 2013 she has returned to live and work in South Africa and teach at Stellenbosch University. Projects include large-scale concrete installations at Socrates Park and Pratt Institute in New York City, and The African Museum of Art in Washington DC .

In 2002 Moe was the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Award and in 2008 Kreeger Museum Artist Award. Projects include installations in Salzburg, Austria, Brooklyn, NY, Boston MA, Cape Town, India, the Biennale Internationale D’Art, Martinique and Perez Museum, Miami.

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‘Relief’ by Ledelle Moe, Crane Arts Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2010

To visit Ledelle Moe’s website kindly click here.

John McLeod

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John McLeod was born in Toronto, Canada, and was educated there and in Athens, Greece.

In 1993 he earned a PhD in Indian history at the University of Toronto.

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After holding a postdoctoral fellowship in New Delhi (1993-1994), and teaching at the University of Toronto (1994-1995), he moved to Kentucky in 1995 to take up a professorial appointment in the Department of History at the University of Louisville.

His is the author of Sovereignty, Power, Control: Politics in the States of Western India, 1916-1947 (1999; South Asian edition 2007) and The History of India (second edition 2015), and the co-editor (with Dr. Kenneth X. Robbins) of African Elites in India (2006).

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In 2001, his authoritative compilations of Indian royal genealogy were acknowledged when, at the initiative of His late Highness Maharana Sriraj Meghrajji III, the last ruling king of Halvad-Dhrangadhra, he was appointed Honorary Rajvansi (“royal family”) Genealogist of the Rajvara Heritage Institution at Rajkumar College, Rajkot.

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John McLeod and his wife Dr. Mary Hora (a historian and attorney) live in Louisville, Kentucky.

Marloes Van de Goor

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I was born and raised in The Netherlands and currently divide my time between The Netherlands, Israel and the United States of America. At age 16, I founded my first company.

Another company, an eco tour operator, and my foundation devoted to indigenous peoples, nature, and animal welfare followed in the years after.

When I first met Bapa (Professor Jayasinhji Jhala) at Harvard University, I had mistakenly assumed he was a fellow student instead of my professor. Our shared passion for exploring the world, brought me to India for the first time in May, 2015. I came to know Halvad as a place where both humans and animals enjoy to gather, eat, rest, play and dream.

Halvad not only reflects a remarkable history, it gives every visitor an extraordinary opportunity to relive its ancient stories, live a part of the present story, and leave inspired into the future.

I know that the treasure of Halvad can surpass its ancient glory and become a place that even more humans and animals will call a home away from home.