AURANGABAD : City-based water expert, Pradeep Purandare , will be making a presentation on 'Marathi people and water' at the 15th International Conference on Maharashtra : Culture and Society to be held at Arizona State University (Tempe and Phoenix , USA ) between April 23 and 26 . The theme of the conference will be 'Interactions between Humans and the Natural World in Maharashtra '.
The theme of the conference encompasses a wide variety of relationship between humans and the natural world and topics to be covered include the whole range of Maharashtrians' interactions with mountains, rivers, plants, animals, soil, fire, water, and air. Prospective participants are encouraged to present papers examining the intentional and unintentional effects of human actions on the environment, as in agriculture, gardening, water management, forestry, and mineral extraction. Studies highlighting the constraints and inspiration that the natural world provides to human social and cultural activities, including material culture, literature, ritual life, work, and recreation are also of interest. As the International Conference on Maharashtra is an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary endeavour, the hope is to bring together scholars who are examining the same sets of phenomena from different disciplinary points of view.