Purushottam Agrawal is a renowned Kabir and Bhakti scholar. He served as member, Union Public Service Commission of India (2007-2013) and as Chairperson, Centre of Indian Languages, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has been a Visiting Professor at Faculty of Oriental Studies, Cambridge University (UK), and at El Colegio de Mexico. He is a well-known panelist on TV debates and has hosted a unique show on books called ‘Kitab’ on Rajya Sabha TV. His definitive study of Kabir and his times, Akath Kahani Prem Ki: Kabir Ki Kavita Aur Unka Samay (2009) created a stir in Hindi literary circles and beyond.
At Mahindra Kabira Festival, he will be talking about Kabir in the context of vernacular modernity against the problems posed by colonial modernity in our understanding of Kabir and his era.