Shakti Maira is an internationally renowned artist, sculptor, writer and thinker. He has had 25 one-person shows, the first of which was in 1973 in Mumbai. Since then, his work has been exhibited and collected around the world. Shakti has recently completed a set of 12 six-foot-high bronze sculpture ??? The Sangha. He has also written and spoken extensively on art, aesthetics, education, and beauty, and is the author of Towards Ananda: Rethinking Indian Art and Aesthetics published in 2006 by Penguin/Viking. He has been engaging in a series of Beauty Dialogues with scientists, philosophers and environmentalists, and is co-organizer of an international conference, The End of Art and The Promise of Beauty, in February 2012.