Cape Farewell and Southbank Involvement

Vicky Long, Project Director at Cape Farewell joins the journey. The invite to take part came through a Kathak dancer and choreographer and co-artist in residence at Southbank Centre, Gauri Sharma Tripathi. Gauri has been significantly involved in planning the Yatra and will take part in the journey. On board the train Vicky will talk to Yatris about Cape Farewell’s work and will also meet up with Shruti and Dhruv, both Cape Farewell Youth Voyagers in 2008, living in Chennai and Lucknow.

Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre and Anna Riccardi of Creative Connections (also resident at Southbank) join the journey too. The presence of Southbank artists is intended to encourage a creative approach to social entrepreneurialism and adds an international dimension to debate.

What is the Tata Jagriti Yatra?

Tata Jagriti Yatra is a train journey around India. Tata is the major sponsor, Jagriti is the Hindi for awakening and Yatra means journey. On board the journey are 350 18-25 year old Indians, selected from 10,000 applicants for their outstanding interest in, and commitment to, social entrepreneurship. The journey has been designed by a team of three: Shashank Mani, Rewati Prabhu and Raj Krishnamurthy, with a view to encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit within selected participants - the Yatris.

12 stops in 19 days

At each stop along the way visits to a variety of role models have been scheduled, including the director of SELCO a company manufacturing and distributing solar panels to rural communities in the Bangalore region. Debates hosted and broadcast by CNBC TV 18, a national Indian television channel, will take place in cities along the way. In addition, entrepreneurs who have made a mark across the sub-continent have been invited to board to talk with Yatris, fuelling discussion in the two carriages devoted to debate on the train.

Follow the journey through audio bites

Vicky Long

24 Dec - 11 Jan 2009

Click the icons on the map above to hear audio uploaded during the journey from each of the 12 stops on route. Use the zoom and arrow controls or click and drag to move around the map.

If you have Google Earth installed you can download a KML file and load the journey in Google Earth.