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I = S - M

The modern way of thinking about economics has been I = M - S Where I is the I as in me, M is what is 'mine' and S is what ...


Abhay Burjor Ghiara grew up speaking five languages and accompanying his father, a respected economist, on fieldtrips spanning the Indian countryside. As a Fulbright Scholar he has represented the humanistic side of the United States in South Asia, especially on the Indian subcontinent. He travels, lectures and conducts creative workshops and projects with a wide range of people in four continents, including artists, nuns and engineering students, inspiring them to live creative, whole lives. 

An economist and a performance-artist, Mr. Ghiara creates experimental interdisciplinary and interactive performance lectures, in multiples of 13 parts, related to culture, economics and society for varying audiences. Each piece has elements of writing, visuals and performance. The seemingly unrelated parts fit together to create a gestalt, answering questions and raising new ones. 

He has presented his work at wide-ranging venues in the West from the Art Institute of Chicago and the Performance Studies International Conference in London to the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and in the East at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai and the World Storytelling Institute, Chennai to the Sandarbh International Art Residency, Rajasthan, and in the Southern Hemisphere in Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza, Brazil. His work has been published widely, most notably in the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy and Performance Research. Mr. Ghiara has performed and lectured across four continents.

Mr. Ghiara has held academic positions at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and the Goat Island Performance Group Summers Schools at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Bristol University in the United Kingdom. He was initiated by his teacher as a yogi at age 13 at the original Aurobindo Ashram in Baroda, India--a profound experience that was to change him and shape his work. He took up the study of economics & yoga at his teacher's behest. He holds a first-class degree in economics (with a minor in yoga) from St. Xavier's College of Bombay University, India, and a master's degree in economics from Northwestern University. Mr. Ghiara is a Fulbright scholar and a peer reviewer / evaluator for the Fulbright Commission, New Delhi, India. 

Mr. Ghiara has received a number of honors. Among them are Fulbright Scholar awarded by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Washington, D.C., Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Scholar awarded by the United States-India Educational Foundation, New Delhi, India, University Fellow of Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, and National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) Scholar awarded by the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), New Delhi, India. Mr. Ghiara is a Lifetime Member of the Fulbright Association.