A young anthropologist from Bathinda, Aadil Brar (23), has won the National Geographic (Nat Geo) magazine’s young explorer grant (YEG) to work on a project about Tibetan culture and anthropology.
Aadil has recently presented a research paper on the topic of ‘Sikkim’s Public Culture: exploring the heritage bureaucracies of tourism’ at World Archaeology Congress (WAC) 2016 held at Kyoto in Japan.
He completed his graduation from University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada, few months ago. He had applied for a project in Nat Geo’s head office at Washington (United States of America) during his last months of graduation in January, 2016 and got his first approval in last week of the month.
Aadil said that he then applied for the approval of project and the committee of research and exploration (CRE) of Net Geo magazine approved for the YEG of $5,000. He added that CRE of Net Geo consists of renowned anthropologists, biologists, archaeologists, environmentalists and conservationists, who jointly decided to award the grant.
“Once I complete my project, Nat Geo will publish my research work in their magazine,” Aadil said.
Aadil thanked his parents, father Preet Mahinder Brar and mother Sarabjeet Kaur Brar, for their support. He also gave credits to Subhash Parihar, renowned historian and professor of history, who helped and allowed Aadil to study his personal library’s books and magazines at the starting time of archaeological studies.
“I have a lot of interest in Sikkim’s culture, history and anthropology. I have also explored the Thangka art at Sikkim. I will start working in the last week of October month,” Aadil said.