New Delhi: Hundreds of academicians, thinkers and students from India and abroad Monday celebrated the birth centenary of French anthropologist Claude Levi Strauss, who altered the way the West looked at other civilizations.
At a conference organised to mark the 100th birthday of the living legend, speakers portrayed how their favourite Levi-Strauss has been a constant source of encouragement to them.
“Levi Strauss came to my life as an author. It was simply marvellous reading his books,” French Ambassador to India Jerome Bonnafont said addressing the gathering.
Describing him as one of the “most impressive intellectuals” of France, Bonnafont said he contributed immensely in creating respect among various cultures.
The two-day conference titled “My favourite Levi-Strauss” is being participated by renowned anthropologists from the Chicago University, London School of Economics, Columbia University and College de France.
Renowned social anthropologist Andre Beteille said Levi Strauss has been a “treasure” for France in a very special way who made the world change its perception towards the ‘primitive´ tribes.
“This is a man who created anthropology in a different way. He has been so versatile and so incisive,” he said.
For more than five decades, Levi-Strauss has influenced professional anthropologists and scholars in all the social sciences through his wide ranging researches.
Levi-Strauss was born in Brussels in 1908. Levi-Strauss studied at the University of Paris and in 1950 he became Director of Studies at the Ecole Practique des Hautes Etudes.
His books include The Raw and the Cooked, The Savage Mind, Structural Anthropology and Tristes Tropiques.