Basawaraj Gulshetty S. (India): “I joined the WLO to work more actively for the development of leisure in developing societies”

Here we come again with a new Q&A session! In this case, we introduce you to Dr. Basawaraj Gulshetty, a professor and researcher on the sociology of leisure who recently joined the WLO Board of Directors.

In one sentence: What does leisure mean to you? 

Leisure is what you do in your time free from regular activities.

What leisure projects, research and/or activities are you involved in? 

I am the author of several books on the Sociology of Leisure and Tourism Studies. I have 36 years of teaching experience at both under-graduate and post-graduate level, and also as a research supervisor at MA and PhD levels.

How do you promote the development of leisure and leisure studies? 

Through the dissemination and organization of seminars, conferences, workshops and trainings.

How did you hear about WLO? 

I first heard about WLO through the old WLRA International Centre of Excellence (WICE) in the Netherlands. I also participated in the WL Congress organized in Jaipur, India, in 1992, on the topic of Leisure Development.

Why did you decide to become a member of WLO? 

To work more actively for the development of leisure activities in developing societies and countries, particularly in India and Asian countries.

What kind of synergies would you like to develop through your WLO membership?

I would encourage people and institutions to write articles and books telling the significance of leisure activities for developing societies in the 21st century. I would also like to encourage the younger generation, to give them more opportunities for the development of leisure.