Vaastu Shastra For Design Tutorial

About The Program

Indic Academy, in partnership with MIT SVS, Pune and Rithambara invites you to explore the science, technology and application of India’s systematic approach to space, architecture and design, through the Vaastu Shastras in the modern context.

This 4-full-day tutorial workshop gives an in-depth overview of Indic science and technology of making vibrant and healthy spaces.

Vaastu Shilpa Shastra is one of the oldest design systems in the world. The great cities of Ayodhya, Mohenjodaro, and Lanka were designed on it's principles. The Vaastu Shilpa Shastras are a compendium of architecture and sculpture that goes back to the Buddhist era in written records, and pre-dates this by hundreds of years in its understanding. The knowledge base is available in 64 texts known as the Vaastu Shilpa Shastras. In addition to this, there are scores of texts in various languages of the Indian sub-continent.

These texts speak about:

  • Site selection
  • Understanding wind, rain and thermal patterns
  • Ratios and proportion
  • Functionality and aesthetics
  • Inner delight of the designer and the user
  • Cosmology and beneficial measures

The grammar of design and application is contained in terse sutras in the texts. The enormous field knowledge and experiential data was handed down orally through the Parampara-Siksha teaching methods, like all other Indic knowledge systems including the Vedas.

Until the 16th century, the entire built environment as well as the creation of sculptural and craftware was under the control of the Vishwakarma, the artisans and the craft communities. Unlocking the wisdom of these principles and truths requires not only knowledge of the language, but considerable field experience and the ability to transform this knowledge to a contemporary application. Smt. Sashikala Ananth is one such practitioner, bringing the traditional knowledge alive with her insights into its contemporary relevance.

Topics Covered in the Tutorial

  • Principles, philosophies, and manifestation: Vaastu Shilpa Shastra covers the subjects of the individual element (Vastu) and the space it occupies (Vaastu). The subject can be explained as architecture and sculpture/design of interior elements.
  • A theory of design, understanding materials, understanding ratios and proportions, the importance of aesthetics, the relationship between the occupant/user and the built space, response of wellness or delight in the user.
  • Benefits that accrue from the application of Ayadi or sacred measures.
    Responsibility and qualifications of the designer.
  • Creating a community using the interactive nature of space and form.
  • Design as an inclusive process, where the user can be a part of the solution

Who will benefit from this workshop?

  • Students, teachers, practitioners of Arts, Design and Architecture.
  • Professionals from other disciplines interested in getting an overview of Indic principles and perspectives in the above disciplines.
  • Wellness and psychology practitioners and students interested in exploring the Indic view on space and its relation to well-being.
  • Application builders and solution providers interested in model-based reasoning based on Indic shaastras.

About the Instructor

Smt. Sashikala Ananth is an architect and Vaastu expert, who is also trained in human behavioral sciences. She has studied the original texts under the guidance of Shri. Ganapati Sthapati one of the leading experts of Vaastu for over a decade, and has practiced with many experts in the field.


Dates: Dec 2 – 5, 2019 (Mon-Thu, 4 days, 9.30am to 5pm per day)
Fee (early-bird discount available for the first 10 registrants): For Students: Rs. 800/- for early birds, Rs. 1200/- for others
For Non-students: Rs. 2800/- for early birds, Rs. 3800/- for others
For online course access (after the workshop): Rs. 3600/-
Lunch: Add Rs. 600/- (for 4 days)
Click here to register now to avail early bird fee.

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