Author: Indic Today

Special Screening For The Tashkent Files At Rashtrapathi Bhavan

In the month of April 2019, Indic Academy, as the intellectual partner for Shri Vivek Agnihotris’ The Tashkent Files, organised a freewheeling pre-release conversation between a panel comprising of its members and the The Tashkent Files team. Our belief in the movie has been completely validated by the unprecedented love and feedback received from the audience that has been highly appreciative of this cerebral, stimulating piece of cinema. Today, as The Tashkent files marches into its 6th week, braving the onslaught of big budget extravaganzas both domestic and international, it enjoys an IMDB rating of 8.5 – a rare feat for a movie of its kind. We are delighted to share that the movie has received an invitation for screenings at The Rashtrapati Bhavan, which is an absolute honour. The first screening will be held on Saturday, the 18th of May 2019 for the Honourable President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind. And that is not all! The Tashkent Files has also been invited by the I&B Ministry for a screening at the Films Division …

The Gap Year Program

IGenPlus and Rishihood University have entered a partnership to launch the Gap Year Program for the first time in India. Taking a gap year can be a life-transforming experience for teenagers. To take forward our mission of leadership development in teenagers, we have partnered with Rishihood to launch this new idea in India. We invite Indian families to explore this opportunity for students completing Class 12 in their circles. This is also a great platform for diaspora families to send their kids for an India immersion for 5-6 months in case they wish to spend their gap year in India. Liberal scholarships are available to cover the program expense. The Gap Year Program is a journey especially designed for high-school graduates to explore the real world and the internal self by taking some time off, after completing the school and before entering college. One invests time in experimenting with diversified fields and subjects, honing their existing skills, taking up new activities, traveling extensively and working in the real world. This program is most suitable for …

Ahara – A Workshop Series on Indian Food

दीपो भक्षयते ध्वान्तं कज्जलं च प्रसूयते | यदन्नं भक्षयेन्नित्यं जायते तादृशी प्रजा || Lamp eats darkness and produces [black] soot! What food (quality) [one] eats daily, so will [one] produce. vRiddha-chANakya (वृद्ध-चाणक्य) In the Indic Knowledge Systems, food is seen as a purifier of the body and the atmana. The food we eat is linked to our thoughts and action and thereby to our pathway to moksha. Chanakya has likened the burning of light to a good man who eventually would produce soot. The second line of the shloka above indicates that the quality of food is linked to future progeny. Food intake directly affects the physical and mental health of the body. We define food, grains and vegetables not just based on types and how/where they grow but also on the type of feelings and mental states they create in our body and mind. Thus, we have food categorised as rajasic, tamasic and satvik. Rajasic foods are typically hot, spicy and salty making the mind tend towards hate, anger and manipulation. Tamasic foods are …

Call for Papers – Seminar On Vedic Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which one can develop through the practice of meditation and through other training. It is a means of paying attention in a particular way; on purpose and in the present moment, without any judgement. Contemporary Fame Individuals who have contributed to the popularity of mindfulness in the modern Western context include Thích Nhất Hạnh (1926– ), Herbert Benson (1935– ), Jon Kabat-Zinn (1944– ), and Richard J. Davidson (1951– ). Jon Kabat Zinn, an American professor emeritus of medicine and the creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, created the stress reduction program Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which is offered by medical centers, hospitals, and health maintenance organizations. Kabat-Zinn’s MBSR began to get increasing notice with the publication of his first book, Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness (Delta, 1991), which …

Tantrayukti – An Indic Approach to Scientific Discourse

Ancient India’s scientific/shastric tradition is so insistent on coherent and concise expression of thought that it has even codified and classified the various conventions employed in any discourse or exposition of a topic. These conventions are called Tantrayukti. While they are used in numerous Indic texts, some have explicitly identified and enlisted them to help readers. Understanding Tantrayukti and identifying their usage is crucial for correctly interpreting seminal Indic scientific treatises such as Ayurvedic texts and Arthashastra. About 35-40 yuktis have been identified as most handy. Examples include “enumeration of a taxonomy, term definition, forward/backward reference, extrapolation, etc.). The word Tantrayukti has multiple meanings. One of them is the “logic/rationale (yukti) that binds a discourse (tantra or shastra) or its elements together. Through this workshop, we’d like to revive this glorious tradition for authentic study of Indic knowledge as well as contemporary applications. We will also take a look at what makes a thesis sound and some commonly seen shortcomings in many theses. Expected Outcomes Understanding the Indian systematic approach to organize thoughts and writing …

Manomanthana – A Solo Thematic Dance Production

Manthana is a Sanskrit term used to depict the act of churning. When prefixed with Mano, it becomes the stirring of and within the mind; an intense, and concentrated movement of thought that upon reaching a crescendo yields the object of desire. Through this inner debate, the protagonist delves into her deepest emotions, churning them with a manic passion that will ultimately lead to one answer that will quell all questions. A spiritual seeker in a chaotic today, our protagonist, the dancer is in turmoil. There is a want to exceed the mundane, the everyday. But the determined pull of digression and diversion exist – both inside and outside. As a dancer, there is a need to be in the outer world, to interact with it, so as to get to a literal stage where it is possible to fully experience a sense of the sublime. However, this fullness of emotion only lasts a moment. And it is in recreating that moment that one is willing to put oneself through all the chaos, all over …

International Vakyartha Sadas

Indic Academy’s Inter-Gurukula University Centre in collaboration with Bharatiya Shikhan Mandal and under the auspices of Sampurnanand Sanskrit University is proud to present the 1st International Vakyartha Sabha. The Sabha will be held in Varanasi from the 4th to the 6th of July. Introduction to Vakyartha Sadas Sadas is a formal but affectionate assembly, especially of scholars. Vakyartha is a format of sadas. A proposition about a highly minute and profound aspect of a shastra is made by one of the members of the assembly. Arguments for the proposition and counter against all the possible objections to the arguments are also presented. A rigorously methodological and critical questioning of the validity of the same as per that shastra is done by the remaining members. The member defends his proposition using the rigorous dialectical and critical methodology referencing from all the relevant vast, deep and intricate aspects of the shastra. Such sessions are usually relished by the audience. Though various Vedic disciplines such as Mimamsa (hermeneutics), Nyaya (logic), Vyakarana (grammar), Vedanta (liberation) etc. have vakyartha as …

Developing Computational Tools For Sanskrit

The Department of Sanskrit Studies, University of Hyderabad, is engaged in developing computational tools for the analysis of Sanskrit texts following the Indian Grammatical Tradition. Samsaadhanii (http://sanskrit.uohyd.ac.in/scl) is a tool which has many valuable features that could be used by a wide spectrum of researchers in Sanskrit and teaching. Currently the deployment of the project requires expertise and is on a server that requires manual input per sentence. A new project has been proposed to make deployment trivial by using virtual machines and provisioning scripts using tools like vagrant. A command line interface will also be developed to help with batch processing of texts along with implementing various features of the website. Goals Easy deployment: Currently successful application deployment involves cloning 3 git repositories, placing in folder structures, configuring them, compiling them and configuring the web server. This can be simplified to just installing a few dependencies spinning up a vm with all the provisioning steps in a shell script. Command Line Interface: Taking note of the various features present in the website, command line …

Sanskrit Learning Made Easy – A Workshop

The Department of Sanskrit Studies, University of Hyderabad will conduct a 7 day workshop titled ‘Sanskrit Learning Made Easy’, between May 8th and 14th, 2019. It has been conducting this workshop for the last two years with different themes. This year, the focal theme is ‘Upavedas’. The topics which will be discussed include Āyurveda, Gāndharvaveda, Dhanurveda and the Arthaśāstra. To make the workshop more impactful, several experts from various fields who are contributing to the contemporary application of the Shastras have been invited. It is hoped that the audience attending this workshop will find the lectures novel and interesting. Topics to be covered : Āyurveda Theories and Practices for Health Protection – Special Tips for Summer Saṅgı̄taśāstra and Computational Musicology Indian Traditions of Economics: Vedic to Kauṭilya’s Era Role of Sanskrit in Understanding Indian Cultural History Simple Spoken Sanskrit Selected Text Readings Other Details regarding the workhop: Number of Seats: 30 Registration Fees: Rs. 1000/- For registration, visit: http://tiny.cc/dsssw19 Indic Academy is happy to support this event by providing a grant of Rs. 25,000.

Indic Summer Camps

Indic Academy seeks to bring about a global renaissance based on Indic Civilisational thought. Indic Academy has now collaborated with Gateway Education to create an alternative education platform – IGenPlus for young students, aimed at inculcating ancient wisdom, developing modern insights and building future dreams through workshops, festivals, cultural experiences, expeditions, conferences, and competitions. As a part of this initiative, we will be supporting Summer Camps for Art & Culture all over India by way of grants. These summer camps should be centred around teaching any, some or all of the following: Values from our Ithihasas, Puranas, Literary and Folk tales Chanting of key mantras and prayers Indic Knowledge Systems such as mathematics, astronomy, literature, Sanskrit etc. Art forms like dancing, singing, painting, craft etc. Yoga, Ayurveda & Spirituality The focus of the summer camps should be to educate the students intellectually, culturally and spiritually. The collaboration would include support of upto INR 25,000 or 50% of the expenses, whichever is less. Applications consisting of the background of the founders/institutions, budget and details of the …