Author: Indic Today

“MasterClass” Gifts By Indic Academy

MasterClass is an online-educational platform, which provides tutorials on various fields such as acting, fiction writing, music, film-making and many more. The tutorials and courses on MasterClass are all taught by experts and celebrities in their own fields. Some prominent names that have conducted online classes at MasterClass include Serena Williams, Gordon Ramsey, Malcolm Gladwell, Jodie Foster, Garry Kasparov etc. The instructor designs the curriculum for his MasterClass. Each class includes extensive pre-recorded video content, a class workbook, interactive assignments, and community activities. The videos are viewable at any time, and they can be paused, fast-forwarded, and re-watched as many times as possible. In addition, many students utilize the class discussions below each video to share their thoughts, upload their performances, and provide feedback on others’ work. Indic Academy has so far gifted the following MasterClasses to 38 promising writers – Indic Academy is now gifting three MasterClasses every month. One course will be gifted each by Abhinav Agarwal of Indic Book Club, Yogini Deshpande, editor-in-chief of IndicToday and Dimple Kaul, Director at the Centre …

बोधन-कुतूहलम् – A Sanskrit Online Teaching Contest

About बोधन-कुतूहलम् MIT School of Vedic Sciences, in collaboration with Indic Academy, Hyderabad has announced a contest titled bodhana kutūhalam for teaching the śāstras in Sanskrit. MIT SVS hopes to foster a community of young Sanskrit scholars who can teach in the Samskrit medium and to help boost the number of academically rigorous śāstra courses online. The focus shall lie on making the content and method of teaching śāstras more interesting and relevant to learners who’ve undergone modern education. Motivation Saṁskṛta teaching-learning has been one of the most underrated and underutilized spheres of higher education in our times. While some Saṁskṛta Universities cater to teaching and learning śāstras in Saṁskṛta medium, the ‘mainstream’ higher education is greatly blind to the potentials of Saṁskṛta as a medium of knowledge. The apathy of teaching a ‘language’ through a ‘different language medium’ is unique to Saṁskṛta! And this is widely prevalent in the modern universities all over our nation. That the products of this kind of learning form the upcoming Saṁskṛta teaching community is a concern that can …

Sastra Sabha & Second Convocation Of Indic Academy At Tenali

Sri Shiva Sundara Sadguru Sastra Sabha is an annual event held at Tenali, in Andhra Pradesh. This gathering is organized by the Sudharma Rakshana Parishat and it consists of several discourses on Indic Philosophy and it’s various branches such as Mimansa, Vedanta and more. Several Sanskrit scholars participate in these events. The Sabha also includes a convocation ceremony for the students who have cleared the annual Tenali exam. Indic Academy is providing scholarship support to 39 students who are studying vedanta, vykarna, mimamsa, tarka and other Shastras. Two students who have received Indic Academy’s scholarship are graduating this year; Shri T.K. Narasimhan, a student of the Tarka Shastra has been bestowed with the title of Tarkavidwanmanihi and Shri K. S. Maheswaran Namboodri has been given the title of AdvaitaVedanta Uddeepakaha. More Details about the Sastra Sabha and the Convocation Ceremony 9th March, 2019: Welcome Address by the Parishat President Discourses on Tarka Shastra 10th March, 2019: Discourses On Vedanta Shastra Discourses On Vyakarana Shastra Second Convocation At Indic Academy Hyderabad 11th March, 2019: Discourses On …

“Dispassionate Churning of Indology” – International Conference

The recently concluded three day conference – “Dispassionate Churning of Indology” was organized by Bharatiya Vidvat Parishad (BVP) and the Tattvasamshodhana Samsat, with support from Indian Council for Philosophical Research (ICPR), New Delhi and Indic Academy, Hyderabad in Udupi on 4th – 6th January 2019. The carefully coined conference title by Prof Ashok Aklujkar, seemed like an ode to the the sagar manthan in purana given Udupi’s close proximity to the Indian Ocean. Not withstanding the practical challenges of combining modern expectations with spiritual ambience, the conference was a success with scholars debating, presenting and discussing various aspects of Indic studies. A total of 305 persons attended the conference, and 180 papers were presented in three days. The recordings of the sessions are available on YouTube. Indic Academy had provided travel grants of upto Rs 10,000 to 5 deserving candidates to attend this conference. The three days were an amalgamation of presentations, lectures/discussions, award ceremonies in the following order: Day I The conference was inaugrated with the traditional blowing of conch and other invocations followed by …

Re-Discovering Mata Sita & Her Relevance Today

The Global Peace Initative for Women(GPIW) and Jnana Pravaha are hosting a gathering titled “Rediscovering Mother Sita and Her Relevance Today” on March 8-9, 2019 in Varanasi, India. This gathering intends to be a reflection on the life message of Mother Sita as it relates to so many of our current challenges we face today. Sita is a beloved figure for Hindus around the world, as well as for non-Hindus throughout Southeast Asia. But the message of her life extends beyond these audiences and bears universal import, particularly relevant for the modern age when a new understanding of feminine wisdom and leadership is needed, and when we are facing an unprecedented ecological crisis. Mata Sita and Sri Ram were instrumental in setting the foundation for a new civilization during a time of transition from one era, or yuga, to another. We stand at a similar time in history, where we are experiencing the passing of one era and intuitively feel the birthing of another, as yet unknown. One thing seems certain, however, that the new society we …

Shankara Jayanthi At Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth

Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth is celebrating Shankara Jayanthi on Ugadi, April 6, 2019. The main objective of the event is to enable students to learn about Sankaracharya’s life, legacy and achievements. The keynote address of the event will be on Adi Shankaracharya, his impact on Indian culture, religion and philosophy, delivered by a renowned Sanskrit scholar. This will be followed by a play on the life of Adi Shankaracharya. Students will also present various cultural performances on the stage. The following events will also be held on this day: Vakyartha Sabha: This is a scholarly discussion on some piercing questions from the Indic traditions. 5 scholars from Sringeri and other centres of learning shall participate in the conversation. Inter-collegiate Elocution contest: This is a Sanskrit-English bilingual contest. Students from colleges/universities having Sanskrit programs will be invited to participate in the event. Winners will be awarded cash prizes. Inter-collegiate Quiz Competition in English About the Organisers Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth (CVV) is a Deemed-to-be-University in the ‘de novo’ category, started in 2016. CVV, with its headquarters at Chinmaya International Foundation …

Workshop On Navya Nyaya

Indian epistemology acquired it’s depth because of serious dialogues among philosophical systems. By the 10th century AD, a need was felt to develop a precise methodology of communication in order to understand one another’s position or point of view to make the dialogue meaningful. These attempts resulted in the flowering of the Navya Nyaya school. After it took shape, almost all systems of knowledge in India began to write their treatises employing the language of Navya Nyaya. As it were, it became a universal language of scientific discourse during the second millenium and continues to be so even today in some traditional educational institutions. All our intellectual achievements of the last 1000 years were influenced by the Navya Nyaya school. However, our present Sanskrit education programmes do not offer any course on Navya Nyaya. As a result, several old works of our tradition lie neglected today. VidyVatika is offering a Four-Level graded course in Navya Nyaya Language and Methodology from 2019. The distribution of the Levels is as follows : Level-Zero : Foundation Course in …

Sankranti Sabha At The Veda Vijnana Gurukulam

Veda Vijnana Gurukulam has been organising a yearly Shastric exam since 2001. This event is called the Sankranti Sabha. It is a traditional exam which is oral in nature, in which a student studies a prescribed text and appears before the examiner. On the 2nd of February such an exam was held in the Gurukulam. On this day, the exam was conducted for 60 students studying in 7 different classes. Scholars from Vedanta, Vyakaranam, Nyaya and Purva-mimamsa disciplines were invited as examiners. Advaita Vedanta texts like the Shankara Bhashyam of the Prasthanatrayam and Vedanta-paribhasha were prescribed. In Vyakaranam Siddhanta Kaumudi, Mahabhashyam, Paribhashendushekharah and Laghu Shabdendushekhara were given to the students. The process of examination was a whole day affair. A small inaugural function was followed by the exams. which began at around 9:30 am. Each student was called up and examined individually. The teachers of the particular discipline were also present to gauge the performance of the student. The examiners also noted down the positives and negatives of each students performance. This was later discussed …

Mahabharata Immersion Workshop

Our personal energy is immense and can act in heroic ways, however, it is often locked up in our subconscious self. The Mahabharata Immersion is an invitation to experiment with oneself, delve unto the depths of the invisible, the in-articulated and the disowned parts of ones self by donning the traditional masks from the Koothu tradition. The Mahabharata Immersion Workshop is intended to enable the participant to engage with inner work and the Purana fron an “inside -out” location. One wears the masks of the Heroes and in playing out the archetypal drama that occurs at various turning points, views oneself in the mirror of the emerging “here and now re-play” of the eternal motifs of life and relationships with significant others. This programme offers participants the opportunity to: Discover and foster one’s hidden heroic potential Introspect upon the relationship between outer and inner process Develop a personal foundation of Role effectiveness, interpersonal ethics and interpersonal discipline Introspect upon the way one holds and gives meaning to one’s mission in life The Learning Theatre An …

The Pseudoscience of Indology: An Interview with Joydeep Bagchee

With The Nay Science: A History of German Indology, Professor Vishwa Adluri emerged as one of the most powerful critics of Indology, the nineteenth-century field established to study India. Professor Adluri has called Indology “scientized racism,” a “club,” and a “court.” He has been interviewed by Open, Swarajya, News18, Social Research, and IndiaFacts. Mukunda Raghavan of Meru.Media interviewed Professor Adluri’s student Dr. Joydeep Bagchee on the occasion of the completion of their second book, Philology and Criticism: A Guide to Mahābhārata Textual Criticism. Dr. Bagchee spoke on behalf of his teacher, and explained how they became interested in Indology and why historicizing the Mahābhārata was crucial to colonizing India intellectually. The following transcript was edited for clarity and length. The complete interview will appear soon as a podcast and a video from Meru.Media. MR: What are your backstories? I have a PhD in philosophy from the NSSR, New York. It is one the most prestigious schools for continental philosophy in the US. Hannah Arendt and Reiner Schürmann taught there. I met my teacher Vish there. …