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Indica Yoga’s Europe Events – A Brief Report

Indica Yoga is a platform dedicated to spread awareness about the deeper psychological, spiritual & life-transforming aspects of Yoga by creating & curating authentic, immersive & transformative yoga experiences across the world. It was launched in the month of March, 2019 with an opening event by Sri Raghu Anantanarayan and Sri Vinayachandra at the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh early this year. Indica Yoga is the newest addition to the growing family of cultural initiatives by Indica. Following the launch, team Indica Yoga successfully completed a 2 month long tour of Europe conducting many events at several cities across Europe during May-June, 2019. About 20 events including workshops, courses, lectures and presentations were held in about 15 cities in Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, France and Ireland. Visits and lectures/interactions were also held in 5 Universities viz. University of Ghent, Ghent; University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen; Zurich University of Applied Sciences, ZHAVY, Zurich; SRH Hochschule, Heidelberg and Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU, Munich. Programs largely focused on highlighting the psychological dimensions of Yoga and …

IndicToday is Hiring

Indic Today and Indic Book Club are looking to hire jointly a full time Sub-editor and Social Media in-charge. For the Indic Today website job responsibilities include: Write pieces detailing upcoming events and workshops of Indic Today. Edit submitted pieces for grammar and copy writing etc. Maintain correspondence with authors and workshop participants. Promote Indic Today on social media including Twitter, FB, Instagram and other popular sites. Report status and progress on a biweekly basis. Provide and implement suggestions for the promotion of IBC on social media and other platforms – online and offline. For the Indic Book Club platform following are the job responsibilities: Use the IBC site and its social media properties – on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram – to drive engagement with the IBC platform Monitor discussion boards. Tweet and post to Facebook interesting discussion threads. Report online abuse for appropriate action. Monitor IBC Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds for book suggestions, feedback, bugs, and promote relevant tweets. Tweet and post on Facebook and Instagram content updates from IBC Craft book giveaways …

Kriti Sanskriti – 14 Videos On Carnatic Music

Purandaradasa in his famous krithi Guruvina Gulama says – ‘Guruvina Gulama naaguvatanaka doraiyedanna mukuthi‘ Till you become a slave of the Guru, You would not get salvation This Guru Purnima, in a reversal of tradition, senior gurus, masters in both melody and rhythm, will support 14 young musicians making their way up in the musical world to create short 4 – minute videos exploring the most definitive concepts of Carnatic Music. The recordings will be done in Bangalore over 14 days and will be released worldwide, to showcase the beauty of Carnatic music, while at the same time giving youngsters the much need opportunity to learn and shine in front of legends Indic Academy is supporting this event by providing a grant for the production of the 14 videos.

Ramayana Navaham – An immersive Experience

Lord Rama and the Ramayana have been a great source of inspiration and pivot for devotional expression through music and other arts across India for centuries. Our vagyakaras have shown us that there are many ways to reach Rama, but the path through music is the easiest. Indian art such as painting and dance have also left their indelible imprint on Indic spirituality and devotion. Vedanta and Bhakti, the boundaries of Saguna and Nirguna bhakti, the seeker and the Lord merge as art takes over. January 2020 will see Heritage Trust, in collaboration with Indic Academy, host its 11th annual Gudiya Sambhrama festival with the theme being Ramayana Navaham. Early morning Suprabatham, Parayanam, Upanayasam by Dushyanth Sridhar in English, Sangeetha Nitya Kainkaryam and Hastha Kala in Indian art forms will mark Bangalore’s iconic temple festival. The 9-day festival will also present performances by leading artists. As a prelude to Ramayana Navaham, Heritage Trust and Indic Academy invite you to offer your music, art, dance, photographs, writings and thoughts as a tribute to Lord Rama and …

6th International Sanskrit Computational Linguistics Symposium

Indic Academy is pleased to support the 6th International Sanskrit Computational Linguistics Symposium (6th ISCLS) to be held at IIT-Kharagpur, West Bengal, India during 23-25 October, 2019 by way of a grant. This conference builds on the previous five editions at INRIA Paris Rocquencourt (2007), Brown University, USA (2008), University of Hyderabad, India (2009), JNU, Delhi, India (2010) and IIT Bombay (2013) respectively, bringing together the researchers working on different aspects of Sanskrit Computational Linguistics worldwide. Full papers are invited on original and unpublished research on various aspects of Computational Linguistics and Digital Humanities related to Sanskrit (Classical and Vedic), Prakrit, Pali, Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit, etc. Topics of Interest include: Sanskrit Computational linguistics: with extensions to related ancient Indian languages (Vedic, Pali, Prakrits) Shāstric Sanskrit texts and computation Sanskrit digital libraries management Misc computer applications relevant to Sanskrit More details of the conference, its areas of interest and its organisers can be found here.

Supporting Spiritual Retreats – An Announcement

Indic Academy seeks to bring about a global renaissance based on Indic Civilisational thought. Through it’s Center for Spirituality, IA aims to bring authenticity, structure and completeness to the global spiritual landscape, through courses for beginners, intermediate and advanced level of seekers. These courses are meant to train them to become Life/Executive Coaches, Acharyas and Gurus in the field of Yoga and Vedanta. Apart from courses, CS also seeks to conduct authentic, immersive and transformative retreats in collaboration with other like minded organisations, teachers, Acharyas and Gurus. As a part of this initiative, IA is pleased to announce a new scheme of grants for retreats that have the following features: Yoga Retreats that incorporate teaching of Yogasutras, Mantras and spoken Sanskrit Spiritual Retreats that are text based or centred around the concepts of Vedanta Applications consisting of the background of the teacher, Acharyas, Gurus or institutions, budget and other details regarding the retreat can be sent to namaste@indica.org.in. The scheme would include support of upto INR. 50,000 and can be customized based on the merits …

Dialogues from the Brhadāranyaka Upanishad: A Spiritual Retreat

The word “Upanishad” means that which eliminates all that is most undesirable in one’s life — namely fear and sorrow — and leads the spiritual aspirant to the knowledge of oneself as pūrṇa, whole and free of strife and limitations. The teaching in the Upanishad is always presented in the form of a special dialogue between the guru and the śiṣya known as saṃvāda, where the student listens to the teacher with utmost reverence. The Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upanishad is one of the most important of the texts in the genre of Hindu spiritual literature. It is a treatise on Ātman and includes many interesting narratives enunciating various aspects of Vedānta philosophy. In this 5-days retreat being organized by Indica Moksha, the participants will study in depth the Yājñavalkya-Maitreyi Sāmvāda- a special dialogue between the celebrated sages Yajnavalkya and Maitreyi, which expounds the truth of the self as limitlessly whole and joyous. Presented within the larger backdrop of āśrama-dharma (duties at various stages in one’s life), this timeless dialogue highlights important facets of love, Dāmpatya (marriage), and …

Announcing Indica Yatra – A New Platform

Bharat is the land of “thirthayatras” and “sthalapuranas” with each holy location attracting visitors from all over the country, seeking divine blessings and expressing gratitude for a desire fulfilled. Behind every Yatra, there is a legend, a story of devotion, of evil forces overcome by the righteous, of Dharma prevailing over Adharma. Devotees undertake these Yatras, for fulfilling their vows and during or as a part of the Yatra, stoically experience penances, with an inner strength and resolve derived from deep devotion. These Yatras have culturally defined the sacred geography of our land much before 1947. Indic Academy (Indica) is pleased to announce the launch of a new platform “INDICA YATRA”, dedicated to preserving, protecting and promoting such tours and experiences by  Organising Conferences, Festivals, Workshops Nurturing a network of academics, story tellers, guides, tour operators, film makers, activists and artists Advocating policy interventions Promoting research in the history of all Yatras, locations and legends Publishing travel guides, apps and coffee table books Curating and promoting thematic Tours Collaborating with other like minded organisations Towards …