Author: Indic Today

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. …

Music and Artificial Intelligence – Workshop on Computational Music

Can music be coded? Can computer create music? Can you train a computer to create music? Rishihood University in collaboration with Indic Academy brings a workshop on Computational Music by Vinod Vidwans on 23rd & 24th February, Gurgaon. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, whether a musician or a technocrat, this is an intriguing workshop on artificial intelligence and music to find the answers. Prof. Vinod Vidwans has a PhD from IIT Bombay on Creativity as Design Intelligence. He is a multifaceted person commanding skills in fine arts such as Painting, Calligraphy, Hindustani Music, Graphic Design, User Interface Design, New Media design etc. on the one hand and skills in computer coding particularly in the areas of language technologies, web development, Artificial Intelligence etc. on the other. He is passionate about the theoretical knowledge embedded in ancient Indian Shastras such as VyaakaraNa, Yoga, Alankaarashaastra, sangeetashaastra, naaTyashaastra etc. along with practical aspects of them. Combining all these skills and knowledge, he did experiments in imparting creativity to machine, i.e., computer. About the Workshop Prof. …

Tutorial on Vedic Social Sciences

School of Vedic Sciences, MIT-ADT University, Pune in collaboration with Indic Academy announces a first of its kind two day tutorial on Vedic Social Sciences on Feb 23 – 24, 2019 (Sat, Sun) 9.30am to 5pm. Social science is the systematic study of human society and social relationships to predict social behavior. A comprehensive understanding of human psychological makeup and motives is crucial to deconstruct social behavior and address the multiplying social distress. This tutorial highlights the social and cultural biases inherent in mainstream social sciences and humanities today. It presents the Vedic approach and how it can transform the discipline in a fundamental way. The motivation behind this programme is – while the scientific community tries hard to keep the subjective bias out of its process, it is now well recognized that the social and cultural background of the researcher can greatly influence the methodology adopted in pursuing knowledge and the conclusions drawn. Their influence is more pronounced in mainstream social sciences and humanities, which have largely evolved under European social conditions. The academic world …

Gudiya Sambhrama 2019 – the Temple Festival of Bengaluru

Indic Academy is happy to be supporting Gudiya Sambhrama 2019 – the Temple Festival | 26th Jan – 24th Feb | Bengaluru Devasthanas/ Dharmasthanas/ temples have been large players in the eco system of our society, be it environmental, financial, material, educational, health or cultural. Gudiya Sambhrama is a step towards rejuvenating and reviving this temple eco-system and is brought to you by Heritage Parampara. Heritage & Heritage Parampara are not-for-profit organizations that conduct annual festivals with an understanding of the deep connect our society has to both its cultural and natural heritage. Sacred spaces, Performing Arts and Mother Nature are the lifeline and heritage of society yet rarely celebrated in this fast pace of life today. The festival brings artists and scholars of repute from across India to heritage temples to share their knowledge and performances of Hari Katha, dance, music, theatre, puppetry, fabulous legends and more creating health and well-being, touching the lives of a cross section of society. The theme of this year’s festival is Sacred Sound – “Naada Brahma”. Besides the …

India through its thoughts and senses

India Foundation’s center for soft power was instituted in collaboration with Indic Academy and represents the first center in Indiathat specifically focuses on the field of soft power analysis, advocacy and awareness. It seeks to identify and promote various themes within Indian soft power as a source of economic opportunity. After successfully hosting a three-day Conference on Soft Power in December 2018 that attracted over 60 speakers from 16 countries across 15 sessions the Center has now decided to take this initiative to international audiences through a series of mini events across various regionsof the world. The first such event will be organized in Singapore on the theme “India Through its Thoughts and Senses” on January 25, 2019 | 2pm – 6pm. Schedule 14:30 – 15:00      INAUGURAL AND KEYNOTE SPEECH                                 Jawed Ashraf, High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Singapore 15:00 – 16:30      INDIA THROUGH ITS THOUGHTS AND SENSES                                Makarand Paranjape, Director IIAS, Shimla                                 Dr Ma Swan …

Indic Academy Scholarship to Sampurnanand Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya

Sampurnanand Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya (SSV) located in Varanasi was founded in 1958 and specializes in Sanskrit and related studies. The history of this institution goes back to over 200 years when under a proposal of Jonathan Duncan, the Government Sanskrit College was established in 1791. The university has a number of departments dedicated to science and humanities disciplines which sit under the faculties – Veda Vedanga, Sahitya Sanskriti, Darshana, Shraman Vidya, Adhunik Jan Vigyan & Ayurveda. SSV has a Research Institute and has more than 1200 Sanskrit-medium schools and colleges affiliated to the university. Indic Academy has recently announced scholarship support to research scholars and students at Sampurnanand Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya for courses, internships, workshops & seminars. Indic Academy has reached out to all the Sanskrit Universities in India, offering them scholarship and grants and is committed towards their vision of creating a holistic ecosystem for the preservation, progress, promotion and pursue of Sanskrit and related Indological subjects.

Indic Academy Scholarship Support for Poorna Prajna Samshodhana Mandiram, Bengaluru

Indic Academy is happy to announce scholarship support for courses, internships, workshops & seminars to the research scholars & students at Poorna Prajna Samshodhana Mandiram, Bengaluru. Poornaprajna Samshodhana Mandiram (PPSM), a pioneering Sanskrit research institute started in 1990 was an initiative of Sri Vishveshateertha Sripadaru. He founded two large institutions dedicated towards Indic studies in Bangalore. First Swamiji established the Poornaprajna Vidyapeetha Sanskrit Pathashala in 1956 and then the Research center came as a companion institute. The Vidyapeetha is a residential school that provides education to students from primary to post-graduation, with food, shelter, and education being provided free to all students. The Sanskrit Pathashala is recognized as post graduation study center and affiliated to the Karnataka Sanskrit University Bengaluru and caters to close to 500 students at the present. Whereas PPSM Research Center at the Vidyapeetha was established for higher research in Indian Philosophy in General and Dwaitha Philosophy in particular. The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry of the Government of India recognized the PPSM as a model research institute, and included it in …

Indic Academy extends scholarship support to Shree Somnath Sanskrit University

Indic Academy is pleased to announce scholarship support to research scholars & students at Shree Somnath Sanskrit University for courses, internships, workshops & seminars. Shree Somnath Sanskrit University (SSSU), Veraval was established by Government of Gujarat in 2005 by passing the Shree Somnath Sanskrit University Act. Shree Somnath Sanskrit University is a UGC recognized Public State University with Sanskrit as its medium of instruction. It has 7 faculties and 1 Constituent College and has given academic affiliation to 35 Colleges/Institutions across Gujarat, including University Sanskrit College and one B.Ed. College. The SSSU is a one of its kind University in Gujarat offering wide range of courses in Sāhitya, Jyotiṣa, Vāstuṡāstra, Veda, Vyākaraṇa, Navya Vyākaraṇa, Rāmānuja Vedānta, Swāminārāyaṇa Vedānta, Sarva Darṡana, Navya Nyāya, Dharmaṡāstra, Purāṇaṡāstra, Paurohityam and Yoga. In keeping with the Vedic tradition, Yajña is performed daily in the Yajñaṡālā of the University. The University Library called Ṡāradā Bhavana contains around 7,000 books. The University organizes National, State level Workshops, Seminars, Conferences and Training Programmes for teachers, and also organizes Youth Festival, Sarasvat Samaroh, Sport …

Self Reflection – An Introduction To The Yogasutra

We continue to look externally for ways to live a meaningful life. But why look outside when you can engage with yourself at a deeper level? The philosophy and pragmatics of yoga as given in the Yogasutra is a complete source of becoming aware of the workings of the mind and body i.e. the self. The Yogasutra of Patanjali is one of the most influential texts on Yoga ever written. This aphoristic work explains the path of Yoga in a series of concise steps, making it an invaluable work for any sadhaka. Over the millenia, it has been a guide to many in India and in more recent times, it’s fame has spread throughout the world. Raghu Ananthanarayanan conducted a workshop on the Yogasutras from the 26th to 28th January, 2019 in Pune, which shed light on the path of the Yogasutras. Indic Academy gave a grant to two students – Mr Anandhu Krishnan and Ms Renuka Joshi, in order to attend the workshop.