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ROOTS & SHOOTS

Roots and Shoots is a competition for grandchildren and grandparents. Outside of the classroom, grandparents are the greatest source of learning for children. Learning that is timeless. Learning that is infused with values. Learning that you can go back to in moments of need. As you grow, the bond you form with your grandparents is something deep and one that lasts a lifetime. We now want you to celebrate this bond. In a special way. We call it the Roots & Shoots way. Go back to your grandparents and partner with them. Ask them for any idea from our heritage, our civilisational thought, our Puranas, our Indic knowledge systems, or our indigenous folk traditions and tales. Use their ideas and wisdom and participate in our competition. It is their idea but your execution. You could write a short story, make a short movie, draw a painting, make a sculpture, or a prototype or even an idea for a business. This is a multimedia competition. Medium is not important. It is the message. Of your grandparents. We want to know how well …

INSIDE INDIA By IGenPlus

  IGenPlus, an experiential learning platform for teenagers, is organizing Inside India – a 15-day expedition for global teenagers to learn Indian art and culture. This immersive journey has a uniquely designed path covering the culturally vibrant Indian history, folk music, ancient art, exotic food, rooted lifestyle, rich values, and local life. IGenPlus is building the next generation of thought leaders with innovative programs to compliment the school education. Through our workshops, travel programs, courses, and festivals, we aim to provide holistic growth to the teens, making them self-confident, creative and future-ready. In collaboration with Kamalan, IGenPlus brings to you the launching edition of Inside India, which is a beautiful curation of experiences based on Indian music. Delightfully called, ‘A Musical Trail’, Inside India 2019 will see teenagers from outside India, traversing through the different cities of Southern India for a span of 15 days, exploring and discovering the different forms of Music. The trail will mark the journey in 7 cities including Bangalore, Kochi, Coimbatore, Thanjavur, Auroville, Pondicherry, and Chennai. Each city will witness …

G-20

You are working for the Govt or a PSU or a University or any Institution that is bound by Govt rules. You are 59, going on 60. You are thinking of a word beginning with ‘RE’. We are thinking of 20 words that begin with ‘RE’. Difference? Retire means inaction. Each one of our 20 words signifies action. We have also framed a new rule for you. We call it the 60:20 rule. (Apologies Mr. Parito) We believe the next 20 years of your life can be more active and enriching than your previous 60 years. How, you may wonder. You lead a good life and were making all those plans for a quiet retirement and here we are promising the next 20 years to be even more active than the previous 60! Haven’t we heard of Vanaprastha? Isn’t that how it was supposed to be as per our scriptures? Well. Longevity has increased. Times have changed, but Universities, PSUs and Govt haven’t. So, we have this peculiar imbalance between your ability to work and …

What Next?

You have worked for 15-20 years taking care of the children. Now they have settled down. Perhaps in a far away land. Emptiness pervades your day and you begin asking the big question ‘What next’? What should I do? How can I fulfill my passion? How can I nurture my potential? How can I serve my Dharma, while discovering and fulfilling my Svadharma? Welcome to Indic 30 or the I-30. At Indic Academy we believe that women are key to promoting our civilisational thought and bringing about a renaissance. I-30 is an attempt to tap into the latent power of women who are facing the ’empty nest’ syndrome. The potential waiting to be tapped amongst this group is immense and can be a game changer. So what is I-30 ? Alright.You guessed it! We are hugely inspired by Anand Kumar’s Super 30. We are aiming for something similar. We propose to select a group of 30 Indic women and transform them. Put them through a boot camp and handhold them through a series of steps …

They Deserve More – Grants For Memorial Lectures

Think about it. You are lucky to be the offspring or a student of such an extraordinary teacher, parent or even a grand parent. Someone who was an academic, activist, artist or an author. Someone who worked hard for preserving, protecting and promoting our Dharma. They had limited resources, no institutional support, often faced hostile colleagues who had a different ‘idea of India’, yet they didn’t give up. They did what they could. They excelled. They taught. They wrote insightful books about our scriptures, our culture, our history, our heritage and our knowledge systems. They performed. They made a difference at the ground level through their activism. Their work is now collecting dust. Their legacy lost. They went unrecognized. Now their portraits are merely hung in our homes, when actually we should be hanging our heads in shame. You pass by their portraits with a sense of ‘if only’. You wonder if there is anything we can do about it now. You often ponder, how do we recognize some one who is no longer with …

Chaturmasya Vidwat Sadas

Indic Academy, in partnership with the Sri Chakra Mahameru Peetham, is pleased to bring to the public the Chaturmasya Vidwat Sadas at Chennai. Sri Chakra Mahameru Peetham is the seat of Mahameru and Sri Chakra worship established in Bilaspur, Chattisgarh. The pontiff of the Sri Chakra Mahameru Peetham, HH Sri Sri Sacchidananda Tirtha Mahaswamigal is an Advaita Sannyasi in the lineage of the Shankaracharya tradition. Swamigal is in Chennai this year and is performing the annual Chaturmasya Vratam at Adambakkam from the 16th of July and will be performing Chaturmasya Vratam until September 14th. Sri Matham’s camp is at Raja Vinayakar Bhakta Mandali premises, Brindavan Nagar, Adambakkam. During the Chaturmasya Vratam, it is customary for the heads of Mathams to conduct various programs for the benefit of the public where the Chaturmasya Vratam is conducted. One of such programs is a Vidwat Sadas. Sadas is a formal assembly of scholars. This year, the Vidwat Sadas is convened and headed by Mahamopadhayaya Dr Krishnamurthy Shastrigal. The format is where specific propositions about an aspect of the …

Guided Research and Book Writing Fellowships On Kashmir

Today the nation is celebrating the steps taken by the Government to integrate Jammu and Kashmir with India. On this occasion Indic Academy‘s Inter Gurukula university Centre (IGUC) notes with pride how Bharatiya Vidwans are celebrating the occasion reminding the nation of how pre-modern Sanskrit and other Indian Literature paint a word picture of Kashmir and Kashmiris, highlighting what Kashmir meant to Indic culture and vice-versa. IGUC wishes to join these celebrations by announcing three Short-term Guided Research and Book Writing Fellowships of Rs 30,000/- each with a three months duration. Scholars, research students, public intellectuals and/or anyone who is interested in writing a well researched book on this topic may send their Statement of Interest along with their profile to IGUC at namaste@indica.org.in. IGUC suggests the following topics for the books: Shankara, Advaita and Kashmir: It is well known that Kashmir forms a part of the Shankara’s geo-cultural vision of oneness for Bharat. It is also well known that Mata Sarada of Sarada Peeth of Kashmir is a very significant part of Sankara’s vision. …

Inviting Research Into Literature On Advaita

To make available to the world the entire gamut of literature on Advaita Philosophy is to celebrate the cherished view that any theory within the fold of Advaita is to be taken as valid if it facilitates the easy understanding of the concepts of Advaita, ultimately leading to the realisation of the non-dual self. The literature on Advaita Vedanta broadly belongs to four periods – Ancient, Medieval, Late Medieval and the present. The earliest is immediately preceding Sankara, Sankara’s own works and those of his immediate disciples. This stage has features such as resurgence of Vedanta through its responses to the other Vaidika darshanas and to avaidika darshanas such as Buddhism. Once other schools of Vedanta such as Visishtadvaita and Dvaita emerged and challenged the position of the Advaitins, Advaita acharyas came up with new approaches accepting the new challenges. The contemporary Advaita works, in response to the changing premises of their audience under the influence of modern, western and Abrahamic thought, came up with an altogether new ways of putting forward Advaita. Indic Academy’s …

MoU Between Indic Academy & The Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal

Indic Academy has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the the Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal for the revival of the Gurukul system of education and the Shastra examinations. Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal was founded in the year 1969 with the objective of accomplishing national resurgence in the field of education by woorking on a National Education Policy, Curriculum, System & Methodology based on Bharatiya ethos. BSM envisages to accomplish its objectives through a five dimensional framework which includes Anusandhan (Research), Prabodhan (Awareness), Prashikshan (Orientation), Prakashan (Publication) and Sangathan (Networking). BSM is striving to re-establish the Bharatiya Education System and for this, it is important to bring in the Gurukul System of Education to the mainstream. BSM believes that Gurukul system can once again be the main education system in India. Indic Academy is a non-profit dedicated to bring about a global renaissance based on Indic civilisational thought. IA seeks to preserve, protect and promote Indic Knowledge systems across intellectual, cultural and spiritual facets. Indic Academy has established a Inter Gurukula- University Center for Indic Knowledge Systems. …

Majestic Thanjavur – A Grant Announcement

Indic Academy has recently launched a new vertical to promote experiential tourism – INDICA YATRA. A conference of Scholars and Story-tellers is being planned in the first week of November at Varanasi. Apart from the conference, INDICA has also initiated the creation of a specialized network as a part of its ongoing efforts to build an ecosystem. Several scholars and story tellers engaged in travel, curation, platforms, event managers have signed up for being a part of this network. INDICA is now keen on encouraging historians, students and passionate public intellectuals to consider offering their expertise as a curatorial service and promote our heritage. Towards this goal, INDICA invites applications for one grant to participate in the forthcoming tour by one of the foremost experts on Tamil Nadu temples – Pradeep Chakravarthy. Pradeep curates temple tours in collaboration with Embassy Travels under their collaborative platform – www.mysticalpalmyra.com. Please look at this brochure for more details. Interested public intellectuals and students of history are invited to apply for a grant for this tour and write to …