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DP Santhanam- Indic Academy Chair at KSRI Chennai

आत्मार्थं जीवलोकेऽस्मिन् को न जीवति मानवः । परं परोपकारार्थं यो जीवति स जीवति ॥ Which human being doesn’t live for own self? But, true living is the one that’s seeped in charity. Truer words could not have been written to describe lives like that of Shri D. P. Santhanam, a Dharmic man who lived his life with simplicity, honesty and benevolence.  As his last act of charity, he had ordained that a good portion of his savings be given away for Dharmic causes, and to honour his wishes Shri Santhanam’s family instituted an endowment of Rs 5 Lakhs in his name in 2017. Taking his vision forward, Indic Academy is pleased to announce the establishment of the DP Santhanam- Indic Academy Chair at Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute (KSRI) Chennai. Indic Academy converted the DP Santhanam endowment to a contribution towards this chair by matching the amounting and instituting this first chair for research on – Critical Edition of Hathasanketa Candrika of Sundaradeva; Varaha Upanishad; & Yoga Kundalini Upanishad. The Kuppuswamy Sastry Research Institute was founded …

National Seminar on Literature and Society – The Madura College

In its constant endeavor to support Literary events, the Indic Academy Center for Indic Writers are pleased to support the two day national seminar on Literature and Society organized by The Madura College, Madurai on – January 24 & 25 2019. The Madura College is one of the oldest academic institutions in Madurai with over 125 years of existence. The college was established in 1889 and is a Tamil Nadu state government aided college affiliated to the Madurai Kamaraj University. The seminar is being hosted by the Department of English, which is one of most prestigious faculties of the College and has been around since the inception in 1889. The college offers undergraduate courses in eight disciplines, postgraduate course in four disciplines, M.Phil. Course in two disciplines and a postgraduate diploma course in Computer Applications in the self-financing stream of the college. Five departments of the college are recognized as research centers by the Madurai Kamaraj University. The inaugural address is set to be given by Dr. Kuldip Chand Agnihotri, Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Himachal …

RAm Swarup

Ram Swarup- Sitaram Goel Memorial Fund

Indic Academy is honoured and happy to announce the formation of the Ram Swarup- Sitaram Goel Memorial Fund for research and publication on the  20th  death anniversary of Shri Ram Swarup. This fund will be administered under the aegis of the Inter University Center for Indic Knowledge Systems of Indic Academy. The fund will be managed by an Independent Editorial board consisting of Shri. Koenraad Elst as the Chairman and Shri. Shrikant Taalegri, Shri. R. Jagannathan and Smt. Meenakshi Jain as the other members. Legacy  Shri Ram Swarup and Shri Sitaram Goel are considered as the pioneers in the research of Indic history and politics in post Independence time frame. Ram Swarup is considered as an important thought leader for the Hindu revivalist movement. Born in 1920 to a banker father in Sonipat, Harayana his initial education was in economics and he worked extensively for India’s freedom movement.  Swarup was highly critical of the communist movement and the Communist Party. His book Gandhism and Communism  had a strong impact amongst the American policymakers as well as …

26/11 Unforgiven

26/11 Unforgiven: A Dedication to the Heroes of 26/11

Indic Academy’s Center for Indic Writers (CIW) announces its first author showcase with the release of 26/11 Unforgiven by Lt. Col. Manish Jaitly. The book is a fictional story of an ordinary citizen who takes on the task to extract revenge from terrorist. The backdrop of the story is based on the 26/11 attack on innocent citizens of Mumbai which was a watershed event in the history of independent India. Indic Academy through its various City Chapters announces the launch of the book. The first launch will be held in the city of Mumbai on December 16th 2018. Other city launches will be announced later through its social media coverage. 26/11 Unforgiven is one of the four projects announced by the Center for Indic Writers (CIW) in October, earlier this year.  CIW aims to identify, encourage, support new authors and also promote new and existing authors rooted in Indic ethos. The center is now working on a book on the Ancient Architecture of India and an anthology of Telugu poetry, both of which are expected …

Ramanujan Yatra Diaries

Day 1 Our Ramanujan Yatra group of 24 Yatris headed straight for the Ramanujan Museum in Chennai after a sumptuous lunch at Ananda Bhavanam in Adayar. The participants from Mumbai and Pune were shocked to see the quantity of boiled rice and the absence of chapati for lunch but enjoyed their full course Tamilian lunch. Our two traveler buses entered the teeny weeny lanes inside which the museum was located and we got down in front of the museum. The place where the museum is located doesn’t look very amazing, but do bees ever find honey outside the flower? The Director of the Ramanujan Museum, Mrs. Meena Suresh, started off the first session with the inspiring story of P.K.Srinivasan (fondly known as PKS), a very inspiring Math teacher who dedicated a major part of his life towards popularising the life and works of the great Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. It was PKS’ dream to start a museum with the same name. So with the available resources that he had at his disposal, which included his own …

Travel Grants For Seminar On Purva Mimamsa

Pūrva Mīmāṃsā is one of the oldest School of thought, probably dating back to the 3 rd century BCE, that engages deeply in the interpretation of Vedic texts for a pragmatic application of prescribed rituals in the daily life of a Vedic adherent. In the early phase of philosophical development in the Indian sub-continent, the Pūrva Mīmāṃsā or simply the Mīmāṃsā school reigned supremacy over other schools owing to its popularity of practical ritualistic application. The Mīmāṃsā, emphasizing on the karmakāṇḍa portion of the Vedas, found its systematic presentation in the aphoristic work of Maharṣi Jaimini (300 – 200 BCE) which emphasized the philosophy of life, viz., karma in the form of dharma in the very opening aphorism – athāto dharma jijñāsā. The pre-Jaimini preceptors who are identified as authoritative sources referenced by Jaimini are Bādarāyaṇa, Bādarī, Ātreya, and Kṛṣṇājini, thus claiming the presence of Mīmāṃsā thought at least two centuries before Jaimini. Not withstanding the overpowering of the Vedāntic philosophical thought, the Mīmāṃsā school re-emerged as a darśana bifurcating into two main schools viz., …

Registration Grants For Workshop On The Yogasutras

In the language of the Kathopanishad, most men look outward, but some turn away from the mundane and seek a higher law and life. They turn their gaze inward and behold the self face to face. They become aware of a larger, secret life buried within. They realize that through earnest endeavour and devout invocation, this life can be uncovered and made dynamic and manifest. For undertaking this inward journey, the soul has all the provisions in its possession. But different seekers are differently blessed and each has to make the best use of his own special blessing. India has, through the vehicle of the various religions and philosophies that have taken birth from her, has provided many paths for undertaking this inward journey. Raja Yoga, Bhakti, Tantra, Jnana Yoga, and many more paths have been lit by various masters down the ages in order to take the seeker on the journey of self-realization. The philosophy and pragmatics of yoga as given in the Yogasutras is a complete source of becoming aware of the workings …

Appeal To Restage Padma Shri Prahasana

I am Rashma – a playwright and published author. I have worked in Australia and India. For two years now, I have been working on creating new plays using the Natyashastra as the basis. Natyashastra is the most ancient text on drama and performing arts. This endeavour will mark the renascence of ancient Indian drama on modern stage. And I need your help to stage the first play in the series. Padma Shri Prahasana ‘Padma Shri Prahasana’ is the first play that I have written in the series of modern prahasanas. ‘Padma Shri Prahasana’ was in development for a year-and-a-half. Prof Bharat Gupt has been guiding it’s development. The play had its first public reading at the India Habitat Center in December, 2016. The script was rewritten in 2017 and performed at IGNCA on 27th July, 2018. The premiere production was directed by Vineet Chopra of ‘The Great Indian Storytellers’. Theme ‘Padma Shri Prahasana’ is a satire on the system of awards in India and the politicking for awards. The play mocks artists, scholars, and …

Travel Grants For Conference On Indology

An International Conference titled “Churning Of Indology” will be organized by the Bharatiya Vidvat Parsihat(BVP) as a part of the first meeting of it’s members. The conference will take a look at the impact and consequences of the Indological studies that have taken place during the past 150-200 years. There has been a constant review of Indological research outcomes in the BVP mailing list by many prominent scholars. Many debates, dialogues, and discussions held in the BVP list have been leading us to the correct understanding of Shastras in a consolidated way. It has been successful in spearheading the improvement of quality research in Samskrit Shastras and related disciplines. BVP has been a platform for sharing new ideas, creative writings, information regarding academic activities, innovative projects, new discoveries and developments that keeps the entire Samskrit academia ever updated. In order to expand the sphere of research and literature in Sanskrit and to make them accessible to everyone, BVP desires to set new directions through this conference. The present conference is titled “Churning of Indology” to …

Workshop On Establishing A Gurukul

Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal organised a meet at the Veda Vijnana Gurukula campus, Bengaluru from 30th October to 2nd November as a part of its Gurukul project. The project aims at bringing the Gurukul system into the mainstream. Most participants in this meet were philanthropists interested in starting a Gurukul, ready with land, money and other resources required to establish a Gurukul in their respective areas from all over India, but waiting to get guided regarding how to go about it. The sessions begin at 7 am in the morning with a talk on interesting new aspects that can inspire new thoughts on Gurukul curriculum building. The day long sessions after the breakfast were alternatively talks and group discussions. The group discussions gave opportunity to all the participants to share their views, seek clarifications and add their ideas. The moderators of the discussions were amazing in holding a balance between free open discussion and a stern and strict discipline of keeping the focus of the discussion in tact. Most of the talks and discussions were in …