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Annual Summary of Indic Workshops 2017-18

In the year 2017, Indic Academy organised 4 Workshops in Bangalore and New Delhi.

Meaning & History - The Mahabharata as Itihasa (24th & 25th July 2017 - Bangalore)

Indic Academy curated a workshop addressed by Prof Vishwa Adluri and Dr Joydeep Bagchee on the meaning and history of the Mahabharata as an Itihasa. The two-day workshop was held in Bangalore at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (IISc Campus).

The course outline included:

  1. Critical Approaches to the Mahabharata:  Western Critics & Mahabharata, Mahabharata as History, Aryan Invasion and the Inversion Hypothesis, Criticism of Tradition and "Brahmanic"Hinduism, Secular Criticisms and their Theological Sources, Textual Criticism and Higher Criticism and the Mahabharata Critical Edition by Prof Vishwa Adluri on 24th July 2017.
  2. Interpreting the Mahabharata: Rejection of the Commentarial Tradition, The Many Senses of Dharma, Front End Materials of the Adiparvan, The Narayaniya and Bhakti, Vasu and Double Transcendence, Selected reading from the Adiparvan and Narayaniya by Dr Joydeep Bagchee on 25th July 2017.

Prof Vishwa Adluri teaches philosophy, religion and art history at Hunter College, New York. He hold PhDs in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research, New York and Indology from Philipps University Marburg, Germany. An expert in modern reception of ancient thought,Dr Adluri has published numerous books, edited volumes, and articles on Greek and twentieth-century philosophy, the Mahabharata, Orientalism and the Western reception of Indian texts.

Dr Joydeep Bagchee is a post-doctoral fellow at Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich. He has a PhD in Philosophy form the New School of Social Research, New York and has studied at the universities of Berlin, Freiburg and Marburg. His current research focuses on the intersection of the textual sciences, philology, textual criticism, and the history of science. He is the co-author of the Nay Science: A History of German Indology (OUP, 2014) and Philology & Criticism: A Guide to Mahabharata Textual Criticism (Anthem, 2017).

The workshop was organised for public intellectuals in association with the Takshashila Institute of India Studies.

Meaning & History - The Mahabharata as Itihasa (27th - 30th July 2017 at New Delhi)

Indic Academy organised a 4-day Intensive Workshop addressed by Prof Vishwa Adluri and Dr Joydeep Bagchee on the meaning and history of the Mahabharata as an Itihasa. The four-day workshop was held at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi.

The course outline included:

July 27 - Critical Approaches to Mahabharata : Western Critics & Mahabharata, Mahabharata as History, Aryan Invasion and the Inversion Hypothesis, Criticism of Tradition and "Brahmanic"Hinduism

July 28th - Contemporary Mahabharata Studies: Contexts and Concerns : Introduction to German Indology, Secular Criticisms and their Theological Sources, Textual Criticism and Higher Criticism and the Mahabharata Critical Edition.

July 29th- The Bhagavad Gita : The German Bhagavad Gita, The Search for an Ur-Gita, Layers in the Bhagavad Gita, Rejection of the Commentarial Tradition

July 30th - Interpreting the Mahabharata : The Many Senses of Dharma, Front End Materials of the Front End Materials of the Adiparvan, The Narayaniya and Bhakti, Vasu and Double Transcendence.

The intensive workshop included accommodation and food for 4 days, course material and two books for non-local participants and lunch for 4 days, course material and two books for local registration participants.

Ithihasa & Various Meanings of History - (20th - 21st December 2017, Bangalore)

Indic Academy conducted a two-day Workshop by internationally renowned philosophers Prof Vishwa Adluri and Dr Joydeep Bagchee in Bangalore at the Mythic Society.

The course outline included:

The different meanings of history - as documentary history, as a geological or an archaeological record, as a narrative, as the experience of a particular people or religion, as world history and as progress from "religious superstition" to a "secular"utopia, and finally, as Ithihasa.

Workshop on Shrimad Bhaagavatham - (3rd - 4th February 2018, Bangalore)

Indic Academy conducted a two-day workshop on Shrimad Bhaagvatham at the Sri Varaprada Devagiri Devasthanam in Bangalore by Prof Nagaraj Paturi, Pappu Venugopala Rao, Dr. Srinivasa Acharya, Prof. K. S. Kannan & Dr Lata Venkat Rao.

The two day workshop designed for public intellectuals was very enlightening and provided a unique vision into the depths of Bhagavatham, especially in the context of Bhakti rasa. To read the detailed report on the Shrimad Bhaagavatham Workshop, please click here.

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