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Fri 30 Jul 2021
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Sat 31 Jul 2021

9:30 AM - 1:30 PM (UTC+5.5)

Conference on Hindu Aesthetics

SPEAKERS

Schedule

30th July

Inaugural Session – 9.30am to 11.00am

1 Sri Hari Kiran Vadlamani Welcome Address
2 Dr. Nagaraj Paturi Concept of the Conference
3 Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam Distinguished Guest Speech: Hindu Alankara
4 Satavadhani Dr. R. Ganesh Keynote Address

 

Session 1: Theory & Philosophy – 11.00am to 1.00pm

 

1 Dr. Ketu R. Sekhar Cognitive Aberrations in Sanskrit Aesthetic Tradition- in light of Śobhākara’s Alaṅkāraratnākara
2 Dr. Sriram Narainswamy Iyer Contribution of Hindu Saints and Ascetics to Indian Aesthetics with Specific Reference to Śrī Madhusūdana Sarasvatī
3 Dr. Rajshree Vasudevan Abhinavagupta’s Aesthetic Approach – Awareness as Ananda
4 Dr. Naveen Bhat An Aesthetic Wisdom of Rishi, Concerning Mantras & Devatas
5 Ms. Kanchan Gogate Writing the Reader (Seeker): Aesthetics of ‘Revelations’
6 Prof. Kanchi Gopinath Educational Methodologies and Rasa Theory

 

Lunch Break – 1.00pm to 2.00pm

Session 2: Art, Sculpture & Design – 2.00pm to 4.30pm

 

1 Sri Sushant Bharti Role of Yantra in Hindu Iconography
2 Mr. Anirudh Naveen Unravelling the Aesthetic Layers of the Indian National Movement- An Artistic Study
3 Ms. Aarti Iyer The Personification of Ashtanayikas based on the Sringara Rasa depicted in the Ragamala Paintings
4 Dr. Ramadevi Sekhar Sculptural Positioning in Brhadeshvara Temple – An Aesthetic Expression of Hindu Cosmology
5 Ms. Shefali Vaidya Sacred Synergy: The Connection between Temple Sculptures and Woven Motifs in Kanchipuram Sarees
6 Smt. Janani Ananthanarayanan Ai Sumana Sumana Sumana – Exploring the intersection between flowers and Kolams
7 Prof. Padmini Tolat Balaram Swastika: A Sacred Symbol of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism

 

31st July

Session 3: Music & Dance – 9.30am to 11.30am

 

1 Dr. Siri Rama Multivector Model Analysis of Hastas or Hand Gestures as Bio Semiotic Conveyors of Rasa
2 Prof. Vinod Vidwans Artificial Intelligence, Hindu Arts and Aesthetics
3 Sri Piyal Bhattacharya An Analogy of Bharata’s System of Śarirabhinaya: Exploring the Metaphysics of Inner and Outer Space and Time
4 Dr. Alamelu Ramakrishnan A Few Compositions of Smt. Kuttikunju Thangachi – An Aesthetic Approach
5 Ms. Mahati Kannan Hindu Aesthetics in the Folk Songs of Tamil Nadu with Reference to Thinai
6 Dr. Priyashri Rao An Analysis of the Rāgamālika Neñjinilniṟaindiḍum

 

Session 4: Festivals & Events – 11.30am to 12.30pm

 

1 Ms. Raseshwari Chonkar Aesthetic Brahmananda in the Warkari Kirtan
2 Ms. Vaijayanthi Chakravarthy Rasanubhava of Kanchi Varadaraja Perumal Brahmotsavam

 

Valedictory Session – 12.30am to 1.30pm

 

1 Prof Kannan Valedictory Address: Hindu Metaphysical Foundations of Aesthetics
2 Dr Rajshree Vasudevan Summary of Conference Proceedings & Vote of Thanks
Speakers
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Sri Hari Kiran Vadlamani

Founder, Indic Academy

Hari Kiran is an investor, activist, seeker and an aspiring artist.

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Dr. Nagaraj Paturi

Director, IA

Dr Nagaraj Paturi trained in Sanskrit and Advaita Vedanta by his hyper-polyglot, polymath and spiritually accomplished sakala-shaastra-paarangata father, late Sri Paturi Sitaramanjaneyulu garu, he is seriously committed to the transmission of Vedic sciences to the present generation. He designed a very big number of courses of contemporary applications of Vedic Sciences and has been successfully teaching them and getting them taught. Presently he is Presently he is Director, Indic Academy And Distinguished Professor, Curriculum Designer, Executive Committee Member and Member, Board of Studies, MIT School of Vedic Sciences, Pune. Member, Board of Studies for Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, Kavikulaguru Kalidasa Sanskrit University, Veda Vijnana Gurukula. Formerly Senior Professor of Cultural Studies FLAME School of Communication and FLAME School of Liberal Education Former Visiting Professor, University of Chicago, US) In his PhD (1998, UoH) Developed Indic Model of Myth Criticism of Literature. MPhil (1987, UoH) Brought out Vakyapadiyam as theoretical foundation of Ashtaadhyaayee Around 50 publications, around 60 conference /seminar/ workshop papers. Consultancy to numerous culture research and theater and dance innovation projects. Scores of creative writing works for Classical Dance, Modern Theater and magazines. Several series of talks and other programs on Radio and Television channels.

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Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam

Indian classical Bharata Natyam dancer

Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam (born 4 February 1943, in Madras), is an Indian classical Bharata Natyam dancer. She is also a research scholar, choreographer, music composer, musician, teacher and author. She is famous in India as well as abroad: several films and documentaries have been made in her honor by countries like Japan, Australia and Russia. She is well known as the developer and founder of the dance form Bharata Nrithyam. She is a devotee of the Paramacharya of Kanchi.

AWARDS

Dr. Padma has received many awards and honors to her credit including Padma Shri in 1981, Padma Bhushan in 2003, which are among the highest civilian awards of India. During her dancing career, she has received several awards, including:

'Sangeet Natak Akademi Award' (1983)

'Padma Bhushan' (2003)

'Kalaimamani Award' from the government of Tamil Nadu

'Kalidas Samman' from the federal government of Madhya Pradesh,

'Nishagandhi Puraskaram' by the Government of Kerala in 2015,

'Nada Brahmam' from Narada Gana Sabha in Chennai,

'Bharata Sastra Rakshamani' from the Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Kanchipuram .

'Nehru Award' (1983) from the Soviet Union

Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize from Japan, for "her contribution to development and harmony in Asia"

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Satavadhani Dr. R. Ganesh

Sanskrit poet and scholar

Dr. Ganesh is a 'shatavadhani' and one of India’s foremost Sanskrit poets and scholars. He writes and lectures extensively on various subjects pertaining to India and Indian cultural heritage. He is a polyglot, an author in Sanskrit and Kannada and an extempore poet in multiple languages. He has performed more than 1300 avadhanas, in Kannada, Sanskrit, Telugu and Prakrit. He is known for extempore composition of poetry (āśukavita) during these performances, and even of chitrakavya. He is the only Śatāvadhāni from Karnataka. He once set a record by composing poetry for twenty-four hours continuously. He performed a shatavadhana in a single day in 1991. He also gives public lectures, on dance (nāṭya śāstra), music, art, culture, literature, poetics, etc. In his kAvya-chitra shows, he performs with painter B.K.S.Varma, composing poems while the latter paints. He has also written lyrics and composed verses for dance performances. He learned the performance art Yakshagana and conceived the idea of eka vyakthi yakshagana (single-person Yakshagana), of which several performances have been given by Mantapa Prabhakara Upadhyaya. He has played the role of Horatio (dubbed Harshananda) in a Sanskrit production of Hamlet. He has given multiple lectures on various topics in Gokhale Institute of Public affairs, most of which is published on Youtube. Awards Rajyotsava Prashasti (Karnataka State Award) for 1992 by the Government of Karnataka. At 29, he was the youngest person to have received the award. Rashtriya Yuva Pratibha Puraskar Kāvyakaṇṭhapraśasti Bādarāyaṇa-Vyāsa Puraskar awarded by the President of India for contributions to Sanskrit[13] for the year 2003. 'Sediyapu Award' for the year 2010. Honorary doctorate (D. Litt) from Tumkur University in 2010. "Chit-prabhananda" award Erya Award for 2012.

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Dr. Ketu R. Sekhar

Head of Projects, Bharatiya Samskriti Trust

Dr. Ketu Ramachandrasekhar is at present the Head of Projects at Bharatiya Samskriti Trust, a Non-Profitable Organisation dedicated towards the dissemination of Indic Knowledge Systems and resurgence of the Oldest Living Cultural way of life i.e. Sanatana Dharma. He has his Doctorate in Indian Epistemology and is a recipient of Prince of Wales Medal for outstanding Performance in University of Madras. He was selected as a Fellow from hundred young scholars all across India for Studies in Neuro- Aesthetics and Indian Rhetoric by Ministry of Culture, GOI. He was a part of Academic Team of scholars across Europe on discussion of Natya Texts and a member of Aix-en-Provence University, France Academic Panel. His expertise in Shaiva Pratyabhijna School is well recognised by scholars of Kashmir Shaivism and he has been a regular contributor to their Journals on the works and contributions of Acharya Abhinavagupta. He has attended several national and International Conferences. He has several research articles and books to his credit which includes a detailed study of Abhinayadarpana of Nandikeshvara, Devi Mahatmya and others. His advice is also sought in matters relating to prayoga aspect of Tantra Shastra by established centers of Shakti worship like Kollur and Kanchipura. He owes all his achievements to his Guru Vidya Vacaspati Brahmashri Goda Venkateshwara Shastri.

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Dr. Sriram Narainswamy Iyer

Artiste & Sanskritist

Dr. Sriram Narainswamy Iyer is a Carnatic Vocalist, Sanskritist, Nattuvanar and a Bharatanatyam choreographer based in Mumbai. Born in a family of artistes, he is the grandson of Nāṭyayogī late Guru Shri Mani-the founder of Kalasadan Institute of Fine Arts. Trained in performing arts under the eminent Gurus of Kalasadan, he was fortunate to receive training in Sanskrit under distinguished stalwarts such as (late) Prof. A.R Kulkarni and Prof. Dr. Gauri Mahulikar. He received instructions on chandas, kāvya and nāṭya śāstras from Prof Kulkarni. He was awarded the Ph.D by the University of Mumbai for his thesis titled - ‘Śrī Muttusvāmi Dīkṣita Caritam - A Critical study’ prepared under the guidance of Dr. Gauri Mahulikar (Dean of Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth & Retd. HOD- Sanskrit, Mumbai University) in 2021. As a researcher and choreographer, he has played a pioneering role in bringing to light and popularizing several rare Sanskrit compositions of Sri Svati Tirunal and Sri Muttusvāmi Dīkṣitar through Bharatanātyam. As a composer has to his credit, the creation of several dance-pieces such as varṇams, śabdams, etc. in Sanskrit. He has also to his credit the creation and presentation of operatic Sanskrit works (citra-kāvya style) such as Umā-Pariṇayam and Śrī Śaṅkara-Digvijayam that have been performed at several prestigious occasions. As a versifier, he has composed psalms on several deities as well as independent verses on numerous occasions and topics. His poetic verses as well as articles have been published in some of the renowned spiritual magazines such as Dīlīp. His research articles have been published by leading journals such as Prācī-Prajñā, Hitāya, Dhīmahi etc., to name a few. Apart from his association with Kalāsadan, he has been connected with several other educational institutions such as SIES College, Mumbai and the Department of Sanskrit, University of Mumbai as a visiting faculty for Sanskrit.

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Dr. Rajshree Vasudevan

Director, Centre of Excellence, Art & Culture, Shri S. S. Shasun Jain College for Women, Chennai

Dr. Rajshree Vasudevan, A gold medalist in academics with a doctorate in Philosophy (Indian Aesthetics), she is a popular resource person for Dance, Indian Philosophy, Culture, Heritage, Aesthetics & Poetry in University of Madras, Kalakshetra, Nrithyodaya, Chennai & Mumbai among others. She has trained in Bharatanrtyam, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Carnatic Music and Yoga has around 35 years of experience in the field of performing arts. She has cleared the UGC-NET exam, is the recipient of the JRF from I.C.P.R and the SRF from Ministry of Culture, Govt of India. A student of Padma Bhushan Dr.Padma Subrahmanyam, Chennai and Dr. Jayashree Rajagopalan, Mumbai in Bharatanrtyam she has learnt Carnatic music under (Late) Smt Leela Gopalan and (Late) Vidwan Shri A.S.Panchapakesha Iyer. She has danced for prestigious organizations in India and United Kingdom, U.S.A, France, Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius etc apart from teaching and lecturing in manifold aspects of art. Dr. Rajshree has accompanied dance concerts as Vocalist and on Nattuvangam. She has presented papers in National & International conferences, many of which have been published. Having held senior academic positions in established institutions, Dr. Rajshree earlier Humanities-in-charge, School of Liberal Education and Director, Shasun Shakthi Cell, Shri Shankarlal Sundabai Shasun Jain College, Chennai is currently Director, Centre of Excellence, Art & Culture, (Under partnership with N.S.D.C, Govt of India, New Delhi) Dr. Rajshree is also a Faculty Member, Dance Dept, (Distance Education Mode), SASTRA University, Thanjavur; Member, Board of Studies-Performing Arts, Mahagami Gurukul, Aurangabad, earlier Examiner, Bharatidasan University, Tiruchirapally and Member, Board of Studies, (Dance) in Universities of Madras and Pune.

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Dr. Naveen Bhat

Assistant Professor, Dept of Vedic Studies Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence Kalburgi

Education Qualification

He has started his Sanskrit journey from Veda Vijnana Gurukulam, Bangalore. There he studied Sanskrit Vyakaranam, Nyaya, Meemamsa, Yoga Sutram, Kavyam, Krishna Yajurveda & Rigveda & specialization in Advaita Vedanta (Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads & Brahmasutram with Shankaracharya Commentary) He has completed his BA & Acharya (MA) in Advaita Vedanta, He received gold medal for Advaita Vedanta Vidwat exam. He has cleared his NET exam & done Ph.D in ऋग्वेदे दार्शनिकतत्त्व –विमर्शः Under the Guidance of Dr. Ramachandra G Bhat,

Teaching Experience

He has totally 13 years of teaching experience & At present working as an Assistant professor in Vedic Studies Department of Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence, Kalburgi. He has presented his papers in more than 14 seminars & conferences & more than 10 research articles published in various journals

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Ms. Kanchan Gogate

Principal Correspondent, The Times of India and Research Scholar

Kanchan Gogate has been working as a Principal Correspondent with The Times of India, Pune and pursuing her PhD on the speeches of Swami Vivekananda and J Krishnamurti. A trained yoga therapist, Kanchan has keen interest in writing on philosophy, literature and current affairs.

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Prof. Kanchi Gopinath

Professor, Computer Science & Automation Indian Institute of Science Bangalore

K. Gopinath is a professor at Indian Institute of Science in the Computer Science and Automation Department. His research interests are primarily in the computer systems area (Operating Systems, Storage Systems, Systems Security and Systems Verification). He is a coauthor of a recently published book on "Resource Proportional Software Design for Emerging Systems," Chapman and Hall/CRC, 2020. He has been in the past an associate editor of IEEE Computer Society Letters and that of ACM Trans. on Storage. His education has been at IIT-Madras (B.Tech'77), University of Wisconsin, Madison (MS'80) and Stanford University (PhD'88). He has also worked at AMD (Sunnyvale) ('80-'82), and as a PostDoc ('88-'89) at Stanford. Research Interests Operating Systems, Storage Systems, Systems Security, Verification Recent PC Activity: ERC (ASPLOS'17,'18), PC (USENIX ATC 2016). https://www.csa.iisc.ac.in/~gopi/

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Sri Sushant Bharti

Conservation Architect

Sushant Bharti is a Conservation Architect who graduated from the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi. He has a keen interest in understanding the cultural aspect of India along with the architectural diversity. His main area of research is 'Cultural Heritage of Braj' and 'Indian Temple Architecture. He has also worked as a Research Assistant at National Museum Institute, National Museum, Janpath, New Delhi.

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Mr. Anirudh Naveen

Anirudh Naveen is a first-year undergraduate student, pursuing a course in History Honours from Hansraj College, University of Delhi. A passionate writer with a deep interest in Indian history and civilizational folklore, Anirudh has published two books of fiction on Amazon Kindle. His books reflect his passion for history and cricket. He is also a winner of the Times Scholars competition conducted by the Times of India in 2019-20. He aspires to become an academic writer and contribute towards an Indic renaissance through his works.

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Ms. Aarti Iyer

Aarti Gopalakrishnan Iyer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern History from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Gujarat, and a Master of Arts in Indian History, Culture and Archaeology from the same University. She has worked as a Documentation Associate in the NMMA (National Mission on Monuments and Antiquities) project of the Archaeological Survey of India in the Department of Archaeology, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and also with the Archaeological Survey of India, Vadodara Circle, Vadodara, Gujarat as Research Assistant in the Monument section. She has also been a Research Assistant for the project “The Challenges of Kingship in Late Early Historic and Early Medieval India,’’ under the direction of Ms. Anna McCourt, Ph.D. Candidate, Doctoral Program in Anthropology in History, University of Michigan, in the State Department of Archaeology, Gandhinagar Circle, Gujarat. She has also been a freelance tour guide and has conducted several successful heritage trips, educational trips and entertainment trips to Mathura, Holi, Kolkata, Hampi, Chennai and Kanchipuram, in association with The Great Indian Traveller. She has many project and field reports to her credit, and has also been part of an excavation at the Harappan site of Shikarpur, Kutch, carried out by the Department of Archaeology, University of Baroda during her Master’s program. She presented and published a paper entitled “The Study of Musical Instruments depicted in the Sculptural Representation in the Kailashanatha Temple” in a two-day conference on The Pristine Glory of Kanchipuram organized by The Dept. of Sanskrit and Indian Culture, SCSVMV University, Kanchipuram. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Archaeology and Art History from the same University.

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Dr. Ramadevi Sekhar

Asst Professor, Dept of Sanskrit, Shri. S. S. Shasun Jain College for Women, Chennai.

Dr. Ramadevi holds a Doctorate in Samskrt from the University of Madras. She has worked in the capacities of Research Associate, Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute, Chennai, Assistant Professor of Sanskrit, Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai, Honorary Deputy Director, Tamil Arts Academy, Chennai, and is currently Assistant Professor of Sanskrit, Shasun Jain College for Women, Chennai. She has to her credit many published books and articles such as “Araru, the Dream God”, “Raja Dharma according to Saunakiyam” (Journal of Oriental Research, Chennai), “Teacher’s Remuneration in Ancient India”, and “Influences and divergences of Arthasastra over Mudraraksasa”. She is the first disciple from South India to study under Padmabhushan awardee Dr.R.Nagaswamy. She is recipient of the National Gurukul Fellowship instituted by Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) New Delhi (2017-19) and was selected for the Infosys Fellowship (2020), Bhandarkar Oriental Institute, Pune. She has many paper presentations to her credit in many international conferences in India and abroad. She is a copy editor & reviewer of research books for journals and is also a regular contributor to Tattavaloka.

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Ms. Shefali Vaidya

Author

Shefali Vaidya is an award-winning author, newspaper columnist and a social media influencer. She is followed by more than half a million people on social media and is a familiar face on TV debates. She has worked with both traditional and new media and has been involved in television programming and content management for websites and writing for magazines and newspapers. She is associated as an Editorial Consultant with a Pune based Digital Media outfit, Ritam. Shefali writes on travel, history, parenting, temple architecture, Indian textiles as well as on Dharma and politics. She has her own bilingual V-log, Shef’s Special. Shefali holds a Masters degree in Mass Communications from the University of Pune, an advanced post-graduate diploma in Spanish language and a post-graduate diploma in Indology. Shefali is an Ananta Leadership Fellow.

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Smt. Janani Ananthanarayanan

Storyteller

Janani Narayanan is a storyteller and a children's story writer and has conceptualised the Pancha Mantra Katha series.Two stories written by her received grants from the Govt of Goa for publishing and distributing to various state libraries. She was on the Core Committee instituted by the Directorate of Art & Culture, Goa for inculcating and improving the reading habit among children across the State. She was commissioned by Goa Handicrafts, Rural and Small Scale Industries Corporation for a comprehensive documentation of the status of Handicrafts of Goa. Janani is also a Kolam artist and has conducted several workshops. She has scripted, directed and conducted several plays in various media including Shadow Puppetry and conducted a 10-day Puppetry Workshop for the students undergoing the professional course at the Kala Academy School of Drama, Govt of Goa. She was the Script Writer for Short Films that won awards at contests conducted on the side lines during IFFI. She is the Asst. Editor of Goa's first free to reader fortnightly neighbourhood Newspaper 'Vasco Watch' launched in Aug 1999. Through their publication Vasco Watch she co-ordinates and conducts several Community Initiative Workshops & programmes.

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Prof. Padmini Tolat Balaram

Professor of Design at Silpa-Sadana, Visva- Bharati

Prof. Padmini Tolat Balaram, is a textile designer, researcher, dyer using eco-friendly natural dyes, since 1976. She is working as a Professor of Design at Silpa-Sadana, Visva- Bharati, has taught at D J Academy of Design, National Institiute of Design, National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), CEPT University, in India and Shikoku University. Japan, Donghua University, China, Nebraska-Lincoln University USA.

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Dr. Siri Rama

Founder-Director Kanakasabha Performing Arts Centre, Mumbai/Singapore Adjunct faculty, School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University and Dept of Dance, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

Dr. Siri Rama is a Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dancer, teacher and choreographer based in Singapore. She is the founder-director of Kanakasabha Performing Arts Centre, based in Mumbai with many branches in India and in Singapore. She was awarded a PhD in the Fine Arts for her research on the Dance Sculptures in Belur and Halebidu temples by the University of Hong Kong. She has performed solos to critical acclaim, presented group performances, and lectured, in many different cities of India and in the USA, Germany, the Middle East, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore and Thailand. She has choreographed and presented several solo and group dance performances on traditional as well as contemporary themes. Dr Siri has collaborated with musicians and dancers from many other genres including Hindustani music, Chinese and Malay dance, and computer musicians. She served four consecutive terms as the president of the Singapore chapter of World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific. She is Adjunct Faculty at the School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Singapore). She recently published her first book, Dance Divine: Dancing Deities of India, Shubhi Publications (2021)

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Prof. Vinod Vidwans

Senior Designer (Professor) and an Ex-Vice Chairman (Research) at National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad

Prof.Vidwans was a Senior Designer (Professor) and an Ex-Vice Chairman (Research) at National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. He also headed the Departments of New Media and Software Users Interface Design at NID, Ahmedabad. He is a visiting faculty at IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Kanpur, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, D. J Academy of Design, Coimbtore, and Pt. Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar. Dr. Vidwans is a cognitive philosopher, a designer and a portrait painter. Prof. Vidwans carries more than twenty years of eventful professional and research experience with him. While working in the industry and managing Information design and development projects, he explored various facets of New Media Design. He has developed Sharada multilingual technology for Indian languages. He has also developed a computational theory of Indian Classical music.

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Sri Piyal Bhattacharya

Artistic director, Chidakash kala lay center of art and devinity

Piyal bhattacharya who have been engrossed in the research and practical reconstruction of the complete performance system and perspective of Natyashastra for the past 20 years of his life. He completed his graduation in Sanskrit from Calcutta University. He completed 6 years diploma course Kathakali Vesham (Kathakali acting) from Kerala Kalamandalam under the supervision of Kalamandalam Balasubramanyan, 2004. He got awarded MA Vellodi Silver Medal from Kerala Kalamandalam, 1989-99 and also got Kavalappara Narayanan Nair award from Kerala Kalamandalam, 2002-03. He studied ‘Panini’ under traditional Pandit Nikhilesh Shastri from Kolkata and Rakesh Das, assistant professor, Department of Sanskrit studies, Ramkrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Department, Belut, West Bengal. And also taken advance study under Manudev Bhattacharya from Varanasi. He studied Sahitya under Tanmoy Bhattacharya of Traditional Oriental Learning (TOL), sanskrit College and university, Kolkata. He studied Rasa, Bhava, Chitravinaya, Samanyabhinaya of Natyashastra under Dr. K.D. Tripathi. Studied Musicology under Dr. Pradeep Ghosh, Dr. N. Ramanathan and Indrani Chakraborty. Had vocational sessions with Urmila Sharma at Varanasi as a part of ICH fellowship, granted by Sangeet Natak Akademy for reconstruction of Mattakokila veena from Sangeet Raja. He has taken sessions assisted by Prof. Krishnakant Sharma, Head of the Department of Vedic studies, Banaras Hindu University. He was awarded DR. ASHOK RANADE MEMORIAL AWARD for the practice of Bharata’s musical instruments and contribution towards Indian music system, conferred by Music Forum, Mumbai. He has been granted for ‘Safe Guarding Intangible Cultural Heritage of India’ 2014-15 for practical reconstruction of Bharata’s dance and music tradition as MARGA NATYA from Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi. He has done his junior fellowship on ‘Ekadasha Natya-sangrahaof Natyashastra’ from Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, 2010. His initial training to study Rudra Veena from Subir Mishra and then Pandit Asit Banerjee. Now taking advance training in Dagar astyle from Ustad Bahauddin Dagar. He has also taken training in Dhrupad Vocal under Nirmalya Dey, New Delhi. And learned Vishnupad Dhrupad of Haveli Sangeet under Jagad Guru Padmashri Gokulotsav Maharaj. He went to Myanmar to learn the migrated tradition of Indian Harp, surviving as Saung Gauk under U Win Maung. At Gitameit Music Centre, Yangon, Myanmar, 2016. He learned Pungachoba under Guru Premjit Singh. Also learned Saraswati Veena under Vijay Vara Lakshmi, alumni of Kalakshetra, Chennai. He also learned Kathakali vocal under Kalamandalam Madambi Subramanyan Namboodiri, Cheruthuruthy, Kerala. Also learned Kalaripayettu under P.K. Balan Gurukkal, Guruvayoor, Kerala. And learned Thang Ta at Anjika, Kolkata. Languages known: Sanskrit, English, Bengali, Hindi and Malayalam. It is his sole endeavor to uphold this ancient tradition of performance, as a whole, as have been envisioned by him under the name of “MARGA NATYA”. Through this work he sincerely wishes to create a dialogue with the contemporary societal concerns, and create a bridge in between. His research has been a constant research to discover the theatrical language of Indian tradition. This research is a sincere effort to bring about the practice of Nritta, Geet and Abhinaya based on Bharata’s system of performance as stated in Natyashastra.” MARGA NATYA” is a researched and reconstructed way of presenting the ‘Natya’ or theatrical system of performance, mentioned in Natyashastra.

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Dr. Alamelu Ramakrishnan

Dr. (Smt) Alamelu Ramakrishnan has a Master’s degree in English language and literature with first rank, from Madras University. Thereafter she had acquired B. Ed, M. Ed., M. Phil., MBA (Finance) and PhD degrees at various points of time between 1970 and 2005. Her doctoral thesis was on “Comparative study of aesthetic experience in English (romantic) literature and carnatic music”, under the guidance of Prof. Dr. N. Ramanathan of the University of Madras. She has also done a two-year Sangita Vidwan course from the then Central College of Carnatic Music, with distinction and first class in theory and practical examinations. It was followed up with a “stage performance course”, in the same institution, between 1973-75 and 1976-77. She gave six lec-dems “Women Composers of Carnatic Music” under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, in 2015-16. Earlier she was awarded a senior fellowship for working on “Aesthetics in the Music of the Trinity.” She has presented papers in national and international conferences on different aspects of music and musicology, made lecture demonstrations on a variety of topics and has given concerts at various fora, thematic and otherwise. She has authored jointly with the internationally known musicologist Dr. S.A. K. Durga, the translation into English of the music portion (Isai Marabu) of an ancient Tamil text Pancha Marabu. Under the Tagore Research Scholar Scheme, awarded by the Ministry of Culture, she has brought out a critical edition of an ancient manuscript for the nodal institution Thanjavur Maharaja Serfoji Saraswathi Mahal Library, Thanjavur,

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Ms. Mahati Kannan

Research Assistant, Centre of Excellence-Art & Culture, Shri Shankarlal Sunderbai Shasun Jain College, Chennai.

Kum. Mahati Kannan belongs to the fourth generation of the illustrious family of film director K. Subrahmanyam. She is the disciple for dance and grand-niece of Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam, and the daughter of well-known Veena Vidwan B. Kannan (Musician & Composer) and Dr. Gayatri Kannan (Musician & Dancer). She started her formal training in dance at the age of 5 and had her Arangetram when she was 8. At Nrithyodaya, she has completed the Nritya Praveshika, Nritya Visharadha and also the Nritya Shaali (108 Karanas) courses. These include a firm grounding in practice and theory. She is presently part of the teaching faculty at Nrithyodaya. Mahati has been accompanying Dr. Padma in her performances in many parts of India and abroad and has also given solo recitals in many prestigious Sabhas in Chennai. She is a student of Carnatic Music and is a disciple of Dr. S. Sunder (Chennai) and Smt. Vaishnavi Anand (Singapore). She has completed her Bachelors' Degree in English Literature at Ethiraj College and Masters’ Degree in History of Art at the National Museum Institute, New Delhi. She has also completed BFA Bharatanatyam and MFA Bharatanatyam in Distance Education mode from SASTRA University, Thanjavur. She is currently working as a research assistant at the Centre of Excellence-Art & Culture, Shri Shankarlal Sunderbai Shasun Jain College, Chennai.

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Dr. Priyashri Rao

Assistant Professor & Research Supervisor, The Research Department of Music and Dance, TDES, Thanjavur

Dr Priyashri Rao is a Bharatanāṭyam danseuse, Carnatic vocalist and a research scholar. She is currently serving as an Assistant Professor and Research Supervisor in the Research Department of Bharatanatyam and Music at TDES (Tiruchirappali Diocesan Educational Society) affiliated to Tamil University, Thanjavur. She is also a resource person for the Bachelors and Masters programs in Bharatanāṭyam and Carnatic music conducted by TDES. She is a recognized guide for candidates preparing their MA, MPhil & PhD dissertations. She has guided about 40 candidates in successfully submitting their masters dissertations. Two MPhil candidate has also successfully submitted her dissertation last year. Currently 3 MPhil candidates and 4 PhD candidates are working under her. Priyashri has had the good fortune to interact and absorb the nuances of the twin art forms of Bharatanāṭyam and Karnāṭaka Saṅgītam from great artists and scholars who adorned the two world famous institutions, Kalākshetra Foundation, Chennai and the Department of Indian Music, University of Madras. She is an alumni of Kalākshetra Foundation from where she obtained her PGDFA in Bharatanatyam. She went on to complete her MA securing the gold medal. Her MPhil was titled ‘An Analysis of a Bharatanatyam Composition – Relation between Music, Drumming and Dance Movememnts’. She was conferred her doctorate by the University of Madras for her thesis titled ‘Dance Performance and its Components – A Historical Study’ under the guidance of Dr N Ramanathan, well known musicologist. She is a recipient of the HRD Ministry scholarship for advance studies in dance and JRF for pursuing her doctoral studies. She has travelled in India and abroad as a part of Kalākshetra. Priyashri has performed Bharatanāṭyam and Carnatic music as a solo artist in a number of sabhas both in India and abroad too. She is a graded artist of both AIR and Doordarshan. Priyashri has also presented papers at conferences and penned articles for journals. She has also to her credit composing a few jatisvaram-s and pushpanjali-s apart from choreographing a number of items. She is currently honing her vocal skills under the able guidance of Smt Mangalam Shankar. Priyashri established Kalāsampūrṇā to promulgate to the next generation of artists the knowledge and intricacies, and the beauty of these two art forms of Bharatanatyam and Carnatic music. A number of Kalasamūrnaites have passed the dance and music exams conducted by KSEEB.

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Ms. Raseshwari Chonkar

Retd English Teacher

Ms. Raseshwari Chonkar Recently retired as a teacher of English from Mithibai College. Has a post graduation in English & Aesthetics and Mass Communication and Journalism. Has done her M. Phil in English Literature and B. Ed Has been a Member of the Board of Studies and Text Book Committee, H S C board , Pune. Deeply concerned about and wish to actively participate in the Revival and Renaissance of Indian Culture and Languages in today's times. Feels that we need to revive our knowledge systems and education system and wants to contribute to it in a whatever way she can.

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Ms. Vaijayanthi Chakravarthy

Intermittent blogger, bibliophile, and a traveller

Post graduate in English Literature from the Madras University, and hold a P.G.Diploma in Journalism from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai. Spent major part of the working life as a journalist covering stock markets, banking, finance, oil and gas sector. Was a Panos South Asia fellow in 2012-13 as part of their India Telecom Project and a Justice Telang fellow in Indology in 2017-18, Asiatic Society, Mumbai. Interest in Indology, heritage, and culture inspired me to complete a basic and an advanced course in Ancient Indian Culture and an introductory course in Sanskrit from the MM P.V.Kane Institute, Asiatic Society, and also a course in Indian Darshanas and Patanjali Yogasutras from K.R.Cama Institute.

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Prof. K. S. Kannan

Sant Rajinder Singh ji Maharaj Chair Professor, IIT Madras, Chennai

Chennai: IIT-Madras has appointed eminent scholar K S Kannan as chair-professor of its Sant Rajinder Singhji Maharaj chair, which was set up last year to study traditional Indian knowledge and philosophy. The former director of Karnataka Samskrit University and former principal Samskrit University (evening) professor Kannan has taught Sanskrit for over 35 years and authored around 25 books on Sanskrit grammar, literature, among others. “After a thorough and rigorous selection process, professor Kannan was offered the chair-professor position,” one of the deans told PTI. “The chair is housed in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences,” the official said. The Sant Rajinder Singhji Maharaj chair has been funded by an IIT alumnus Sant Rajinder Singhji Maharaj, who is also a ‘spiritual master’ of a non-profit organisation Science of Spirituality.

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Dr Rajshree Vasudevan

Faculty Member, Dance Dept, (Distance Education Mode), SASTRA University, Thanjavur

Dr. Rajshree Vasudevan, A gold medalist in academics with a doctorate in Philosophy (Indian Aesthetics), she is a popular resource person for Dance, Indian Philosophy, Culture, Heritage, Aesthetics & Poetry in University of Madras, Kalakshetra, Nrithyodaya, Chennai & Mumbai among others. She has trained in Bharatanrtyam, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Carnatic Music and Yoga has around 35 years of experience in the field of performing arts. She has cleared the UGC-NET exam, is the recipient of the JRF from I.C.P.R and the SRF from Ministry of Culture, Govt of India. A student of Padma Bhushan Dr.Padma Subrahmanyam, Chennai and Dr. Jayashree Rajagopalan, Mumbai in Bharatanrtyam she has learnt Carnatic music under (Late) Smt Leela Gopalan and (Late) Vidwan Shri A.S.Panchapakesha Iyer. She has danced for prestigious organizations in India and United Kingdom, U.S.A, France, Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius etc apart from teaching and lecturing in manifold aspects of art. Dr. Rajshree has accompanied dance concerts as Vocalist and on Nattuvangam. She has presented papers in National & International conferences, many of which have been published. Having held senior academic positions in established institutions, Dr. Rajshree earlier Humanities-in-charge, School of Liberal Education and Director, Shasun Shakthi Cell, Shri Shankarlal Sundabai Shasun Jain College, Chennai is currently Director, Centre of Excellence, Art & Culture, (Under partnership with N.S.D.C, Govt of India, New Delhi)