Chinmaya International Foundation
Karnataka Samskrit University & Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth

Jointly Organise

Date: July 2 – 11, 2016

Venue: Chinmaya International Foundation
Adi Sankara Nilayam, Adi Sankara Marg
Veliyanad, Ernakulam – 682313, Kerala, India


This programme has been made possible by a grant from the Indian Council of Philosophical Research.

Summer School 2016 - Kalāyoga

योगानन्दमयाः केचिद्भोगानन्दपराः परे।
वयं सर्वप्रदातारं रसानन्दमुपास्महे॥

yogānandamayāḥ kecidbhogānandaparāḥ pare,
vayaṃ sarvapradātāraṃ rasānandamupāsmahe.

Some are engrossed in the bliss of Yoga, the spiritual path,
while the others are involved in that of Bhoga, the material one.
But we are committed to the bliss of Art that bestows both the ends
(the bliss of yoga and bhoga).

This Sanskrit verse illustrates the uniqueness of Indian Art, especially as a path of Self-realisation.

Unlike many other cultures, Sanātana-dharma emphasizes a lot on the importance and realization of Art as an Experience. Apart from Art-creation and its deep appreciation, its philosophy is also well developed in India since many centuries. To put it in a technical way, Kalāyoga or Art Experience is a means to Self-realization. Many great saints and philosophers too have deeply involved in the creation and appreciation of various forms of arts while very many great artistes too were regarded as torch bearers of our spiritual culture. That's why Prof. M. Hiriyanna declares, "Art is layman's yoga for ultimate realization by passing logic".

योगानन्दमयाः केचिद्भोगानन्दपराः परे।
वयं सर्वप्रदातारं रसानन्दमुपास्महे॥

yogānandamayāḥ kecidbhogānandaparāḥ pare,
vayaṃ sarvapradātāraṃ rasānandamupāsmahe.

Some are engrossed in the bliss of Yoga, the spiritual path,
while the others are involved in that of Bhoga, the material one.
But we are committed to the bliss of Art that bestows both the ends
(the bliss of yoga and bhoga).

This Sanskrit verse illustrates the uniqueness of Indian Art, especially as a path of Self-realisation.

Unlike many other cultures, Sanātana-dharma emphasizes a lot on the importance and realization of Art as an Experience. Apart from Art-creation and its deep appreciation, its philosophy is also well developed in India since many centuries. To put it in a technical way, Kalāyoga or Art Experience is a means to Self-realization. Many great saints and philosophers too have deeply involved in the creation and appreciation of various forms of arts while very many great artistes too were regarded as torch bearers of our spiritual culture. That's why Prof. M. Hiriyanna declares, "Art is layman's yoga for ultimate realization by passing logic".

Even art meant for entertaining the masses, or a means to pleasure, or as a pretty pass-time, can become a way of sublime worship. Cosmic Devotion expressed in Vibhūti-yoga, one of the cherished chapters of the Bhagavad-gītā, naturally attracts the mind of the seekers and motivates them to have a better understanding of the Art Experience.

The highest truth or the Brahman, as termed by the vedāntin-s, can be understood at the theoretical level as we have the well-paved śāstrik path of adhyāropa and apavāda prakriyā. But we cannot have any such scientific understanding of māyā as it defies all logical inquiries. Hence, to understand the nature of māyā, the cosmic power of Brahman, or the eternal liability of the jīva, one has to immerse oneself in the Art Experience. Here we can simultaneously enjoy the bliss that Art bestows and the awareness it brings about in the nature of emotional world within and beyond.

In the Summer School 2016 on Kalāyoga, we are going to have an insightful introduction to the nature and culture of Art, its creation and appreciation in the light of various Classical Indian art forms that mainly include poetry, music, dance/drama, painting/sculpture. Here the emphasis will be more on Sanskrit poetry and its aesthetics as they form the backbone for the rest of the classical arts. There will be several sessions dealing with the basic features of Indian art and its aesthetics. The beauty of Classical Sanskrit Poetry and its Poetics will be revealed so that a true seeker can explore further on his/her own.

Resource persons for various classical arts will be delivering the lecture-cum-demonstration sessions so that the oneness of Indian art in general will be realized. Apart from these, there will be plenty of opportunities for close interaction with the resource persons so that fruitful discussions both in and outside the sessions are carried out.

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Proposed Resource Persons

Academic Director - Śatāvadhāni Dr. R. Ganesh
Dr. Shankar Rajaraman (Poetry)
Dr. Shobha Shashikumar (Dance)
Vid. Nirupama Rajendra (Dance)
Dr. Nagavalli Nagaraj (Music)
Dr. T. S. Satyavati (Music)
Sri. Pravin D. Rao (Music)
Dr. Chudamani Nandagopal (Painting and Sculpture)
Dr. Karuna Vijayendra (Painting and Sculpture)
Sri. Raghavendra Hegde (painting and sculpture)

About Adi Sankara Nilayam -
the Venue for the Summer School 2016

Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF), the Centre for Sanskrit Research and Indic Studies, is the research wing of the Chinmaya Mission worldwide. It is a centre of excellence for the study, research and dissemination of knowledge in the areas of Indian philosophy, culture, art and traditional knowledge system

Established in the year 1989, CIF is housed in Adi Sankara Nilayam, the maternal birth home of Śrī Ādi Śaṅkara, CIF stands amidst luxuriant greenery, temple shrines and lotus ponds. There is an ambience of peace combined with old-world charm, ideal for study, research and contemplation.

Visit www.chinfo.org to know more.

About Karnataka Samskrit University

The university was established in 2010 at Bengaluru by the Kanataka Government. It has been formed exclusively for the development of Samskrit language. The Karnataka Samskrit University was established with the vision and mission of bringing all Sanskrit educational institutions in Karnataka, together under a single umbrella, maintaining uniformity in education, providing greater opportunities for study for students and teachers and to raise the standards in Sanskrit research at National and International level.

It preserves, fosters and promotes the traditional system of learning in Vedic, Agamic and Cognate Literature, with special emphasis on unique features available in Karnataka.

For more information on the KSU, please visit - http://www.ksu.ac.in/en/

About Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth

Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth or Chinmaya University, as it is frequently referred, is a newly established university for fulfilling the niche area of education in India in the field of Sanskrit and Indic Tradition.

The academic collaboration on 'Kalāyoga: The Heart of Indian Art'combines the fields of study of both the Gurukula as it spans Philosophy, Sanskrit, and the Performing & Visual Arts.

Chinmaya University has two campuses: Chinmaya Eswar Gurukula for Sanskrit and Indic Wisdom in Veliyanad, Kerala, and Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukula for Performing Arts in Kolwan, Maharashtra.

Visit - www.chinmayauniversity.ac.in

chimaya university Chinmaya Eswar Gurukula for Sanskrit and Indic Traditions
Ramaa Chinmaya Naadu Bindu Gurukula for Performing Arts

Camp Fees
(non-refundable, includes food and accommodation)

For Indian Nationals For Others Nationals
For College and University Students र 6,500 US$ 500
For Others र 11,000 US$ 800

Open for all above 18 years of age

Summer School 2016 Team

Programme Executives

Dr. Smt. Arundhati Sundar, CIF

Sri. N M Sundar, CIF

 

Academic Coordinators

Dr. Shivani V, Associate Professor, Shastra Faculty, KSU

Sri. Arjun Bharadwaj, Assistant Professor, Shastra Faculty, KSU

 

Project Coordinators

Smt. Manisha Makhecha-Bhagat, CIF

Dr. Sudhanshu Bhushan, CIF

Academic Director

Shatavadhani Dr. R. Ganesh Dr. R. Ganesh

Dr. R. Ganesh was born on the 4th of December, 1962, in Kolar, Karnataka. His parents were R. Shankar Narayan Aiyar and K.V. Alamelamma; his ancestors hailed from Devarayasamudram. He completed his primary and middle school education in Bengaluru and high school education in Gowribidanur. A graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the Vishweshwaraiah college of Engineering, Bangalore, Dr. Ganesh holds an M.Sc degree in Material Science and Metallurgy from the well-known Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. He also holds a Masters’ in Sanskrit from the Mysore University.

From the young age of ten, Dr. Ganesh cultivated a passion for literature and studied, in detail, the great works of ancient poets in Sanskrit and Kannada. By the age of sixteen, he blossomed into a poet of high merit, introducing the classicality of Meter, Rhyme, Grammatical precision and traditionalism into his style. He also mastered the unique art of ‘Āśukavitva’– a style of reciting poems extempore on any given topic. Detailed and deep study of the various branches of Indian literature, arts and poetics further enriched his inherent talent and style.

Dr. R. Ganesh was born on the 4th of December, 1962, in Kolar, Karnataka. His parents were R. Shankar Narayan Aiyar and K.V. Alamelamma; his ancestors hailed from Devarayasamudram. He completed his primary and middle school education in Bengaluru and high school education in Gowribidanur. A graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the Vishweshwaraiah college of Engineering, Bangalore, Dr. Ganesh holds an M.Sc degree in Material Science and Metallurgy from the well-known Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. He also holds a Masters’ in Sanskrit from the Mysore University.

From the young age of ten, Dr. Ganesh cultivated a passion for literature and studied, in detail, the great works of ancient poets in Sanskrit and Kannada. By the age of sixteen, he blossomed into a poet of high merit, introducing the classicality of Meter, Rhyme, Grammatical precision and traditionalism into his style. He also mastered the unique art of ‘Āśukavitva’– a style of reciting poems extempore on any given topic. Detailed and deep study of the various branches of Indian literature, arts and poetics further enriched his inherent talent and style.

At the age of nineteen, he incidentally witnessed a session of Sanskrit Avadhāna, which inspired him to try the art himself. This was a landmark not only in his life, but also in the history of ‘Avadhāna’. The very next day, amongst a group of friends, he successfully ventured to perform a complete ‘Aṣtāvadhāna’!

This was his glorious entry into the field. He set out to perform hundreds of such Avadhānas, capturing the hearts and admiration of the public. Ever since, he has been a perennial source of entertainment, fascination and pride to lovers of art and literature. The first formal public Avadhāna of Dr. Ganesh was held at Kolar. Incidentally, his Hundredth and Two-hundredth Avadhānas were also held there. So far he has successfully accomplished more than 1020 Aṣṭāvadhānas and 5 Śatāvadhānas on various prestigious platforms at the state and national levels. He was the first person to perform a full-fledged Śatāvadhānam in the Kannada language. He has also performed in the American and European continents, giving the world a taste of Indian brilliance and talent.

For Dr. Ganesh, Avadhāna has never been merely an occupation or passion, but verily a sacred penance; each feat of ‘Avadhāna’ is a sacred worship where the onlookers are the Gods themselves, whom he wishes to appease. His devotion and dignified attitude has added special charm and sophistication to his performances. His vast knowledge, experience, extraordinary talent, wit and wisdom amaze the audience.

There are usually eight parts in an Aṣṭāvadhāna and some extra ones are added according to the performers’ capabilities, the number sometimes soaring to 10, 13, 100 or even 1000! The parts of Avadhāna of Dr.Ganesh are many and varied – Classical Poetry, Extempore (Atyāśudhāra), scholastic discussions of various scriptures, arts and sciences, vivid commentaries are a few additions alongside the usual parts of Aṣṭāvadhāna. His performances are marked with a wonderful sense of timing, healthy humour and interesting discussions. Dr. Ganesh is one of the very few Avadhānīs who is extremely innovative, adding new dimensions and aspects into his Avadhānas time and again. Thus the list of parts in his Avadhānas grows. ‘Citra Kavitā’ is one of the toughest and most challenging forms of Indian classical poetry, which has never been dared before in any Avadhāna. Dr. Ganesh is the one and only Avadhānī to have performed this, that too extempore, on stage, during one of his Avadhānas! This single feat perhaps explains his genius and mastery over the art.

Dr. Ganesh performs complete ‘Avadhāna’ not only in Kannada but also in Sanskrit and Telugu and is rightly known as ‘Tribhāṣāvadhānī’. He is also an ‘Aṣṭabhāṣāvadhānī’, and can manage the programme in eight languages simultaneously! Some of his Avadhānas are sometimes based on single topics, such as ‘Rāmāyaṇavadhāna’, ‘DVG Sāhityāvadhānam’ – based on the works of DVG and ‘Bhyrappa Sāhityāvadhānam’ – based on the works of Dr. S. L. Bhyrappa. ‘Rāṣtrāvadhāna’, which he performed for the Kargil martyrs, was a unique tribute to the war heroes and greatly inspired patriotic sentiments among the listeners. Dr. Ganesh has been the first and only ‘Śatāvadhānī’ of Karnataka. He created a record in 1991 by performing a complete ‘Śatāvadhāna’ in a single day, which in normal course would take 3-4 days. He achieved it composing 108 classic pieces of poetry and in eight languages! This was indeed an unheard of glorious adventure in the intellectual world. He has also dared to perform the ‘Aṣṭāvadhāna’ within half an hour! Another landmark in the field of Avadhāna is his ‘Yugalavadhāna’ performance – a simultaneous ‘Avadhāna’ in both Sanskrit and Kannada languages!

Dr. Ganesh has not only mastered Sanskrit, Kannada, Telugu and English languages, but is also proficient in Prākrit, Pāli, Tamil, Hindi and Marathi. Ancient languages of Greek, Latin and Italian have added to the treasure of his knowledge. He has to his credit the study and knowledge of Greek Literature in its original textual form.

Dr. Ganesh has a deep and intimate knowledge of various forms of Indian classical music, dance, sculpture, paintings and other fine arts. His views and commentaries on these subjects are rich with deep introspective wisdom and unfold valuable information and ideas to performing artists and lovers of art. He is well versed in various subjects like prosody (Chanda-śāstra – to do with the Meter form), poetics (Kāvya-śāstra), Veda, Vedāntic scriptures, Dharma-śāstras, History, Aesthetics, Grammar, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Technology etc. to name a few. His knowledge of past and current affairs in various fields is indeed commendable. Research and innovation are two fields where his contributions are everlasting.

His masterly thesis on the art of Avadhāna in Kannada has been honoured with a D.Litt by the Hampi University of Karnataka. All praise for this great work, Mahamahopadhyaya N. Ranganatha Sharma exclaimed – “This is a priceless contribution to Kannada Literature”. Applauding his knowledge and mastery over prosody, the great scholar Sediyapu Krishna Bhatta said – “Dr.Ganesh is the only poet who has understood my prosody (Chandas) to its depths”. This goes to say how difficult it is to find a poet, who in these days has mastered the charm and substance of Prosody like Dr. Ganesh has. Dr. Ganesh’s knowledge of Aesthetics (Alaṅkāra-śāstra) is extraordinarily vast. Complimenting one of his masterly essays on Alaṅkāras, Dr. K. Krishnamurthy, a scholar of international repute exclaimed – “This single essay itself deserves a doctorate degree!” Another great scholar opined of Dr. Ganesh’s genius thus – “With half the intelligence of Dr. Ganesh, I would have perhaps ruled over the intellectual world of the whole of South India!”

Dr. Ganesh has presented hundreds of research papers and his valuable views on various subjects in Sanskrit, English and Kannada languages in prestigious National and International seminars. His lectures and writings have impressed and educated all classes of people; he has been successfully pioneering the spread of knowledge and culture. Logical precision, clarity of subject, intuitive wisdom, vast knowledge of various subjects, comprehendible and practical illustrations and examples, extremely attractive oratory are some significant features of his masterly presentations.

Dr. Ganesh has contributed a number of valuable works to the world of literature.

More than 30 of these have been published, namely:

  1. Madhusadma
  2. Vitaana
  3. Nityaneeti
  4. Shri Chakreshwari Stavana
  5. Sandhyadarshana
  6. Shatavadhanasharade
  7. Kavitegondu Kathe
  8. Dhoomadhoota
  9. Samaanyadharma
  10. Neelakanthadeekshitana Shatakatraya
  11. Shaddarshana Sangraha
  12. Vanitaakavitotsava
  13. Kannadadalli Avadhanakale
  14. Kusumadevana Drishtantakalikaa Shataka mattu Neelakanthadeekshitana Shaantivilasa
  15. Vibhootipurusha Vidyaranya
  16. Human values iin the code of Kautilya
  17. Human values in Manusmriti
  18. Human values in Ramayana
  19. Human values in Telugu Literature
  20. Subhashita Samputa
  21. Bhaarateeya Kshaatra parampare

Other than these, he has composed about 16 Kāvyas in Sanskrit, 12 Rūpakas and a large number of poems and songs in various languages. Some of his other commendable works are: Kumaaraniruddha Parinaya (a Dwisandhāna Kāvya) and seven other Kāvyas, 4 novels, several stories, essays and articles on various topics. Many of these have been featured in journals, monthlys, newspapers and magazines.

He has written biographical sketches of eminent personalities, such as ‘Brahmapuriya bhikshuka’ which is a collection of anecdotes in DVG’s life, ‘Aardra-jyothi’, which is a biography of Prof. M. Hiriyanna, ‘Savratrantra-Svatantra’, which is a biography of Prof SK Ramachandra Rao and ‘Vaani-vaaha’, which is a biography of Vid. N. Ranganatha Sharma.

He has helped in the compilation of the quotable quotes from Dr. SL Bhyrappa’s novels (‘Bhyrappanava Sookti Sampada’) and a collection of essays on the novels (Bhyrappanava Saahityadalli Maulyaprajne).

He has held several kāvya-citra-gīta-nṛtya events all over India, where the poet (Dr. Ganesh), a painter, a musician and a dancer take challenges impromptu and present different themes through their own artistic medium.

He has composed poems for the ‘Karana-Viniyoga-Maalika’ CD, which includes an application of various Maarga-Karanas as described in the Nāṭya-śāstra. Along with Late Smt. Sundari Santhanam, he has helped reconstruct Desi Karanas from scriptures and sculptures and has also composed the defining verses for the same.

He has composed several thillanas, padams and kīrthanas which are helpful for both classical musicians and dancers. He has given several lectures on topics ranging from Indian aesthetics, Indian & western classical literature, philosophy, art-forms, festivals, culture and so on. The recordings of these lectures are a valuable source of information for a student of Indian aesthetics and culture.

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Highlights

Introduction to Philosophy as the basis of Indian Art

Exploration of Indian Art aesthetics

Aṣṭāvadhāna Performance

Opportunity for close interaction with faculty in Gurukula-like setting

Special Features of Summer School 2016

  • Introduction to Kalāyoga and Nāṭya-śāstra
  • The syncretic scheme of Kalās (Arts) in India
  • Introduction to Classical Literary Tradition of India
  • Special attention to aspects of Sanskrit poetry like rasa, alaṅkāra, dhvani, chandas
  • Appreciation of the Epic narrative with its lyricism, and its theatrical narrative
  • Discussions on the underlying philosophy and syncretic nature of the art forms like dance, music, painting, and theatre
  • Kālidāsa: An ideal pursuit for kāvya-kalāyoga or the ultimate in Art Experience
  • Lecture demonstrations by artist faculty
  • Excerpts for study from literature of other Indian languages, and also Greek and Latin
  • Opportunity for Cultural programme participation
  • Trip to Cultural Centre
  • Participatory Cultural programme

Programme Director - Prof. Shrinivasa Varakhedi

Dr. Shrinivasa Varakhedi

Prof. Shrinivasa Varakhedi , is the Dean of the Karnataka Samskrit University (KSU), Bengaluru who also held the positions of the Vice Chancellor, Registrar, Dean and Director of Research in KSU, is one of the promising scholars who has been putting efforts to bridge the gap between traditional and modern academia. Prof Varakhedi is one of the pioneers in newly emerged interdisciplinary research field of Sanskrit Computational Linguistics.

He had his early education in the Gurukula system in Poornaprajna Vidyapeetha, Bengaluru and continued his higher studies in Shastras under the tutelage of stalwarts like His Holiness Sri Vishveshatirtha Svamiji of Sri Pejavara Matha and many others.

Prof. Shrinivasa Varakhedi ,is the Dean of the Karnataka Samskrit University (KSU), Bengaluru who also held the positions of the Vice Chancellor, Registrar, Dean and Director of Research in KSU, is one of the promising scholars who has been putting efforts to bridge the gap between traditional and modern academia. Prof Varakhedi is one of the pioneers in newly emerged interdisciplinary research field of Sanskrit Computational Linguistics.

He had his early education in the Gurukula system in Poornaprajna Vidyapeetha, Bengaluru and continued his higher studies in Shastras under the tutelage of stalwarts like His Holiness Sri Vishveshatirtha Svamiji of Sri Pejavara Matha and many others.

He gained reputation by working closely with famous institutions such as IIIT and many central universities. He led many projects such as Sanskrit-net, Ramayana Project and NLP related PG courses in Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupati. He has edited and published more than 50 works as well as equal number of research papers in Sanskrit also in English. He is also a member of several academic boards and committees such as UGC and Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan.

Dr Varakhedi received Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman from the President of India in 2008. He has also been honoured by saints like Sri Vidyamanyatirtha, and several religious leaders and prestigious institutions. It is a matter of pride for us that Prof Varakhedi was awarded with the first Swami Chinmayananda Gold Medal by CIFSS in 2013. The award is a recognition of the intellectual achievements of young scholars of below 40 and also to further encourage them in academic pursuits.

He has recently been appointed Honorary Dean of Faculty at the Chinmaya Eswar Gurukula for Sanskrit and Indic Wisdom of Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth.

Web:http://www.ksu.ac.in/en/faculty/faculty-of-shastras/dean/

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Course Outline, Credit, Eligibility

Eligibility

The Summer School 2016 is open to all college and university students, researchers and faculty members from across disciplines, anyone with deep interest in the arts and aesthetic appreciation.

Academic Topics

The topics that are dealt with in the programme are as follows:

  1. Introduction to Kalāyoga
  2. Introduction to Nātyashāstra
  3. The syncretic scheme of Kalās in India
  4. Introduction to Classical Literary Tradition of India
  5. Rasatattva - Theory of Literary Enjoyment
  6. Dhvanitattva - Theory of Suggestion
  7. Alaṅkāra and vakratā - Speech Ornaments/Indirect Speech
  8. Rīti and guṇa - Style and Quality
  9. Aucitya and kavisamaya - Coherence and Conventions
  10. Chandas - Prosody
  11. Appreciation of the Epic narrative.
  12. Appreciation of the lyrical narrative.
  13. Appreciation of the theatrical narrative.
  14. Kālidāsa : An ideal pursuit for kāvya-kalā-yoga

Apart from the lectures on these topics lecture demonstrations will be presented by eminent performing Artists. Underlying philosophy and syncretic nature of the art forms like dance, music, painting, and theatre will be discussed in the forum.

A literary piece from Sanskrit Literature will be taken for daily reading sessions.

Some excerpts from Greek and Latin literature and also from literatures of other Indian languages will be introduced

Daily Schedule

  1. Practical Yoga Sessions based on dance postures
  2. One Reading Session
  3. Two Lectures on Theory
  4. One Lecture Demonstration on alternate days
  5. Discussion Forum on alternate days
  6. One cultural trip
  7. One Seminar Session
  8. One Aṣṭāvadhāna Performance
  9. Dialogue with artists and Philosophers of International repute
  10. Cultural Programs by participants

For Students who need Credit for Summer School 2016 - Kalāyoga

By participating in this programme, students will earn 3 credits which could be transferred to their respective institutions. A certificate will be awarded with formal grades and citation to the students after completion of the programme. The students' performance will be evaluated on the basis of their active participation in the discussion forums, test and seminar.

Those who wish to take the course for credit should explicitly note their wish on the application form.

Institutional Credit:

The course, when satisfactorily completed, with full attendance, should count for three credits at any mainstream college or university, since its faculty are derived from across the practicing philosopher-artists, with both traditional and modern educational qualifications, with unique combination of extensive performance and teaching experience. Its content will be richer than that of most three-credit college and university courses. However, it would naturally be up to individual institutions of higher learning to decide whether credit should be granted and what it should be. Enrollees in need of credit are advised to present the course description to the appropriate authorities, preferably with copies of the course content and schedule, (both to be distributed at the beginning of the course), and curriculum vitae of the directors (available at summerschool.chinfo.org and http://www.ksu.ac.in/en/faculty/facutly-of-shastras/dean/). If possible, they should apprise their advisers at home institutions of their intention before they join the course.

RESOURCE FACULTY

Dr. Shankar Rajaraman (Kāvya)

Dr. Shankar Rajaraman has done his MBBS and MD, Psychiatry, along with MSc in Psychology. He is a Consultant Psychiatrist by profession. He also holds an MA in Sanskrit with a gold medal.

He currently works as a research scholar at NIAS (National Institute of Advanced Studies, IISC Campus, Bengaluru) and is pursuing a Doctorate that brings together the disciplines of Psychology and Nāṭya-śāstra.

Composing poetry in Sanskrit is his main passion. He has authored several literary works in Sanskrit such as Bharavatārastava, Devi-dānavīyam, Nipuṇaprāghuṇakam, and Citranaiṣadham. The work 'Devi-dānavīyam' was awarded the best Sanskrit poem of the year in 2012 by the Karnataka Sanskrit University

He has been performing Aśtāvadhānams in Sanskrit for over 15 years. He has also translated Sanskrit texts such as Kokilāsandeśa and Madhuravijayam to English.

View https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqhw_Z8mL5A

RESOURCE FACULTY

We are joined by eminent dance faculty:
Nirupama and Rajendra - Kathak
Ramaa Bharadvaj - Bharat Natyam and Kuchipudi

Sri Rajendra & Smt Nirupama Rajendra (Dance)

Nirupama and Rajendra

Rajendra and Nirupama, the dancer duo has been working in the field of dance for 25 years as dancers, choreographers, producers and performers in their own right. They are the artistic & creative directors of Abhinava Dance Company, Bangalore.

Rooted in tradition, they have evolved a distinct style of choreography that integrates the Desi styles of Kathak, Bharatnatyam and the Maargi of Nāṭya-śāstra which they have studied under legendary Gurus and Scholars like Śatāvadhāni Dr. R. Ganesh, Dr. Maya Rao, Padmabhushan Kumudini Lakhia, Pandit Arjun Misra, Smt. Sundari Santhanam, Padmabhushan Dr. Padma Subramaniam, Guru Narmada and Abhinaya under Padmabhushan Smt. Kalanidhi Narayan.

Rajendra and Nirupama, the dancer duo has been working in the field of dance for 25 years as dancers, choreographers, producers and performers in their own right. They are the artistic & creative directors of Abhinava Dance Company, Bangalore.

Rooted in tradition, they have evolved a distinct style of choreography that integrates the Desi styles of Kathak, Bharatnatyam and the Maargi of Nāṭya-śāstra which they have studied under legendary Gurus and Scholars like Śatāvadhāni Dr. R. Ganesh, Dr. Maya Rao, Padmabhushan Kumudini Lakhia, Pandit Arjun Misra, Smt. Sundari Santhanam, Padmabhushan Dr. Padma Subramaniam, Guru Narmada and Abhinaya under Padmabhushan Smt. Kalanidhi Narayan.

As cultural ambassadors, they have performed and reached out to an audience of over 5 million in several countries across five continents. They have choreographed over 150 sequences that include full length and short length dance creations in traditional and classical styles.

At the educational front, the duo conduct classes in Bangalore & do vocational training through workshops for dance enthusiasts in India, UK, Europe and USA. At the BIG HOPE CONGRESS 2008 Liverpool UK, they had the honour of sharing the dais with Former President of India Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam in the discussion forum on the subject “Can Arts Save the World” and also shared Indian art and culture with 700 youth from 55 countries through performances, talks and workshops.

They hold “A TOP” grade on Doordarshan and received several achievers’ awards like "Karnataka Kalashree" from the Karnataka Sangeeta Nritya Academy, Government of Karnataka , “The BIG KANNADIGA“ Award from 92.7 Big FM, Sri Krishna Vittalanugraha Prashasthi 2010 from Udupi Sri Krishna Mutt, “Nritya Nipuna” by Karnataka Nritya Kala Parishat , “U. S. Krishna Rao - Chandrabhagadevi Couple Award” by Attendance, Drishti Puraskar Award and “Kalavatamsa” by Gokulam School of Music , Bangalore.

Nirupama and Rajendra
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Ramaa Bharadvaj (Dance)

Ramaa Bharadvaj

Ramaa Bharadvaj is a dancer, choreographer of extraordinary talent and imagination … she can dance fusing her body and spirit in a way that brings us close to something ancient and eternal” Lewis Segal. Los Angeles Times, USA

Ramaa Bharadvaj is a dancer, choreographer of extraordinary talent and imagination … she can dance fusing her body and spirit in a way that brings us close to something ancient and eternal” Lewis Segal. Los Angeles Times, USA

Ramaa Bharadvaj is a storyteller – sometimes with movements and sometimes with words. She is a student of legendary gurus "Padmashri” Vazhuvoor Ramaiah Pillai and “Padmabhushan” Kamala (Bharatanatyam), “Padmabhushan” Dr. Vempatti Chinna Sathyam (Kuchipudi) and “Padmabhushan” Dr. T.N. Ramachandran (dance theory). Ramaa lived in USA for 31 years where she was the first Indian dancer to win multiple Lester Horton Dance Awards for her choreographies and performances, which have been nationally telecast by PBS. She was also the first Indian dancer in over 45 years to be featured on the cover of the prestigious Dance Magazine.

She has created family-friendly productions to both critical and popular acclaim. Her “Panchatantra- Animal Fables of India” (1994) was lauded for its humor and originality and has been seen by over 15,000 children in the US. In 2007, under commission from the Skirball Cultural Center, she created “Tails from India”, a special choreography for the opening of the Center’s Noah’s Ark Children’s Gallery.

Ramaa was a visiting professor of dance at several Universities in the U.S. She was honored with the Directors Award from California Arts Council for her contributions to the Arts in the State of California. This annual award is given to those who embody the highest commitment to the arts in California. She was selected as one of 21 exceptional South Asian women living in the U.S., whose life-stories were presented in the book "Spices in the Melting Pot".

As a student of the Yogic Studies program, Ramaa spent several months at the Ganga Darshan Ashram in Bihar immersing herself in yogic life with strict daily rituals. She was later introduced to the healing aspects of Mudras by Mr. Vijay Bansal, a renowned Mudra Vigyan exponent and was initiated into the use of gestures for Goddess worship by Kamakoti Sastrigal, the chief priest at Kamakshi temple of Kanchipuram. She now brings these aspects to her practice of dance as a teacher, performer and speaker.

Ramaa is also a distinguished writer whose essays, commentaries, research articles are published by leading global publications.

In 2009, Ramaa returned to India at the invitation of Swami Tejomayananda to join Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukul-Ashram for Performing Arts near Pune as its director of dance. In addition to conducting intensives and educational workshops, she curates an annual dance Festival, travels, teaches, writes and speaks on the arts – with emphasis on dance. Ramaa can be contacted at: ramaabharadvaj@gmail.com

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RESOURCE FACULTY

Dr . T . S . Sathyavathi (Music) Ph.D
Prof. in Sanskrit (HOD) at Vidya Vardhaka Sangha First Grade College For Women, Basaveshwarnagar, Bangalore.

“…with profound music at home and two elder sisters in active involvement in the pursuit of music ,natural development in childhood could be only musical…The child sang before the Maharani of Mysore at the age of two and at eleven proved her merit as ‘Eka Sandhigrahi’. Sanskrit and music have been inseparable twins in the life of Sathyavathi .Her special training in Mridangam and Musicology has equipped her with the essentials in laya and lakshana to explore and canalize her immense vocal potential and expertise on aesthetic, well planned channels”

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PERFORMER

  • Debut at the age of 16 - Karnataka Ganakala Parishat, Bangalore
  • Performed at all leading Sabha-s and music organizations of the country and abroad.
  • Extensively toured the US for musical performances.

“…with profound music at home and two elder sisters in active involvement in the pursuit of music ,natural development in childhood could be only musical…The child sang before the Maharani of Mysore at the age of two and at eleven proved her merit as ‘Eka Sandhigrahi’. Sanskrit and music have been inseparable twins in the life of Sathyavathi .Her special training in Mridangam and Musicology has equipped her with the essentials in laya and lakshana to explore and canalize her immense vocal potential and expertise on aesthetic, well planned channels”

-THE FRAGRANT GARLAND-p241

PERFORMER

  • Debut at the age of 16 - Karnataka Ganakala Parishat, Bangalore
  • Performed at all leading Sabha-s and music organizations of the country and abroad.
  • Extensively toured the US for musical performances.
  • Performed at Ravindra Kalakshetra, Bangalore during SAARC Summit- 1985
  • Performed at the “AKKA Vishwasammelan – 2010” at New Jersey, USA
  • Given performances and conducted workshops in various states of North America
  • Composed and presented Ragamalika-Talavadhana-Pallavi-s
  • Written and directed several music programmes for Radio and TV.
  • Produced and directed several audio cassettes and CDs which are popular among connoisseurs
  • Composed Music for Dance-Dramas, such as Gitagovindam, Abhijnanashakuntalam, Dakshayajna…

SCHOLAR

  • Presented papers and Lec-dems on various topics at prestigious Conferences and Seminars – State, National & International.
  • Published a number of articles in journals & periodicals.
  • Delivered lectures from many a platform such as Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Indian Institute of World Culture, and the Madras Music Academy …
  • Translated the section on music in “Manasollasa” published from the Karnatak University Dharwad.
  • Co-ordinated and given Sanskrit lessons under samskruta-samskruti series for Jnanavani-FM channel IGNOU
  • Member , Board of Studies, Bangalore University (2006 – 2008)
  • Chair person , Board Of Examiners , Bangalore University (2009-2010)
  • Edited Sanskrit textbooks for undergraduate courses
  • Authored “CHATUSHASHTIKALA (64 arts)” – A book published from Gandhi centre for Science and Human values of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.
  • Served as external examiner for P.G. exams in music -Bangalore University and Diploma course in music Hampi University.
  • External evaluator of thesis for the award of Ph.D.- Hampi University, Karnatak University & Mysore University
  • Member – Karnataka Sangeetha Nrutya Academy – 2001-04
  • Resource person – Indira Gandhi National centre for the arts, Southern Region.
  • Brought out “PANCHAMRUTAM” – A set of 5 tutoring CDs on the Pancharatna kritis of Saint Thyagaraja
  • Directed CDs on Haridasa compositions and vachanas for the Department of Kannada and culture
  • Directed and conducted 21 episodes of “Haadu Hakki” – A music appreciation project for children undertaken by Ananya and sponsored by IFA
  • Directed and conducted “Kalaswada” – Karnatak Classical music appreciation DVD for Karnataka Sangeetha Nrutya Academy
  • “Haribhakti Saara” - an audio CD for Kanakadasa Samshodhana Pratishthana , Mangalore
  • Nominated member for the Syndicate of „Karnataka Sanskrit University‟.

TEACHER

  • Imparting advanced training to many deserving students. Many are performing artistes of recognition.
  • Conducted a number of training programmes on aspects such as Manodharma Sangeetha, Compositions of Mysore Sadashiva Rao, Muthuswamy Dikshitar, Vadiraja, Kanakadasa, Kriti-s exclusively in Sanskrit and Pancharatna kriti-s.
  • Resource person at refresher courses for lecturers in music.
  • Performing disciples-- Vid.s‟ Maruti Prasad, T S Krishnamurthy (Violin) , Amruth Nagsundar (USA) ,Renuka Rudrapatna, Archana Bhoj, Shilpa Shashidhar, Ashwini Satish, Sangeetha Sreenidhi (veena), Vasanthalakshmi, Rajeshwari Nagendraprakash, Jayashree Santhanam, Lakshmi, Jayalakshmi, Maitreyi Raju, Swarnalatha Jyotiprakash, Anjana P Rao, Sruti, Lavanya K and Nandita (USA).

Mentors:

KalaradhanaSree. Smt.Vasanthamadhavi – Vocal
Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri.R.K.Shrikantan – Vocal
Sangeetha Kalarathna Sri.B.V.K.Sastry – Musicology
Sangeetha Kalarathna Sri.Bangalore.K.Venkatram – Mridangam

AWARDEE

Best Lec-dem – Madras Music academy 1985 & 1995

Best Young Musician - Madras Music academy – 1986

'GANAKALASHREE', Karnataka Ganakala Parishat– 1995

'ANANYA PURASKARA' from GML Cultural academy – 1996

'GANAVISHARADE' from Aryabhata Cultural Association

'NADAJYOTI PURASKARA'- 1998

'GANACHATURDANDI' – Sri Guruguha Sangeetha Mahavidyalaya-1998

'BEST ARTISTE OF THE CONFERENCE' Award of the Karnataka Ganakala Parishat – 1999

'GANA SWARA SHASTRA PRAVEENE' – Sri Valmiki Gamaka Patashala, Mysore – 2001

'NADACHINTAMANI' – Chintamani Gayana Samaja – 2003

'KALABHUSHANA' – Thyagaraja Gana Sabha,Bangalore- 2004

'GANA VAARIDHI' – Ganakalabhushana M.A.Narasimhachar Foundation, Bangalore – 2006

'KARNATAKA SANGEETHA KALARATNA' – Kannada Abhimanigala Balaga, Bangalore – 2006

'SANGEETHA SAHITYA VINODINI' – Sankethi Sangeetha Sabha, Mattur -Hosahalli, Shimoga – 2007

'ROTARY INNER WHEEL – KALASHA AWARD' – 2008

Honoured by Mico Fine Arts Society , Bangalore - 2008

Honoured with the title 'SANGEETHA SARASWATI' - Bhakti Bharathi Pratishthaana, Bangalore – 2009

Honoured with the title 'GAANAHAMSA' - Naadahamsa Academy of Music, Bangalore – 2009

Honoured with 'VIDYAARNAVA' – Gokulam School of Music, Bangalore – 2009

'Asthana Vidushi' – Avani Shankar Mutt, Bangalore - 2010

Honoured by NATYAVEDA, Mallige Kannada Sangha, College Station (USA) - 2011

'Asthana Vidushi' – ISCKON, Bangalore – 2011

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RESOURCE FACULTY

Sri Vinay Hegde ( Painting and Sculptor )

Sri Vinay Hegde is a graduate from Vancouver Film School, Canada with specialization in 3D character modeling and texturing. He has finished the Jedi Masters Program at Lucasfilm Animation, Singapore. Currently he is working as a 3D modeller at Dreamworks Animations India, Bangalore.

He was born in an agriculturist family at Gadikai, Sirsi. Art has been his passion since childhood that turned into an aspiration to excel in this field. He specialized in painting at Ken School Of Art, Bangalore (India).

He was bestowed with an opportunity to learn under the tutelage of Prof. S.K.Ramachandra Rao, a renowned scholar and celebrated authority in the area of Indology between 2001-2006, where he studied the theoretical aspects and facets of Traditional Indian Sculpture and Philosophy.

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