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Rediscover your roots and revisit timeless wisdom that is as relevant today as it was a trillion years ago.
What does it mean to be a Hindu, to be a part of a seamless tradition of universal ideas that have transcended time and influenced the world? Seek the answers to these questions in Avid Learning’s upcoming panel discussion, ‘The role of Ancient Hindu Texts: Where Hindu thought emanates from’. Join theDirector of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, Shaunaka Rishi Das in conversation withFaculty of the Department of Sanskrit, University of Mumbai, Dr. Madhavi Narsalay, as they trace the evolution of the ‘Shruti’s’ and‘Smriti’s’ into the Vedas and Upanishads and examine the constructs contained there-in. And then in true Vedic style, join the proactive debate in a Q&A session on the relevance of Hindu thought to our lives today. An evening that promises to awaken us not just historically and culturally but spiritually as well.

Shaunaka Rishi Das is the Director of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS), a position he has held since the Centre’s foundation in 1997. He is a Hindu cleric, a lecturer, a broadcaster, and Hindu Chaplain to Oxford University. Education, comparative theology, communication, and leadership are his main fields of interest. As Director of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies he maintains the vision and ethos of the OCHS and encourages the Centre’s continued growth and development in all spheres. In this role he oversaw the formal recognition of the OCHS by Oxford University in 2006, and developed the Centre’s publishing partnerships with Oxford University Press, Journal of Hindu Studies, and with the Routledge Hindu Studies Series. He has also been responsible for forging formal relationships between the OCHS and Universities in the USA, Europe, India, and China. He is the first Hindu Chaplain to Oxford University in its 800 year history.

Dr. Madhavi Narsalay – Faculty of the Department of Sanskrit, University of Mumbai. Dr Madhavi Narsalay holds a PhD in Sanskrit and has been teaching at the University of Mumbai for more than fifteen years. Her field of interests include Indian Aesthetics, Mythology and Facets of Feminist Religion. Apart from twenty five publications to her credit, she has been presenting papers at National and International conferences. She has edited two books and her thesis has been published in book form with the title ‘Epics and Puranas on the Vedic Sacrifice’ by Aryan Books International, New Delhi. She has been an advisor to mega-serial ‘Mahabharata’ aired on STAR PLUS. She was the Curator for the first Mythology festival named ‘Aakhyaan’.

Please RSVP Manohar Jha at 8082352353 or manohar.jha@essar.com. Look forward to seeing you there.

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Department of Sanskrit and Department of English , University of Mumbai organized a Musical demonstration ‘Meera and Me’ by internationally acclaimed playback singer Sanjeevani Bhelande on 24th February 2015, in D. N. Marshal Hall, J.N. Library, between 11.30 am-1.00 pm. She presented various compositions of Saint Meerabai in her sensitive, melodious and soothing voice. She presented all bhajans of Meerabai in unique manner of Hindi-English fusion. She calls her English compositions as ‘songslifications’ and not ‘translations.’ Her sognslifications are composed in various classical Ragas. The Fusion of Classical and Western Music was presented very skillfully by Sanjeevani Bhelande and it mesmerized the audience. She took audience into the musical, spiritual as well as mystic trance.

This musical encounter also had questions-answer session. Students asked questions to Sanjeevani Bhelande regarding her musical journey and her songslifications. She gave elaborate answers to all questions and unfolded her musical journey and experiences with Meerabai’s songs. Dr. Anjali Bhelande stressed the importance of intuitive intelligence while moderating this discussion. Dr. Gauri Mahulikar’s comments revealed that mysticism has no boundaries and this was explained by her through etymological explanation of the word Krishna-‘that which attracts’. It broadened the perspective of students to look at spirituality. Dr. Coomi Vevaina stressing the idea of ‘divine love’ and ‘unification of spiritual experiences’ concluded this programme. This prgoramme appealed young generation to go back to the Saint literature and develop spiritual intelligence.

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