Flora and Fauna in Sanskrit literature

For any nature-lover, this video interview with Naresh Keerthi, who is a doctoral student at NIAS (National Institute of Advanced Studies), Bangalore is a treat.  I loved his lecture on the same topic here and got in touch with him afterwards.  Thanks to Suhas Mahesh for the connect. Skanda of Shaale.com is the producer and Sampath is the cameraman/editor.

View my interview with Naresh here.  I mess up polymath/polyglot.

The Sanskrit Podcast

I met Vrinda Acharya through my sister-in-law in Florida.  She teaches my sis-in-law carnatic music via skype.  Vrinda is a young, dynamic musician, performer, researcher and has a Master’s degree in Sanskrit.  Her husband is a mridangam artist.  She lives in Malleshwaram and is steeped in music and sanskrit.

I interviewed her on the Sanskrit Podcast here and embedded below

Relevance of Sanskrit poetry in today’s world

I loved recording this episode of The Sanskrit Podcast. One thing I didn’t know was how important poetry was in ancient India. We have an unbroken tradition of poetry starting from the second century and coming down all the way to Kalidasa. In this episode, we discuss why anyone should pay attention to this rich tradition and repository of points that we have in Indian culture.

Poetry is like exercise–you know that it is good to do it, but somehow you can never bring yourself to do it. I confess that I don’t read much poetry. I’ve tried, but usually the call of Scandal, House of Cards is louder than the quiet pleasures of poetry. I think I figured out a way to access poetry though–through the vernacular. Tamil poetry is beautiful, particularly since I can understand it. Urdu poetry is also probably beautiful but I don’t understand it. As for the pleasures of Sanskrit poetry, why don’t you listen to the show yourself?

Watch the episode here

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One the one hand, poetry or any art should not need any justification. Poetry, said Wordsworth, is emotion recollected in tranquility. It is a way to compress emotion and aesthetics through words. We get all that. Poetry is important. Yet, when was the last time you read poetry? How do schools and colleges teach poetry? Why does poetry get cut when there is a funding crunch. To cut to the chase, is poetry relevant in today’s world? To discuss this topic is Dr. Shankar Rajaraman, a psychiatrist, polymath, translator, Sanskritist and most importantly, a poet.

Vimala Rangachar

Welcome to the Sanskrit Podcast where the ideas of ancient India meet the modern world.

Vimala Rangachar has been associated with fine arts and performing arts conservation movement of Karnataka for many years. She holds multiple positions of Chairperson of the Craft Council of Karanataka, Founder Member and President of M.E.S Institutions, President of the Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography, President of the M.E.W.S Ladies Club, Malleshwaram, Bangalore, heading M.E.S Kalavedi, President of the Seva Sadan Orphanage, Hon. Secretary of the ADA Rangamandira, Committee Member, Gandhi Center for Science and Human Values- Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan.

In this episode, she discusses temple crafts of Karnataka.

Watch it on Youtube here.

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Gita and management

Dharma is a very complicated Hindu concept. In this episode, I discuss this idea with Professor B.Mahadevan

Professor B. Mahadevan has taught at the Indian Institute of Management for over 20 years. His research interests include supply chain management in electronic markets. He teaches an elective on how to apply lessons from the Bhagavad Gita into management. The course, he says, demonstrates how religious, spiritual and secular ideas coexist in Gita and how they can address some of the issues we face in the contemporary society in a wholesome manner. Today, Professor Mahadevan is with us to talk about a compelling concept in Hindu philosophy: the notion of Dharma.

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Professor Mahadevan taught me a few useful tools for time management. He says that he allows people to contact him three times before responding– this filters out the casual visitor from the truly interested. He “forgets” to carry his phone quite often. Rarely gives out his number. Will try to practice a couple of these.

Suhas Mahesh

Suhas Mahesh talks about the pleasures of Sanskrit and physics. Thank you Suhas!

When I contacted Suhas Mahesh, he wanted to talk about three things.

1. Can Sanskrit as a language be removed from its religious roots. Is that possible?

2. How do we rejuvenate indian culture using Sanskrit as a tool.

3. Science in Sanskrit.

Suhas Mahesh is an undergraduate at the Indian Institute of Science. Though blissfully wedded to physics during day, he ekes out time to woo language at night. Despite his diplomatic insistence that he loves all languages equally, sources close to him reveal that he has a special corner in his heart for gīrvāṇī. Half of his free time is spent oohing and aahing over beautiful words. The other half is spent convincing others they must be oohing and aahing too. Suhas’s other interests include philosophy, aesthetics, electronics and etymology. He also dabbles in poetry, Classical Latin and Carnatic music. He can be reached at suhas.msh@gmail.com

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