Kala Academy of Goa for the first time will host a four-day International Indology Conference from February 7, 2007, with the theme 'Ancient Wisdom Brought to Modern Times-Pathway to Higher Consciousness.'
About 750 delegates from India and abroad are expected to participate in which 45 international scholars on Indology, Philosophy, Music, Art, Theatre, Vedic Sciences, Vastushastra and Ayurveda will deliver lectures, Conference Convenor Anjali Mohan Rao here said yesterday.
This conference will provide a platform to discuss an alternative educational system on the lines of our ancient 'Gurukul Pratha', she said.
It attempts to explore the extent to which these 'pearls of Indian wisdom' may be able to make a contribution to the development of a modern Indian society without necessarily compromising on the advantages of modern living. This conference will thus be just a step towards working out the feasibility and importance of this approach and its adoption in University level curricula.
All the details of this conference are made available on the official conference website http://www.Indologygoa.Org which facilitates online registration also, Ms Rao said. About 450 scholars had already been registered so far.
A ten-day International Indology Book Fair (February 1-10) with discounted rates is also organised in Kala Academy on this occasion where Publishers of Books on Indology, Sanskrit and Indian Heritage will be exhibiting their literatures.
The sole purpose of organising this conference in Goa is to bring into focus the place as an important centre of Art and Culture in India.
Motilal Banarsidass Publishers (MLBD), New Delhi, a leading publishing house of books on Indology, Sanskrit and Heritage is one of the main sponsors of this event.
Gunjan Foundation, New Delhi, will be the Associate NGO for this conference, who will propagate about the IIC among the social organisations in North India. T R (Narasimha) Rao, President, Hindu University of America (HUA) will be our Guest of Honour for the conference, Ms Rao added. The Vedic Society, South Africa will be a co-sponsor.
Dr L M Singhvi, former Indian High Commissioner in U K and an Indology scholar, Goa Chief Minister Pratapsingh Rane and Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil will also participate.
The basic objectives of the conference would be to identify some areas of ancient Indian wisdom like Philosophical Thought, Aesthetics, Theatre, Music, Dance, Vastu, Astrology, Astronomy, Vedic Mathematics and Vedic Physics, Cuisine and Health and their contemporary relevance.
R P Jain (MLBD, New Delhi) the Chief Patron of this conference is the Vice-President of International Research & Resources Foundation for Indian Heritage incorporating World Academy for Vedic Mathematics headed by Dr L M Singhvi as President. His organisation Motilal Banarasidas (MLBD) is a world-leader as a publisher on Sanskrit and Indology subjects since 1903.
Padma Bhushan Dr L M Singhvi (also an expert in Indology) will be invited to be the Guest of Honour for the inauguration of the conference and will also take part in discussions. Vamadeva Shastri Dr David Frawley of the American Institute of Vedic Sciences (New Mexico, USA) will deliver the keynote address.
Member Secretary of Kala Academy, Dr Pandurang Phaldesai will make inaugural presentation on his much-acclaimed treatise A Cultural Atlas of Goa.