NIAS Wednesday Discussion-Dr. Sudha Gopalakrishnan will speak on "BIJA: The Seed of Creation: An Exploration through Indian Life, Thought and Art”

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Title: BīJA: THE SEED OF CREATION: An Exploration through Indian Life, Thought and Art

Speaker: Sudha Gopalakrishnan

                Executive Director, SAHAPEDIA

Chair:  Sangeetha Menon

Date & Time: 23 September, 2020 at 4.00 PM


Abstract: I am going to talk about bīja–– the seed­­––as a pervasive idea in life, thought and art. In India, this seemingly simple term has acquired a variety of meanings and connotations. It probes the correspondence of the fundamental idea of the seed to the origin and perpetuation of life on the earth and to the creation of the universe, as a dynamic process of germination, expansion and development. Through an exploration of texts ranging from the Vedic tradition to artistic theories, this talk highlights the multi-levelled symbolism of bīja on the one hand and the pervasion of the idea in many fields of knowledge and activity, including the arts.

About the speaker: Sudha Gopalakrishnan has over thirty years of experience in areas relating to policy, management, documentation and research pertaining to multiple aspects of Indian arts and heritage. She received her doctorate in Comparative Drama and a master's degree in English Language and Literature. She was Mission Director, National Mission for Manuscripts, from 2003 to 2007. She has prepared three successful nomination dossiers for the recognition of three heritage expressions—Kutiyattam, Vedic Chanting and Ramlila—as UNESCO Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. She is currently Executive Director, SAHAPEDIA, an open, online encyclopedia of Indian cultures and histories. She has published eight books (including original writing, translations and edited volumes) and contributed papers in national and international publications.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020