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India Discovery Center Hosts “Seminar On Classical Period In India”

Press Release
10/19/2017

Lincoln-based India Discovery Center is hosting its third seminar in the series “Let us explore the Cultural History of India” on Saturday, October 28, 2017, in Bemis Hall, 15 Bedford Road, Lincoln.  The all-day seminar will survey India’s history and the evolution of her culture through six tracks of presentations (i) Geography and People, (ii) Art and Culture, (iii) Language and Literature, (iv) Philosophy and Religion, (v) Science and Technology, and (vi) Economy and Politics.  The event will be graced by the Buddhist monks from the Thai Buddhist Temple in Raynham and Pandit Bhairavasundaram, the Shaiva Scholar.  A special lecture by Dr Vimal Prakash Jain will analyze the “Concept of Soul in Jainsim.”  The track leaders are: Dr Hemendra Acharya, Mrs. Srilakshmi Srinivasan, Mr. Prem Nagar, Dr. Satyendra Sharma, Dr. Bijoy Misra and Dr. Arun Karna.  Lunch will be provided including refreshments during the seminar.

The Classical Period contains the historical time frame of 700BC to 200BC.  The period saw the consolidation of India into an integrated union under the Emperor Ashoka, with administrative and economic procedures set by the great Kautilya earlier.  Human health and hygienic principles were codified through the efforts the physician Charaka and surgical procedures were developed through the brilliant minds of Sushruta.  The prevailing languages in the country were analyzed and grammatical texts developed which became unique in the world.  The anatomist Panini gave the foundation to the field of linguistics through his studies of phonetic variation in language expression.  Centuries-old performing arts were codified in a massive compilation of dramaturgy through the efforts of Bharata. Folk ballads gave shape to literature in the form of epics in Ramayana and Mahabharata.  Massive knowledge literature developed in architecture, civil engineering, astronomy, and philosophy.  The period helped establish the foundation of modern Hinduism along with the other mainstream religions of Buddhism and Jainism.  It is a vibrant time in India’s history.  With many established universities and learning centers, India became home to scholars all around the world and Indian ideas spread to many distant lands.

Please register via http://www.indiadiscoverycenter.org.  Please contact Dr. Bijoy Misra at misra.bijoy@gmail.com if you wish to help out in the seminar efforts or help organize material for the future seminars.  



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