Workshop On Sringara, Morality, & Modernity: A Vedic Perspective By Dr Bharat Gupt

About the Speaker, Dr. Bharat Gupt
Bharat Gupt is an Indian classicist, theatre theorist, sitar and surbahar player, musicologist,
cultural analyst, and newspaper columnist. He is a former Associate Professor in English at
the College of Vocational Studies of the University of Delhi.
Trained both in modern European and traditional Indian educational systems, he has worked
in classical studies, theatre, music, culture and media studies and researched as Senior
Fellow of the Onassis Foundation in Greece on revival of ancient Greek theatre.
His books include “Dramatic Concepts – Greek and Indian” published in 1994, a translation
of the 28th chapter of the Natyashastra devoted to the musical scales published in 1996, and
“India- A Culture Decline Or Revival?” published in 2008.

Event Description:
‘Sringara’ or erotic love is one of the most important aspects of man-woman relationship and
perhaps, the strongest expression of human desire. A positive approach to sexuality and a
healthy expression of eroticism are thus, vital for the overall well-being of the society.
However, owing to our colonial history, Indian society has inherited Victorian prudishness
towards sexuality resulting in a skewed understanding of the human desire. The situation is
further complicated by the contemporary influences of western modernity that promotes
perversion and recklessness in the name of freedom and liberty.
In order to wade through this maze of chaos and confusion, it becomes vital for us to revisit
the Indic notions of sexuality and eroticism that promotes a healthy, positive, and a
meaningful approach to the subject.
This 4-day intensive residential workshop explores the Vedic notions of sexuality through a
study of Indic Knowledge Texts like Natyashastra, Kamasutra, Manusmriti, and Srimad
Bhagavatham.

Who should attend?
The workshop is designed to appeal to both academicians and lay enthusiasts. Students,
researchers, anybody who has an interest in the subject can register.

Expected Takeaways
A thorough understanding of the notion of Sringara in Vedic tradition
An appreciation of Indian culture and Indian Knowledge traditions.
A good introduction into a number of important Hindu texts, ranging from Natyashastra and
Kamasutra to Srimad Bhagavatham.

Workshop Convenors:
Nithin Sridhar, INDICA Mysuru, Co-ordinator, Ph: +91 7760079475
Padmavathi S Bhat: INDICA Mysuru, Co-ordinator, Ph: +91 9880435175
Ramesh Venkatraman, SVYM- Mysuru, Co-ordinator, Ph: +91 8217878059

Date: March 28-31

Venue: Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM), CA2, KIADB Industrial Housing Area, Ring Road, Hebbal, Mysuru-570 016, Ph: +91 8217878059

Organizing organizations: INDICA Mysuru in collaboration with Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi, and Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM), Mysuru.

Registration Fee: Rs. 2000/-

Interested should email: sridhar.nithin@gmail.com, padmabhat@kreativepool.in, or rameshv@svym.org.in for registration