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Sun 22 May 2022

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (UTC+5.5)

Advaita & Srividya: Two Intertwined Paths to the Ultimate

Indica Moksha (Advaita Academy) is pleased to announce the 3rd ‘Global Festival of Oneness’ (GFO2022) celebrating one of the foremost thinkers and socio-cultural-spiritual architects in the history of mankind from the Indian sub-continent – Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya (Shankara).

For the last two years, we have been hosting the Global Festival of Oneness on the occasion of Shankara Jayanti as a one-month-long online celebration of the life, works, and legacy of Adi Shankaracharya Bhagavadpada. The initiative has been conceived as our tribute and show of reverence towards the entire Advaita Guru-Parampara that starts with Bhagavan Narayana, has Veda Vyasa and Adi Shankaracharya at the middle, and is still continuing with our own Acharyas.

This year also we will be celebrating a month-long festival from May 06 till June 05 and we will feature around 50 Scholars, Sages, and Seekers to share Shankara’s life and works across multiple dimensions that include Philosophy, Oneness, Leadership, and more.

This is a Special Interview on “Advaita & Srividya: Two Intertwined Paths to the Ultimate” with Sri K Giridhara Sarma by Dr. Nagaraj Paturi


K Giridhara Sarma

Professional qualification: BE Electronics and Communication from the University of Madras Finished engineering in 1989 and did one year PG diploma in electronics design from CEDT Srinagar. Working as an electronics engineer since then. Currently employed as a principal design engineer in Urjita Electronics, a subsidiary of Mini-Circuits NY, USA.

Training on Sastram:

  • Yajur veda adhyayanam under Brahmasri Ganesha Dikshitar- Chennai
  • Advaita vedanta, Mimamsa, basics of Nyaya and vyaakarana from (late) Br. Sri. Goda Venkateswara Sastri, Chennai.
  • Studied Prasthana trayam and several other advanced vedanta texts in traditional manner under Sri Sastrigal for 25+ years. Was instructed in Kashmira Saiva philosophy and Srividya agama.
  • Regularly participate in several vaakyaartha sabhas conducted by Kanchi Shankara mutt and other institutions.
  • Regularly participate in Dvaita-Advaita vichaara sabhaa
  • Annually conduct Vidwat sabha with other disciples of Sri.Sastri on the occasion of Paramaguru's birth anniversary
  • Contributed towards Sri. Sastri's translation and commentary works
  • Conducted workshop on Chandogya Bhashyam, Sanat Sujaatiyam and other vedanta texts
  • Continuing Mimamsa and Nyaya studies under U. Ve. Sri. Devanathacharya of Kendriya Vidyapeeth, Tirupati.
  • Continuing Vyaakarana adhyayanam under Brahmasri Dattatreya Murti of Kanchi Chandrashekarendra Vishwavidyalaya
  • Studying advanced Advaita texts under Brahmasri Mani Dravid Sastri, Sanskrit college, Chennai.


Dr. Nagaraj Paturi

Senior Director & Chief Curator, INDICA

Dr Nagaraj Paturi trained in Sanskrit and Advaita Vedanta by his hyper-polyglot, polymath and spiritually accomplished sakala-shaastra-paarangata father, late Sri Paturi Sitaramanjaneyulu garu, he is seriously committed to the transmission of Vedic sciences to the present generation. He designed a very big number of courses of contemporary applications of Vedic Sciences and has been successfully teaching them and getting them taught. Presently he is Presently he is Director, Indic Academy And Distinguished Professor, Curriculum Designer, Executive Committee Member and Member, Board of Studies, MIT School of Vedic Sciences, Pune. Member, Board of Studies for Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, Kavikulaguru Kalidasa Sanskrit University, Veda Vijnana Gurukula. Formerly Senior Professor of Cultural Studies FLAME School of Communication and FLAME School of Liberal Education Former Visiting Professor, University of Chicago, US) In his PhD (1998, UoH) Developed Indic Model of Myth Criticism of Literature. MPhil (1987, UoH) Brought out Vakyapadiyam as theoretical foundation of Ashtaadhyaayee Around 50 publications, around 60 conference /seminar/ workshop papers. Consultancy to numerous culture research and theater and dance innovation projects. Scores of creative writing works for Classical Dance, Modern Theater and magazines. Several series of talks and other programs on Radio and Television channels.