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Thu 06 Oct 2022

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (UTC+5.5)

An Introduction to Telugu Literature

The INDICA Center for Bharatiya Languages (CBL) will host a conversation with Dr Nagaraj Paturi on October 6th 2022 (Thu) at 1600 hrs IST. This conversation intends to serve as an introduction to some facets of Telugu literature. Telugu is one of six indigenous languages recognised as “classical”  (see https://pib.gov.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=103014 for the criteria adopted to declare a language “classical”) by the Government of India, a status it received in 2008. As per Census 2011, there were then a little over 80 million speakers of the Telugu language, about 87% of them in Andhra Pradesh (now Telangana and Andhra Pradesh). In this conversation, Dr Nagaraj Paturi, a multi-faceted, multilingual scholar, an educator with over 30 years of teaching experience at the post-graduate level and a native speaker of the Telugu language, will not just introduce the vast, growing, and thriving literature in Telugu but also discerningly analyse how the language’s history, which spans well over millennia, has been written.


Dr. Nagaraj Paturi

Senior Director & Cheif Curator, INDICA

Dr Nagaraj Paturi has taught Telugu literature and linguistics at a post-graduate level for over three decades. His PhD was directly related to Telugu literature: Myth Critical (Anthropological, poetics, psychoanalytical and philosophical) analysis of 16th century Telugu epic narrative poems. In his PhD thesis (1998, University of Hyderabad), he developed an Indic Model of Myth Criticism of Literature and in his MPhil (1987, University of Hyderabad), he foregrounded Vakyapadiya as the theoretical foundation of the Ashtadhyayi. 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. In addition to over 50 publications and about 60 conference/seminar/workshop papers, Dr Paturi has designed several courses pertaining to the contemporary applications of Vedic Sciences and has been successfully teaching them and getting them taught. Formerly Senior Professor of Cultural Studies FLAME School of Communication (& FLAME School of Liberal Education) and a Visiting Professor, University of Chicago (USA), Dr Paturi is currently Senior Director and Chief Curator at INDICA, a Distinguished Professor, Curriculum Designer, Executive Committee Member, Board of Studies, MIT School of Vedic Sciences (Pune, Maharashtra), Member, Board of Studies at Kavikulaguru Kalidasa Sanskrit University (Ramtek, Maharashtra) and Rashtram School of Public Leadership (Sonipat, Haryana). He is also the Editor-in-Chief of International Journals of Studies in Public Leadership and is a member of the Advisory Council of Veda Vijnana Shodha Samsthanam (Bengaluru, Karnataka). He has provided consultancy to numerous culture research, theatre, and dance innovation projects. He has authored scores of creative writing works for Classical Dance, Modern Theater, and magazines and has delivered several series of talks and other programs on Radio and Television channels.


Megh Kalyanasundaram

Director – Special Projects, INDICA

Megh Kalyanasundaram is an Indian citizen with close to nine years of lived experience in China, an alumnus of ISB and is currently Director Special Projects at INDICA. His post-graduate specialization in Strategy, Leadership and Marketing included a study of research methods. His professional experience includes stints as a Market Leader at a Global Fortune 50 firm, as Head of Business Development at a leading Indian talent development multinational and he has served a term on the Board of a Shanghai-based not-for-profit. His academic research interests and 20+ papers span some aspects of ancient Indian chronology, Indian Knowledge Systems, Landscape in Indic texts, Ancient Indian Jurisprudence, Ideas of India and Philosophy. For his creative contribution to the first edition of the International Day of Yoga, he was invited by the Permanent Mission of India in the United Nations to attend the inaugural event at the UN. Other professional and pro-bono pursuits have included building differentiated digital platforms for Indic texts targeted at specific learning and research needs and music. His research-based compositional Sanskrit album 'Bhārata and her Kāśmīra' has been listed by the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts (IGNCA) while his subsequent album 'Indian Knowledge Systems and Yāskācārya's Nirukta' has recently been accepted for listing by the Vedic Heritage Portal. In 2022, Megh was invited by the National Museum Institute (NMI) to contribute content for multiple projects currently underway at NMI, including ones on Jammu Kashmir & Ladakh and Kedarnath.