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Sun 08 Oct 2023

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

Indic Perspectives On Human Development: An Eternal Parikramā

The Samvad traces the evolution of the field of Human Development and Family Studies (previously, Child Development) in India discussing overlaps with developmental psychology, and its “received” Euro-American understanding. Anecdotes and personal experiences illustrate how the mind space of academic research and teaching is navigated against a backdrop of rising consciousness about decolonizing psychological knowledge. Using the metaphor of being in an eternal parikramā, the concept of human development in India is then unpackaged using the Indic lens. The talk ends with important questions about cultivating a yātri or a parikramāvāsi mindset, to contemplate on difficult questions facing the world. How can Indic knowledge help create a more sustainable, compassionate global psychology?


Rachana Bhangaokar, PhD

Acting Chair, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, MS University of Baroda

Dr. Rachana Bhangaokar is an Assistant Professor and Acting Chair at the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India. She is also the Superintendent of Chetan Balwadi - the Laboratory Preschool, managed by the Department. Her research interests include cultural psychology, Indian perspectives on moral development including concepts of Dharma, Karma Yoga and Shraddha, youth civic engagement, and Gandhian philosophy. Two of her recent cross-cultural projects are about traditional and modern eating patterns and work-life balance. She has been the recipient of the Fulbright Junior Research Fellowship at the University of Chicago, USA (2004-05) and has participated in the Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administration Seminar (2015). She has received national and international research funding from the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR), University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, Indic Academy, German Research Foundation and ICSSR-Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).


Raghu Ananthanarayanan

Co-founder, Institute of Indic Wisdom

Raghu Ananthanarayanan, an alumnus of IIT Madras (B. Tech in Mech Engineering and MS in Bio-Medical Engineering)is a behavioural scientist, Yoga teacher and an author. His central quest has been the enquiry: “How to continually look within, transform, be the best and inspire?” This seeking led to discipleship with Yogacharya Krisnamacharya, dialoguing with J Krishnamurti and collaborating with Prof. Pulin K Garg. He has dedicated his life to the study and application of Yogic traditions to guide the inner transformation of individuals and shape leadership and culture building of organizations. He has pioneered the use of the Yoga Sutras, traditional theatre, and the Mahabharata in experiential learning. Raghu has authored many books. The latest books are “The Five Seats of Power - Discovering the best you can be through the Mahabharata” and “Antaranga Yoga - the Foundation of Indian Psychology”. Raghu has Co-founded Sumedhas, Academy of Human Context, The Barefoot Avademy of Governance, The Centre for Consciousness Studies and Inner Transformation as well as Ritambara Ashram. Raghu is based in Kotagiri, India.