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Sat 24 Dec 2022

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (UTC+5.5)

Judicial Process in Ancient India (Exploring Yājñavalkya, Nārada & Kātyāyana)

The INDICA Center for Indic Studies in Law and Justice presents a conversation with Brunda Karanam titled Judicial Process in Ancient India on the 17th of December 2022 at IST 1000 hrs. The Smṛti-s are of great significance in ancient Indian jurisprudence. They deal, inter alia, with judicial administration, which is essential to access to justice.This conversation seeks to explore the judicial process in ancient India, relying primarily on the Smṛti-s of Yājñavalkya, Nārada, and Kātyāyana, and their commentaries thereof, while referring to a few others when contextually relevant.The discussion will draw parallels with India’s modern legal system and judicial administration. This conversation shall also briefly touch upon the independence of thought in the Smṛti-s, the dynamic nature of ancient Indian jurisprudence, and its adaptation and evolution with the times.


Brunda Karanam

Lawyer and Sanskrit Coach

Brunda Karanam is a lawyer, consultant, and mediator. She holds a B.A., LL.B. (Hons) from the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, a BCL (Bachelor of Civil Law) from the University of Oxford, UK, and an LL.M. (Masters in Law) from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, USA, as a Dean’s Scholar. She has worked in law firms in India and Singapore. Her areas of focus include conflict resolution, arbitration, mediation, civil and commercial disputes, procedural laws, Intellectual Property Laws, etc. Brunda is also a Sanskrit teacher and enthusiast. Sanskrit has been a passion of hers since her childhood days. She was mentored in Sanskrit, the Bhagavad-Gita and Stotram-s by her Guru, Vidushi Ananthalakshmi Natarajan, under whose guidance, she has completed courses offered by Sri Surasarasvati Sabha (Sringeri) and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, with a distinction. She has also taken part in Sanskrit plays such as Mugdhakuntalam, Jeevanmukti-Kalyana-Natakam, Sakhyam, Kaṭhopaniṣat, and Gitopadesha, to name some. Brunda has coached students for Sanskrit exams conducted by Samskrta Bharati, Sri Surasarasvati Sabha, and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. She also offers webinars through ‘Sanskrit From Home’ of Vyoma Labs.


Megh Kalyanasundaram

Host, 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.