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Tue 05 Sep 2023

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC+5.5)

Sacred Ecology : Chanting & Commentary Of BHU SUKTAM

In the vast tapestry of Vedic literature, the BHU SUKTAM stands out as a radiant thread, weaving together the profound wisdom of the ancients with the timeless beauty of nature. This sacred hymn, dedicated to Mother Earth, is not just a mere collection of verses; it is a symphony of sounds that resonates with the very essence of our being.

We are honored to present a unique collaboration between Shantala Sriramaiah, a renowned chanter from Veda Studies, and Dr. Nagaraj Paturi, the esteemed Dean of IKS at INDICA. As Shantala melodiously chants the suktam verse by verse, Dr. Paturi will illuminate our understanding with his insightful commentary on each verse.

The Beauty of BHU SUKTAM:

The BHU SUKTAM is not just a hymn; it’s an experience. Chanting it is akin to tracing the contours of nature with one’s voice, feeling the ebb and flow of rivers, the majesty of mountains, and the vastness of the skies. It connects us to the rhythms of the universe and the heartbeat of Mother Earth.

Inner Transformation through Chanting:

The act of chanting the BHU SUKTAM is a journey of inner transformation. The rhythmic cadence, the tonal variations, and the profound meanings behind each verse work in harmony to cleanse the mind, uplift the spirit, and bring about a deep sense of peace and connection to the world around us.

Understanding the Essence:

While the beauty of the chant can be felt, understanding its meaning elevates the experience to a whole new level. Dr. Paturi’s commentary will provide a window into the profound wisdom embedded in the suktam. By grasping the essence of the verses, one gains a renewed perspective on nature, seeing it not just as a resource but as a living entity deserving of reverence and care.

Join us for this transformative event and embark on a journey that promises to change not just your understanding of the BHU SUKTAM but also your perspective on the world around you.


Shantala Sriramiah

Founder and teacher Veda Studies

Shantala Sriramaiah teaches Veda recitation to a growing global community of students through her online platform and live classes. Inspired by her mother Saroja, who taught chanting classes in their home for over 30 years, she is very grateful for the early exposure to Sanskrit chanting and Indian scriptures. She has been mentored by several Vedic scholars, in particular Sri M.S.Sreenivasan of The Challakere Brothers, and loves sharing the practice of Veda chanting in this living lineage from Karnataka, India.


Dr Nagaraj Paturi

Senior Director & Chief Curator, INDICA

Trained in Sanskrit and Advaita Vedanta by his hyper-polyglot, polymath and spiritually accomplished sakala-shaastra-paarangata father, late Sri Paturi Sitaramanjaneyulu garu, Dr Nagaraj Paturi is seriously committed to the transmission of Vedic sciences to the present generation. 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. 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.