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Symposium on Hindu Vanavasi Traditions
Dr. Nagaraj Paturi
Senior Director & Chief Curator, INDICA
Dr. Satyanarayana Dyavanapalli
Curator of Tribal Museums, Government of Telangana
Dr. P. Sivaramakrishna
Teacher, Founder Sakti (NGO)
Dr Phirmi Bodo
Dr. Ram Shankar Uraon
Assistant Professor FDPM IIM-Ahmedabad, UGC PDF, Ph.D,, MBA, MSc HRM and OB
Sri Sumanaspati Reddy
An Ethnographer, Writer, Translator, Culture-Critic, Photographer, Radio Broadcaster and Documentary Filmmaker
The word Hindu has been used by the outsiders to Bharat , in reference to the entire culture complex in Bharat that included the Vedic, Buddhist, Jain, Naagara (City-dwelling), Jaanapada (Village dwelling) , Vanavasi (Forest dwelling) Paarvata (Hill-dwelling), Maarga (Classical), Desi (Local) etc, intermingling and intricately interwoven with each other yet maintaining their individual identities. The word has always been used in reference to the features that are shared by all these components, strands and traditions.
In contrast to the other parts of the world, where indigenous cultures did not survive the expansion of monotheistic forces, the forest dwelling cultures of India survived essentially because of the shared nature friendly,environmentalist and hence diversity centric worldview of all these components, strands and traditions.
Ancient Indian poetic and artistic texts like Itihasas, Puranas and Kavyas on the one hand and discursive literature such as Artha Shastra provide testimony to this mutual friendliness between Vanavasi and Naagara cultures.
There are numerous historical evidences for the Vanavasi communities moving from isolation in forests to association in villages, rising to ruling position through their valour and for ruling Naagara communities moving into forests and adapting to the environment as Vanavasi cultures.
There are evidences also of Vanavasi Hindu traditions contributing to the fight against foreign invasions both through their physical valor and cultural resistance.
Today, certain forces are downplaying this shared, unifying and interweaving Hindu aspects of these components, strands and traditions and are trying to separate them, particularly the forest dwelling cultures, terming them as non-Hindu.
It is in this context that INDICA is organizing a symposium to highlight the shared Hindu aspects of the Vanavasi traditions of Bharat.
The symposium will be held online on Saturday, 27th of August, 2022.
|1||Dr. Nagaraj Paturi||Welcome Address & Introduction||9.30am to 9.45am|
|2||Dr. Satyanarayana Dyavanapalli||Ancient Indian Religion and Tribals||9.45am to 10.15am|
|3||Dr. P. Sivaramakrishna||Tribal Revolts – Lessons to be Learnt and Followed in Empowering Tribes||10.15am to 10.45am|
|4||Dr Phirmi Bodo||Tribals of India and Their Dharmic Culture||10.45am to 11.15am|
|5||Dr. Ram Shankar Uraon||Vanvasi Traditions and Culture of India: Special Reference to Uraon Community||11.15am to 11.45am|
|6||Sri Sumanaspati Reddy||Adaptations, Appropriations and the Creative Passion for a Unique Identity in Some Telangana Adivasis||11.45am to 12.15pm|
|7||Dr. Nagaraj Paturi||Interface Between Vanavasi and Other Hindu Traditions||12.15pm to 12.45pm|