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Sun 13 Nov 2022

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (UTC+5.5)

Yoga Literature in Tamil With Special Focus on the Recent Tamil Translation of Hathayogapradeepika

This INDICA CBL talk looks to foreground some aspects of an important new Tamil translation, by Dr Jayaraman Mahadevan, of the Sanskrit text Hathayoga-Pradeepika. Written in the fifteenth century by Yogi Svatmarama, the Hathayoga-Pradeepika continues to serve as a guide to current-day yoga practices. 15 Asanas, 6 Kriyas, 8 Pranayamas, 10 Mudras, and Meditative practices such as Nadanusandhana are explained in this book. After about 120 years, this book has now been translated by Dr M Jayaraman for present-day Tamil readers. This conversation will also be of particular interest for those watching the niche space that is the intersection of Tamil and Sanskrit, both being amongst languages of profound significance to literature (and more) indigenous to the Indian subcontinent.


Dr Jayaraman Mahadevan

Director, Textual Research Division on Yoga, Indic Academy

Jayaraman Mahadevan holds a PhD in Samskrita from the University of Madras (2006-2010) (Topic: The Doctrine of Tantrayukti – A Study). He underwent traditional Gurukula education, in Vedas (Tattiriya Shakha–Mula) and (Prasthana Traya) Shastras (1998-2005), in Veda Vijnana Gurukulam, Bengaluru, Under Pracarya Kotemane Ramachandra Bhat. He is currently Director of Division of Textual Research in Yoga, Indica Academy. He earlier served as the Director, Research Department, of Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai, for over a decade (2010-2021). His expertise in the field of Yoga, academics and Research has been recognized and utilized by various academic and research organizations by nominating him to various academic boards and councils including the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library-CSIR, Govt of India (Task force member), Kalakshetra Foundation (Governing Board Member), Ministry of Culture, Govt of India, Chennai. He recently received (2021) Saṃskṛta Grantha Puraskara from Karnataka Sanskrit university for his Sanskrit book Mantra-artha-cintanam.


Megh Kalyanasundaram

Host, Director – Special Projects

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.