Special Lecture: Prof. Swaminathan on his interests, Sat, 10 am, June 4th, 2016, ARKAY, #Mylapore #Chennai

start: Jun 04, 2016 10:00AM
End: Jun 04, 2016 01:00PM

Venue: Arkay Convention Center, 146/3 R.H.Road, OMS Lakshana (Above Shah Electronics), Mylapore, Chennai

Description: Tamil Heritage Trust and Madhuradhwani


Professor Swaminathan speaks on his interests
at 10 am on Saturday, June 4th, 2016
Arkay Convention Center,
146/3 R.H.Road, OMS Lakshana (Above Shah Electronics), Mylapore, Chennai

About the Speaker and Topics:

I had been the profession of education, teaching mainly mechanical engineering, but in life I have been a serious student all my life. Looking at not only engineering education, but education as such and life, in general, I think I have conducted a number of experiments. At the request of some of my friends I, past 75, am attempting to present myself.

‘Aims of education’ were the main theme and I have tried to reach young minds at IIT-Delhi for more than three decades. I would like to touch upon this phase briefly. Over a period of time a number of areas I came to obsessed with for study for self-enlightenment. The paintings of Ajanta (the earliest and the best Indian and Indian Asia ever had), the art at Mamallapuram (exhibiting the Pallava grace) and Pudukkottai (a museum of temple architecture) were the most important.

While participating teaching a course ‘Art and Technology’ in IIT-Delhi, one among the topics I attempted to expose the students to was ‘Sound of Sanskrit’, which became a great attraction for me later, and ended up in a 5-part series under the title ‘Oral Tradition of Sanskrit’.

My attempt taking the wealth of Tamil inscription to school students grew into a mammoth 11-part serial covering ancient writing of Sumeria, Egypt, China, Meso-America and India, the scientific script Korean, esoteric scripts like Siddham and Tibetan and Arabic calligraphy.

Multi-directional inquiring into music covering historical, sociological, scientific and aesthetic aspects has been another passion with me. I have been enjoying occasional talks in public.

I feel that a beginner in school must start with the social studies of his village/town to graduate to his district, his state, his country and the world in succession. Towards this there is need for ‘Compiling a cultural atlas’ of Tamilnadu. I would like to present my ideas on this topic. Should we not surround ourselves with our own history and culture? How about ‘culture-scaping’, has been one among my dreams.

I have been collecting printed materials on all subjects of interests from my school days, which I have put in numerous albums, involving collation, sorting, arranging, cataloguing, pasting and indexing. I have no idea what their value is. The hobby immensely helped me in appreciating the unity in diversity of Indian culture and felt satisfied of doing something ‘historic’. In course of time this is nostalgically exhilarating. But for the other? It is a question mark!

Some of the topics of collections are: Personalities (A collection gives the life and philosophy of some great people); Gandhi; People & places (Indian Heritage, Southern Heritage, India Alive, Delhi); Companion volume of picture albums (Vintage India, Taj and Delhi, Places of historical interest, Our Heritage – Indian Sculpture, Miniature Paintings, Thanjavur Paintings, Kalamkari, Patik & Worli paintings, Madhubani etc; Calligraphy; Development of Scripts); Modern Indian art scene this includes both appreciation and criticism along with albums of paintings; Music and dance; Humour (a collection of about 5000 cartoons of OV Vijayan, RK Laxman, Sudhir Dhar, Abu etc); Olympics paper cuttings from 1960 Olympics; Society and development issues; India, that is, Bharat; Environment; Livelihood issues.

I will be bringing all my collections to the hall. Though I have no idea how useful it would be for others, I may just attempt as part of ‘archiving myself’!

The program includes lunch. So, please email me if you are attending. Email: siva.durasoft@gmail.com

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