Nava Durga

A Series of lecture demonstrations/workshops/discourses on the Origin and Development of Indian Culture 

 Nava Durga– Saadhana Shibira

Vanamala Center for Art and Culture is organizing a two day Saadhana Shibira on Nava Durga on 23rd and 24th of February 2019 at Auro Veda Farm, Yedamadu village, Kanakapura Highway, which is about 10 kms from Sri Sri Ravishankar Ashram.  Nava Durga would be explained in detail by Keertanacharya Lakshmandas Velankar a reputed Kathakeertankar, erudite scholar as well as noted author.

Keertanacharya Sri Lakshmandas Velankar a noted personality in the field of Kathakeertan is a scholar par excellence. A disciple of Santa Sri Bhadragiri Achyutadas and Santa Sri Keshavadas, Keertanacharya Velankar developed his own unique style in performing Kathakeertan. His knowledge in Sanskrit and philosophy has moulded him to be an excellent narrator and an author. Keertanacharya Velankar has authored books on Kathakeertan and has translated more than 80 books published by the prestigious Geetha Press, Gorakhpur. Some of them include Bhagavadgita, Devi Bhagavatha, Shiva Purana, Bhagavatha, Ramayana, Nava Durga and many more. He has also served as a lecturer in the internationally renowned Keertan Mahavidyalaya and trained many students in Kathakeertan; He is a Former Member, Karnataka Sangeetha Nritya Academy; Editor of Daasa Vaani, a magazine published by Daasashrama international Center. A recipient of Karnataka Kalashree from Karnataka Sangeetha Nritya Academy, Keertanacharya Velankar has been honoured by many organisations.

Keertanacharya Sri Lakshmandas Velankar had conducted a similar Sadhana Shibir for the center on the topic Devi Saptashati and Narada Bhakti Sutra which was well received by more than 40 delegates and the shibira was a great success. It is heartening to herald that it is the enthusiasm of the delegates which made Center to conduct a new event on the topic Nava Durga.

Dr Meera Rajaram Pranesh would be giving an introductory talk on the Concept of Durga. Dr A Pranesh who would be presenting a slide show on the Devi temples across India. Dr Meera and Dr Pranesh have travelled extensively across India and photographed several temples for their projects. They have conceptualised, produced and directed Sri Chakra Darshana, a documentary on Sri chakra and Kamalamba Navavarana Kritis of Sri Mutthuswamy Dikshitar which was selected for International Online Film Festival.

Dr Dattatreya Velankar, a renowned Hindustani musician who has done a doctoral thesis on Influence of classical music on katha Keertan would be presenting a Katha Keertan on Sarva Swaroopa Sri Durga


Saturday 23rd February 2019

6:00 AMCoffee
7 – 8:30 AMSession V    Nava DurgaKeertanacharya Lakshmandas Velankar
8:30 AMBreakfast               
10 – 11 AM   Session VINava DurgaKeertanacharya Lakshmandas Velankar
11- 11:30            Tea Break
11:30 – 12:30 PM      Session VII      Katha Keertan
Sarva Swaroopa Sri Durga
Dr Dattatreya Velankar
12:30- 1 PM Valedictory
1:30 PMLunch

Sunday 24th February 2019

9:00 AMBreakfast   
10 – 10:30 AMInauguration
10:30- 11:30 AMSession IConcept of Durga
Introductory Talk
Dr Meera Rajaram Pranesh
11:30 – 12 Noon   Tea Break       
12 – 1 PM    Session IINava DurgaKeertanacharya lakshmandas Velankar
1:00 PMLunch    
3:30 PMTea             
4 PM – 5 PM      Session III      Nava DurgaKeertanacharya lakshmandas Velankar
5-  5:30 PM   Snacks/Tea    
5.30 – 6:30 PM Session IVDevi Temples of India
Slide Show
Dr A Pranesh    

Participation Fee

Rs.3000/ per person for the whole Shibira, which is inclusive of Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner along with lodging facility at Auro Veda. Rooms are styled in a Dormitory fashion and would be on a sharing basis with 3-5 other participants. Rooms are furnished with beds, pillows and blankets. However one can bring their own bed sheets. Hot water is available round the clock.

As the area is plastic free zone, we request all the participants to carry their water bottles and refill water from mineral water cans which would be provided.

Interested persons can reach the venue on their own, or pick up and drop from Metro cash and carry Kanakapura road near Konanakunte signal can be arranged on prior intimation.

The number of participants is limited to 40. Those interested are requested to confirm their consent by January 24th 2019.

Payment of Rs.3,000/ can be made through Cash/Cheque/DD/Online transfer

Cheques and DD are drawn in favor of Vanamala Center for Art and Culture Trust

For Online Transfer-

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Warm Regards

Dr. Meera Rajaram Pranesh
Managing Trustee
Vanamala Center for Art and Culture (R)

About Vanamala Center for Art and Culture(R)

Vanamala Center for Art and Culture, the brainchild of Dr. Meera Rajaram Pranesh, traces its origin to 1995 when it was first instituted as Vanamala Art Foundation. Over the years it evolved into an organization for promoting Indian art and culture. Vanamala Center for Art and Culture provides an environment for learning, through expert guidance, to preserve, promote and propagate Indian Art and Culture for posterityAll Donations are eligible for Tax relief under section 80G (5) (vi) of Income Tax Act 1961