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Activities

 SAFIC is actively involved in the dissemination of information through its various activities that include workshops, exhibitions, orientation and training programs, seminars, special lecture programs and cultural programs. Some of our past and ongoing activities are mentioned below:

A) Workshops

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Participants of the Spandana workshop in 2014

  1. Spandana: Feeling the Pulsation of a Divine Language – Level I: A week-long beginner’s level workshop for learning conversational Sanskrit held during the last week of January every year since the year 2011.
  2. Spandana: Feeling the Pulsation of a Divine Language – Level II: A week-long advanced level workshop for learning conversational Sanskrit held during the last week of May since the year 2013.
  3. Svadhyaya – An Intensive Study Camp on the Scriptures: Multi-day workshops held every year, since 2013, in the months of September/ October on one of the three scriptures – the Gita, Upanishads or the Vedas. Some of the past workshops relating to this were:
  • Srimad Bhagavad Gita (October 10-22, 2016 & September 8-19, 2013)     [See Report]
  • Vedaprabodha (October 5 – 9, 2015)                                                      [See Report]
  • Upanishads (October 8-11, 2014)                                                           [See Report]

B) Exhibitions

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Inauguration of the exhibition on ‘Rishayah’

  1. Rishayah – An exhibition on the Seers and Sages of India (August, 2015).
  2. Varnamala – An exhibition on the wonders of the Sanskrit alphabet (September 20-30, 2014).
  3. Ujjeevanam: Sanskrit in Daily Life – An exhibition on the many beautiful and inspiring facts about Sanskrit and its practical value (February 27- March 5, 2014; January 20-26, 2014).
  4. Sanskrit and Science (November 12-20, 2013, in Lucknow).
  5. Why Children should learn Sanskrit (November 12-20, 2013, in Lucknow).
  6. Scientific Heritage of India – An exhibition commemorating Indian contributions to the world of science and technology (April 12-18, 2013).

C) Orientation and Training Programs

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Workshop on Sanskrit Appreciation at Delhi

SAFIC conducts a varied number of orientation programs for visiting groups from various institutions or organizations upon request. A few of the topics covered during these orientations include:

  • The Scientific and Logical Nature of the Sanskrit language
  • The Art of Multiple Concentration
  • Mantra yoga
  • Integral yoga in the light of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother
  • Pre-natal Education in Vedic culture

SAFIC has been conducting regular Teacher Training programmes every November since the year 2007 for the Sanskrit teachers of Seth MR Jaipuria School, Lucknow. Apart from this, Sanskrit teachers from many schools in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Hyderabad have also undergone training.

D) Seminars

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Student’s Seminar on ‘Sanskrit and Sri Aurobindo’

  1. Student’s Seminar on Sanskrit and Sri Aurobindo at the Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry. October 25 – 26, 2016.
  2. National Seminar on Children’s Literature in Sanskrit at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi branch, New Delhi. September 9 – 11, 2016.
  3. National Seminar on “Sanskrit for Children at the Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry. April 13-14, 2013.
  4. Regiona Seminar on “Sanskrit for Children at the Bharatiya Samskriti Sansad, Kolkata, November 9-10, 2013.
  5. National Seminar on The Role of Sanskrit in the Resurgence of India with Special Emphasis on the Vision of Sri Aurobindo at the Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry. March 18-19, 2000.

E) Special Lecture Programs

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Dr. David Frawley speaking during the ‘Special Lecture Program’

SAFIC has conducted ‘Special Lecture Program’ on topics related to Sanskrit andIndian Culture inviting speakers from different areas of expertise to come and share their knowledge. Some of our invited speakers for these programmes have included:

  1. Professor Bijoy Mishra (Physicist and Educator of Astrophysics and Space Physics, Harvard University, USA)
  2. Martin Gluckman (from Auroville, who is the brain behind the online Sanskrit dictionary www.sanskritdictionary.com)
  3. Dr David Frawley a.k.a. Padma Bhushan Pandit Vamadeva Shastri (Founder Director, the American Institute of Vedic Studies)
  4. Yogini Shambhavi Chopra (Co-Director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies)
  5.  Dr. Alok Pandey (from the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry)

F) Cultural Programs

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Sitar Recital during the musical evening – ‘Prema Nirjharani’

  1. Prema Nirjharani’ - musical evenings to commemorate the Supramental Manifestation Day (February 29) are organized by SAFIC in February/ March. Every year since 2014.   A majority of the artistes belong to the Temple of Fine Arts, Coimbatore – a cultural and service-oriented, non-profit organization. We also have other artistes from Pondicherry or Auroville.
  2. Swaranjali – a special musical program was organized by SAFIC in April 2016 with an upcoming Classical Hindustani singer, Nitasha Sharma.
  3. ‘Vishwavidhata—Little Krishna’ - a production by a non-voluntary organization named Uchchal Probaho from West Bengal. Within the span of one hour, some of the famous childhood stories of Lord Krishna are expressed through yoga, gymnastics and dance by school students. The script, direction and narration were given by Asish Sarkar, who heads the NGO that conducted the programme.