THT Prof S Swaminathan Award Lecture. Dr G Sankaranarayanan "வரலாற்றுப் போக்கில் சைவம்" Sep 4, 2021


Dr G Sankaranarayanan is the Winner of the THT-Prof S Swaminathan Heritage Award for 2021. In his Award Lecture he will take stock of the origins and development of Saivism as well as its different cults over the centuries. About the Speaker Dr. G. Sankaranarayanan is a Professor of Sahitya at the National Sanskrit University in Tirupati. He completed his undergraduate and postgraduate education in Sanskrit, with Gold Medals in both levels. A multilingual scholar, Dr. G. Sankaranarayanan has published a 1200-page compilation of Chola copper plate inscriptions for the Thanjavur Tamil University. One of the editors of 'Bharata Vani', a collection of moral sayings from the Mahabharata, he has also translated it into English, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. Besides having edited a multilingual dictionary in Sanskrit and 12 Indian languages, he is also the editor of the Sanskrit journal 'Samskritasri'. He has helped read and publish several rare palm leaf manuscripts besides discovering and publishing ten new lithic inscriptions. A prolific speaker on Sanskrit Literature, Temple Architecture, Epigraphy, Iconography and Manuscriptology, he has also composed several slokas in Sanskrit. Dr. G. Sankaranarayanan is also an exponent of Bharatanatyam, having learnt the dance form from Padmashri Dr. Chitra Visweswaran. Please subscribe to this channel and click on the Bell Icon to receive notifications on future events.

The Tamil Heritage Trust - Prof. S. Swaminathan Heritage Award 2021 awarded to Dr. G Sankaranarayanan

Press Release 

 

“The Tamil Heritage Trust - Prof. S. Swaminathan Heritage Award 2021 awarded to Dr. G Sankaranarayanan” 

 

Monday, August 9th, 2021.

Chennai

 

The city-based Tamil Heritage Trust (THT) has announced Dr. G. Sankaranarayanan as the recipient of the second, annual THT - Prof. S. Swaminathan Heritage Award. 

 

The Award was instituted by THT in 2020 to honour the work of individuals under the age of fifty who have made significant contributions to deepening the general public’s knowledge of Indian heritage, widening the audience for heritage appreciation, and in the process strengthening our existing knowledge base of heritage assets and resources. 

 

The award is named for Prof S. Swaminathan, retired Professor from IIT-Delhi and co-founder of the Tamil Heritage Trust, whose books, monographs and talks on many facets of India’s heritage continue to be a source of inspiration for heritage enthusiasts. Just in its second year, the award has garnered the interest of several noteworthy individuals in the field of history and heritage studies. The winner this year was chosen from a pool of more than twenty nominations drawn from across the country by a distinguished 6-member jury comprising historians, scholars and public intellectuals. 

 

Accepting the Award, Dr. G. Sankaranarayanan, an Assistant Professor of Sanskrit at the National Sanskrit University, Tirupati, said, “I am greatly humbled by this recognition bestowed on me by the Tamil Heritage Trust. I believe that the pursuit of knowledge and scholarship in any field enriches society when it is shared as widely and freely as possible. THT has been a dedicated and trustworthy bridge between academia and the general public in the field of history and heritage. It is my pleasure to accept this award and along with it the responsibility of continuing my work as a heritage researcher and communicator." 

 

Prof. S Swaminathan, Co-founder and Trustee of THT, said, “Dr. G. Sankaranarayanan is a young and committed educator with an abiding passion to speak to audiences, large and small, and illuminate their minds on the beauty, sophistication and grandeur of Indian temples, literature, art and culture. A scholar in multiple Indian languages, he is emerging as an important and respected voice in the field. It is the responsibility of organizations such as ours to connect individuals like Sankaranarayanan to global platforms and intellectuals, and facilitate mutually rewarding collaborations and research projects.”

 

THT was founded as a non-profit Trust in the year 2010 with a vision to put the common man in touch with the rich storehouse of knowledge that is Indian heritage. The Trust which is entirely volunteer-driven attempts to deliver this through several initiatives - monthly public talks, annual thematic conferences, site seminars and study tours to places of historical interest, workshops on temple architecture and museum collections and an outreach effort through schools to sensitize young students to Indian heritage. 

 

The award which carries a citation and a cash prize of Rs 25,000 will be presented to Dr. G. Sankaranarayanan at a ceremony to be held later this month. The winner is scheduled to deliver the Award Lecture on a topic of his choice on the 4th of September, 2021.  


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For more information, please contact: 

Badri Seshadri – 98840 66566 

Siva Thiagarajan – 98842 94494

Evolution of Iconography in Maharashtra. Dr Kumud Kanitkar. THT Monthly Heritage Talk. Aug 7, 2021


"Evolution of Iconography in Maharashtra, 5th to 12th century” In her illustrated talk, Dr Kanitkar will take us through the history of religious thought in different eras and regions of Maharashtra. She will showcase sculptures which are not commonly seen - beginning with fifth century Vakatakas in Ramtek (Vidarbha region), loose sculptures from Elephanta, Sopara, Coastal Konkan, and a few chosen images from structural temples like Markandi, Ambarnath, Aundha, Anwa and Bhuleshvara. Along with social history, she will provide the audience an opportunity to appreciate the art, the different styles and outstanding skills of the unknown artists who created these masterpieces. Dr Kumud Kanitkar is an independent researcher in Indology. Her research focuses on medieval temples in Maharashtra. Her work looks beyond the aesthetic quality of sculptural art, trying to understand the meaning conveyed through the sculptural scheme in an individual temple. Her 2013 book, “Ambarnath Shivalaya : A monograph on the temple of Siva at Ambarnath”, was awarded “Ikuo Hirayama” prize-2013 by The Institut de France, Academie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, Paris. This was followed by a book in Marathi in 2014, ‘अंबरनाथ शिवालय: प्रबंधिका, अंबरनाथ येथील शिवमंदिर. Her latest, a bilingual book on the Bhuleshvar Temple near Yavat in Maharashtra “Bhuleshvara Shivalaya”, was released in Octber 2020.
She has published numerous articles in research journals, presented papers at seminars and delivered lectures on subjects such as: “Temples in Maharashtra”, “Temple art as a means of non-verbal mass communication”, “Medieval Temple Sculptures as Markers of Social History”. Dr Kanitkar holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Illinois, at Chicago. She retired as Professor of Chemistry in 2004. She has a wide range of interests – she is a numismatist and a prize-winning philatelist as well.

Nominations extended till July 17th – THT Prof S. Swaminathan Heritage Award 2021

The Tamil Heritage Trust-Prof S. Swaminathan Heritage Award (THT-SS Award) aims to recognize exceptional individual contributions towards the understanding, dissemination and preservation of Indian Heritage. By rewarding outstanding work in this area, the Award aspires to encourage interest and involvement of the general public in Indian Heritage, thereby raising the awareness and appreciation of history, literature, arts and culture which deserve our attention and care.


The award aims to recognize and reward the efforts and achievements of individuals. Thus, collective enterprises like societies, trusts and Section 8 companies and other interest groups will not be eligible for the award.

 

Last Date for receiving nominations has been extended till July 10, 2021

 

The award was instituted in 2020. You can find details of 2020 Award winner at : http://tamilheritage.in/2020/02/tht-prof-s-swaminathan-heritage-award_92.html


The Award is based on a nomination and selection process.

The Award will consist of a citation and a prize of Rs.25000/-

 

Nomination Process

 

1.     Any individual can nominate any other individual whom they believe has done noteworthy work in the area of Indian heritage.

2.     Individuals can also nominate themselves.

3.     Nominee's age should be between 20 and 50 years.

4.     The individual must be a citizen of India and ordinarily resident in India.

6.     Please click to download the nomination form from here

7.     Nominations must be sent by email along with the nomination form to admin@tamilheritage.in to reach us before July 17, 2021.

      Nominations and accompanying details may be in English or Tamil only.

 

Selection of Winner

 

A jury comprising members of the THT Award Committee as well as experts from the field of Heritage will select the winner.

As a part of the selection process, the Judges may choose to have an interaction with the nominee in person or over phone.

 

Award Ceremony & Award Lecture

 

The THT-Prof. S Swaminathan Heritage Award will be presented at a formal award ceremony in September 2021

The Winner will be invited to present the award lecture at the ceremony. The Winner may choose a topic of her/his choice. The Award Lecture may be in Tamil or English.

 

 

FAQs

 

Am I eligible to enter?

 

We welcome Nominations from any individual who is a citizen of India and is ordinarily resident in India. Organisations and institutions – like Societies, Trusts, Interest Groups etc – are not eligible.

 

What are the criteria for selection?

 

The work done must relate to the previous 5 years. The judges will look for, among other qualities and parameters:

 

·                New discoveries or insights

·                Thoroughness of knowledge in the chosen area

·                Scholarly rigour in the individual’s output

·                Demonstrable eagerness to share with the public and involve them in a dialog

·                Consistency and persistence of the effort

 

In what language should the Nomination be submitted?

Nominations can be sent in English or Tamil only.

 

Is it necessary for the Winner to deliver the Award Lecture?

Yes, the Winner will be expected to deliver the Award Lecture at the Ceremony, either in Tamil or English, on a topic of her/his choice.

 

What is the Last Date for Nomination?

The last date for entries to reach THT is July 17th, 2021.

 

When will the winner be announced?

The winner will be announced shortly before the Award Ceremony and the Award Lecture.

 

When and Where is the Awards Ceremony?

The Ceremony will take place during September 2021. Details of the ceremony will be announced later. 

 

Is there an Entry Fee?

No, there is no fee involved.

 

Terms + Conditions of entry

The Award will be made solely at the discretion of the Jury. No feedback or correspondence will be entered into about the results and the Jury’s decision is final.

 

 

About Tamil Heritage Trust (THT)

Tamil Heritage Trust (THT) is a recognized trust (Reg.No. 379/2010) set up with a vision to promote, document and disseminate Indian heritage. The impetus for this came from Prof. S. Swaminathan, who retired as Professor of Mechanical Engineering, IIT-Delhi and Badri Seshadri, a well-known publisher, entrepreneur and heritage enthusiast.

THT’s events are conducted by volunteers with a common interest in Indian heritage and a passion to communicate its richness and beauty to as many people as possible. Aṣ a non-profit organization, the Trust is supported by sponsors and donations by heritage enthusiasts. There is no membership or subscription fees. THT’s Monthly Talks and Pechu Kacheri programs are free for all. The Site Seminars, Mamallapuram Study Tours and How to See a Temple sessions are run on an at-cost basis.


Our mission is to get everyone interested in Indian heritage and, if they are already attracted to this subject, provide them a community they can enjoy learning along with.

Towards this end, we conduct a range of events:

·      Monthly Talks on various aspects of heritage, conducted on the first Saturday of every month

·      Annual Pechu Kacheri (a lecture series) on heritage-related themes in December

·      Periodic Study Tours to Mamallapuram

·      Periodic Workshops on “How to See a Temple” and “How to See a Museum”

·      Annual Site Seminars – weeklong tours to heritage sites of importance in and outside Tamil Nadu

·      Presentations at schools to sensitize youngsters to our heritage

·      Heritage courses for teachers

·      Coordination with the TN Government’s culture/tourism agencies to support and supplement their efforts

 

You can follow THT on Facebook (/TamilHeritageTrust) and Twitter (@TamilHeritageTN)

 

About Prof. S Swaminathan

 

Prof. S Swaminathan is the inspiration behind the Tamil Heritage Trust. As a co-founder, he continues to guide the initiatives and activities of THT.
His interest in India’s rich heritage goes back to his days at IIT-Delhi where he engaged generations of his students in projects and conversations on India’s traditions in art, architecture, music, mathematics and science. After his retirement he made it his life’s mission to educate, inform and inspire interested audiences to discover more about their heritage.
A Professor in Mechanical Engineering in Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi for more than 30 years, Prof Swaminathan also worked in the Centre for Rural Development in IIT Madras, Bharath Gyan Vigyan Samithy, Delhi as the National Coordinator for watershed development and Integrated Rural Technology Centre, Palakkad, Kerala.
Fuelled by an infinite curiosity, his interests range far and wide. He has written a book on the Pallava art of Mamallapuram. His lectures on the paintings of Ajanta are legendary. His talks on an array of topics – 5000 years of Indian Art, The Story of Scripts, the Mathematics of Kolams, the Trees of India and so on - have served as wonderful introductions to awestruck audiences for many years. His erudition makes him equally at home with the fine nuances of Carnatic music, the complexities of Gandhian thought and the refined ideas of Nehru’s scientific temper.
His passion for education, especially of young minds, has led him to work pro-bono with schools and colleges – helping to redesign curriculum at one institution, assisting teachers to bring practical science to the class rooms at another, planting a Sangam-age orchard of tress in a third, and readily sharing his wisdom for the benefit of teachers and students everywhere.
He is the author Mamallapuram: Unfinished Poetry in Stone and monographs on the Paintings of Ajanta, and the Monuments of Pudukottai District.

 

Contact Us

For any clarifications, please contact us at:

 Mail : admin@tamilheritage.in

 Phone : Kishore Mahadevan 99400 25869; Siva Thiagarajan: 98842 94494


The temple architecture of Kerala is unique - seemingly simple, it is structurally complex. It differs from the Dravida style of Southern and the Nagara style of the Northern India. Influenced by geological, geographical, environmental and ethnic characteristics, the construction of the temple is dominated by timber which is used, unlike stone in other parts of India, to create its art and architecture. Proportion and geometry of differently structured components like shrikovil, namaskaramandapam etc. of the temple complex, bring about a surprising harmony to the architecture. observance of keeping the old order intact and alive have kept Kerala temples in pristine condition. In her talk, 'Temple Architecture of Kerala: An Overview', Dr Preeta Nayar explores these unique features whose continuity has been maintained for over a 1000 years in pristine conditions. About the Speaker Dr Preeta Nayar heads the Department of Archaeology, University of Kerala. After graduating in Archaeology from M S University of Baroda, India, she received her Ph.D from the same University, specializing in Vaishnava Iconography. She has completed a comprehensive study on Ramayana in Sculptural Art of Kerala. She was the Antiquity Registrar and Co-Director for Pattanam archaeological excavations for six seasons. She has been studying the stone and glass beads excavated from Pattanam and Vizhinjam archaeological sites in Kerala, Mandiripattinam in Tamil Nadu and has made a comparative study of Pattanam and Sumhuram (Khor Rori in Oman) beads for Pisa University, Italy. She publishes regularly on Indian iconography and edits the Proceedings of Indian Art History Congress. She is one of the editors of the Archaeology Journal The Heritage. Please subscribe to this channel and click on the bell icon to receive notifications of future events. www.tamilheritage.in www.facebook.com/TamilHeritageTrust

Watercraft in Early Tamil Literature by Dr V Selvakumar, June 5, 2021


Tamil literature has references to several types of watercrafts. Kalam, vanji, ambi, navai are some of the watercrafts mentioned in early Tamil texts. Sangam literature presents the contexts in which these watercrafts are used such as long-distance navigation, inland navigation and for coastal transport. Medieval inscriptions too refer to the use of watercrafts for applications like maintaining irrigation tanks and long-distance trade. In his talk, Dr Selvakumar explores these references to watercraft in Tamil literature and inscriptions. Dr. Selvakumar is a faculty member in the Department of Maritime History and Marine Archaeology, Tamil University, Thanjavur. Earlier he was a faculty member in the Department of Epigraphy and Archaeology. He completed doctoral research and post-doctoral research from Deccan College, Pune. He was a faculty member at Centre for Heritage Studies, Tripunithura, Kerala and a NTICVAM (Nehru Trust for the Indian Collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum) Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Maritime Archaeology, Southampton University. His research interests include archaeology of India, prehistory, heritage management, maritime history and archaeology, archaeological theory, heritage management, history of science and technology, Indian Ocean Cultural interactions, and ecocriticism.

Rare Architectural Forms in Temples of Karnataka: Dr M S Krishna Murthy. May 1, 2021


Dr M S Krishna Murthy, former Professor and Chairman, Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Mysore, talks about some of the intriguing architectural forms found in the temples of Karnataka. These include vastu mandalas and vastu kumbhas, suspension roofs, Vrittaya shikaras, rare forms of Buddhist chaityas and many more. About Dr M S Krishna Murthy Dr Krishna Murthy, popularly known as Prof MSK, specialises in Indian Temple Architecture and Sculpture, Epigraphical studies and archaeological excavations of the early and medieval periods. He has written ten books, authored over a hundred scholarly papers and has been a guide for several PhD students. He has made numerous signal contributions to the field, especially in the excavation and interpretation of the site of Talakad. He has been instrumental in the discovery of many archaeological sites, artefacts and inscriptions which have led to the subsequent study and better understanding of the history of the region. Prof MSK serves on several academic Boards and Councils. www.tamilheritage.in www.facebook.com/TamilHeritageTrust