Monday, February 10, 2020

THT-Prof S Swaminathan Heritage Award

THT-Prof S Swaminathan Heritage Award

Last Date for Nominations – March 31, 2020

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.

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.
  5. Nominations must be sent by email to awards.tht@gmail.com to reach us before March 31, 2020.
  6. There is no Nomination Form.
  7. A Nomination must consist of the following:
    • Personal Details: Full Name, Full Address, Mobile Number, Email id, Scanned Passport size Photograph, Brief biodata of the Nominee
    • Details of Contribution to Heritage: Details of actual work done by the nominee in the past (upto) five years. The details may be sent in any one of the following formats: MS Word, MS Powerpoint or PDF.
    • Supporting Documentation: Documentary evidence the work done by the nominee could include copies of papers submitted, articles written in journals, newspapers or magazines, links to any websites or blogs run by the nominee, lists of talks given, links to social media presence
  8. 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 ceremony during May or June 2020 at the Tamil Virtual Academy, Kottupuram, Chennai.

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 March 31st, 2020.

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 May or June 2020 at Tamil Virtual Academy, Kotturpuram, Chennai. The time will be announced soon.

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 Mamallapram
  • Periodic Workshops on “How to See a Temple”
  • Annual Site Seminars – weeklong tours to heritage sites of importance in and outside Tamil Nadu
  • Presentations at schools to sensitize youngsters to our heritage
  • 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 : awards.tht@gmail.com

 Phone : Siva Thiagarajan: 9884294494; Sivasankar Babu 9840068123

மரங்கள் போற்றுதும், ரஜனி அர்ஜுன் சங்கர், Video

மரங்கள் போற்றுதும், ரஜனி அர்ஜுன் சங்கர், 1st Feb, 2020


Tamil Heritage Trust  
presents
Trees in our Temples, Lore and Literature - மரங்கள் போற்றுதும் 
A Talk in Tamil
by
Rajani Arjun Shankar

1st  February 2020, Saturday 5:30 PM at Arkay Convention Center,
146/3 R.H.Road, OMS Lakshana (Above Shah Electronics), Mylapore, Chennai

About the Topic

Trees are important parts of our physical world, providing clean air, food, medicine, timber, and a myriad of other things. But our connection with trees goes much deeper. We worship them in temples. We describe them in our tales, proverbs, and poetry. In this talk, we look at these connections, by taking up about a dozen different species of trees, and seeing how they feature in rituals, Tamil language, and literature. 

About the Speaker

Rajani Arjun Shankar taught English, Social Studies, Sanskrit, etc. in "The School – KFI". She is deeply interested in Carnatic Music as well as Sanskrit and Tamil literature. She has compered thematic concerts and translated works from Sanskrit to English. She volunteers with Nizhal, an NGO that works towards sensitive greening of urban spaces, and often leads Tree Walks in different localities of Chennai for adults and school children.

தலைப்பு :
மரங்கள் நம் வாழ்வில் இன்றியமையாதவை.  நல்ல காற்று, உணவு, மருந்துகள், மற்றும் பல பொருட்களை தருபவை. ஆனால் மரங்களுடன் நமக்குள்ள உறவு  பயன்களோடு நிற்காமல் இன்னும் ஆழமாக செல்வது .  கோயில்களில் மரங்களை  வழிபடுகிறோம்.  நமது கதைகளிலும், பழமொழிகளிலும், கவிதைகளிலும் மரங்கள் சிறப்பான இடம் பெற்றுள்ளன. இந்த உரையில் அத்தகைய ஒரு 12 மரங்களை எடுத்துக்கொண்டு, மொழியிலும் சம்பிரதாயங்களிலும் அவை இடம்பெறுவதன் விவரங்களை அறிய முனைவோம்.

பேச்சாளர்:

ரஜனி அர்ஜுன் சங்கர் "The School - KFI" பள்ளியில் ஆசிரியராக பணியாற்றியவர்.  நிழல் என்ற அரசு சாரா தொண்டு நிறுவன அமைப்பில் தன்னார்வலராக பணியாற்றுபவர்.  சென்னையின்  வெவ்வேறு  இடங்களில், சிறுவர்களும், பெரியவர்களும் கலந்து கொள்ளும்  "Tree Walk"  நிகழ்ச்சிகளை நடத்தியுள்ளார் .  கர்நாடக இசை, ஸமஸ்க்ருதம், தமிழ்  ஆகியவற்றில் மிகுந்த ஈடுபாடு கொண்டவர். பல இசைநிகழ்ச்சிகளை ஒன்றிணைத்தவர்.  சமஸ்க்ருதத்திலிருந்து ஆங்கிலத்துக்கு பல மொழிபெயர்ப்புகளை செய்திருக்கிறார்.  

Entry for the event is FREE; No registration required. The event will also be available LIVE. For further details, please visit http://www.tamilheritage.in & https://www.facebook.com/TamilHeritageTrust.

Tamil Heritage Trust
Contact: T Ravishankar 9500074247    

கோலத்தின் பயணம் - மீனாக்‌ஷி தேவராஜ், Video


Sunday, February 9, 2020

கோலத்தின் பயணம் - மீனாக்‌ஷி தேவராஜ், 4th January 2020




தமிழ்ப் பாரம்பரிய அறக்கட்டளை
வழங்கும்   
"கோலத்தின் பயணம்"

உரை
மீனாக்‌ஷி தேவராஜ்
4th January 2020, Saturday 5:30 PM at Tamil Virtual Academy,
Gandhi Mandapam Road, Near Anna Centenary Library, Kotturpuram, Chennai 600025


தலைப்பு  பற்றி

வீட்டு வாசல்களில் கோலமிடுவது ஏன்? நம்முடைய வீட்டு வாசல்களை அழகூட்டும் கோலங்களுக்கு வரலாற்று பின்னணி உண்டா? சங்க இலக்கியங்களில் கோலங்கள் குறித்து ஏதேனும் குறிப்புகள் உண்டா? இத்தகைய கேள்விகளுக்கு விடை தேடும் முயற்சிதான் இந்த உரை.

பேச்சாளர் பற்றி

தமிழ் பண்பாடு, வரலாறு, கலாச்சாரம் மீது கொண்ட ஈடுபாட்டினால் தகவல் தொழில்நுட்பத் துறையை விடுத்து, தன்னார்வல ஆராய்ச்சியாளரான மீனாக்ஷி தேவராஜ், சங்க இலக்கியங்கள் குறித்து ஆராய்ச்சி மேற்கொண்டு வருகிறார். தமிழிலும் ஆங்கிலத்திலும் ஏராளமான கட்டுரைகள் எழுதியிருக்கிறார். கதை சொல்லியாக பல்வேறு நிகழ்ச்சிகளை முன்னின்று நடத்தியிருக்கிறார். யூடியூப் தளத்திலும் தனியொரு அலைவரிசையை நடத்திவருகிறார்.

Tamil Heritage Trust 
Presents   
Journey of Kolam

A talk in Tamil by
Meenakshi Devaraj
4th January 2020, Saturday 5:30 PM at Tamil Virtual Academy,
 Gandhi Mandapam Road, Near Anna Centenary Library, Kotturpuram, Chennai 600025

About the Talk
Does the Kolam we see every day at the entrance of our houses have a history?  Why should we adorn our entrance with Kolam?  Does Sangam Literature have any traces of it to answer these questions?  
The presentation “ கோலத்தின் பயணம்”  (Journey of Kolam) is the result of a small analysis done by the speaker, based on all these questions that floated in her mind.

About the Speaker
After a successful career in the IT industry, Meenakshi Devaraj became a home-grown historian due to the love and passion for local history and Tamil culture. She has done extensive research in Sangam Literature. She has also written many articles in English and Tami and runs a YouTube channel in her name which has a lot of easy explanations to Tamil Literature.  She has conducted many storytelling sessions as well.  

For further details, please visit 
http://www.tamilheritage.in & https://www.facebook.com/TamilHeritageTrust.  

Tamil Heritage Trust Contact: T Ravishankar 9500074247     

THT Website: http://www.tamilheritage.in 
THT Pechchu Kachcheri: http://www.thtpechchukkachcheri.wordpress.com
THT Site Seminars: http://www.thtsiteseminars.wordpress.com
THT Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TamilHeritageTrust/THT 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TamilHeritageTN

Monday, December 9, 2019

Pechu Kacheri: Pandyas - Art & History, 14-15 December 2019

There will be 10 talks covering various aspects of "Pandyas - Art & History", organized by Tamil Heritage Trust as part of the Annual Pechu Kacheri series.

Details of the speakers, topics they will be covering, live webcast link and archived videos will be available at https://thtpechchukkachcheri.wordpress.com/