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Monday, May 25, 2020

Baolis by Vikramjit Rooprai, Saturday, June 6th, 5:30 PM


Tamil Heritage Trust 
Presents   
The Baolis of Delhi

A talk in English by
Vikramjit Rooprai
6th June 2020, Saturday 5:30 PM 

Kindly register for the online lecture here

About the Talk
Over the centuries, there have been many Delhis which served as the capital of various empires.  Stepwells or baolisplayed an important role in meeting the water requirements of the residents of these cities.    
The baolis were built in interesting shapes; many were three or four stories deep. Some were richly decorated.  Some had secret tunnels leading from them.  And all of them carried fascinating stories – about kings and saints and ordinary citizens.  
For example, do you know that:  
- The waters of a particular baoli was said to be so miraculous that you could light lamps with it?
- A baoli served as a jail to the top commanders of Netaji Subhas Bose’ Indian National Army?
- A popular baoli - featured in Aamir Khan’s movie PK - has an origin legend that dates back to the Mahabharata?

- At a certain baoli, people even today light lamps to worship djinns?


Vikramjit S Rooprai has written a book Delhi Heritage Top 10:  Baolis, a fascinating account of a handful of Delhi’s numerous stepwells.  The book is based on over five years of research. It stayed in the Top 10 on Amazon (Travel Illustrated Category) for long after the launch and went into reprint within 2 months of release, turning him into a Bestselling Debut Author.

In his talk, he plans to introduce us to the concept of the stepwells and then take us on a grand journey through the centuries as we visit some of the best baolis in the city. We will learn of the architecture, the formal history, the folklore associated with them and the current state of each of these baolis. 

About the Speaker

Vikramjit S Rooprai is an Author, Educator and Historian and Activist, who has developed creative ways to teach conventional subjects. He started researching Delhi’s Heritage in 2009 while he was still an IT professional and entrepreneur. He founded ‘The Heritage Photography Club’ to promote Indian heritage through travel & photography.  In 2015, he left his digital marketing career and turned into an Educator. He established 'Heritageshaala', where his team sets up Heritage Labs in schools and develops programs for Corporates, Teachers and Students to learn through events from history. He has been instrumental in setting up and managing www.monumentsofdelhi.com.

He has been an Auditor for UNESCO and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and Education Quality Foundation of India. He has delivered 5 TEDx talks so far, 3 of which revolve around the education system of India.  He has been invited to speak at events in IIT and IIM and is currently a visiting faculty at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi.  
Vikramjit was listed by India Today Magazine as Changemaker of Delhi.  Hindustan Times & Outlook Traveller ranked his portal on Delhi’s monuments and his Twitter/Instagram handle in top 10 sources of Delhi’s Heritage. Times Now and Economic times titled him as a Good Crusader and featured him in their series of Whistle-blowers.
You can read more about him and his wide range of initiatives and achievements at www.vikramjits.com.

Tamil Heritage Trust Contact: T Ravishankar 9500074247     
THT Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TamilHeritageTrust/THT 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TamilHeritageTN


Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Potpourri Heritage Lectures by Seva Trust!

Badri Seshadri on Vettuvan Kovil, Vallabha Srinivasan on Pullamangai, and Gopu on Kanchi Kailasanatha Temple.

Badri Seshadri on Vettuvan Kovil


Vallabha Srinivasan on Pullamangai


Gopu on Kanchi Kailasanatha Temple



Friday, April 24, 2020

The Sun Temple at Modhera, Gujarat by Shyam Raman



Tamil Heritage Trust  
presents
The Sun Temple at Modhera, Gujarat 
(குஜரத் மோதேராவின் சூரியனார் கோயில்)
by
Shyam Raman - ஷியாம் ராமன்

A Digital Lecture
2nd May 2020, Saturday 5:30 PM.
Youtube link will be shared via Facebook, WhatsApp and THT Website on the day of the digital lecture

About the Topic

The Sun Temple at Modhera, Gujarat is one of the gems of temple architecture in India.  It was built in the early 11th century by the Solanki king Bhimadeva.  Though it is partially in ruins, the ASI under whose protection it now resides, has helped it retain much of its glory.  The temple, its free standing ranga mandapa, the Torana and the Kunda (Tank) together have an ‘amazing profusion of magnificently carved gods and goddesses’.  The exquisite sculptures of the twelve adityas, the twelve gauris, the eight dikpalas adorning the external walls of the temple have made the temple world famous. 

The talk will describe the highlights of this splendid monument.  The talk will be in English. 

About the Speaker

Shyam is an executive in a Chennai based conglomerate and is keenly involved in the activities of Tamil Heritage Trust.

தலைப்பு:

குஜரத் மோதேராவில் உள்ள சூரியனார் கோயிலை இந்திய கோயில் கட்டுமான கலையின் ஒரு ரத்தினம் எனலாம்பதினோறாம் நூற்றாண்டு ஆரம்பத்தில் சோலங்கி வம்சமன்னர் பீமதேவரால் அக்கோயில் கட்டப்பட்டது. தற்போது சிலபகுதிகள் சிதிலமடைந்திருந்தாலும், கோயில் இந்திய தொல்பொருள்ஆய்வகத்தின் கட்டுப்பாட்டுக்குள் இருப்பதால் அதன் பொலிவு மேலும் சீர்குலையாமல் பாதுகாக்கப் படுகிறதுகோயில், வெளியில் உள்ள ரங்க மண்டபம், தோரணவாயில் மற்றும் குளச்சுவர்களில் 
சிறப்பாக செதுக்கப் பட்ட வியத்தகு தெய்வ சிற்பங்கள் காணப்படுகின்றன. வெளிச்சுவற்றில் மிக அழகாக விளங்கும் பன்னிரு ஆதித்யர்கள், பன்னிரு கௌரிகள், எண்திசை தெய்வங்கள் இக்கோயிலை உலகப்புகழ் பெற வைப்பவைஇவ்அற்புதமான கோயிலின் சிறப்பம்சங்களை விளக்கும் இந்தச் சொற்பொழிவு ஆங்கிலத்தில் அமையும்.

பேச்சாளர்:

ஷியாம் சென்னையிலுள்ள கூட்டு நிறுவனத்தில் நிர்வாகியாக பணிபுரிந்து வருகிறார்தமிழ்ப் பாரம்பரிய அறக்கட்டளையின் 
செயர்குழுவில் ஆர்வத்துடன் பணியாற்றுபவர்

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    

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Chola Site Seminar, Kumbakonam, 2020, Preparatory Talk Videos by Participants

Chola Site Seminar, Kumbakonam, Preparatory Talk Videos, 2020



Sharada Chandrasekhar on Melakkadambur Karakkoyil


Mangai Muthukumaran on the history of Sangam Cholas



J Ramki on some Chola Temples in and around Mayiladuthurai




Siva Thiagarajan on Rajarajaeswaram (Thanjavur Big Temple)




Viswanathan on Thukachi, Thiruvalanjuzhi and Manambadi




VK Srinivasan on Chola Meikeerthis. Read out by Badri.





Kishore Mahadevan on Nageswaran Kovil, Kumbakonam.





Sowndararajan on "Commerce, Taxation and Law during the Chola Period"



Prof Sivaramakrishnan on "Appreciating Chola Miniatures"








Sunday, March 29, 2020

Culturescaping by Prof. Swaminathan, 4th April 2020, Video



Tamil Heritage Trust  
presents

Culturescaping - கலாச்சாரவடிவுக்கலை 
by
Professor Swaminathan - பேராசிரியர் சுவாமிநாதன்

A Digital Lecture
4th April 2020, Saturday 5:30 PM.
Youtube link will be shared via Email, Facebook, WhatsApp and THT Website on the day of the digital lecture

About the Topic

Landscaping modifies the visible features of an area of land to make it appealing. Culturescaping, in addition, attempts to sensitise public towards our heritage, a bio-aesthetic, spiritual, religious, ecological approach to landscaping. This is but feeling our culture in every step. Covering space to uncover our past, Turning idle minutes into enchanting moments, Let us have yesterday, Ode to our multi-faceted culture, Rhythm, harmony and balance, … and peace, are some  interesting themes.
Culturescaping as Sanga-ch-cholai is an attempt to celebrate our 2000-year old heritage where nature around the people provided substance for literary metaphor. agath-th-thottam and purath-th-thottam celebrate the literary expressions synergising both nature and literature inspired by it, for a visual, emotional and literary treat two millenia later! Similarly yappu-th-thoppu would be an orchard consisting mango (sweet and sour), vila and vilva trees, for these trees form the basis for the mimetic mnemonics in Tamil prosody. Lastly, a flower garden with the 99 plants mentioned in the kurinji-p-pattu by kapilar.

About the Speaker

Professor Swaminathan had a thriving career as a faculty member in IIT Delhi, a premier engineering institution in India.  He sought voluntary retirement, first to work in the Integrated Rural Technology Centre in Kerala and then moved full time into Culture and Heritage. He first established Sudarsanam in Pudukkottai to document the heritage of Pudukkottai, his hometown.  Subsequently, he was instrumental in establishing the Tamil Heritage Trust in Chennai and remains it founder chairman.

தலைப்பு:

நிலவடிவுக்கலை (Landscaping) ஓரிடத்தின் காட்சியமைப்பை மேம்படுத்துகிறது.     கலாச்சாரவடிவுக்கலை (Culturescaping) கூடுதலாக பாரம்பரியம்உயிர் அழகியல்ஆன்மீகம்மதம் மற்றும் சூழலியல் மூலம் நிலவடிவுக்கலையை அணுகுகிறது. இதன் ஒவ்வொரு அடியிலும் நம் கலாச்சாரத்தை உணரலாம். வெற்று இடங்களை மாற்றி நம் கடந்த காலம் பற்றிய நினைவுகளைசெயலற்ற கணங்களில் நேற்றைய சாதனைகளை,  ன்முகத் தன்மை கொண்ட நம் கலாச்சார பாடல்கள் மற்றும் அவற்றில் ஒத்திசைந்த தாளம்நல்லிணக்கம்சமநிலை மற்றும் சமாதானம் முதலியவற்றைகலாச்சாரவடிவுக்கலை வழியாக வெளிப்படுத்த முடியும்.

சங்கச்சோலை எனும் கலாச்சாரவடிவுக்கலைநம் இரண்டாயிர வருட பாரம்பரியத்தையும்அதில் இயற்கைச்சூழல் எவ்வாறு இலக்கிய உருவகங்களுக்கு வழிகோலியது என்பதையும் கொண்டாடுகிறது. அகத்தோட்டம் மற்றும் புறத்தோட்டம் போன்றவை இயற்கையும்அதனோடு  ஒருங்கிணைந்த இலக்கிய வெளிப்பாடும் நம் கண்கள்புலன்கள் மற்றும் ரசனைக்கு விருந்தாகமுடியும். இதைப்போல் யாப்புத் தோப்பு என்ற பழத்தோட்டம் தேமாவும்புளிமாவும்விளாமும்வில்வமும் உள்ளடக்கியிருக்கும். இம்மரங்கள்தானே தமிழின் சீர் மற்றும் யாப்பிலக்கணத்தின் அடிப்படையாக விளங்குகின்றன! கடைசியாக கபிலர் குறிஞ்சிப் பாட்டில் கூறிய தொன்னூற்று ஒன்பது தாவரங்களைக் கொண்ட பூந்தோட்டமும் இதில் ஒன்றே.

பேச்சாளர்:

பேராசிரியர் சுவாமிநாதன் இன்று இந்தியாவின் தலை சிறந்த பொறியியல் கல்லூரி நிறுவனங்களில் ஒன்றான புது தில்லி இந்திய தொழில்நுட்ப கல்லூரியில் சிறப்பாக ஆசிரிய பணிபுரிந்தவர். அதிலிருந்து தன்னார்வ ஓய்வு பெற்று பின்னர் கேரளாவில் உள்ள ஒருங்கிணைந்த கிராமப்புற தொழில்நுட்ப மையத்தில் பணி செய்து,  அதன் பின் முழுநேரமாக இந்திய கலாச்சாரம்  மற்றும் பாரம்பரியத்தை மக்களுக்கு கொண்டு செல்லும் செயல்களில் ஈடுபடலானார்.  அவருடையசொந்த ஊரான புதுக்கோட்டையின் பாரம்பரியத்தை ஆவணப்படுத்த சுதர்சனம் என்ற அமைப்பை உருவாக்கியிருக்கிறார்சென்னையில் தமிழ்ப் பாரம்பரிய அறக்கட்டளையைத் தொடங்கிஅதன் தலைவராகவும் இருக்கிறார். 

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    

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Story of Scripts - Professor Swaminathan -- Delivered at Badri Seshadri's Office (9 Videos)


Story of Scripts
Professor Swaminathan
(Mottai Maadi Koottam - Badri's Office, Eldams Road, 2011)

A series of nine video lectures on how writing has evolved around the world.  

PART - 1


PART - 2


PART - 3


PART - 4


PART - 5


PART - 6


PART - 7


PART - 8


PART - 9





Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Tamil Heritage Trust

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, retired Professor of Mechanical Engineering, IIT-Delhi, and Dr. Badri Seshadri, a well-known publisher, entrepreneur and heritage enthusiast.

At THT, we are all volunteers with a common interest in Indian heritage. Our passion is to communicate its richness and beauty to everyone around us. Our Monthly Talks and Pechu Kacheri programs are free for all.  Site Seminars, Mamallapuram Study Tours and other workshops have a nominal charge to cover the costs.  We do not levy a membership or subscription fees. Aṣ a non-profit organization, we are supported by sponsorships and donations from heritage enthusiasts. 

Our mission is to get you interested in Indian heritage.  If you are already attracted to this subject, we provide you with an enthusiastic community for sharing your ideas and learning.

We have a range of activities: 
  • Monthly Talk 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
  • Regular workshops on “How to See a Temple” and “How to See a Museum”
  • Annual Site Seminars – weeklong tours to important heritage sites of India
  • Lectures at schools to sensitize children on our heritage
  • Support TN Government’s culture and tourism departments in their efforts towards promoting Indian heritage

Monday, March 23, 2020

Founder Prof. Swaminathan








(DD Interview of Professor Swaminathan by Gopu - Video)

The time has come, the Walrus said, to talk of many things
Of shoes and ships and sealing wax and cabbages and kings.
-   from The Walrus and the Carpenter, by Lewis Carroll

Unlike the walrus, few people can talk of such a variety of things.  Prof Swaminathan can talk of shoes and socks in Ajanta paintings, ships that sailed between England and India, the Fibonacci patterns of leaves in cabbages, and many a king including Mahendra Varma Pallava, - the maverick who called himself Vichitrachitta, the innovative and exotic thinker who unleashed the era of sculptures and architecture in Tamil country. If you had studied mechanical engineering in IIT Delhi, I am sure I would have heard him speak about sealing wax, too.

To talk about such a variety of things, one must first have an abundant curiosity and the intellectual discipline to understand what they have to offer. In short he must be an AtyantaKaamaand a TattvaVedi.

Our VichitraChitthaSwaminathan can not only talk about them, but talk about them in intersting ways, and provoke the listener’s curiosity and instigate a sense of wonder. 

Most Indians, unlike Isaac Newton, stand not on the shoulders of giants, but surrounded by the wonders wrought upon this many splendored land by innumerable generations of giants, intellectual artistic and indefatigable. Sadly most of us see this treasure trove not with eyes not always appreciative but sometimes ignorant, often apathetic, even blasé. Even the curious and the restless among us, often need a spark, a shaft of light, a steady lamp to look long and deep and absorb the essence of such wonders, waiting to be discovered. Such a spark, a lighthouse is Swaminathan.

Professor Swaminathan had a thriving career as a faculty member in IIT Delhi, a premier engineering institution in India.  He sought voluntary retirement, first to work in the Integrated Rural Technology Centre in Kerala and then moved full time into Culture and Heritage.  He first established Sudarsanam in Pudukkottai to document the heritage of Pudukkottai, his hometown.  Subsequently, he was instrumental in establishing the Tamil Heritage Trust in Chennai and remains it founder chairman.