IHAR-IGNCA Inaugural Conference on Indic Chronology

The IHAR-IGNCA Inaugural Conference on Indic Chronology to be held in Delhi from February 22 to 24, 2019 is thematically designed to establish the centrality of chronology in building a tenable Indic narrative. The event will bring together a broad array of institutions, scholars and intellectuals who will use an Indic framework to present chronological perspectives in multiple disciplines such as education, genetics, astronomy, Ayurveda, Sanskrit, archaeology, town planning, sanitation, economics and more.

Typically, historical narratives have been framed in the context of wars and invasions. However, the IHAR-IGNCA conference aims to go beyond the temporal dimension to encompass traditions, culture, and knowledge systems in order to present a holistic picture of the Indic civilization.

One of the biggest obstacles in the way of understanding Indian history has been the non-Indic lenses that have been applied to its narratives. Indic Itihaasa consisting of the Puranas, epics and various traditional sources in Sanskrit and other Indian languages have been largely disregarded despite being rich sources of data. A superficial understanding of Indian languages and ethos has led to misrepresentation of many Indic texts, which has often been called out by traditional scholars but has been largely ignored in academic discourse.

The Inaugural IHAR-IGNCA conference aims to not only generate a body of high-quality papers and lectures which will be compiled for future reference but to also pave the way for regional conferences in Indian languages. Today, there are many Indic scholars working in silos with little support from the government or academia. It is hoped that this conference and its future stagings will draw out such scholars from the remotest corners of India and enable them to showcase their work as well as collaborate with others to advance research.

See you in Delhi!



About IHAR

A shared sense of history and culture are the constitutive elements of individual and collective identities of citizens in a nation state. India's history and civilization have had unbroken continuity, albeit with periodic disruptions that in recent times have led to an understanding of India that is fragmented, incoherent, and incomplete. Given the giant strides of knowledge systems and ever improving tools of investigating the past, there is a need to collect, collate, interpret, and integrate new knowledge into India's history, while being respectfully inclusive of India's own recorded and oral traditions. It is this motivating vision that guides IHAR in it's public service, education, and research.



About IGNCA

The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts is a centre encompassing the study and experience of all the arts – each form with its own integrity, yet within a dimension of mutual interdependence, interrelated with nature, social structure and cosmology. It partakes of the holistic worldview so powerfully articulated throughout Indian tradition. The arts are here understood to comprise the fields of creative and critical literature, written and oral; the visual arts, ranging from architecture, sculpture, painting and graphics to general material culture, photography and film; the performing arts of music, dance and theatre in their broadest connotation; and all else in fairs, festivals and lifestyle that has an artistic dimension. Through diverse programmes of research, publication, training, creative activities and performance, the IGNCA seeks to place the arts within the context of the natural and human environment.


Conference Schedule

SESSION TIME PRESENTER PAPER TOPICS SESSION TOPICS
22-Feb-2019 DAY 1
08:00AM-09:00AM REGISTRATION + TEA /SNACKS
09:00AM-09:30AM OPENING CEREMONY & INAUGUAL ADDRESS - Dr. PADMA SUBRAHMANYAM , Dr. SACHCHIDANAND JOSHI, Dr. SUBROTO GANGOPADHYAY
09:30AM-10:00AM GLIMPSES OF VEDIC EDUCATION (KERALIYA ANYONYAM)
10:30AM-11:00AM PLENARY - Prof. KAPIL KAPOOR TO BE DECIDED
11:00AM-11:30AM KEYNOTE 1 - Prof. DILIP CHAKRABARTI The Study of Ancient India in Modern India : A Sociopolitical Perspective
SESSION 00-1 11:30 AM-12:00 PM Prof. PIYUSHKANT DIKSHIT भारतविद्याप्रयोजनदर्शनम्
12:00 PM-12:30 PM KEYNOTE 2 - Prof. VN JHA Role of VADA in Nyaya Darshan
12:45PM-01:30 PM LUNCH BREAK
SESSION 1A-1 01:15PM-01:45PM Shri. SASTRY YANAMANDRA Pandit Kota Venkatachalam’s Work In Re-Constructing Indic Chronology from Primary Sources PANDIT KOTA VENKATACHALAM MEMORIAL SESSION
CHAIR: Prof. SARADINDU MUKHERJI
SESSION 1A-2 01:45PM-02:15PM Shri. MANOGNA SASTRY AND Shri. MEGH KALYANASUNDARAM The B of ABC of Indian Chronology: Dating Buddha’s Parinirvāṇa, A critique of Heinz Bechert’s Echo Chamber
SESSION 1A-3 02:15PM-02:45PM Shri. VEDVEER ARYA The Epoch of Buddha Nirvana (1865 BCE)
SESSION 1A-4 02:45PM-03:15PM Smt. SUMEDHA VERMA OJHA Problems in the Chronology of the Mauryan Kings Chandragupta and Ashoka; Framing the Issue
03:15PM-03:30PM TEA BREAK (POSTER SESSIONS)
03:30PM-05:00PM PANEL DISCUSSION1: SYSTEMS OF INQUIRY
CHAIR : Dr. SARITA SESHAGIRI
Dr. VISHWA ADLURI, Dr. JOYDEEP BAGCHEE, Dr. SUDHIR LALL, Shri. NEERAJ ATRI
05:00PM-07:00PM BREAK
07:00PM-08:00PM SOCIAL HOUR
08:00PM-09:00PM DINNER
SESSION TIME PRESENTER PAPER TOPICS SESSION TOPICS
12:30PM-01:15 PM LUNCH BREAK
SESSION 1B-1 01:15PM-01:45PM Shri. JIJITH NADUMURI RAVI Travel Narratives in the Mahabharata MAHABHARATA PERIODIZATION
(CHAIR: Dr. JOYDEEP BAGCHEE)
SESSION 1B-2 01:45PM-02:15PM Dr. B.S.HARISHANKAR Second Urbanization, Mahabharata and India’s Intellectual Tradition: Recent Perspectives
SESSION 1B-3 02:15PM-02:45PM Shri. SHIVAKUMAR BELAVADI Abhimanyu Effect – a new understanding combining ancient wisdom and modern sciences
SESSION 1B-4 02:45PM-03:15PM Dr. M.L.RAJA Astronomical Evidence of the date of Mahabharata War
03:15PM-03:30PM TEA BREAK
SESSION TIME PRESENTER PAPER TOPICS SESSION TOPICS
SESSION 1C-1 01:15PM-01:45PM Shri. MRUGENDRA VINOD/ Dr. SRIPAD GHALIGI New Discovery of Yavanas/ Insights into Antiquity of Yoga SPL SESSION: IDEAS, CONCEPTS AND THEMES
(CHAIR: I Dr. LAXMI INUKONDA)
(CHAIR 2: Dr. SUDHIR KUMAR)
SESSION 1C-2 01:45PM-02:15PM Dr. T. GANESAN, Dr. SAS SARMA/ Dr. NANDINI MURALI Chronology of Saiva Religion/ Sthala Purana of Andal Temple
SESSION 1C-3 02:15PM-02:45PM Dr. R. SUBRAMONY/ Dr. S. RUKMINI Arunachal Purana/ Impact of Indic knowledge on Modern Education
SESSION 1C-4 02:45PM-03:15PM Shri. M. DAMODHAR RAO Date of Buddha 1634 BCE. How Europeans distorted Bharat History.
03:15PM-03:30PM TEA BREAK
SESSION TIME PRESENTER PAPER TOPICS SESSION TOPICS
23-Feb-2019 DAY 2
SESSION 2A-1 09:00AM-09:30AM Dr. ANIL SURI The Beginnings of Indian Agriculture INDIC ANTIQUITIES
CHAIR: Dr. B.S. HARISHANKAR
SESSION 2A-2 09:30AM-10:00AM Shri. SRINJOY ROY CHOUDHURY Time Frame of Vedic Civilization: Reality or Mystery
SESSION 2A-3 10:00AM-10:30AM Smt. RUPA BHATY Antiquity of Indic Civilization Based On Agastya Evidence
10:30AM-11:00AM TEA BREAK
11:00AM-11:30AM KEYNOTE 3 - Prof. GAYA CHARAN TRIPATHI REVISTING THE DATE OF RIGVEDA
11:30AM-12:00PM KEYNOTE 4 - Prof. KS KANNAN TO BE DECIDED
12:00PM-12:30PM KEYNOTE 5 - Dr. VISHWA ADLURI THE PRISON OF HISTORY
12:30PM-01:15 PM LUNCH BREAK
SESSION 3A-1 01:15PM-01:45PM Shri. SUDARSHAN T.NADATHUR 108 “Deliberate” Methodological Fallacies in South Asian Population Genetics DEBUNKING, DECODING, GENETICS: ISSUES IN METHODOLOGY
(CHAIR: Shri. NILESH OAK)
SESSION 3A-2 01:45PM-02:15PM Shri. ANKIT SHAW Validating the Date of Lord Ram’s Birth using Astronomy and Astrology
SESSION 3A-3 02:15PM-02:45PM Shri. WIM BORSBOOM Reverse Engineering the Western Alphabet: How and When the Western Alphabet's Sequence of Letter Phonemes was Modelled after an Ancient Indian Abugida
02:45PM-03:15PM TEA BREAK
03:15PM-03:45PM KEYNOTE 6 - Dr. MADHU KHANNA GENEALOGY, HISTORY & CULTURE: SOME INSIGHTS OF RECONSTRUCTING REGIONAL HISTORY OF MITHILA
05:45PM-06:30PM BREAK
06:30PM-08:00PM MUSIC IN ANTIQUITY: THE STORY OF VEENA Dr. JAYANTHI KUMARESH (VINA), Shri. KUMARESH RAJAGOPALAN (VIOLIN), Shri. JAYACHANDRA RAO (MRIDANGAM), Shri. SANKAARARAMAN KRISHNASWAMY (GHATAM)
08:00PM-09:00PM DINNER
SESSION TIME PRESENTER PAPER TOPICS SESSION TOPICS
23-Feb-2019 DAY 2
SESSION 2B-1 09:00AM-09:30AM Shri. RAJNISH MISHRA Chronology or Configuration: Issues in Vaak in Philosophy of BharÅtÅhari SEARCH FOR GROUNDED STRUCTURES
(CHAIR: Dr. GAYACHARAN TRIPATHI)
SESSION 2B-2 09:30AM-10:00AM Shri. AMAN GOPAL SUREKA The Ripples of Time :: Chronicling Ancient Board Games
SESSION 2B-3 10:00AM-10:30AM Shri. RAVI SAXENA Interrogating the Brahminical Discourses of Subaltern Studies: Some Reflections
12:30PM-01:15PM LUNCH
SESSION 3B-1 01:15PM-01:45PM Smt. SAHANA SINGH Chronology of Sanitation in India – What Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Must Learn From History ANCIENT CULTURAL LANDSCAPES
CHAIR: Prof. JOY SEN
SESSION 3B-2 01:45PM-02:15PM Dr. JAYAN ERANCHERI Temple Architecture and Rituals of Kerala:Tradition and Culture Corpus
SESSION 3B-3 02:15PM-02:45PM Prof. JOY SEN, Smt. TANIMA BHATTACHARYA An Exploration based on the triad of Syntax, Semantics, and Semiotics: Case study of few chosen Indus valley seals and petroglyphs
02:45PM-03:15PM TEA BREAK
03:45PM-05:45PM PANEL DISCUSSION2: IDENTITIES & RIGHTS IN CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC
CHAIR: Dr. SARATH MENON
Shri. J SAI DEEPAK, Shri. VIVEK AGNIHOTRI, Shri. RAJEEV SREENIVASAN, Shri. ARIHANT PAWARIYA, Shri. SANJAY DIXIT
05:45PM-06:30PM BREAK
SESSION TIME PRESENTER PAPER TOPICS SESSION TOPICS
23-Feb-2019 DAY 2
SESSION 2C-1 09:00AM-09:30AM Shri. MOHAN RAGHAVAN Using Immutable Cultural Facets to establish Unity and Continuity of Indic Cultural Chronology: A Case Study INDIA - ANTIQUITY & CONTINUITY
CHAIR: Dr. SHIVASHANKAR SASTRY
SESSION 2C-2 09:30AM-10:00AM Shri. WIM BORSBOOM Out of India - By Land or by Sea? A Paradigm Shift in Ancient Migration Theories
SESSION 2C-3 10:00AM-10:30AM Smt. ARPITA MITRA Devi Worship: Deep Continuities in Indian History
10:30AM-11:00AM TEA BREAK
12:30PM-01:15PM LUNCH BREAK
SESSION 3C-1 01:15PM-01:45PM Shri. RAJEEV SREENIVASAN Strategic Imperatives, False Chronologies and Hurdles that confront an Indic Grand Narrative RESTORING INDIGENOUS PARADIGMS (CHAIR: Dr. VISHWA ADLURI)
SESSION 3C-2 01:45AM-02:15PM Dr. SHIVSHANKAR SASTRY Revising Western Indologists’ Chronology
SESSION 3C-3 02:15PM-02:45 PM Dr. KOTRA KRISHNA MOHAN AND Dr. SHASHI KIRAN REDDY Indic Science of Consciousness: Chronological Relevance to the Indic Knowledge Traditions and Modern Science
02:45PM-03:15PM TEA BREAK
03:45PM-04:45PM PANEL DISCUSSION3: SYSTEMS OF INQUIRY Dr. SUSHMA JATOO, Prof. GIRISH NATH JHA, Prof. HEERAMAN TIWARI, Dr. VIRENDRA BANGROO
04:45PM-05:45PM PANEL DISCUSSION4: SHASTRA CHARCA IN SANSKRIT Dr. ABHIJIT DIXIT, Dr. ARVIND SHARMA, Dr. MANI SHANKAR DWIVEDI, Dr. INDRESH SHUKLA, Dr. KRISHNA MISHRA
05:45PM-06:30PM BREAK
SESSION TIME PRESENTER PAPER TOPICS SESSION TOPICS
08:30AM-09:30AM TO BE DECIDED
09:30AM-10:00AM KEYNOTE 7 - Dr. CK RAJU INDIAN CHRONOLOGY: RIGHTING THE WRONG WITHOUT WRONGING THE RIGHT
10:00AM-10:30AM KEYNOTE 8 - Prof. JOY SEN Exploring ‘Tree’ – a 3-D design prototype - a network of seed (core) and ramification (periphery)
10:30AM-11:00AM KEYNOTE 9 - Shri. WIM BORSBOOM TO BE DECIDED
11:00AM-11:30AM TEA BREAK
11:30AM-12:00PM KEYNOTE 10 - Dr. BIZAY SONKAR SHASTRI TO BE DECIDED
SESSION 4A-1 12:00PM-12:30PM Shri. RAMPRASAD SOGHAL Archeological Evidence supporting “DeviChandraguptam”, which establishes the ascension of Chandragupta2 of Guptas CHAIR: Prof. KAMALESH DATTA TRIPATHI
SESSION 4A-2 12:30PM-01:00PM Prof. RAMAKANT ANGIRAS Bhaartiya chintan mein kaala- mimaansaa kaa swaroop (भारतीय विन्तन में काल-मीमाांसा का स्वरूप)
SESSION 4A-3 01:00PM-01:30PM Smt. MANOSHI SINHA Victories of Indian Warriors against Islamic Invasion and Rule from 8th to 18th Century.
01:30PM-02:00PM CLOSING CEREMONY - SUDHIR LALL/Prof. KAMALESH DATTA TRIPATHI (VALEDICTORY ADDRESS) DR. SUBROTO GANGOPADHYAY (VOTE OF THANKS) (PATH FORWARD)
02:00PM-02:45PM LUNCH BREAK
SESSION TIME PRESENTER PAPER TOPICS SESSION TOPICS
SESSION 4B-1 12:00PM-12:30PM Shri. AMAR TRIVEDI Breaking the Colonial ‘Mindcuffs’- How Language has controlled the Hindu Psyche HISTORY THROUGH THE PRISM OF LANGUAGE & SCIENCE
CHAIR: Shri. WIM BORSBOOM
SESSION 4B-2 12:30PM-01:00PM Prof. JOY SEN Antiquity of Varanasi
SESSION 4B-3 01:00PM-01:30PM Shri. NILESH NILKANTH OAK Historical Glimpses of Indic Civilization
01:30PM-02:00PM CLOSING CEREMONY
02:00PM-02:45PM LUNCH BREAK
02:45PM-04:45PM SCHOLARS' RETREAT
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS
(10 TABLES OF 6-8 SCHOLARS)
Intense discussions on various aspects of history. Key questions asked by the anchor of the session will be tackled by scholars, who will be seated around roundtables. The discussions will be summarized by interlocuters at each table. Several rounds of questions will be asked in order to drill down to the most critical issues.
The key objectives of this roundtable will be:
1) Strengthening Sanskritic lenses for framing narratives
2) Developing new research initiatives and research grant proposals,
3) Empowering traditional and regional language scholars
An outcome document will be prepared on the basis of recommendations and conclusions that ensue from these roundtable discussions, which will be presented to policy makers.
04:45PM-05:15PM TEA BREAK
05:15PM-06:45PM MEDIA/PRESS CONFERENCE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE MEDIA CO-ORDINATOR
Smt. SAHANA SINGH
SESSION TIME PRESENTER PAPER TOPICS SESSION TOPICS
SESSION 4C-1 12:00PM-12:30PM Dr. K. GOPINATH The Impact of Kashmir Shaivism on the Indic universe: a chronological perspective PERSPECTIVES ON INDIC CHRONOLOGY
SESSION 4C-2 12:30PM-01:00PM Smt. KAUSIKI CHEBBEYAM Addressing Some Discrepancies in the Chronology of Ancient Indian History : The Era of Yudhishtira and the Era of the Sakas
SESSION 4C-3 01:00PM-01:30PM Dr. SITARAM AYYAGARI Indic Chronology Through the Vedic Rituals
01:30PM-02:00PM CLOSING CEREMONY
02:00PM-02:45PM LUNCH BREAK