Dr Sampadananda Mishra, Director, Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Indian Culture (SAFIC), a unit of Sri Aurobindo Society, was chosen and sent by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, to attend the International Conference on Swami Vivekananda, titled ‘Reassessing the Man and His Contribution’ at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. The seminar was organized by the collaborative efforts of Indian Council for Cultural Relation, Ministry of Culture, Government of India and National Centre of South Asian Studies, Monash University, Melbourne from February 21 to 23, 2014. At the conference, Dr Mishra spoke on the topic, ‘Character-building and Service to the Humanity in the Light of Swamiji’s Practical Vedanta’. The conference was attended by a number of scholars from various parts of the globe and six scholars were representing India.
While Dr Mishra was in Melbourne, he was also invited by the members of School of Philosophy to talk on the practical value of Sanskrit on February 20 and on the practical value of the Bhagwad Gita on February 22. Both the talks were attended by 35 or more members of the School of Philosophy, Melbourne.
SAFIC at Auroville
SAFIC organized an exhibition on Sanskrit—UJJEEVANAM—at the Kalakendra of Bharat Nivas, Auroville. This was inaugurated by His Excellency, Lt. Governor of Puducherry, Sri Virendra Kataria on February 27, 2014. The exhibition focused on many interesting facts about Sanskrit, its rich scientific heritage and use of the language in daily life. The exhibition was open to all from February 27 to March 5.
Dr Sampadananda Mishra also conducted a one-day workshop on March 1, at Bharat Nivas themed ‘Magic and Logic of Sanskrit’. He also gave a talk on the association of Sanskrit and south Indian languages on March 4, also at Bharat Nivas.
Prema Nirjharini—Music Programme
SAFIC also organized a musical programme—‘Prema Nirjharini’—on February 28 evening, offered by the Temple of Fine Arts (TFA)—a cultural and service-oriented non-profit organization, Coimbatore. The programme was a mixture of Indian instrumental and vocal offerings, including sitar recital by S. M. Anand, music teacher and performer, accompanied by Augustine Paul on tabla. Anusha K. Gayathri, another member of the TFA, gave a vocal performance. Vedasruthi Radhakrishnan joined S. M. Anand in a duet recital on Sitar. These were followed by a ‘Bhajan’ (prayer song) dedicated to the Mother. The programme had started with an introduction by Shivakumar and ended with all the artists receiving ‘prasadam’ as a token of love and blessing from Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.