Third C V Sundaram Memorial Lecture : “How can ancient India help today’s India?” by Prof. Michel Danino, JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS, 1800hrs

National Institute of Advanced Studies


Prof. Baldev Raj, Director and the Faculty at NIAS

Invite you to the



“How can ancient India help today’s India?”


Prof. Michel Danino

Guest Professor, IIT Gandhinagar


Chairperson: Prof Baldev Raj, Director, NIAS

Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 6.00 pm (Coffee/Tea: 5.30 pm) , JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS, IISc Campus, Bengaluru 560 012


Abstract: We often face in India a misconception that her ancient culture and more specifically her knowledge systems, are of no relevance to our current problems and conditions. Indeed, except perhaps in the arts, Indian culture is increasingly divorced from education and Indian life, museified and exotified in its own land.  However, when we look at Indian systems of nature conservation (including water management), medicine, lifestyle, ethics and yoga, their applicability, if not urgent necessity, is immediately apparent. Besides, India’s cultural foundations, which remain her best sociopolitical cement, hold several lessons not only for the country’s cohesion, but for an increasingly divided and polarized world, as they help us address issues of secularism and multiculturalism. This lecture will highlight some of those important ways by which ancient India could still help her present avatar.


About the Speaker:

Born in France in 1956, Michel Danino has been living in India since 1977. A student of Indian civilization and its early development, he has authored papers and books in French and English. Recent titles include The Lost River: On the Trail of the Sarasvati (Penguin India, 2010, a multidisciplinary study of the Vedic Sarasvati river) and Indian Culture and India’s Future (DK Printworld, 2011).  Michel Danino has taught and lectured at many institutions, including IIM Ranchi and several IITs. Since 2011, he has been a guest professor at IIT Gandhinagar, where he is assisting its Archaeological Sciences Centre, giving courses on Indian civilization and coordinating a course on Indian Knowledge Systems. His other interests include nature conservation and the creation of innovative educational material. He is also a member of the Indian Council of Historical Research.




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All are cordially invited

Wednesday, June 28, 2017