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Date(s) - 05/10/2023
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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The Meaning of Bharat/ India with Special Reference to Modern South Indian Literature

Raja Rao wrote that India is not a geography but a metaphor, it stands for things transcendental, Sachidananda is the goal. Right from the Rigveda the goal of Indian Literature has always been metaphysical. The Mahabharata and the Ramayana laid stress on dharma. The BhagavadGita is a metaphysical treatise synthesizing different philosophical traditions. Sri Aurobindo stated in The Renaissance in India – “India has been preeminently the land of dharma and the shastra . She searched for the inner truth and law of each human or cosmic activity,it’s dharma; that found , she laboured to cast into elaborate form and detailed law of arrangement its application in fact and rule of life. Her first period was luminous with discovery of the spirit; her second completed the discovery of the Dharma; her third elaborated in to detail the first simpler formulation of the shastra; but none was exclusive, the three elements were always present.” Sri Aurobindo goes on to state that spirituality is indeed the master-key of the Indian mind; the sense of the infinite is native to it. In his essay, BhavaniBharati, Sri Aurobindo states:

For what is a nation? What is our mother-country? It is not a piece of earth, nor a figure of speech, nor a fiction of the mind. It is a mighty Shakti, composed  of  units  that  make  up  the  nation,  just  as BhawaniMahishaMardini sprang into being from the Shakti of all the millions of gods assembled in one mass of force and welded into unity. The Shakti we call India, BhawaniBharati, is the living unity of the Shaktis of three hundred million people, but she is inactive, imprisoned in the magic circle of Tamas.. . . . . . . Read More

Call for Papers:

A  limited  number  of  participants  will  be  invited  for  the  Seminar.  Those  interested  in participating should send (preferably by email) an abstract (500 words) of the proposed paper along with their C.V. (One page) to:

1.Dr Ramaswami Subramony, Associate professor and Head, Department of English,
The Madura College, Madurai.
M: 9003925453

2.Shri Prem Chand
Librarian/Academic Resource Officer (AC), Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Rashtrapati Nivas, Shimla- 171005
Tel: 0177-2831385; +91-9816016593/9418045822 (Mobile) Email:

The last date for submission of abstract (500 words) is till 1st September  12:00 midnight.  The Institute intends to send Invitation letters to selected participants by the
1stOctober, 2023. It is the policy of the Institute to publish the papers not proceedings of the seminars it organizes. Hence, all invited participants will be expected to submit complete papers (English or Hindi), hitherto unpublished and original, with citations in
place, along with a reference section, to the Academic Resource Officer, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla– 171005 by 15th September, 2023.
The IIAS, Shimla will be glad to extend its hospitality (free hospitality is provided only to the seminar participant) during the seminar period and is willing to reimburse, if required, rail or air travel expenses from the place of current residence in India, or the port of arrival in India, and back.
Note: Plagiarism is a serious academic offence and the Institute reserves the right to cancel the selection/participation of a candidate found guilty at any stage.