Source QUEBEC, CANADA, May 30, 2019 (The Hindu by Priyamvada Sankar): It has been a saga of 50 years as I adopted the country, which gave back to me generously. Within a few weeks of my arrival in North America, as a new bride, thanks to the contacts of ...

How Bharata Natyam Came to Montreal


QUEBEC, CANADA, May 30, 2019 (The Hindu by Priyamvada Sankar): It has been a saga of 50 years as I adopted the country, which gave back to me generously. Within a few weeks of my arrival in North America, as a new bride, thanks to the contacts of my father Dr. V. Raghavan, I was invited by the Syracuse University and the Colgate University, both situated in upper New York State and renowned for their Music and Dance as well as Sanskrit study departments. My performances -- both lecture-demonstrations and Bharatanatyam were well received by the audience, from the U.S. and Canada. After that there was no looking back, as the cliche goes. A student of legend Balasaraswati, I began in a small way starting a school for Bharatanatyam. Soon I started the Priyamvada Sankar School of Bharata Natyam in Montreal in the Fall of 1968. The first of its kind in Montreal.

The silver jubilee of the Priyamvada Sankar School of Bharata Natyam was celebrated in 1994 with shows at different venues in Greater Montreal. Our school continues to engage with other cultural communities and we are regularly invited by the Jewish schools, African, Italian and Greek communities, Church organizations, Bahai, Buddhist and other religious groups. It is with humility that I have to state here that I'm the longest serving member of the Interfaith Council of Montreal I was humbled when I was conferred Order of Merit by the Brossard City and the National Association for Canadians of Indian Origin (NACOI) honored me as the Outstanding Indo-Canadian. The Government of Quebec awarded the Medal of the National Assembly. It was an honor to be a member of Montreal elite, chosen to meet the Dalai Lama during his visit to Canada.

Much more at "source" above.

Why Koenraad Elst Is Important for Hindutva


U.S., MAY 7, 2019 (Swarajyamag by Aravindan Neelakandan): Belgian Indologist Dr. Koenraad Elst is a dangerous scholar. With a cruel pleasure the establishment media and mediocre scholars bracket him with crackpots and zealots. Interestingly, both the establishment Hindutva side (as far as that exists) as well as the newly emerging Internet Hindutva types are not exactly comfortable with him. Nevertheless, when the dust settles, his books will stand as invaluable testimony and source to express the Hindutva side of things in the most honest manner possible. Blunt but honest. His latest book "Still No Trace of an Aryan Invasion" ( Aryan Books International, 2018) is a significant addition to the Aryan invasion/migration (AIT/AMT) and out-of-India theory (OIT) debates. There are 30 essays in this collection. These include in-depth analyses of issues related to caste, ethnicity and race, and book reviews, and rejoinders.

An in-depth review can be read at "source".


Daily Inspiration


Only two kinds of people can attain self-knowledge: those who are not encumbered at all with learning, that is to say, whose minds are not over-crowded with thoughts borrowed from others; and those who, after studying all the scriptures and sciences, have come to realize that they know nothing.
-- Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886), famed guru of Swami Vivekananda

Fifth International Conference Mount Kailash Held in Germany


HAMBURG, GERMANY, June 10, 2019 (Universitat Hamburg): Mt. Kailash in the far west of Tibet is one of the holiest mountains in the world, revered by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Boenpo. During the last two decades, also Westerners set out for this remote region. Improved infrastructure and more liberal issuing of permits let their number and very much that of Indian pilgrims increase on a large scale. In addition to traditional rules for Tibetan and Indian pilgrims, new regulations to preserve the landscape of Mt. Kailash and neighboring pilgrimage sites were put into force. New observations and explorations in the region of Mt. Kailash and surrounding pilgrimage sites were reported in recent publications and since 2014 discussed in international conferences on the phenomenon of the holy Mt. Kailash.

Another international Kailash conference, the "5th International Conference on the Phenomenon of the Holy Mt. Kailash" with the subtitle "Compilation of Traditional and New Aspects of Mt. Kailash and Surrounding Pilgrimage Sites," will take place at the University of Hamburg, Germany, March 21-22, 2020. The aim of this conference is to compile both traditional and new aspects in the knowledge of the holy Mt. Kailash and surrounding pilgrimage sites, their interpretation and comparison with old scriptures and tantric vision. Data on Mt. Kailash and the holy lakes will be introduced and systemized. The knowledge of this sacred region in Tibet will be shared, cooperation in further scientific investigation discussed.

For more information about the conference see "source" above.

Sri Siva Vishnu Temple Holds Town Hall on Caribbean Hinduism


WASHINGTON, DC, June 5, 2019 (HAF): Lanham, Maryland's Sri Siva Vishnu Temple Center for Dharma Education hosted a town hall Saturday, June 1, on the importance of the Caribbean Hindu community in advancing Hinduism in the Diaspora, as well as some of the challenges many Diasporic Hindus face in the United States. The town hall, "Bhakti in Berbice and Beyond," was co-sponsored by HAF, Indiaspora, HACSI, HMEC, India International School, the Maryland Milan Mandir, and featured nationally renowned Caribbean Hindu activists and advocates. Speakers highlighted key themes in the Caribbean Hindu experience, including the legacy of indentured servitude and slavery from the 19th century; the coerced conversions to Christianity in the West Indies; feelings of exclusion from many East Indians/South Asians; and the importance of Bhakti in carrying on traditions passed down for generations.

Aminta Kilawan-Narine, A New York-based lawyer and columnist, said that unlike some Indian American Hindus, most Caribbean Hindus were proud of their faith, and did not see a conflict between their religious identity and their engagement with social justice spaces. Vijah Ramjattan, the founder of the United Madrassi Association, echoed those comments, adding that the Hindu community needed to put aside territorialism over geography, sects, etc., and emphasize "unity in the community," the United Madrassi Association's motto. All of the speakers agreed that more needs to be done to integrate the experiences of Diasporic Hindus into the larger narrative of Hinduism.

More at "source".


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