Bangalore Kendra
National Conference on 'Message of Ramayana'
Bhavan's Bengaluru Kendra organized a three-day National Conference on the topic 'Message of Ramayana' from 6th-8th July, 2018. The programme, the sixth in the series was jointly organised with ISKCon. National Conferences on Veda Samvad (2013), Upanishad Sandesha (2014), Message of Mahapuranas (2015), Message of Mahakavyas (2016), and Message of Bhagavata (2017) were held earlier. Over 300 top doctoral scholars participated in the earlier seminars. The paper presentations made during the earlier conferences was brought out in the form of books and DVD's and indexed.
During this year's conference about 40 scholars presented their papers in three languages namely Kannada, English and Hindi.
Dr. M. Rama Jois, former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana and former Governor of Bihar and Jharkhand inaugurated the conference while Prof. Mallepuram G. Venkatesh, former Vice-Chancellor of Karnataka Sanskrit University released the CD as well as the book entitled 'Message of Bhagavatam', and the seminar proceedings held the previous year at ISKON. Prof. Rajendra Mishra former Vice-Chancellor of Sampoornanand Sanskrit University, Varanasi, Dr. Kameshwar Upadhyaya, former Professor Astrology at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Prof. Shashiprabha Kumar, former Vice-Chancellor of Sanchi Buddhist University and Prof. S. Nagaraju, former Professor of Ancient Indian History of Osmania University, Hyderabad were honoured for their life-time achievement in contributing to India's culture.
A book exhibition was held pertaining to the various Ramayanas and the exhibition of postal stamps pertaining to different aspects of Ramayana like 'Hinduism and Ramayana', the main characters of Ramayana, versions and influence of Ramayana on other cultures, various adaptations of Ramayana, festivals and events of Ramayana, religious significance of Ramayana and so on. The rare and prized collection of Smt. N. Sridevi was an added attraction of the conference.
The valedictory address was delivered by Dr. M. Veerappa Moily, recipient of the prestigious Saraswathi Samman and former chief minister of Karnataka.
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