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Talks by Prof. Gauri Mahulikar, on invitation

December 2020

  • Prof. Gauri Mahulikar was invited to deliver a talk on Gitarahasya and Bal Gangadhar Tilak on the occasion of the centenary year of Parle Tilak Vidyalaya, the parent institute of Sathye College, Vile Parle, Mumbai, on 5 December 2020. The lecture series was organised by the college and veteran scholars were invited to deliver talks on different aspects of Tilak’s personality and his contribution to society and Indology. The lecture was streamed live on YouTube, and watched by people from around the globe. On 6 December the event was reported by Maharashtra Times.
  • Prof. Mahulikar participated in a panel discussed on the Mahabharata war, at the Mythological Festival organised by Mythopia, Mumbai, on 12 and 13 December 2020. The other panellists were Shri Pradip Bhattacharya, an independent researcher and Prof. B. N. Patnaik, Professor of English from IIT Kanpur.
  • On 13 December 2020, Prof. Mahulikar presented ‘Ayurveda and Advaita Vedanta’ at a panel discussion organised by the Advaita Academy. She brought to the fore similarities in the concepts of Advaita Vedanta pertaining to the creation of the elemental world, the nature of Purusha and the concept of Moksha in the Caraka Samhita, especially Sarirasthana.
  • Prof. Mahulikar spoke on ‘Vishwagunadarsha Champu’ at the ‘Vande Jagajjanani’ programme started by Parle Tilak Vidyalaya, Vile Parle, Mumbai, on the occasion of the centenary year of the school.  Being an alumna of the school, it was an emotional and fulfilling experience for her.

November 2020

This November, Prof. Gauri Mahulikar was a guest speaker at two external events.

  • On 21 November 2020, she gave a talk on ‘Deepavali: Some Puranic Insights’ at the Deepavali Talks arranged by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Bengaluru. It was organised by the Amrita Darshanam International Centre for Spiritual Studies and Sanskrit Club of the University. Over sixty students of engineering attended the talk along with external participants.
  • Chinmaya Mission Mumbai (Navi Mumbai Zone) organised Chinmaya Prerana Family Pathshala, an online journey on the life of Sri Adi Shankaracharya. Prof. Mahulikar was invited to speak to the participants on 29 November 2020, on ‘Adi Shankaracharya and the Beauty of Sanskrit.

October 2020

  • Sanskrit Bharati USA conducted Rajatotsavaha, a two-month celebration commemorating 25 years of Samskritam work in the US and Canada. Prof. Gauri Mahulikar was invited to speak on ‘Samskrabhasa Vishvabhasaey’, on 25 October 2020 from 8.30 pm.
  • The Asiatic Society of Mumbai MM Dr. P. V. Kane Institute for Postgraduate Studies and Research organised an online course on Ancient Indian Culture and Prof. Mahulikar was invited as a senior and expert faculty to speak on 24 October 2020 from 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm.
  • Karnataka Samskrit University, Bengaluru, invited Prof. Mahulikar to give a special online lecture on ‘Textual Criticism-Challenges in Reconstructing a Text, on 22 October 2020.  
  • Prof. Mahulikar was invited by the Department of English, Christ College, Rajkot, to speak on ‘Svapnavasavadattam: A Literary Criticism for’ at an online Expert Talk organised by them on Monday, 12 October 2020. 
  • Sanskrit Vaartavali is DD News’ weekly initiative that showcases interesting news and stories in Sanskrit, every Saturday at 6:30 pm and on Sunday (repeat) at 12:30 pm. Prof. Mahulikar was interviewed for the same on 10 October 2020, and the interview was streamed live on their Sanskrit YouTube channel as well as on Doordarshan during the evening News. 
  • The Center for Softpower conducted a series of discussions on wildlife and conservation from 1-4 October 2020 called ‘Srishti Sambhrama: Celebrating the Earth Mother’. Several experts from a wide variety of fields were invited to discuss the conservation of wild animals in India. The programmes brought to light the issues faced in the field of conservation, as well as a spotlight on several animals. Prof. Mahulikar was invited to speak at the session on ‘Wisdom of the Ancients’, on 2 October 2020.

August 2020

CVV’s Dean of Faculty Prof. Gauri Mahulikar had a busy August with various events organised in celebration of Sanskrit Month. While being a part of the events at CVV, Prof. Mahulikar was also invited to speak at events organised by other organisations.

  • Kendriya Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya in Janakpuri, New Delhi, and the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan-Project Section conducted a Sanskrit Saptaha Mahotsava. Prof. Mahulikar was invited to speak on ‘Sankara Vedanta Darsanam’ on 4 August.
  • The Sanskrit Department at the University of Mumbai organised ‘Sanskrit Saptah Samaroha’ from 3 August and Prof. Mahulikar was invited to speak on New Avenues in Vedic Research on 8 August 2020.
  • Mrs Sumati Dinanathji Memorial Lecture in association with Shilahari Heritage Services conducted an event on the theme ‘Tradition of Sun Worship in India’ with Special reference to Kanakaditya. Prof. Mahulikar was invited to speak on the same, on 18 August.
  • Sanskriti Samvardhan and Sanshodhan Pratishthan (SSASP) in the month-long ‘Sanskritotsav’, an initiative of Vivek Multivision Foundation, invited Prof. Mahulikar to speak on ‘Rishi Panchami—The Seven Rishis and their Social/Societal Symbolism on 23 August.
  • The Centre for Soft Power conducted ‘Namaste 2020: Global Utsava of Indian Soft Power’ from 15 August to 6 September. On 29 August the topic of the day was ‘SAMA: Transdisciplinary Nature of Indian Knowledge Systems’ and Prof. Mahulikar was invited to speak on ‘Science in Yagashalas’.

July 2020

  • Dean Prof. Gauri Mahulikar spoke on the ‘Appreciation of Beauty in Meghaduta’ for the Atharva Forum, Gurugram, on 10 July 2020. Prof. Mahulikar elaborately described Kalidasa's delineation of beauty (सौंदर्य) on three different levels with examples from Meghduta: the level of physical beauty, poetic beauty and divine beauty.
  • On 25 and 26 July, Prof. Mahulikar spoke on ‘Women in Ramayana and Mahabharata’ at an online series titled प्राचीन, मध्यकालीन एवम अर्वाचीन भारत की महान महिलायें. She spoke in Hindi and the session was divided between the two days. The lectures were organised by Bharatiya Itihas Sankalan Samiti, Konkan Prant to commemorate the illustrious women from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. On day one Prof. Mahulikar spoke on Ahalya, Sita, Tara and Mandodari and on day two she spoke on Savitri and Draupadi. The lectures were streamed live on Facebook.

June 2020

Dean of CVV Prof. Gauri Mahulikar is a favoured guest speaker at various forums. This June too, she was invited to speak at four different events.

  • Kaash Foundation's Centre for Academic and Professional Development (CAPD) in Collaboration with the University of Alzahra, Tehran, Iran and Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, Kerala, organised the fifth International Conference on ‘Integrated Approaches of Research in Humanities and Social Sciences’ on 3 June 2020. Prof. Gauri Mahulikar spoke on ‘Some Indic Methods and Techniques of Research’.
  • Veerbhadra Education Society’s Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mahavidyalaya, Mukhed, conducted a One-Day National Web Conference on ‘सर्वेसन्तुनिरामयााः on 10 June 2020. The conference was organised in collaboration with the S.R.T.M. University, Nanded. Dean Mahulikar was invited as the keynote speaker.
  • Prof. Mahulikar spoke on ‘The Sun in Mystical Traditions from Vedic to Puranic and Puranic to Folklores’ for an international group, under Mythovault on 28 June 2020.
  • The Government College of Arts and Science, Aurangabad, held the Sanskrit e-conference on 29 and 30 June 2020. As the keynote speaker Dean Mahulikar gave an inspiring speech via Zoom on 29 June 2020.

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