The Center for India Studies 2011 Conference – Final Report
November 30, 2011

The Center for India Studies is very pleased to report that the conference on ‘Eastern and Indigenous Perspectives on Sustainability and Conflict Resolution’ held on November 14-15,  2011 attracted a fine gathering of scholars and participants from across the U.S. and internationally. The conference was funded by grants from the Uberoi Foundation for Religious Studies, and by a Conference Support Grant from the Office of  Research, University of South Florida, and co-sponsored by the International Center for Cultural Studies USA Inc., a nonprofit organization. The conference examined sustainable/conflict-resolving philosophies and practices in South and East Asian religions and cultures and within indigenous communities across the globe. (Read More…)


Rajesh Verma’s Principles of Ayurveda
October 27, 2011

Dr. Verma is an Ayurvedic specialist from Gujarat, India with proficiency and advanced training in Naturopathy and Homeopathy (BAMS, DHMS and ND). He discussed India’s ancient science of health and offered commentaries on various sleeping disorders, balanced diet, meditation and pranayama, as well as on therapeutic strategies for specific ailments.


Center for India Studies and Swaralaya Present: A Vocal Concert by Sangeetha Sivakumar
October 22, 2011

Carnatic Music Vocalist Sangeetha Sivakumar gave a well–received performance at the USF College of Public Health Auditorium. She was accompanied by Akkarai Subhalakshmi on violin and Melakaveri Balaji on the mridangam. She was an upholder of the G.N.Balasubramaniam bani and a disciple of famous vocalist Smt. Charumathi.


Diwali Celebration
October 12, 2011

The Center for India Studies supported the Hindu Student Council in its celebration of Diwali at the Patel Center auditorium. Students recited the Gaytri Mantra, prayed to the Goddess at an elaborately constructed altar where 26 different food items were placed as a ritual offering to the deity. The event was inaugurated by Dr. Gurleen Grewal, director of the USF Center for India Studies.


Pandit Raghunandan Panshikar Live in Concert
October 1, 2011

Vocalist Pandit Raghunandan Panshikar, a senior disciple of the legendary vocalist Ganasaraswati Smt. Kishoriji Amonkar, performed at the Patel Center Auditorium. He is considered the torch bearer of Jaipur Gharana.
In this concert, co-sponsored by Swaradhana, Raghunandanji also presented light semi-classical Hindi Bhajans, Natya Sangeet, and Bhavgeet. Raghunandanji was accompanied by Bharat Kamat on tabla and Niranjan Lele on harmonium.


Introduction to Vegetarian Indian Cooking
September 26, 2011

Center for India Studies organized a cooking event at Sanatan Mandir on 24th September and 25th September. Bella Patel, a leading attorney of Tampa Bay, hosted the three sessions of the cooking class. According to Ayurveda, India’s ancient science of healing, food is medicine and the right combination of herbs and diet are an integral component of good health. (Read More…)