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Speakers

Managing Partner, CnT Architects
Performer
Director, New Acropolis, South Bangalore
Founder, Unalome Project
Educator
Moderator

Date & Time

Thursday Thu, 24 Nov 2022

Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India
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Contact

+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

“Once you understand symbolic things, you will see symbols everywhere.” Joseph Campbell

Often we glance over things and look at them in a superficial manner. In doing this, we miss the symbols we are surrounded by every day. Symbols existed across cultures and are a bridge between the visible and the invisible realms. Symbols connect us to the deeper meaning and to the wisdom they convey. They enable us to understand the human being, human history and allows us to look into its core, to see beyond external appearances. The book of nature, the universe and the sacred are more accessible
through symbols. As humanity battles many challenges there is a greater need to reconnect to meaning to enrich our lives.

World Philosophy Day is a day UNESCO dedicates to Philosophy. It calls ‘Philosophy’ not just a discipline, but an integral component for the development of humanity. UNESCO goes so far as to call Philosophy, “bastion against the narrowing of opinions” as  a way to face the onslaught of information and simplistic rhetoric that seek to set cultures against one another.  As we celebrate this special day, we combine perspectives from philosophy, art and architecture as our panel share how they work with the Language of Symbols, through their work, their thought, and importantly, how they translate it to daily life. It will help us develop a lens to look at dimensions that we perhaps didn’t consider before. The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A.

In collaboration with New Acropolis

Speakers

Prem Chandavarkar

Managing Partner, CnT Architects

Prem Chandavarkar is the managing partner of CnT Architects: an award-winning and widely published architectural practice. He is a former Executive Director of Srishti School of Art Design & Technology in Bangalore, and is an academic advisor and guest faculty at Indian and international colleges of architecture. He was appointed as a member of the board of The Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Forum, USA.

Padmini Ravi

Performer

Padmini Ravi has conducted and participated in seminars, workshops, chamber performances and performance tours around the world, networking with a range of organizations. She has also collaborated with theatre and music groups to create new performance dimensions within the form of Bharatanatyam. She has performed over 1000 shows globally. She consistently crossed over the barriers of perception of the classical form and has always dared to innovate. Her collaborations with allied crafts like folk theatre, traditional theatre, yoga, filmmaking, film dance and international styles of folk and classical movement always gave a fresh dimension into each performance making the form relatable and entertaining to the urban young. Her ability to be spontaneous and innovative within the parameter of the craft adds to her versatility which appeals to wider and more eclectic audiences.

Anand Baskaran

Director, New Acropolis, South Bangalore

Anand Baskaran is the director of the South Bangalore branch of New Acropolis. He is passionate about philosophical education that can actively bring change in the individual and enable them to play a role in building a more harmonious society. Professionally, he is in the field of digital learning, and he sees himself as a practical philosopher first. He has been a volunteer and teacher at New Acropolis (India) since 2015. In his own words, he “is fascinated by the magical world of symbols!”

Shaurya Singh

Founder, Unalome Project

Shaurya Singh has been deeply impacting people’s lives through his innovative and immersive work. A meditator since the age of seven, he has extensively studied philosophy, psychology, religion and mysticism. He founded Unalome Project to make insights from world philosophy, ancient wisdom and mystical traditions accessible to the modern individual. He speaks on various topics like Existentialism, Sufism, Zen and Indian philosophy. Through his lectures, plays, talks, satsangs, workshops, journeys and events he continues to touch the lives of thousands of people from all over the world.

Surekha Deepak

Educator

Surekha Deepak is an educator by profession and purpose. As a member and volunteer at New Acropolis – South India, she has been on a philosophical quest for meaning and finds a way to play her part in bettering the world we live in. Professionally a media educator, she believes in the power of education in shaping individuals. She considers true education the key that enables one to be an active investigator, education creates awareness and for each be a more conscious part of society and nature.