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Speakers

Researcher, Educator & Founder-Trustee, Destination Heritage

Date & Time

Tuesday Tue, 26 Dec 2023

Location

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

A city never outgrows the influence of its ancient past. Thiruvananthapuram derives its name from the presiding deity of the Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple.  The historic institution built on sublime submission and slavery of the Travancore royals is alive even today. In its history and cultural heritage, the temple has cherished its legacy of spiritualism alongside the continuity of traditional rites and rituals.

Aswathi Gouri Lakshmi Bayi and Githa Badikillaya delve into the significant history of the temple, discussing the little-known aspects, such as the bondage of the royals as Dasas, the conduct of the litigation and the impact of the Supreme Court verdict.

In collaboration with: Destination Heritage

Destination Heritage is a trust established to showcase India’s rich cultural heritage. They conduct local history walks, talks and curate syllabi and programs for universities. Their inclination towards creating an informed awareness of our heritage continues with the conduct of 68 webinars in the last 20 months. 

Speakers

Aswathi Gouri Lakshmi Bayi

Poet & Author

Aswathi Tirunal Gouri Lakshmi Bayi hails from the Travancore royal family. She is a poetess having composed over 150 poems and is the author of 13 books. Her seminal work on Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple was published in 1995.  Her latest work History Liberated (2021) clarifies many aspects of Travancore’s history. She has presented many papers at various forums. She is the recipient of numerous awards. 

Githa U Badikillaya

Researcher, Educator & Founder-Trustee, Destination Heritage

Githa U Badikillaya is an independent researcher, passionate about heritage activities. She is the Founder-Trustee of Destination Heritage and holds a Ph.D. in Jaina folklore, a Master’s in Botany, and two postgraduate diplomas in Indology and Journalism. With 21 years in the corporate banking sector, she has taught Hinduism and Indian Art, chaired sessions in national seminars, judged international tourism competitions, and published numerous articles. She served on the Central Advisory Board-Child Labour Ministry of Labour and Employment, GOI and is a member of various academic organizations.

Githa Badikillaya is also involved in cultural foundations and editorial roles. She is the President of a performing Arts foundation – Shresta Heritage Foundation. Her accomplishments include a Limca Book of Records entry. She curates and mentors students, conducts workshops and webinars on heritage topics, and aims to promote awareness of India’s rich heritage. She is a food blogger, a contributor to cultural heritage websites, an avid traveler, classical instrumentalist, and artist.