Photo: © Stephanie Priou / Ville de Rennes

Apart from her passion for Sanskrit she has participated in several workshops that encourage peace and harmony within various international youth groups. She firmly believes that the Mantric power of Sanskrit words and sounds can help to enhance internal and external peace and has had the opportunity to confirm this through her experience with Indian and foreign participants in different parts of the world.

A highly motivated Sanskrit scholar dedicated to revealing the deeper secret of the Vedas and promoting Sanskrit as a living, modern, spoken language, she also seeks to create awareness about the transformative power of Sanskrit sounds which can serve as an aid to a more peaceful and healthier living.

 

Education

2007 – 2008
University of St.Andrews (UK) and Universita di Bergamo (Italy) M.Litt in Crossways in European Humanities, Dissertation topic ‘Psyche: East and West – the Problem of Identity and Strangeness’

2004  – 2007
Pondicherry University( India): Ph.D Sanskrit on the subject of  ‘Vedic Psychology in the Light of Sri Aurobindo’s Interpretation’ under Dr. K. E. Dharaneedharan

2003 – 2004
University of Geneva (Switzerland): Diploma in Human Rights

2001 – 2003
Pondicherry University: M.Phil Sanskrit

1999 – 2001
Pondicherry University: M.A Sanskrit

1995 – 1998
Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education:B.A-Integrated Graduation

 

Academic Achievements

Attended a Symposium on ‘Cultural Diversities, Common Values and Mutual Recognition’ at UN (Geneva, July 2010)

Recipient of the Erasmus Mundus Scolarship ( European Union Commission, Sep 2007 – 2008)

Ph.D Sanskrit on the subject of  ‘Vedic Psychology in the Light of Sri Aurobindo’s Interpretation’ under Dr. K. E. Dharaneedharan (Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, 2004-2007)

University Topper during Masters in Pondy University (the highest overall score in the whole university for the year).


Presented a paper on the following subjects:

‘Learning from the Evaluation system of the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, Pondicherry’ (Plenary); ‘Contributions of Vedic Psychology for a more Integral Education’; ‘Importance of Sanskrit in our Education System’ in an International Conference on World Education Culture Congress (Delhi, Jan 2011)

‘Women in Industry’ in 1st GOPIO (Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin) Conference on Women (London, Oct 2010).

‘Psyche: East and West – The Problem of Identity and Strangeness’ in an International Conference called 4th Global Conference on Multiculturalism, Conflict and Belonging (Oxford, Sep 2010)

‘Rereading of the Word Aryan in the Light of Sri Aurobindo’s Interpretation’ in a Conference on ‘Rereading Sri Aurobindo (Puducherry, Mar 2010)

‘How to make Sanskrit as a Language of Intellectual Discourse’ (in Sanskrit and English) in a Conference on ‘How to make Samskrita as the Medium of Intellectual Discourse’ by the Indian National Academy of Civilisational Studies and Delhi University (Delhi, Nov 2009)

‘Reviving the Vedic Aryan’, ‘Creating a Vibrant Sanskrit Media’, ‘An Analysis of the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis and its Application to Sanskrit’ in an International Conference on Human Empowerment (Chicago, Nov. 2008)

‘The Psychological Significance of the Vedic Sacrifice’ (in Sanskrit) in the 7th Brihanmaharashtra Prachya  Parishad (Mumbai University, May 2007)

‘Relevance of the Vedic Sacrifice in Modern Times’ in an International Conference, The Collective Yoga of Man: A World in Process, Centre for Indian Studies (Auroville, Jan 2007)

‘A Discussion on Anupalabdhi’ in a National Conference on Epistemology, ICPR, Kaladi University, (Kerala, Jan 2007)

‘Vedas as texts of Applied Psychology: A Synopsis’ in the 6th International Conference on ‘Vedic Ideas for Global Peace and Harmony in the Modern World’, Conducted by WAVES (World association of Vedic Studies) (Houston July 2006)

‘The Vedic Concept of the Seven-Headed Thought’ in the 5th International Integral Psychology Conference (New York, July 2006)

‘Womanhood in Ancient Bharatam’ as part of a session on Integral Feminism in a Human Empowerment Conference (HEC) by VHS (Virat Hindu Sabha), (LA, Nov 2006)

‘The Importance of Sanskrit’ at the International Ayurveda Conference (Normandy, France, May 2006)

‘Sri Aurobindo’s Concept of Moksha and Transformation’, ICPR, Vivekananda College (Chennai, March 2006)

‘The Angirasa Rishis and the Legend of the Lost Herd’ at an International Seminar on ‘Integral Psychology and Transformation’ at a International Conference (Auroville, Jan. 2005)

‘The Legend of the Lost Cows’ at a National Conference on ‘Psychology: The Indian Contribution’ (Pondicherry, Dec.2004)

‘The Importance of Sanskrit’ at a National Seminar on ‘The Aim of Life’ (Lucknow, 2004)

‘Sri Aurobindo on the Vedic Gods’ at a World Conferences on Vedic Sciences (Bangalore, Aug. 2004)

‘Sri Aurobindo On the Vedas’ at a WAVES Conference (Pondicherry, Dec. 2003)


Gave lectures on the following topics at the respective venues:

‘Vedic Psychology’ in Pracyamanisa Gavesana Mandiram in Kali Mandir (Delhi, Jan 2011)

‘The Wonder that is Sanskrit’ in the Dept of Philosophy, University of Malta (Malta, Dec 2010)

‘Vedic Psychology and the Uniqueness of Sanskrit’ in University of Malaya (Malaysia, Mar 2010)

‘The Role of Sanskrit in Yoga and as a Yoga’ in the Festival of Yoga by Yoga Rennes (Rennes, Jan 2010)

‘Experiencing the Transformative Power of Sounds’ in the School of Philosophy (Melbourne, April 2010)

‘Comparative Study of the Myths of Creation in the Vedas and in Plato’s Timaeus’, wokshop on Plato’s Timaeus (Delphi, Aug 2009)

‘The Myth of the Stranger: Eastern and Western perspectives of the Outsider’, organized by Mythic links (Dublin, May 2009)

‘Tales from the Vedas of India: Their Symbolism and Relevance Today’, organized by Mythic links (Dublin, Mar 2009)

‘A Psycho-Spiritual Understanding of the Vedas’ in the University of Malta (Malta, Jan 2009)

‘Reviving the Vedic Aryan’ in Stanford University and in the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (California, Nov 2008)

‘Vedic Psychology in the Light of Sri Aurobindo’s Interpretation’ in the Sri Aurobindo Centre (Singapore, Sep 2007)

‘Vedic Psychology’ in a workshop on Indian Psychology (Indian Psychology Institute, Pondicherry, May 2007); in the Sri Aurobindo Centre (Berlin, Sep 2006)

‘Vedic Psychology’ and ‘The Importance of Sanskrit’ in Stanford University (California, July 2006); to different groups (Dubai, Abu Dabi, Nov. 2006):
[watch video]


Conducted Workshops on Mantras: The Power of Sound and Meaning, for:

Art of Living, Omni Ideas (Malta, Dec 2010)

Deloitte (London, Oct 2010)

LivingSatsanga and Auroville International, Netherlands (Amsterdam, Oct 2010)

Auroville International, Netherlands (Tilburg, Jan 2010; Breda, Oct 2009)

Sri Aurobindo Society (Singapore, Mar 2010)

Brahman Samaj and Lakshmi Narayana Temple (Petaling Jaya, Mar 2010)

‘Sounds for Stress Management’ with Nyoonga Patrol (Perth, Apr 2010)

Quintessenza, Centre of Ayurveda (Rome, July 2009)

Samedi 30 janvier, l’association Yogarennes organise la 8e fête du yoga.  Le thème abordé: les origines et perspectives du yoga. [see report]

Auroville International Netherlands, workshops in Tilburg, 4, 5 & 6 January 2010.

Yoga centres in the Netherlands; Breda (Zero-Point, instituut voor innerlijk bewustzijn & stilte), Rotterdam (Villa Yoga), November 2009 [watch video]

A French Performing Arts Company ‘Compagnie Prana’, (Rennes, France, Nov 2010; Jan 2009; May 2008; Kerala, Aug & Jan 2007)

A Yoga Centre (St-Nazaire, France, Jan 2009)

Archee (Raizeux, France, Jan 2009)

Conducted a workshop on Sri Aurobindo’s epic poem ‘Savitri’(Auroville International, Netherlands, June 2008)

At the Sri Aurobindo Centre (Berlin, Sep. 2006)

 

Conducted Workshops on The Art of Kolam: Psychology, Art, and Spirituality in Indian Traditions

Workshop held at Northampton Community College, Fall 2008    [watch video]


Bharatiya delegate for:

Participated in an Interfaith Dialogue (London, Sep.2006)

Fourth Annual Conflict Transformation Workshop organized by WISCOMP (Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace) aimed at promoting Track 3 diplomacy between young Bharatiya and Pakistani entrepreneurs (New Delhi, Oct. 2005)

SAARC Conference for Youth and Human Unity organized in collaboration with UNESCO (Auroville, Feb 2005)

Selected as the only Bharatiya for a UN related scholarship for a Diploma Course on Human Rights the University of Geneva, (Geneva, 2003-4)

Promoting Bharatiya Culture by conducting several 10-day (20hr) spoken Sanskrit Camps (Bharatam, Singapore, Malaysia, France)


Publications

[]   ‘Vedic Psychology in the Light of Sri Aurobindo’s Interpretation’ in Sutra, a Quaterly Journal for Research on Education, Psychology, Traditional Sciences & Systems, Health and Consciousness by the Shruti Foundation (Vol. 7, 2011)

[] ‘Reviving the Vedic Aryan’ in Sraddha, a Quaterly Journal, (Nov 2010)

[] ‘Veda – Ekţi Manoddhyātmika Vyākhyā (Veda: A Psycho-Spiritual Interpretation)’ in Dharmanīti o Śruti a book in Bengali, published by the Jadavpur University and Mahabodhi Book Agency, Kolkata 2009

[] The Veda – A Psycho-Spiritual Interpretation’ in The Advent, a Quarterly Journal (Vol. 65, No.3, Aug 2008)

[] ‘Womanhood in Ancient Bharatam’ in The Advent (Vol. 66, No. 3, Aug 2009)

[] An article on ‘Hidden Chamber of the Vedic Truth’ in an All-India Journal called ‘Mother India’ (April, May, June, July, Aug 1999)

[] Short Story ‘Imprisoned for Life’ published in 39 Emergency Exits, a compilation of Short Stories called by various 5photostory.com authors, Fygleaves Limited, UK, 2006

[] Translated from Bengali to English ‘Sri Aurobindo’s Meditation on the Veda’ by Dr Binod Bihari Datta, in Journal called Gavesana (2006)

[] Book Review for SABDA of ‘Sanskrit and the Evolution of Human Speech’ by Dr Sampadananda Mishra (http://sabda.sriaurobindoashram.org/pdf/news/nov2005.pdf )

Professional Experience

Centre for Indian Psychology, Jain University, Bangalore
Research Scholar for a project on Indian Psyhology (Mar 2011 – till date)
Doing a project on understanding the concept of Yajna from the perspective of Indian Psychology

Centre D’Etudes et de Formation on Yoga Traditionnel – CEFYTO, Bretagne (Centre for Studies and for Training in Traditional Yoga)
Short workshop introducing Spoken Sanskrit and the power of Sanskrit sounds through Mantras (Nov 2010)
Introduced Spoken Sanskrit to Yoga Instructors under training from different parts of France.

School of Philosophy, PerthTaught Sanskrit as a living spoken language through short courses and chanting sessions (Apr – May 2010)
Short Workshops on Spoken Sanskrit in the following places: Petaling Jeya (Malaysia, Mar 2010),  Sydney, Brisbane (Australia, May 2010); Preston (UK, Sep 2009, Oct 2010)

School of Economics and Philosophy, Ireland
Assistant Sanskrit teacher in John Scottus Junior and Senior Schools (Feb – June 2009)
Helping to promote Sanskrit as a living spoken language among children from the ages of six to fifteen as well as for adults, to enable them to appreciate the universal value of the language and also to experience the power of Sanskrit chants.

Assistant for a Teacher Training Seminar (Mar 2008)
Assisted Dr Ramachandra Bhat, Pradhanacharya of the Veda Vijnana Gurukulam, Bangalore, to conduct a Teachers’ Training Seminar for the teachers of John Scottus Senior School, based on the methods prescribed in the Gita, Upanishads and other Shastras.

Sri Aurobindo Society, Singapore
Teacher for one week  Spoken Sanskrit Course (Sep 2007)
Taught basic Spoken Sanskrit to a varied age group of people from different walks of life, to enable them to understand and appreciate the rich contributions of the Sanatana Dharma (Hindu thought) through this medium.

Jadavpur University, Kolkata
Visiting Faculty (Aug 2007)
Gave a series of three lectures on ‘Sri Aurobindo on the Veda’ in the Centre for Sri Aurobindo Studies,
Department of Philosophy.

University of Washington
Guest Lecturer (Feb 2007)
Conducted a session on Mantras for students and faculty members to enable them to experience the power of chanting Sanskrit Mantras while understanding them.

Sri Aurobindo Society, Singapore
Brahmin Samaj, Malaysia
Teacher for a two Spoken Sanskrit Courses (May – June 2005)
Taught basic Spoken Sanskrit to a varied age group of people from different walks of life, to enable them to understand and appreciate the rich contributions of the Sanatana Dharma through this medium.

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT, Kharagpur)
Teacher for a 10-day Spoken Sanskrit Course (Mar 2005)
Taught students and teachers basic Sanskrit to motivate them to delve into Bharatam’s untapped scientific knowledge

Last School ( Auroville)
Sanskrit Teacher (July 2004 till date)
Taught Spoken Sanskrit to students and adults coming from different Nationalities

Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan (Deemed University, New Delhi)
Twice Teacher for a 3 month Certificate Course titled –‘Non-formal Sanskrit Education’
(July – Oct 2004  -date, January – March 2004)
Taught how to speak, read and write basic Sanskrit to people of all age groups and nationalities, coming from different walks of life.

University Grants Commission (UGC) (New Delhi)
Instructor for a 1 month Certificate Course titled –‘Simple Spoken Sanskrit Course’ through the Department of Sanskrit, Pondicherry University (2002 – 2003)
Taught 10 batches of Teachers, Students and Non-Teaching Staff
Created an awareness in the Campus that Sanskrit is a living and important language


Other

Languages
Fluent in Sanskrit, English, French, Bengali and Hindi,
Working knowledge of Italian, Tamil, Oriya, Spanish
Basic Japanese, Latin

Interests
Exploring the power of Sanskrit sound, understanding cultures and their philosophies, travelling, dancing, painting, acting, sports, trekking

Other Achievements
• Organised a global movement called Ekataa (Ekataa.net) for an unconditional human solidarity by celebrating our common human bond this New Year 1.1.11
• Participated in several Kathak, Folkdance and drama programs throughout my Education in S.A.I.C.E
• Participated in a National Theatre Festival in a Tamil Play at Pune from Pondicherry University (2003)
• Represented Pondicherry in 3 Senior National Basketball Tournaments (2001, 2002, 2003)
• Represented Pondicherry University in several inter-University Basketball Tournaments
• Best individual all-round athlete in the inter-department competitions in Pondicherry University (Mar. 2007)
• Short Story ‘Imprisoned for Life’ published in a compilation of Short Stories called ‘39 Emergency Exits’ by Fygleaves Limited, UK