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21 Sep 2018

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    The monastic/ascetic tradition of India and its ramification towards the west

    Shivdasani lecture
    Prof. G. C. Tripathi
    3 Nov 2016

    The lecture would shed light on the Indian phenomenon of monasticism (shrama, shramana) and asceticism (tapas,tapasvin). Buddhist monks are referred to as shramanas, the toilers. The concept of shrama (labour) has a spiritual connotation in the Vedic literature. Monastic way of life, according to me, was not a protest or revolution against the established religious order. Its tradition seems to be as old that of Vedic ritual, although it was formalised and given a well structur [...]


  • Posted on 09 Sep 2018

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    Subjunctive Explorations of Fictive Vaiṣṇav-Sufi Discourse

    J.P. And Beena Khaitan Visiting Fellows lecture
    Prof. Tony K. Stewart
    10 Nov 2016

    The early modern Bangla tales of the legendary or mythic pīrs are romantic narratives that speak to the often strange and puzzling encounters between Hindus, especially Vaiṣṇavs, and Muslims, primarily Sufis. They bring together foreigners and locals, courtiers and country bumpkins, in encounters ripe with a myriad of misunderstandings and false assumptions regarding religion, rituals, and those that practice them. They seek to establish the functional equivalence of religious practitioners, t [...]


  • Posted on 09 Aug 2018

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    Influence of Kashmir on the Tantric traditions of Orissa

    Shivdasani lecture
    Prof. G. C. Tripathi
    24 Nov 2016

    The paper shall try to trace the close relationship of the Orissan Tantrism and also Vishnuism to Kashmir of the 10th-12th Century. It were most probably the Orissan students learning in the Pathashalas of Kashmir, mentioned (sarcastically) by Kshemendra who brought the philosophy and ritual of Kashmir along with manuscripts from there to Orissa which enriched Orissan Vishnuism overlaid by Tantric practices. The paper would also shed light on the historical aspect of this relationship.

    Prof. Gaya Charan Tripathi w [...]


  • Posted on 09 Jul 2018

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    The Colloquy between Muhammad and Saytān: The 18th century Bangla Iblichnāmā of Garībullā

    Lectures of the J.P. And Beena Khaitan Visiting Fellow
    Prof. Tony K. Stewart
    31 Jan 2017

    In 1287 bs [=1879/80 ce] a short Bangla work was published in Calcutta under the title of Iblichnāmār punthi by the highly productive scholar Garībullā, who had composed the text about a century earlier. This somewhat unusual text is a colloquy between the Prophet Muhammad and the fallen Iblich (Ar. Iblīs), also called Saytān. The bulk of this fictional text is an interrogation of Iblich regarding the nature of his followers and their actions. The text is prefaced in its opening verses [...]


  • Posted on 09 Jun 2018

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    When Muslim and Hindu Worlds Meet in Fiction: Mapping the Bengali Imaginaire

    Lectures of the J.P. And Beena Khaitan Visiting Fellow
    Prof. Tony K. Stewart
    16 Feb 2017

    A number of Bangla tales dedicated to the fictional or mythic holy men (pīrs) and women (bibīs) in the Muslim community have circulated widely over the last five centuries alongside the tales of their historical counterparts. They are still printed and told today, and performed regularly in public, especially in the Sunderbans, the mangrove swamps in the southern reaches of Bangladesh and West Bengal. Among them are figures such as the itinerant veterinarian Mānik Pīr, the tamer o [...]


  • Posted on 09 May 2018

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