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Three-day National Conference on Yoga as An Embodied Culture of Bharata

Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF), Chinmaya International Foundation Shodha Sansthan (CIFSS) and Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) have embarked upon celebrating the International Yoga Day by conducting a three-day national level conference from 30 June to 2 July 2023.

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This conference Yoga as An Embodied Culture of Bharata endeavours to present Yoga as subsumed in various cultural, religious and social practices in India. Both the classical and the folk (tribal) forms of art such as dance, music, painting, sculpture, martial arts, etc. exhibit various facets of Yoga. Religious practices such as pilgrimage, observation of vows, community-oriented festivals, etc. also incorporate the mental and physical practices of Yoga.  Simple daily practices like prayerful attitude in all activities (karāgre vasate lakṣmī, etc.), how food is cooked, served and eaten, how one takes a bath, how one decorates the courtyard with rangoli/kollams, etc. depict that the very social life of an Indian is ingrained in the foundation of Yoga.

The conference strives to throw light upon the contribution of Yoga towards various such socio-cultural and religious practices in India. 


Papers will be presented by students, scholars, artists, yoga practitioners on the following themes:

●       Yoga in Music

●       Yoga in Dance

●       Yoga in Martial Arts

●       Yoga in Other Practices

Each paper presentation: 10 minutes


Important Dates


30 June 2023: Final Day for Paper Submission


Submit your paper to: academic.admin@chinfo.orggrsreddy@chinfo.org. The template for paper will be sent to the approved paper presenter in a separate email.


The proceedings of this Conference may be published as a journal.


Accommodation and meals will be provided at Chinmaya International Foundation.





For those who want to attend the conference – ONLINE or ONSITE, please register as given below:

1.    Fill this Google form: https://forms.gle/YW4ACDTc1APNYn3w9  

2.    Then based on the choice of room, pay the registration fee here: https://www.chinfo.org/donation/

3.    Use “Nivasa Dakshina” as “Category” and in “Purpose for which payment is made” write, “For Yoga Conference Attendee Registration”. 

Appeal for Funds


The organizers managed to raise funds partially to meet expenses of this conference, but we still need about Rs. 1 Lakh to organize this event on a scale that has been planned to include cultural performances and meet the boarding expenses of several paper presenters covering various aspects of Yoga's influence of culture of Bharata. We appeal to Yoga, culture and art enthusiasts to generously donate to this conference so that all the traditional cultural performances who need our support and patronage can be included in this event which will mean a lot for the preservation and propagation of the art and culture of Bharata.

To donate:

1.    Go to: https://www.chinfo.org/donation/

2.    Use "General Donations" as “Category” and in “Purpose for which payment is made” write, “For Yoga Conference Donation”. 


10:30 – 10:45 AM: Adi Sankara Nilayam Tour by the Honourable Governor of Kerala Sri Arif Mohammad Khan


10:45 – 10:46 AM

National Anthem

10:46 - 10:50 AM

Lighting the Lamp & Prayer

10:50 – 10:55 AM

Welcome Address by Prof. Gauri Mahulikar

10:55 – 11:00 AM

Benediction Address by Swami Viviktananda

11:00 – 11:05 AM

Address by Prof. Ajay Kapoor

11:05 – 11:10 AM

Presidential Address by Prof. Srinivas Varkhedi

11:10 – 11:30 AM

Inaugural Address by the Honourable Governor of Kerala Sri Arif Mohammad Khan

11:30 AM

National anthem


  1. The Hon’ble Governor

  2. Prof. Srinivas Varakhedi: Vice Chancellor, Central Sanskrit University

  3. Swami Viviktananda: Regional Head of Kerala, Chinmaya Mission

  4. Swami Sharadananda: Resident Swami of Chinmaya International Foundation

  5. Prof. Ajay Kapoor: Vice Chancellor, Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeeth

  6. Dr. Latha Satish: The Head of Research, Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram

  7. Prof. Gauri Mahulikar: Academic Director, Chinmaya International Foundation



DAY 1 – June 30, Friday

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Illom tour

10:00 - 10:30 AM

Be seated in Chidvilas before 10:30 AM to receive the Hon’ble Governor. No entry allowed into the hall after 10:30 AM

10:30 - 11:20 AM

Inauguration Ceremony (details see above). Chief Guest: Hon’ble Governor of Kerala, Sri Arif Mohammed Khan

11:20 - 11:45 AM

Tea Break

11:45 - 1:00 PM

Key Note Address - Yoga as an Embodied Culture of Bharata

Dr. Nagaraj Paturi, Director Indica

Session Chair: Prof. Srinivas Varakhedi, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Central Sanskrit University, New Delhi

1:00 - 1:05 PM

Vote of thanks by Dr. P.N. Sudarsanan, Director CIFSS

1:00 - 2:00 PM


2:00 - 3:30 PM

9 Paper presentations – each 10 min, Session Chair: Sri E.M.G. Nair, Pathanjali Pranayoga Vidyapeedom, Kottayam

3:30 - 4:00 PM

Tea Break

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Yoga as Psychology for Mindfulness, Dr. Latha Satish, Technical Advisor and Research Head, Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM)

Session Chair: Prof. K.T. Madhavan, Chairman, CIFSS

5:15 - 6:15 PM


6:15 - 7:00 PM

Workshop on Yoga in Carnatic Music: Demo of various ragas showing how they achieve Yoga - union with the Self.

7:15 - 8:00 PM

Performance of Poorakkali - traditional dance ritual performed by men during the nine-day Pooram festival in Bhagavathy temples across North Malabar in Kerala to honour Kamadeva – god of love.

8:00 PM



DAY 2 – July 01, Saturday

9:30 - 11:00 AM

Special talk : Yoga and Natya - Meeting Points, Smt. Nrithya Jagannathan, Director of Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM), Session Chair: Dr. L. Sampath Kumar, Head, School of Linguistics & Literacy Studies, Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeetha

3 Paper presentations – each 10 min

11:00 - 11:30 AM

Tea Break

11:30 - 1:00 PM

3 Paper presentations – each 10 min

Special talk: Yoga as a Cultural String of India, 

Dr. Veena Londhe, Retired Prof. of Sanskrit and Yogasutras, Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya (affiliated to University of Mumbai), Session Chair: Prof. Gauri Mahulikar, Academic Director, CIF

1:00 - 2:00 PM


2:00 - 2:30 PM

CIF, CIFSS and KYM Presentations

2:30 - 3:30 PM

6 Paper Presentations – each 10 min

Session Chair: Dr. M. Sudarshan Chiplunkar, Assistant Professor, CVV

3:30 - 4:00 PM

Tea Break

4:00 - 5:00 PM

6 Paper Presentations – each 10 min 

Session Chair: Dr. Anil Narayanan, Assistant Professor, CVV

6:15 - 7:00 PM

Ashtapadi of Geetagovindam of Sri Jayadeva

7:15 - 8:00 PM

Performance of Samiti’s Yoga is Strength - Women Empowerment – khaḍga, daṇḍa, niyuddha techniques based on Yoga āsana

8:00 PM



DAY 3 – Sunday, July 02

9:30 - 11:00 AM

Special talk: Yoga in Traditional Therapy, Prof. K. Krishna Sharma, Dept of Human Consciousness and Yogic Sciences, Mangalore University, 

Session Chair: Dr. Sunitha Grandhee, Dean & Director, Centre of Excellence in Applied Indian Knowledge Systems, CVV

3 Paper presentations – each 10 min

11:00 - 11:30 AM

Tea Break

11:30 - 01:00 PM

3 Paper presentations – each 10 min

Special talk: Yoga in Bhajans, Smt. Devasena Bhavanani, General Secretary of Yoganjali Natyalayam
Session Chair: Dr. P. N. Sudarsanan, Director CIFSS

1:00 - 2:00 PM


2:00 - 3:20 PM

Valedictory Function


02:00 – 02:05 PM

Prayer, Lighting the Lamp

02:05 – 02:10 PM

Conference Summary by Prof. Gauri Mahulikar, CIF

02:10 – 02:20 PM

Experience sharing by 2 participants

02:20 – 02:30 PM

Benediction Address by Swami Sharadananda, CIF

02:40 – 02:50 PM

Address by Dr. Nagaraj Paturi, Director Indica

02:30 – 02:40 PM

Address by Prof. K. Krishna Sharma, Dept of Human Consciousness and Yogic Sciences, Mangalore University

02:50 – 03:05 PM

Address by Chief Guest Dr. A. Radhakrishnan, President, Pathanjali Yoga Training & Research Centre (PYTRC), Thrissur

03:05 – 03:10 PM

Presidential Address by Dr. P.N. Sudarsanan, Director CIFSS

03:10 – 03:20 PM

Certificate Distribution

03:20 PM

Vote of Thanks by Dr. G. Rajashekar Reddy, Dy. Director, CIFSS

& Shanti Mantra

A tour to Sri Adi Sankaracharya’s paternal home at Kalady and Chotanikkara Bhagavati temple for those interested can be arranged on Sunday, July 02, 4:00 - 8:00 PM. Expenses for this tour will be borne by those who take the tour.

On Monday, July 03, Guru Purnima Puja will be held in the morning and will conclude with lunch-bhiksha at 2:00 PM – ALL ARE WELCOME.

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