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Fri 27 Aug 2021
Sat 28 Aug 2021

9:30 AM - 1:00 PM (UTC+5.5)




27th August 2021

Inaugural Session: 09:30am to 11:00am

1 Hari Kiran Vadlamani Welcome Address
2 Dr. Nagaraj Paturi Context of the Conference
3 Swamini Svatmavidyananda Blessings and Inaugural Address – From Freedom of Pursuit to the Pursuit of Freedom: Human Psychology in the Vision of the Vedas
4 Dharm P S Bhawuk Indian Psychology: Theory and Method


Session 01: 11.00 am to 1.30 pm

1 Ashish Pandey Can Yoga be a Foundation of Organizational and Social Transformation?: Two Case Studies
2 Sanjyot Pethe
The Inner Hero’s Journey: Exploring the Indic Perspective on the Hero’s Journey and its Comparison to Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey
3 Dr. Vijendra Kumar S.K. Shakuntala: Beyond the Victim of Amnesia
4 Dr.Rajshekar Krishnan The Bhagavad Gita as the Epitome of Indian Psychology vis-a-vis Modern Psychology
5 Mousumi Debroy Happiness and Peace for Householders: Lessons from Vyadha Geeta
6 Amitabh Divakar OM Within: Curiosity
7 Dr. Pankaj Jain Freudian Psychoanalysis and Indian Psychology


28th August 2021

Session 02: 09.30 am to 1.30 pm

1 Prasad Kaipa Special Address
2 Raghu Ananthanarayanan & Anita Balasubramanian Antaranga Yoga – The Yoga of Inner Transformation – Developing a New Pedagogy
3 Dr. Mala Kapadia Sattvavajay Chikitsta, Ayurvedic Psychology and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy- CBT
4 Sanjana Meher & Abhinav Kadambi Indic Indigenous Concepts of Psychological Embodiment – A Survey
5 Swamini Brahmaprajnananda How can Bhagavad Gita Enrich Modern Psychology
6 Srinivasa Malladi Importance of Spirituality in Psychological Eellbeing
7 Saraswathi Saras Multidimensional Features and Perspectives of “PARENTING” in Hinduism and Modern Psychology
8 Raghu Ananthanarayanan & Nandini Murali Antaranga Yoga: The Foundation for Indian Psychology
9 Prof. Ajeet N. Mathur Where the Twain Meet: Frontiers of Spiritual Faith in the Syncretic Indian Traditions
10 Dr. Jyotsna Agrawal Relationship with God in Hindu Traditions – A Mental Health Perspective
11 Dr. Kundan Singh Indian Psychology is as Legitimate as Western Psychology

Sri Hari Kiran Vadlamani

Founder, INDICA

Hari Kiran is an investor, activist, seeker and an aspiring artist.


Dr Nagaraj Paturi

Director, INDICA

Dr Nagaraj Paturi trained in Sanskrit and Advaita Vedanta by his hyper-polyglot, polymath and spiritually accomplished sakala-shaastra-paarangata father, late Sri Paturi Sitaramanjaneyulu garu, he is seriously committed to the transmission of Vedic sciences to the present generation. He designed a very big number of courses of contemporary applications of Vedic Sciences and has been successfully teaching them and getting them taught. Presently he is Presently he is Director, Indic Academy And Distinguished Professor, Curriculum Designer, Executive Committee Member and Member, Board of Studies, MIT School of Vedic Sciences, Pune. Member, Board of Studies for Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, Kavikulaguru Kalidasa Sanskrit University, Veda Vijnana Gurukula. Formerly Senior Professor of Cultural Studies FLAME School of Communication and FLAME School of Liberal Education Former Visiting Professor, University of Chicago, US) In his PhD (1998, UoH) Developed Indic Model of Myth Criticism of Literature. MPhil (1987, UoH) Brought out Vakyapadiyam as theoretical foundation of Ashtaadhyaayee Around 50 publications, around 60 conference /seminar/ workshop papers. Consultancy to numerous culture research and theater and dance innovation projects. Scores of creative writing works for Classical Dance, Modern Theater and magazines. Several series of talks and other programs on Radio and Television channels.


Swamini Svatmavidyananda


Sri Swamini Svatmavidyananda Saraswati, a longtime disciple of Paramapujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati of India, is an accomplished scholar of Vedanta. For several years, she has led an active satsang community in the United States, serving as the Spiritual Director of Swami Dayananda’s USA center: Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam based in Washington, D.C., and Oregon.


Shri Dharm P S Bhawuk

Professor of Management and Culture and Community Psychology. University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA

Dharm P S Bhawuk is Professor of Management and Culture and Community Psychology. University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA. His research interests include indigenous psychology and management and cross-cultural training. He has published more than 100 papers and book chapters, and made over 250 presentations internationally. He is a Founding Fellow of International Academy of Intercultural Research (IAIR), Fellow of Indian Academy of Management (INDAM), Foreign Fellow of National Academy of Psychology (NAoP), India, and was H Smith Richardson, Jr. Visiting Fellow, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, North Carolina (2009 -2010). He is the author of the book, Indian Psychology: Lessons from the Bhagavad-Gita (2011), and coeditor of the books, Cambridge Handbook of Intercultural Training (with Dan Landis, 2020), Barriers and opportunities at the base of the pyramid, (2014, published by UNDP: Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development), and Asian Contributions to Cross- Cultural Psychology (with Janak Pandey & Durganand Sinha, 1996). He has taught in China (2015-19), New Zealand (2002), and Nepal (2002) as Visiting Professor.


Shri Ashish Pandey

Associate Professor, Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management (SJMSOM) in Indian Institute of Technology (I.I.T.) Bombay, Powai, Mumbai

Ashish Pandey is Associate Professor with joined Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management (SJMSOM) in Indian Institute of Technology (I.I.T.) Bombay in Mumbai. Ashish completed Fellow Program in Management from Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, India in 2007. His research areas are spirituality in management, Yoga and Positive Psychology and Business and society interface. His research work awarded at the forums held in IISc Banglore (2006 and 2018), IIM Indore (2006), Infosys Leadership Institute Mysore (2006), Fowler Centre in Case Western Reserve University (2017), Academy of Management meeting (2019), Indian Academy of Management (2020).


Dr. Sanjyot Pethe

OD consultant, Transformation Coach, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and Storyteller

Dr. Sanjyot Pethe, is a Leadership and OD Consultant, transformation coach and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. She is an MBA and Doctorate in Organizational Behaviour. In a career spanning over twenty-five years, she has been an academician for over a decade teaching OB, OD and allied subjects and has international publications to her credit. Post which she has designed and executed leadership development programs and organizational development initiatives both as an internal role holder and as an external consultant. A strong believer in body wisdom, she supports individuals, groups and organization through body work and knowledge of Nervous system, applied behavioral sciences and Yoga. She takes whole person perspective through working with mind, body and soul. She brings a variety of modalities to her coaching including personal and universal myths, body work, systemic constellations, feminine and masculine dynamics and reflection processes.


Dr. Vijendra Kumar S.K

Assistant Professor and Counselor, Centre for Counseling and Career Guidance at PES University, Bangalore

Dr. Vijendra Kumar SK, Ph.D. in Psychology,  working as Assistant Professor and Counselor, Centre for Counseling and Career Guidance at PES University, Bangalore.  He has written more than 40 research articles in the field of psychology and management. He was awarded MTC Global Award for Excellence in Knowledge Sharing-2016. He propounded that Panchatantra is a treatise of life skills education and leaders can be trained. Another important work is BUSE Model for resolving intra-group conflicts within the system or organization. He rediscovered a meditation technique to heal the human chakras and body using Pancha Bhootas available online through eSanskriti.


Dr. Rajshekar Krishnan

Leadership and Organisational Development Consultant.Coach, Facilitator and Trainer.

Rajshekar Krishnan has worked in the corporate sector in the function for Learning & Development for over 3 decades with organisations like NIIT, IBM, & Flipkart. He has been a lifelong student of  the Vedic heritage of India. He is a devotee and practitioner of the teachings of Ramana Maharshi.


Ms. Mousumi Debroy

lecturer in Junior college in Navi Mumbai

A mother, a lecturer by profession and counsellor by passion ,  a young learner of Samskrit( pravesha) who is also fascinated to know about Indias past heritage and culture.


Shri Amitabh Divakar


Amitabh Divakar, born Feb 1966, is an architecture graduate from I.I.T.Roorkee ( erstwhile University of Roorkee). As a student he was  national representative in ARCASIA- Architects Regional Council Asia. He is founding member of ASASIA- Association of Students of Architecture of Asia. After graduation he worked on designing Trade Shows, spaces for commercial communication and worked on projects like Festival of India for J. Walter Thompson. Amitabh gradually moved on to developing his own practice. Amitabh has worked on Application of Traditional Handicraft into Buildings and presented his paper at INTBAU , International Network for Traditional Building and Urbanism, a Prince Charles initiative. Amitabh has been a resource with Ministry of Culture since 2011 and has directly interacted with over 7000 trainers on the subject of Indian Art and Architectural Heritage. Amitabh was on the panel of judges for Republic Day Parade 2015 for cultural items. Amitabh has hands-on experience in organic farming, as a serious hobbyist, he took up precision shooting sport and has played three nationals in Air Pistol Shooting. During his progress as a practicing architect, guided by his process of enquiry, Amitabh began to explore the Vedic sciences and developed his thesis on the sacred Symbol OM. Amitabh found a connection between the Light and Sound of OM and our ancient science of building architecture. Amitabh presented his research in USA at conferences like SAND- Science and Non Duality and TSC- The Science of Consciousness. Amitabh has conducted many Neurological studies on himself as evidence of his hypothesis on Symbol of OM. Presently Amitabh is working on creating Sustainable Zero Carbon Architecture using traditional Indian crafts and also finding Neurological relevance behind ancient theories of Vaastu Shastra. Amitabh aims at creating buildings that do not exploit but support our environment, encourage arts and crafts, are healthy to live in and directly benefit the craftspersons who build them. Amitabh writes concrete poetry and his writing is featured in - It’s poetry; An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry from around the world, 2020 published by Poetry Soup.


Prof. Pankaj Jain

Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and is heading Indic Studies at FLAME University.

Professor Pankaj Jain is an internationally recognized academic leader in Sustainability, Jain Studies, Film Studies, and Diaspora Studies. He is a Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and is heading Indic Studies at FLAME University. Earlier, he was the founding co-chair of India Initiatives Group and Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Texas, a tier-1 American university. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and an M.A. from Columbia University (both in Religious Studies). His B.E. was in Computer Science from Karnatak University, India. Prof. Jain has over twenty-five years of work experience in both academia and industry. He is currently working on his fourth monograph, Modern Jainism: A Historical Approach, co-editing the Encyclopedia of Hinduism and a volume on Indian and Western Philosophical Concepts in Religion. In addition, he compiled Jains and Hindus' history in America for his third monograph, Dharma in America: A Short History of Hindu-Jain Diaspora. He is also the author of the award-winning Dharma and Ecology of Hindu Communities: Sustenance and Sustainability and Science and Socio-Religious Revolution in India: Moving the Mountains. His articles and quotes have appeared in several academic journals and on the Huffington Post, Washington Post, Times of India's Speaking Tree, and Patheos. In addition, Dr. Jain is widely quoted in various American and Indian media outlets. In July 2020, the New York Times interviewed him, and in 2019 Morgan Freeman interviewed him for the section on Jainism in the National Geographic series The Story of God. He is a recipient of the Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship for Environmental Leadership and Wenner-Gren Grant, among many other grants. In addition, he was nominated for the Sustainability Leadership Award from Memnosyne Institute. He tweets at @ProfPankajJain, and his podcast #IndicStudies is on Spotify, Apple, Google, YouTube, Gaana, and other platforms.


Shri Prasad Kaipa

CEO of the Kaipa Group in California

Prasad is a CEO Coach and advisor living in Campbell, CA and worked with over 140 C suite executives in US, Europe and India. He was a clinical professor at the Indian School of Business (ISB) and was founding executive director of Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change and is the co-author of international best-seller “From Smart to Wise: Acting and Leading with Wisdom” based on a framework from the Bhagavad Gita. Prasad is the chairman of Samskrita Bharati USA and trustee of YogaBharati and North South Foundation. his books, research and consulting work integrates Vedantic wisdom, Cognitive/brain sciences and western management. Prasad got his doctorate in physics from IIT Madras and worked as an assistant professor in the University of Utah. Prasad enjoys exploring and reinterpreting ancient wisdom (and its application in developing highly effective and authentic leaders), photography and playing table tennis.


Shri Raghu Ananthanarayanan

Director of Coaching for Inner Transformation, Co- founder of Ritambhara Ashram, co-founder of Sumedhas Academy for Human context,

Raghu Ananthanarayanan: A post-Graduate in Engineering from IIT Madras, Raghu has delved deeply into Yoga and Behavioural Sciences to develop a unique approach personal unfolding and organizational transformation. He has devoted almost four decades to transforming organizational cultures across the spectrum from grass roots developmental organizations to modern industrial organizations. He has developed a unique methodology called “Totally Aligned Organization” and a model called the “Tensegrity Mandala” that brings together his understanding of Yoga, Human Processes and Manufacturing Systems. He has pioneered the use of vernacular theatre and the Mahabharata in experiential learning. He is a direct disciple of Yogachaarya Krishnamaachaarya & TKV Desikachar. Raghu has also benefitted from a long association with J. Krishnamurti and Prof. Pulin K. Garg (IIM Ahmedabad). Raghu is the Director of Coaching for Inner Transformation, Co- founder of Ritambhara Ashram, co-founder of Sumedhas Academy for Human context, The Barefoot Academy for Governance and FLAME TAO Knoware (Pvt. Ltd).


Ms. Anita Balasubramanian

yoga teacher and therapist in the tradition of Sri.T.Krishnamacarya and Sri T.K.V. Desikachar

Anita Balasubramanian is a yoga teacher and therapist in the tradition of Sri.T.Krishnamacarya and Sri T.K.V. Desikachar, a Life Coach in the Ritambhara gharānā and a Reiki practitioner. Anita completed her engineering studies and subsequently pursued a doctoral program in education (curriculum design) at University of Illinois Chicago. Her deep concern for human suffering and the problems of unsustainable living has kept her on the path of seeking an integrated approach to looking at life, living, learning and healing. She enjoys and is drawn to hold space and create processes for moving inwards (antaraṅga sādhanā) using chanting, āsanā-prāṇāyāma, contemplative conversations and just being present. She currently lives on a farm with her husband, 2 girls, 2 dogs, 5 hens, many trees and countless other living beings. She periodically blogs at In her free time, she enjoys making recycle-craft projects, reading, singing, walking and just watching the sky.


Dr. Mala Kapadia

Director of Centre for Wellbeing & Wellness, Professor and Resident Mentor at Rashtram

Dr Mala Kapadia is Director of Centre for Wellbeing and Wellness and Professor, Resident Mentor at Rashtram School of Public Leadership. She is the Founder of Human Potential Consulting named ‘Tame the Monkey’. Mala was an Adjunct Professor with S. P. Jain School of Global Management at Dubai, Singapore, Sydney, and Mumbai campuses from 2005 to March 2020. Ph. D. in Literature, her academic journey is through Psychology, Human Resources, Yoga and Ayurveda, Film & Video Production. Her career has been through research, education, journalism, Human Resources and Consulting. Her area of research is Indic Wisdom for the betterment of humanity.     Education Psychology through Ayurveda and Yoga is an integral research area and one of the focus areas of her current work along with creating Indic frameworks and course curriculums for integration into mainstream courses.      Dr Mala Kapadia has presented and participated in various International Conferences and Journals. She has embraced a sustainable lifestyle for years now and has been passionately involved with the sustainable living initiative by Vaidyagrama Ayurvedic Healing Village, Coimbatore. Rashtram Wellness Practice offers unique consulting and programs to corporates, NGOs, educational institutes and start-ups in organisational culture, leadership, wellness, well-being, and happiness, ‘Train the Trainer’ and facilitation skills based on Indic Wisdom.  These programmes are integrative and cross disciplinary. Her strength is integrating wisdom of India with modern theories and research in the fields of Wellness & Well-being, Emotional Intelligence, Positive psychology, Leadership, and Feminine Energy.


Ms. Sanjana Meher

Counselling psychologist at private practice

A mental health professional, working since 3.5 years with adults facing issues like depression, anxiety, relationship/marital distress, abuse, or trauma. Experienced in online and face-to-face modes of counselling. Passionate about therapy modalities related to the soma, subtle energies, Indian Philosophy, & their application in psychotherapy. Based in Hyderabad, Telangana, India.


Shri Abhinav Kadambi

Trained Engineer with experience in STEM research and science journalism.

Trained Engineer with experience in STEM research and science journalism. Traditional student of Nyayashastra (Nyayashiromani Nyayaratna Shri. Jammalamadaka Suryanarayana ji). Yogasadhaka. A PhD student of Shri. Dr. O. R. Devanathan ji, Presidency College, Chennai. Currently based in Chennai as a teacher and researcher of Sanskrit and Yoga.


Dr. Srinivasa Malladi Sastry

Senior Consultant Psychiatrist ( Worked in UK, Singapore and India)

His formal medical education and practice spanned across India, U.K and Singapore over the last 2 decades where he lead teams and developed services in advanced psychiatric hospitals. With the zeal to teach he was faculty in various medical schools in UK and later in Singapore where he taught medical students, junior doctors and medical colleagues. He also conducted several training programs, delivered talks, conducted workshops in international conferences and has publications in medical journals. His values grounded in spirituality and social responsibility saw manifestation in the works such as Samskrita Bharati movement spreading ancient Indian language in U.K and Singapore, pioneering rural health clinic ‘Arogyaraksha’ near Visakhapatnam, India ( and finally dedicating his life’s energy in ‘SOHAM’ that spreads universal ancient wisdom for the modern generation. ( In his spare time beyond his primary work in rural health clinic and clinical psychiatry practice in the Visakhapatnam City, Dr. Malladi is seen actively involved in local communities, engaging youth in schools, colleges to raise awareness about mental health and primary healthcare. His life’s mission is dedicated in spreading the essence of ancient wisdom of Sanatana Dharma and making it relevant for the common modern man. His activities include Spoken samskritam workshops and teaching exam oriented samskritam course, as a Samskrita Bharati karyakarta and conduct webinars and workshops on Application of Principles of Sanatana Dharma in personal and social development. these webinars are conducted in English and Telugu. Recently he began teaching Bhagavadgita to adults in Telugu.


Smt. Saraswathi Saras

educator and public speaker

Smt.S.Sarawathi is an educator and public speaker, with an academic experience of 35 long years in the subject of economics. She is an M.A.,M.Ed, M.Phil. in Economics and has completed thesis for Ph.D in Economics in Bharathiar university. She also has an M.Sc in Guidance & Counselling, M.A. in Business Economics and an M.A, B.Ed in Hindi. As an educator, she has produced the first centum in Economics in TN State board examinations and has devised innovative teaching practices to help late-bloomers. Not limiting her career to academic realm, she has extended her research into dharmic scriptures and has been giving discourses on ‘Voice Of God’ for the past 13 years as an offering to the Paramacharya. She is an active contributor to Anaadi Foundation’s Kathamala Channel and is involved with them in multiple domains of action.


Prof. Ajeet N. Mathur

Member of the Board of ISPSO

Dr Ajeet Mathur belongs to the Adi Sampradaya and is a Karmasannyasin of the Bihar School of Yoga and Affiliate Life Member of the Indian Psycho-Analytic society. He is a member of the Board of ISPSO. He is Professor Emeritus, NDIM and has been a Professor at IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Calcutta and also held academic appointments in Europe and USA. He worked for Corporates in his early career and has served a term as Secretary to the Government of India heading the Country’s thinktank. He is the winner of the Bridger Award 2021. He has authored 32 books and over 160 papers published in journals and anthologies. He can be contacted at


Dr. Jyotsna Agrawal

Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS)

Dr. Jyotsna Agrawal is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Clinical Psychology, at National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, from where she had completed her M.Phil and Ph.D degrees. She is a consultant for Adult Psychiatry, Geriatric Medicine, Positive Psychology, and Integral Medicine, along with being the faculty in-charge of VIPRA (Vedic Indian Psychology Research & Application) division, under which she runs two clinics, Sattva and Swasthya (for enhancing well-being, informed by Indian psychology). She was awarded the prestigious Fogarty International Postdoctoral Fellowship at Washington University, School of Medicine, St. Louis, USA and another postdoctoral fellowship at S-VYASA Yoga University, Bangalore. Prior to joining NIMHANS, she served as an Assistant professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Patna. She has also worked at various research and management positions at Community Empowerment Lab, Lucknow and at Tata Motors Ltd, Jamshedpur. Her research interests include Indian psychology, yoga and consciousness studies, positive psychology, preventive and promotive approaches towards public mental health, and psychotherapy. She is currently working on applications of Indian psychology and positive Psychology in the clinical settings. She has several publications in the field and is also supervising M.Phil and doctoral level research in this area.


Dr Kundan Singh, PhD

Core Doctoral Faculty, Hindu University of America, Orlando. Florida

Senior Fellow, Hindupedia, Cupertino. California

Vice President, Cultural Integration Fellowship, San Francisco. California

Research Faculty, Sofia University, Palo Alto. California

Adjunct Faculty, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco. California

A former Core Faculty at Sofia University, Palo Alto, California, Kundan Singh, PhD is currently a Core Doctoral Faculty at the Hindu University of America where he is engaged in developing a completely new field in academia, Postcolonial Hindu Studies:

He is also the Vice President of the Cultural Integration Fellowship in San Francisco and Senior Fellow at Hindupedia, Cupertino, California where he is diligently involved with changing the representation of Hinduism and India in grade-school textbooks in California and across the US. Author of the Evolution of Integral Yoga: Sri Aurobindo, Sri Ramakrishna, and Swami Vivekananda and joint author of Making Children Hinduphobic: A Critical Review of McGraw Hill’s World History Textbooks with Krishna Maheshwari, he has lectured extensively in San Francisco Bay Area and has many academic presentations at international and national conferences to his name. Some of his chapters in edited books are as follows: “Beyond Mind: The Future of Psychology as Science,” “Beyond Postmodernism: Towards a Future Psychology,” “Relativism, Self-Referentiality, and Beyond Mind,” “Relativism and its Relevance for Psychology” and “Sri Aurobindo’s Invalidation of the Aryan Invasion Theory and the Contemporary Western Archeological Evidence.” Some of his articles written for popular press can be found at ( His talks can be accessed at and at