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Sat 15 Aug 2020

7:00 PM - 8:15 PM

Antiquity of Indian Influence

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Namaste 2020: Global Utsava of Indian Soft Power

Antiquity of Indian Influence

August 15, 2020, Saturday | 07:00 - 08:15 PM IST

News of the breadth of India’s influence across the world is revealed every day with evidence pouring in from archaeological discoveries, in art and literature, in language and architecture and much more. India’s greatest achievement has been an unbroken line of continuity of all her wisdom.

Chair: Prof. Michel Danino, Author and Academician, IIT Gandhinagar (India) – India beyond her Borders


  • Dr. Chitra Madhavan, Historian (India) – India in Southeast Asia
  • Smt. Radhika Srinivasan, Author (India) – Art and Literary Influence in Southeast Asia
  • Dr. Lavanya Vemsani, History Professor (USA) – Antiquity of Indian Soft Power



Prof. Michel Danino

Author & Academician

Prof. Michel Danino, a Padma Shri awardee is a French-born Indian author and scholar of Indian Civilization. Currently visiting professor at IIT Gandhinagar, Gujarat, where he assists its Archaeological Sciences Centre, coordinates a course on Indian Knowledge Systems and teaches courses on aspects of Indian civilization.


Dr. Chitra Madhavan


Dr. Chitra Madhavan is a recipient of two post doctoral fellowships from the Department of Culture, Govt of India and Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi. She has co-edited a book, "South Indian Heritage" which contains 500 articles on various aspects of South India's heritage. She has authored seven books and also wrote a coffee table book - "Snapshots of A Bygone Era: A Century of Images."


Dr. Lavanya Vemsani

History Professor

Dr. Lavanya Vemsani is Professor of History at Shawnee State University. Her books include Modern Hinduism in Text and Context, Krishna in History, Thought, and Culture: An Encyclopedia of the Lord of Many Names, and Hindu and Jain Mythology of Balarama in addition to numerous articles. India, A New History and Feminine Journeys of the Mahabharata are her upcoming books. She serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Academic journal including American Journal of Indic Studies, Associate Editor of Canadian Journal of History, and Editorial Board of Airforce Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs.


Smt. Radhika Srinivasan


Smt. Radhika Srinivasan has authored four books on Asia's art and thought. Presently, she runs an Institution called Kamalalayam in Manjakkudi, Tiruvarur for under privileged girls.