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Srishti Sambrahma 2020: Celebrating the Earth Mother


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Fri 02 Oct 2020

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Wisdom of the Ancients

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Srishti Sambrahma 2020: Celebrating the Earth Mother

Wisdom of the Ancients

The Earth Mother has been worshipped and respected in varying ways in ancient cultures across the globe. The first environmentalists are often ignored in the light of modern-day crusaders. In truth, they are indigenous people whose beliefs, culture, and practices are visionary and protectionist when it comes to the natural world.

October 02, 2020, Friday | 05:00 - 07:00 PM IST

Chair: Prof. Yashwant Pathak, Associate Dean in College of Pharmacy, University of South Florida


  • Trichur Brothers - Mr. Srikrishna Mohan and Mr. Raamkumar Mohan, Musicians
  • Ms. Elizabeth Araujo, Mayan Elder (Gautemala)
  • Mr. Basil Ugorji, Founder & CEO, International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation (ICERM)
  • Prof. Gauri Mahulikar, Dean, Chinmaya Viswavidyapeeth
  • Dr. Abba Pulu, Assistant Professor, Indira Gandhi College, Tezu, Arunachala Pradesh
  • Shri. Vijay Swami, Executive Director, RIWATCH
  • Ms Becky Big Canoe, Chippewa for Ontario


Featured Image courtesy: Shri. Kalyan Varma



Trichur Brothers


Vidwans Shri Srikrishna Mohan and Shri Raamkumar, better known as Trichur Brothers are one of the leading classical musicians of South India. Son of leading Mridanga Vidwan Sri Trichur R Mohan, they had their initial training from Madurai Shrimati Balamani Eswar. They were trained further by Shri Thamarakkadu Govindan Namboothiri. It's a huge privilege for the brothers to be associated with "Namami Gange", a project revived by Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, to clean up the National River Ganga. Their composition "Namami Gange" is now the official Theme Song of this mammoth and historic movement. The brothers are also honoured to have been invited to participate and present the song in the Dubai Stadium when Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi visited Dubai to address a gathering of more than 50000 people.


Prof. Yashwant Pathak

Associate Dean, College of Pharnacy, University of Florida

Dr. Yashwant Pathak completed his education M.S., Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Technology from India and EMBA and MS Conflict Management from Sullivan University, USA. He is Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at the newly launched College of Pharmacy, University of South Florida. Tampa, Florida. With extensive experience in academia and industry, he has over 150 publications research papers, abstracts, chapters and reviews, 7 books in Nanotechnology and drug delivery systems, 6 in Nutraceuticals and several books in cultural studies. His areas of research include drug delivery systems, nanotechnology applications in pharmacy and Nutraceuticals. He has traveled extensively over 80 countries and is actively involved with many Pharmacy colleges in different countries.


Dr. Gauri Mahulikar

Dean, Chinmaya Viswavidyapeeth

Dr. Gauri Mahulikar was the Gurudev Tagore Chair of Comparative Literature Professor and former head of department of Sanskrit at the Mumbai University. She holds a Doctorate in Sanskrit on ‘Vedic Elements in Puranic Mantras and Rituals’. An author, who has published six books and over 80 research articles in English, Marathi, Hindi and Sanskrit, Dr. Mahulikar has mentored several doctoral students; sixteen of who have successfully earned their doctorates. She was instrumental in launching courses in Manuscriptology, Bhakti Literature and Mysticism in the Sanskrit Department and has coordinated a UGC funded project on 'Digital Preservation of Palm Leaf Manuscripts' (2010-2015). Dr.Mahulikar was awarded the Maneckji Limji Gold Medal for her dissertation on ‘Ancient Greek Dramas and Bharata’s Natyasastra’ from Mumbai University. Some of the many awards that Dr.Mahulikar has been awarded are the ‘Ramakrishna Award’ by the Canadian Education Foundation, Ontario for the propagation of Sanskrit (2003); Guru Gaurav Puraskar by Kalasadan, Mumbai (2011); Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit Sadhana Puraskar by Maharashtra State Government (2013); Adi Sankaracarya Puraskar awarded by H.H. Sri Jayendra Saraswati Mahaswamigal, the Shankaracharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham (2014); Savitribal Phule Puraskar by Mumbai University (2015); and the Indira Behere Puraskar by Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune (2015).


Ms. Elizabeth Araujo

Mayan Elder

Grandmother Elizabeth is a warm, compassionate person manifesting a discernment that crosses cultural boundaries.  She travels extensively throughout the world to wherever she is called to do ceremony and hold council with Elders of those places in the process of bringing unification, balance and harmony to Mother Earth. Grandmother Elizabeth was born and raised in El Salvador and lives in Guatemala.  She is a member of El Salvador Council of Mayan Ajqij’ab and also works with the Guatemala Mayan National Council of Elders.  Elizabeth works through the Mayan traditional healing ceremonies with the Sacred Fire and is a guide for spiritual journeys to sacred sites in Guatemala, Peru and Bolivia.


Mr. Basil Ugorji

Founder & CEO, International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation (ICERM)

Basil Ugorji is the President and CEO of the International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation (ICERM). In this role, he leads the overall implementation of the organization’s mandate. Basil is also the lead Instructor of ICERM's Specialized Mediation Certification Training: The Mediation of Ethnic and Religious Conflicts. With his more than a decade long outstanding experience in ethnic and religious conflict resolution and peacebuilding, he has successfully trained new mediators of ethnic and religious conflicts from many countries around the world. Basil is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Conflict Analysis & Resolution at the Department of Conflict Resolution Studies, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Nova Southeastern University, Fort-Lauderdale, Florida. His research interest focuses on the following areas: • Historical Memory in Ethnic and Religious Conflicts • Transformative Learning • Teaching Controversial Public Issues to name a few


Dr. Abba Pulu

Assistant Professor, Indira Gandhi College, Tezu, Arunachala Pradesh

Dr. Abba Pulu is an Assistant Professor - Geography in Indira Gandhi Govt College, Tezu.


Dr. Vijay Swami

Executive Director, RIWATCH

Dr. Vijay Swami is a Fulbright Scholar (2005). He has been the Executive Director of Research institute of World’s Ancient Traditions Cultures and Heritage (RIWATCH), Khinjili, Roing, Arunachal Pradesh. He has delivered talks in 18 universities across USA on North East India - Cultural Traditions/ opportunities & challenges etc. Recently got the Gold medal from the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh for his meritorious services to the People of Arunachal Pradesh. In 2018, he was also confered with “Ponge Dele Award” - second highest award from Idu-Mishmi tribe . This was for his contribution to that community.


Ms. Becky Big Canoe

Chippewa for Ontario

Becky Big Canoe is a member of the Chippewas of Georgina island which is located in Lake Simcoe in southern Ontario Canada. They refer to as A Nish I Naw Bay people and they have lived in the Great Lakes region of Turtle Island for countless generations. The landscape is rich with rivers, lakes and creeks as well as the mighty majesty of our wondrous Gitchi Gammiguk, Big Lakes. In her endeavours, she works to connect women to their land by giving them the opportunity to learn how to build natural homes and become craftspeople and contractors to help themselves and others. In our nations, it is the women who are picking up the bundles of our responsibilities to care for our life giving earth and bring our children into relationship with her in a good way.

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