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Lecture Series

Dreaming with Vishnu

Studies in Comparative Mythology lead by Dr. Vidya Kamat (India)

A fascinating and unique lecture series on Hindu Mythology comparing beliefs and practices of other ancient civilizations. This lecture series is suitable for all aged 18 and above, for those keen to understand the similarities and differences in World Mythology.

Timings: 26 - 30 Sep 2016, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Fees: £100 / £75*(*early bird rate until July 31, 2016)


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Songs of Praise

A series of five lectures introducing the devotional music of India’s Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs. Not only do all three religious traditions share the same Hindustani (North Indian) classical music and sing the same ragas, but have also freely borrowed one another’s devotional texts, anecdotal references and poetic imagery. The Sikhs sing the verses of Sufi poets. Numerous Hindu bhajans of the medieval period directly invoke Sufi masters, while the classical repertoire of Muslim qawwals often contains direct references to Lord Krishna and his consort Radha.

The lectures will go deeper into the broad topics of: Origins, Bhakti, Sufism in India, Qawwali and Shabad.

Timings: Tuesdays 6.30 - 8.30pm

Dates: June 3 - July 1, 2014


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Fees: £75 for complete course (extended deadline for Early Bird fees, £50 until May 30)

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Mythscapes: Re-telling and Decoding Myths From Around the World

Timings: Wednesdays, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

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Fees: £60 per Module (3 Lectures)

Mythscapes is a series of myth-telling and discussion sessions that will re-tell significant myths from around the world and decode the stories for patterns and insights by analyzing the comparative elements in myths from different civilizations
Through the Mythscapes lecture and discussion sessions, we will bring to you the narratives of some of the most powerful and significant myths from around the world. We will also try and decode these stories and identify insights, themes and patterns by comparing some of these.

We hope these sessions will be a reminder of Mankind’s shared journey through Time as also reveal to us how these primal tales continue to have an imprint in today’s culture and collective experiences.

Course Details
Wednesdays, 6.30-8.30pm, 4 Modules of 3 sessions each, £60 per module.

Module 1: dates to be confirmed
Creation Myths & The Common Imagery and Narrative Devices used
3 sessions covering the narratives of Creation Myths from the Vedic, Egyptian, Greek, Far Eastern and Americas as well as identifying the common themes that run through them. 
Module 2: dates to be confirmed
Nature Myths Including Flood Myths
3 sessions covering the narratives of Flood Myths from the Vedic, Sumerian and Biblical sources as well as other Nature Myths that illustrate how Primal Man interpreted and interacted with various natural manifestations like mountains, rivers et al.
Module 3: dates to be confirmed
Myths of Mother Goddess
3 sessions focusing on three significant primordial Goddesses of Egypt, India and South America - Isis, Durga and the Inca Earth Mother, Pachamama. We will explore how Mother Goddess embodies earth, fertility and primal energy that powered the cycle of birth/rebirth itself.

Module 4: dates to be confirmed
Hero Myths
3 sessions covering the archetype Hero’s journey, the detailed understanding of the Sumerian Hero figure of Gilgamesh as well as Indra and Rama from the Vedic/Puranic tradition. We will end this module by looking at the enduring and significant impact of the Hero myth on all aspects of popular culture and media.

The Mythscapes Team
Anuradha Dhar Bose
Anuradha is an accountant by profession but a mythologist by passion.  A chartered accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, she has a diploma in comparative mythology from Bombay University and studied under the tutelage of renowned artist and mythologist Dr. Vidya Kamat.
Anuradha started her career in the UK with Lloyds Bank. Today, in addition to her day job as an accountant and fundraiser with a NGO, she is pursuing her passion for myths by contributing articles to websites and papers.
Anuradha believes that myths are an integral part of our present as these stories of primal humans are imprinted in both our collective and individual psyches.
Rukmini Gupte
Rukmini is a London based Brand Strategist who works with companies and brands across markets in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.
Her job involves helping brands create greater consumer delight by making sense of macro trends and by delving deeper into consumer motivations and prejudices. She is fascinated by myths not just because she loves a good story but because myths help her to understand where she comes from and help reaffirm that we humans are all part of the same journey through time and space.
A Post Graduate in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, Rukmini has also studied Comparative Mythology and obtained a diploma from the University of Mumbai in 2008-2009.

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