Thursday, February 25, 2010

Lecture on Vedic contrasts

Washington and Lee University Professor, Timothy Lubin delivers a lecture on the cultural, social, and religious contrasts between the "Vedic Age" (1500-500 BCE) and the big changes of the following centuries (500-185 BCE) to KIS grade 10 Humanities classes.

It was an exciting opportunity for our grade 10 students to listen to this lecture delivered by an expert on the Vedic Period, a scholar who has done extensive research on Ancient Indian History and written various works. A few of them are :

The Atharvashiras-Upanishad: Historical Study, Critical Edition, and Translation, Brahmin Authority and Patronage in Ancient India: The Transmission, Patronage, and Prestige of Brahmanical Piety from the Mauryas to the Guptas, and Arya Status and the Propagation of Brahmanical Authority in Classical India - Paper for the 31st Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, 10-13 Oct. 2002, in the panel "The Aryas in South Asian History."

Our students learned about the Vedic age, Brahmanical rites and rituals, Alexander’s invasion, the Mauryan Empire and Ashoka’s contribution to the spread of Buddhism. According to Tanvi Shriyan, a grade 10 Humanities student, “The talk gave me a deeper insight into Indian history and social life”.

It was indeed a learning experience, not only for the students, but also for the teachers who attended the lecture. It is a great privilege to have authorities on their subjects in residence at KIS.

Professor William Klingelhofer will soon be giving a talk on Art History, with special reference to the Gupta Period in Indian History also to grade 10 students.
Marsha Joshi
English department