Centre For Study of MYTHOLOGY and CULTURE(CMSC)

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Center for study of Mythology and culture was started by Dr Vidhya Kamat Parthan , who is the Secretary and founder member of this organisation.

DR. Vidhya Kamat , the Founder after completing her Degree in Fine Arts from Goa College of Art, Panaji now situated at Altinho Panaji, went on to do her Masters and acquired a PhD in Comparative Mythology from Mumbai University

CSMS is her small effort to focus on the topic mythology.

Read on a little about the organisation, it Vision, Aims Objectives and Mission.

We also have for you small narratives of the stalwarts in this subject who have participated in delivering a series of lecture, since its inception and contributed greatly towards throwing light on the study of Indian mythology viz a viz the world mythology.

Vision:
To create a dedicated center for the study of Indian mythology, in relation with World mythologies and to create a platform to debate, discuss, research, and critique on the role of myths in shaping contemporary society & culture.

Mission

Promote, teach and research, the knowledge and understanding of myths and how they shape perceptions. This is done through conferences, seminars, workshops for the benefit of students, scholars, writers, cultural enthusiasts, and public in India and the World.

Document and archive various expressions of myths and symbols in Indian culture.

Develop a research residency and promote a collaborative research with International institutions and academic community.

Creating teaching tools through mediums such as story books, animated shorts and documentary videos, PPT lectures, and audio recordings, etc.

Creating websites and web lectures/ blogs and an online forum.

Generating funds through donations and grants from various sources, such as individuals, government funding agencies, national and international organizations.

Achievements:

Talking Myths project www.talkingmyths.com. An online archive of traditional stories was created in 2013 (more than 100 traditional stories have been collected so far) from different regions of India. This is a rapidly growing project receiving positive responses from scholars, students, and the public in general.

These tales are classified under categories such as myths, folktales, legends, beliefs and traditions , didactic tales etc.

This project is an open, interactive platform for anyone, anywhere, anytime in the world , whereby you can share a story and start a conversation in the form of a blog.

Through this project we hope to provide a creative and scholarly exposition of the diverse heritage of myths that enrich the cultures of the region and the patterns that emerge therein.

We have had some esteemed contributors like Devdutt Pattanaik, a renowned author, mythologist, and leadership consultant, whose work focuses on deriving management insights from mythology to reveal a very Indian approach to modern business. He has authored over 30 books, many of them best-sellers like ‘Myth = Mithya’, ‘Business Sutra’, ‘The Pregnant King’, and ‘Jaya: An Illustrated retelling of the Mahabharata’.

Musharraf Ali Farooqi, author, novelist and translator. His novel Between Clay and Dust was a finalist for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2012. He is the author of the critically acclaimed translations of Urdu classics, “The Adventures of Amir Hamza,” and the first book of a projected 24-volume magical fantasy epic, Hoshruba. He writes a monthly column on the myths and folktales of South Asia

Dr. Mahendra Kumar Mishra, noted folklorist of India, who is also the author of Oral Epics of Kalahandi. He has set up Community Digital Archives in tribal areas in Odisha and is the initiator of multicultural education initiatives in Odisha using folklore in primary schools. Dr Mishra is also Chief Editor of Lokaratna, an e-journal for Folklore Foundation, Bhubaneswar,
Odisha in collaboration with the Dspace of Cambridge University, UK and National Folklore Support Center, Chennai. Dr Mishra is also author of Folktales of Odisha published by the
National Book Trust of India.

Dr. Pandurang Phaldesai specializes in folklore studies, cultural anthropology and cultural history of Goa. He has authored seven books and several articles on folk culture of Goa. He is recipient of many research fellowships and prestigious state cultural awards from the Government of Goa for his outstanding contribution to folk-art and folk lore studies. He is former Member Secretary of the State Academy of art, Kala Academy , Goa

Activities:

As part of our outreach and awareness program on mythology, lectures are conducted at various places in Goa and Mumbai.

In Goa , a lecture on Introduction to the Study of Mythology was delivered at various colleges such as Dhempe College of Arts , Science , Miramar, Panaji, Mallikarjun College of Arts and Commerce, Canacona and Xaviers College of Arts , Science and Commerce, Mapusa.

Organising lecture series on mythology and folklore at Trilogy Library, Worli, Mumbai, Artisan Gallery, Kalaghoda, Mumbai, GVK’s New museum at the CSIA, Mumbai.

The lectures were delivered by Dr. Vidya Kamat- Parthan, Utkarsh Patel and Arundhuti Dasgupta, co-founders of Talking Myths project.

Future Projects:

Some of our projects include…..

1.Walk through talks at ‘Jaya he’- GVK New Museum at CSIA- 2015.

2.Workshops at Kala Ghoda festival -2016, a premiere cultural festival of Mumbai.

3.Workshops and lecture series in Goa and Mumbai.

Founding Members:
Our founder members include
Prof. Arvind Kudchadker, Prof Emeritus, IIT Mumbai., President ,
Dr. Vidya Kamat- Parthan, Secretary,
Adv. Rajiv Shinkre, Treasurer
Executive Members- Rajendra Talak, Dr. Venkatesh Kamat,
Dr. Pandurang Phaldessai, Prajal Sakhardande.

For more information:
Center for Study of Mythology and Culture
SI-2, Model status, Bldg. No1, Dona Paula Goa, 403004
Contact us at- talkingmyths@gmail.com
and csmc.india@gmail.com
Cell: +91 9820303240

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