It has been two and a half years since Indic Today was started. The idea to start Indic Today came about sometime after the Indic Art Festival held at Goa in December 2017. It was felt a platform was needed to push the activities and reports of events of Indic Academy as the number of City Chapters, scholarships provided and events being held was increasing.
Thus, Indic Today was established to showcase the events and activities of Indic Academy, promote Indic authors and thought leaders through writings and audio-visual mediums, and publish well researched academic and semi-academic essays on Indic Civilisation thereby staying true to the tagline of Indic Academy of preserve and promote.
Established in April 2018 Indic Today has grown extensively today with a total of over 1200+ posts and an Indic Today Author group of about 275 authors. We have published well-known authors such as Prof. Subhash Kak, Prof. Ramesh Rao, Prof. M. D. Srinivas but our star performer is a young 14-year-old author Ms. Ananya whose fictional stories of Mahabharata are appreciated by everyone.
In the last six months, we have added 50+ authors to the Indic Author group. Some notable authors, whose books reached the Amazon Best Seller List, such as Aneesh Gokhale, Ratul Chakraborty, Vijender Sharma have acknowledged the support provided by Indic Today in promoting their books across all our social media channels as well as through interviews, webinars, and review of their book. We are humbled by their acknowledgment and look forward to promoting more Indic authors.
Our semi-academic pieces through Quick Reads and academic research pieces in Long Reads and Research Paper sections are highly appreciated by our readers. In June 2020 we carried out a Feedback Survey from our readers in which more than 60% of readers gave us a rating between 8 to 10. We received positive feedback on the content especially on the various Series we have published from time to time.
We are also announcing a regular Hindi and Kannada section to the website. In the past few months, we tested publishing in Hindi and received an overwhelming response. Based on the same we plan to increase Hindi publications with a dedicated day for it. From Navratri onwards, we will also be publishing in the Kannada language.
Building on this tempo we are announcing the following additions to our Advisory Board and our Consulting Editorial Board.
Padmashri Prof. Subhash Kak is an Indian-American computer scientist who has made major contributions to cryptography, artificial neural networks and is recognized as one of the pioneers of quantum computing. Prof. Kak was awarded the Padma Shri in 2018 for his work on the history of science, the philosophy of science, ancient astronomy, and the history of mathematics. He is the author of 12 books including The Nature of Physical Reality, The Architecture of Knowledge, and Mind and Self.
Prof. Gauri Mahulikar is a well-respected Sanskrit scholar currently appointed as Professor & Dean of Faculty, Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth. In her career, she has also been the Former Head of the Sanskrit Department at Mumbai University and Former Head of Gurudev Tagore Chair of Comparative Literature at Mumbai University. She has received many awards for her research in Sanskrit language and her continued work for its preservation. In 2013 she received the Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit Sadhana Puraskar constituted by the Maharashtra State Government.
Prof. Nagaraj Paturi is trained in Sanskrit and Advaita Vedanta by his hyper-polyglot, polymath and spiritually accomplished sakala-shaastra-paarangata father, late Sri Paturi Sitaramanjaneyulu garu, he is seriously committed to the transmission of Vedic sciences to the present generation. He designed a very big number of courses of contemporary applications of Vedic Sciences and has been successfully teaching them and getting them taught. Presently he is Director, Inter-Gurukula – University Centre for Indic knowledge Systems of Indic Academy And Distinguished Professor, Curriculum Designer, Executive Committee Member, and Member, Board of Studies, MIT School of Vedic Sciences, Pune. Member, Board of Studies for Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, Kavikulaguru Kalidasa Sanskrit University, Veda Vijnana Gurukula. Formerly Senior Professor of Cultural Studies.
Padma Shri Smt. Malini Awasthi is a post-graduate as well as a gold medalist in Hindustani classical music from Bhatkhande University, Lucknow. Also, she achieved a gold medal in M.A. Modern History with a specialization in Medieval and modern Indian architecture, University of Lucknow. She is a Ganda bandh student of Legendary Hindustani Classical Singer, Padma Vibhushan Vidushi Girija Devi of Banaras Gharana. She was awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2016 for her work in the field of music.
Manish Mundra is a rare combination of successful Corporate Leadership abilities and a fine eye for creative arts. A native of Deoghar, Jharkhand, he joined Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals in Nigeria in 2002 and quickly climbed the Corporate ladder with his managerial capabilities to become the CEO and MD of the company in 2010. In 2014 Manish Mundra started his own venture called Drishyam Films & Production House which has produced International Award winners such as Masan and Newton and National Award winner Dhanak.
Consulting Editorial Board
Shivakumar GV is an IT professional with a deep interest in Bharateeya Samskriti. His special areas of interest are Mahabharata and RigVeda. He writes on Mahabharata regularly at IndicToday. He is deeply interested in understanding the Bharateeya Itihaasa, Puraana, Tatva-Shastra, and civilizational challenges faced by Bharateeya Parampara. He firmly believes that our “Chaturvidha Purushartha” holds a perspective that shapes every aspect of human life very different from Modernity.
Manish Shrivastava joins Indic Today as Consulting Editor for our Hindi Section. While being a Corporate professional Manish is also a successful Hindi language author with two books – Roohi ek Pehli and Main Munna Hu under his belt. He describes himself as a philanthropist of Hindi Language, which is his mother tongue and is currently engaged in writing in Hindi for various platforms. Manish brings to the platform a unique sense of empathy through his writings that help readers free them of their emotional burdens.
Our Advisory Board brings extensive experience in traditional knowledge with scientific temperament and a deep understanding of Indian traditions and culture. We hope to continue building our platform drawing on the unique capabilities of our Advisory and Editorial Board.
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