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Dharma, Artha & Kama: Unity Or Dissonance? – Essay Competition for Workshop By Dr Bharat Gupt

The purusharthas are four fundamental pursuits of human life often spoken about in Hinduism -Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. Dharma is living in concordance with certain rules, with the aim of upholding an order and nourishing life. Artha is the pursuit of wealth and riches, while kama is the pursuit of desires and love. Moksha is the state of liberty from earthly chains. Of these, Dharma, Artha and Kama are called the trivargas, as they are concerned with material goals.

The trivargas, while covering all possible aims of life, are sometimes seen as being contradictory to one another. Is it possible to seek both Dharma and Kama simultaneously? When a conflict arises between Artha and Dharma, what is the path to be taken? What is the relevance of this conception in the present day? Dr Bharat Gupt will conduct a workshop in order to expound on the three Purusharthas of Dharma, Artha and Kama and tackle these vexing questions.

Dr Bharat Gupt is a former Associate Professor in English at the College of Vocational Studies of the University of Delhi. He is an Indian classicist, theatre theorist, sitar and surbahar player, musicologist, cultural analyst, and newspaper columnist. He is also the author of multiple books on Drama, the Natyashastra and Indian culture. He maintains a site at

The workshop is titled ‘Dharma, Artha and Kama: Unity or Dissonance? Readings from Manusmriti, Arthashastra, and Kamsutra with Analysis & Discussions’ (Hindi: धर्म, काम और कूटनीति, संगति या विरोध? ७ दिवसीय व्याख्या! मनुस्मृति, अर्थशास्त्र, और कामसूत्र पर विचार।). It will be conducted over a duration of seven days, with five hours of lecturing and discussions everyday. Dr Gupt will read from Sanskrit texts and provide translations in both English and Hindi.

This seminar is very beneficial for a wide range of policymakers, sociologists, lawyers, judges and other working professionals. Do not miss this workshop at any cost, as the seats are limited. Hurry up and win a seat at the Workshop by submitting an essay on below topics.

a.  Hindu Philosophy of Dharma, Arth, Kama and Moksha and the Modern Life.

b. Societal and Penal Laws in Ancient Dharmic Texts

The essay should be an original piece of not less than 2500 words with appropriate references for theoretical frameworks presented. The essays should be sent to and the last date for submission is September 1, 2018

Indic Academy will support 5 winners to the Workshop. The winners of the Essay Competition will be sponsored up to Rs 20,000/- each which includes registration and accommodation fees of Rs. 7,000 and a traveling allowance of maximum Rs.13,000 or as per actual whichever is less. This is an exciting opportunity to learn in a serene atmosphere from the best of the learned teachers in this subject.


Date: September 11th – 17th 2018

Location: Aurobindo Aashram, Talla Ramgarh, Kumaon Hills, Uttarakhand


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