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Tantrayukti – An Indic Approach to Scientific Discourse

Ancient India’s scientific/shastric tradition is so insistent on coherent and concise expression of thought that it has even codified and classified the various conventions employed in any discourse or exposition of a topic. These conventions are called Tantrayukti. While they are used in numerous Indic texts, some have explicitly identified and enlisted them to help readers. Understanding Tantrayukti and identifying their usage is crucial for correctly interpreting seminal Indic scientific treatises such as Ayurvedic texts and Arthashastra. About 35-40 yuktis have been identified as most handy. Examples include “enumeration of a taxonomy, term definition, forward/backward reference, extrapolation, etc.).

The word Tantrayukti has multiple meanings. One of them is the “logic/rationale (yukti) that binds a discourse (tantra or shastra) or its elements together. Through this workshop, we’d like to revive this glorious tradition for authentic study of Indic knowledge as well as contemporary applications. We will also take a look at what makes a thesis sound and some commonly seen shortcomings in many theses.

Expected Outcomes

  • Understanding the Indian systematic approach to organize thoughts and writing in any subject
  • Understanding the significant elements in any systematic exposition of knowledge content
  • Understanding the structure of any text – ancient or contemporary
  • Reviewing a content on account of its readability – ancient or contemporary
  • Enriching readability in one’s own knowledge content writing
  • Applying India’s traditional mode of robust thinking in current context

This workshop is open to professionals of all backgrounds. Those working in in any knowledge domain which involves knowledge creation/content generation will find this specially beneficial.


Date: 29th-30th June 2019 (Saturday-Sunday)

Location: Kavikulaguru Kalidasa Sanskrit University, Ramtek, Nagpur, Maharashtra

Kavikulaguru Kalidasa Sanskrit University, Ramtek;
Indic Academy, Hyderabad;
School of Vedic Sciences, MIT ADT University, Pune

Course Designer: Dr. Jayaraman Mahadevan , Director, Krishnamachari Yoga Mandiram, Chennai

Last Date for Registration: 22nd June 2019

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Indic Academy is proud to support this event by providing a grant of Rs 40,000.

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