Journey of a Historian | In Conversation with Prof. Patrick Olivelle
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Journey of a Historian | In Conversation with Prof. Patrick Olivelle

Professor Patrick Olivelle studied Sanskrit and Indian Religions for his BA at Oxford University, which he finished in 1972. In 1974, he received a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania for a thesis containing the critical edition and translation of Yadava Prakasa’s Yatidharmaprakasa. From 1974-1991, Professor Olivelle taught in the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he was the Department Chair 1984-90. From 1994 to his retirement in 2007, he served as the Chair of the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Religions. Professor Olivelle was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2020. Join this channel to get access to perks: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbwwhiVCC-I14hNr_G3__gg/join To Support Karwaan: The Heritage Exploration Initiative - https://www.buymeacoffee.com/karwaanheritage Do follow us on our Youtube Channel: https://bit.ly/3EkY51p Stay updated with our stories through our social media channels: Website: www.karwaanheritage.in Twitter: https://twitter.com/karwaanheritage Facebook: https://facebook.com/karwaaninitiative Instagram: https://instagram.com/karwaanheritage WhatsApp Group: https://chat.whatsapp.com/HE2FAQ1M8h7AAHr6p9ivNI About Karwaan: One of India's leading Independent student-led history initiatives. It is a collective of students trying to revolutionize the way we approach history. It was started in 2019 and hosted heritage walks in and around Delhi. Since April 2020, we have been organizing online lectures with authors/scholars/historians on our platform and giving students a chance to interact with scholars, and trying to start a dialogue on our past through our posts on Instagram and YouTube. #History #IndianHistory #Lectures #Heritage
The Practice of History in Pakistan | Dr. Mubarak Ali
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The Practice of History in Pakistan | Dr. Mubarak Ali

If you like our work, you can buy us a cup of coffee and share your thoughts: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/karwaanheritage Dr. Mubarak Ali obtained an M.A. in History from Sindh University, Hyderabad in 1963. In 1972, he went first to London and then to Germany for higher studies and attained a PhD (on the Mughal Period of India) at Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany in 1976. Later he became head of the History department at the University of Sindh. He was the director of the Goethe Institute in Lahore until 1996. He is also the editor of the quarterly journal Taarikh (“History”). He has been widely interviewed by electronic and print media in India, Pakistan, and the Middle East. Dr Mubarak Ali has called for the rewriting of the subcontinent's history and correction of what he called "historical aberrations," so that the hatred and misunderstanding prevailing between the people of India and Pakistan could come to an end. He said textbooks in the two countries had been systematically distorted and that the time had come to reverse the trend. Ali has said that "any system based on oppression, coercion and authoritarianism [is] the first problem in the way of writing history." Pakistan's history has been dictated, he said, by politics and the personal ideologies of autocratic rulers. He also reiterated his call for "history to be analysed and rewritten from the perspective of the masses instead of the viewpoint of rulers." Follow us and our work on social media: Instagram/Twitter - @karwaanheritage Facebook: www.facebook.com/karwaaninitiative
Deccan Geology and Gandhian Wardha | Dr. Venugopal Maddipati
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Deccan Geology and Gandhian Wardha | Dr. Venugopal Maddipati

The idea of passing a region’s time, and the actual human experience of passing the time in a region, can be two entirely different things. Or so we learn when we compare notes between the 19th-century geological accounts of the Reverend Stephen Hislop and Robert Hunter in the Wardha region, and M.K. Gandhi’s mid-1930s prose related to his stay in Wardha. In this presentation we will examine how Hislop and Hunter’s geological studies and Gandhi’s stay in Wardha represent entirely different, even contrasting attitudes towards the idea of the experience and reach for a fuller synthesis of Gandhian thought and the Anthropocene. Support Karwaan: The Heritage Exploration Initiative - https://www.buymeacoffee.com/karwaanheritage Stay updated with our stories through our social media channels: Website: www.karwaanheritage.in Twitter: https://twitter.com/karwaanheritage Facebook: https://facebook.com/karwaaninitiative Instagram: https://instagram.com/karwaanheritage WhatsApp Group: https://chat.whatsapp.com/HE2FAQ1M8h7AAHr6p9ivNI About Karwaan: One of India's leading Independent student-led history initiatives. It is a collective of students trying to revolutionize the way we approach history. It was started in 2019 and hosted heritage walks in and around Delhi. Since April 2020, we have been organizing online lectures with authors/scholars/historians on our platform and giving students a chance to interact with scholars, and trying to start a dialogue on our past through our posts on Instagram and YouTube. #History #IndianHistory #Lectures #Heritage
Karwaan Online Concert (2020) | Padma Shri Prahlad Singh Tipanya
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Karwaan Online Concert (2020) | Padma Shri Prahlad Singh Tipanya

Prahlad Singh Tipanya—one of the most compelling folk voices of Kabir in India today—combines singing and explanation of Kabir bhajans in the folk style of the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh. In 1978, at the age of 24, Prahladji first heard and was captivated by the sound of the tambura, a 5-string plucked instrument. He was a village schoolteacher, and singing was not a family tradition. But this became a defining moment for his life. Through the tambura, Prahladji encountered the world of Kabir. The words of this fifteenth-century saint-poet are sung in village after village by hundreds of bhajan mandalis, whose members have kept alive an unbroken oral tradition of singing Kabir’s poetry for 600 years. Prahladji entered this world of all-night bhajan sessions as a learner. Over three decades later he is a household name, his cassettes and CDs heard in countless public and private places. Many acknowledge him as having powerfully contributed to a resurgence of Kabir oral traditions and music in Malwa. Prahladji was born in the small village of Lunyakhedi, District Ujjain, in 1954. His parents, Atmaramji and Sampatbai Tipanya, were poor and unlettered. After going to live with his maternal grandparents in Manpur, near Indore, he was successful in school and advanced to an M.A. in History, after which he became a government schoolteacher. Today he is Headmaster at Kanasiya Middle School for Girls. Prahladji combines a powerful singing style with a magnetic ability to communicate with his audiences. His concerts are more than entertaining music. They are deep engagements with the spiritual and social thought of Kabir. In Malwa he is not only admired as a singer, but also revered as one who propagates, with great personal intensity and engagement, the messages of Kabir. His concerts stress the need to rise above petty divisiveness, sectarianism, empty ritualism and hypocrisy, and the need to adopt love as the ultimate religion. Unswayed by the trends of mixing filmi tunes and synthetic sounds in folk music, Prahladji has resolutely nurtured a Malwi folk music idiom. A new sound he is responsible for introducing is that of the violin, which has now become a trend for bhajan mandalis of his area. He performs with his troupe, which includes accompanying singers and instrumentalists playing manjira, dholak, harmonium, timki and violin. Prahladhji himself plays the tambura and kartal. He has performed for audiences at local, state, national and international levels. Since 1980 his voice has been heard on All India Radio stations in Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Patna, Lucknow and Kanpur. He has also been a frequent artist on Doordarshan. In 2003 his troupe performed in London, then toured the US for over two months. In 2005 he went to Pakistan, and in 2009 there was another two-month tour of Canada and the US. His awards include Malwa Ratna, Shrestha Kala Acharya, Isuri Samman, Bhajan Bhushan, Madhya Pradesh ka Shikhar Samman, the Sangeet Natak Academy award and most recently the Padma Shri award. In 1997, Prahladji set up the Kabir Smarak Seva Shodh Sansthan (Kabir Memorial Service and Research Institute), on a plot of land granted to him by the state government adjoining his home in Lunyakhedi village. This registered trust organizes an annual event, where thousands congregate to listen to Kabir’s words through bhajans and discourses by gathered singers and spiritual leaders. A school is opening in 2011; further plans include a library of Kabir-related writings and a meditation hall. Prahladji acknowledges the teaching and guidance of Shri Chenaji Maru, from whom he learned to sing Malwi folk bhajans as a young man. He also acknowledges his spiritual gurus, including Bhimpuri Maharaj (Nath Sampraday), Charan Singh Maharaj (Radha Soami), Griddhmuni nam sahib (Kabir Panth), and Abhilash Sahib, Jyotidas Shastri, Vivekdasji Acharya, Ramjivan Shastri, and Purshottam Sahib, along with the guidance of many other sants and acharyas.