(An Intellectual Match Making)
A First of its kind Event
The Mylapore Trio’s brain child is “Knowledge Swayamvaram” – An Innovative Event conducted recently at their residence at Mandavelipakkam. Dr.S.Amarnath, (one of the Trio) who is a Professor of History at Presidency College, Chennai, organized this unique “Knowledge Swayamvaram” (Intellectual Academic Interaction) between his M.Phil and Ph.D Research Scholars and Resource Persons, who were eminent Academicians, Professors, Historians, artists in dance, music, arts & crafts. It was a first of its kind event in which the researchers and the experts were brought under one roof for intellectual match up. He has organized the same event earlier in 2011 and repeated once again now. In this novel venture, he was supported by his brother Surendranath, sister Aparna and their foster son Sugathan.
The Eminent Resource Persons were - Dr.S.Devaki, Former Prof. and HOD of History, Vellalar College for Women, Erode. Dr.A.Chandrasekhar, Former HOD of History IDE, University of Madras. Dr.Nalini Chandrasekhar, Former Editor, Madras Archives, Dr.Vidya Sainath who is a Doctorate in Philosophy from Madras University also an artist & a poet, Surendranath – a Masters in Vis.Com & an Art Director, Aparna - A Chartered Accountant & a Banker, Sugathan – Masters in Communication & a Journalist cum Dancer (Mylapore Trio & Sugathan are alumni of Kalakshetra), Dr.Amudha is a former student of Dr.Amarnath and has done wide research on Theatrical Arts in Tamilnadu.
The research scholars included Ph.D and M.Phil scholars of Dr.Amarnath & from the Tamilnadu State Archaeology Department, who are doing research on various spectrums of Art and culture. They continue to work on a variety of topics in history and archaeology and came from as far as Dindigul and Thiruvannamalai.
Since Dr. Amarnath is a Cultural historian and an alumni of Kalakshetra with a strong leaning towards dance, music and other art forms, he feels the dire need to explore the cultural arena and bring it to the academic platform, which has not been done significantly. Hence the students are encouraged to quench their cultural thirst by taking up cultural topics under the guidance of Dr.Amarnath. His students have done extensive research on folk arts and were awarded the Ph.D degree for their ground breaking works on The Folk Games of Tamil Nadu, Folk Theatre, Folk Music and Dance, Classical Bharatanatyam, Carnatic Music, Arts and Crafts, Temple study, Heritage etc…
In spite of the rain scholars conglomerated to quench their intellectual thirst and to satiate their hunger for knowledge. It was a Satsung of Gurus and Sishyas held in a very Artistic Ambience and in a Serene Atmosphere. This exclusive session began with an introduction of the professionals and the students, followed by one to one interaction. The resource persons, belonging to a spectrum of fields, so happened to be Primary sources for the candidates, who ultimately catered to the scholarly needs of the researchers. The event was a sort of Intellectual mating between the givers and takers of knowledge. Each candidate was given an easy approach to meet their respective specialist without much ado, which otherwise would not have been easily possible. It was like the Mountain coming to meet the Prophet. After two hours of solid discussion the session ended with a sumptuous High Tea.
According to the experts, it was a rejuvenating experience in their academic career & felt happy to share their expertise, knowledge and wisdom to the blooming historians and offered their services any time required. The students on their part were very much thrilled about this new concept of meeting great legends, who were simple and easily approachable. They opined that it was indeed a “Knowledge Swayamvaram” between the seekers & providers of information. At the end of the day, the students turned a new leaf in their academic career.