Panel Discussions

Applying Vedic Philosophy to Contemporary Thought


The logic of actual human striving to know what is true of the world. ‘Darshan’ or ‘to view’ as a derivative has a deeper meaning other than just a simple religious interpretation and a cultural memory. The premise of arts and culture rests in the eye and perception of the viewer. And ‘Darshan’ thus becomes critical to its growth.


Museum Archival & Icons- Objects of Desire
  • Vaishesika in the Indian School of Philosophy
  • All objects in the universe are composed of five elements–earth, water, air, fire & space
  • Ether except time and the mind/soul & God is the guiding principle
  • Creation and destruction of universe is a cyclic process
  • Vaishesika also marked the beginning of physics in India eventually, this school was merged with Nyaya school of Indian philosophy



A global culture of environmental heritage.

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam is a Sanskrit phrase which broadly translates to: the world is one single family and it is only the small-minded who discriminate between kin and stranger; while for the magnanimous, the entire world is a family.


Cultural meaning in the landscape

Nyāya (Sanskrit: न्याय, nyā-yá), literally means “rules”, “method” or “judgment”. This school’s most significant contributions to Indian philosophy was systematic development of the theory of logic, methodology, and it’s treatises on epistemology.


Glowing in the dark: Rural recognitions

Samkhya philosophy regards the universe as consisting of two independent realities: puruṣa (‘consciousness’) and prakṛti (‘matter’). These two realities exist parallely, and neither is created by the other.

A cross cultural discussion


This webinar series curated by Helen Frederick, organisational curator The Kala Chaupal Trust is brought to you by The Kala Chaupal Trust in collaboration with Institut Francais Inde:

Like an e-Museum platform, the webinar series will engage visitors online to enjoy distinguished personal lectures, conversations, and panels that will highlight how cultural institutions, museums, galleries, and collectives are responding to the magnitude of economic and social conditions caused by the CoronaVirus.

The webinar seeks to gather a wide range of reactions and responses on the challenges, opportunities & innovations that society, culture, and art need to embrace to find a resolution to the current crisis.

It plans to make visible significant observations from cultural and environmental leaders about how our altered modes of working and virtual thinking can provide new solutions and change.