Four books dealing with varied dimensions of Indian culture were released a function organised by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s book university here on Friday.
The books were: ‘A study of the Hindu science of architecture and its practise with special reference to Rajavallabha’ by N.R. Dave, ‘Srividyasara- Prasnottara- Malika’ by Goda Venkateswara Sastri, ‘Sree Krishnam Bhaja Maanasa’ by Parvati Sankaran and Sri Sankaran and ‘Guru of Gurus’ by Indira Ramanathan.
Mr. Sankaran, speaking of his book, said the collection released might not be exhaustive considering the vastness of the existing literature on Lord Krishna. “Krishna, the most favourite God, has always been considered purna avatara of Lord Vishnu and many composers have treated them as one and the same. And this book includes many popular kritis accompanied by the meaning,” he said.
Indira Ramanathan, in her book, has written about the importance of the ‘guru’ system and how, having survived many convolutions, it still continues to be relevant today. “We now have many gurus who have transcended gender and caste barriers and are doing phenomenal work in socio-cultural areas. This transformation augurs well for the future,” she said.
N. Ravi, editor-in-chief of The Hindu and vice-chairman of Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra Committee, who released the books, said the launch of the four books was a significant contribution to the understanding of Indian culture and religious traditions. “This is a literary event of generosity and grace. Their [the authors’] works of substantial scholarship and sensitive interpretation are in tune with modern times,” he said.
Justice S. Jagadeesan, former judge of the Madras High Court, who received the first copies of the books, authors Goda Venkateswara Sastri and N.R. Dave, and chairman of Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra L. Sabaretnam also spoke at the event.
The renovation of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan being completed at a record time was appreciated at the event.