The Center for Human Sciences is happy to announce its new Project “Avadhanakala and Consciousness Studies” for the revival and popularising the age-old Vedic art of multiple concentration called as “Avadhankala”. The project is sponsored by the IKS division of AICTE. This literary art exhibits the power of simultaneous and multiple concentration on different things or items belonging to literature, music, astronomy, astrology, medical science and many more. It is popular from the very ancient days in Sanskrit, more exclusively in Telugu to some extent in Kannada and other languages. It requires immense memory power and tests a person’s capability of performing multiple tasks simultaneously. All the tasks are memory intensive and demand an in depth knowledge of literature and grammar. It focuses on training cognitive inner faculties inner faculties like observation, concentration, memory, judgment, reasoning, imagination etc.
The centre would focus on the two themes Indian psychology and consciousness studies and Sahitya and avadhana kala as follows:
Avadhanakala as a literary art is now practiced in Sanskrit language and mostly in Kannada and Telugu language. The number of Avadhanis who practice it have vastly reduced in present times. Avadhanakala is no doubt a wonderful literary art. But the science behind the Avadhankala is not researched. It has remained confined only to the performance on the stage and in present times in Youtube videos. The centre would involve extensive literature review, participant observation method, and interviewing the Avadhanis. These different methodologies would be adopted given that the literature on the subject is scanty.
Stay tuned for more developments and research activities..!!