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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at Ardh Kumbh Mela 2007

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will be arriving for the Ardh Kumbh Mela 2007 at Prayag on January 22. He will perform Rudrabhishek from 11 am on January 22 at Jagannath Dham Trust camp, Sector 6, Kali Sadak.On the same day evening at the same venue, the Art of Living organization will be honoring several saints at an event named ‘Saint Conference and Mahasatsang.’On January 23, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will inaugurate a Gyan Mandir at Tashkent Road.
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Women Pundits for Pujas and Marriage Ceremonies

Conservatives might find it hard to digest but young women in India are choosing it as a profession and are becoming Hindu pundits ....sorry…. punditai. Soon you will find women solemnizing marriages. Women performing religious ceremonies are becoming a common scene in eastern Uttar Pradesh.
The number of women pundits is still negligible in India. But with more and more women candidates queuing up for the Functional Sanskrit course in universities in India the number is sure to increase.
Hindustan Times reports Dr Asha rai, D.Litt in Dharmashastra, who teaches the subject in LucknowUniversity feels that the field should no longer be a male domain and gender bias must end. "Touching a woman purohits feet should not be considered an insult. In ancient times women used to perform rituals and various types of poojas." As expected, male pundits have already expressed their reservations on women performing pujas. But people who have hired women pundits feel they are far better than …

The Draupadi Phenomenon – A oddisi dance drama on women’s rights

The Draupadi Phenomenon – an Oddisi composition – by noted dancer Sanchita Bhattacharya makes use of mythology to discuss the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2006. The composition represents modern day woman and urges the society to let women live their lives with freedom and dignity.The dance drama uses Draupadi of Mahabharata as story teller to enlighten the audience about the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2006. The Hindustan Times reports"The Draupadi Phenomenon is something close to my heart. The 3,000-year-old Odissi dance and the 5,000-year-old Draupadi character from Mahabharata have culminated to tell the story to remind everyone that it's high time women got their rights to live by their own choices. Women should be allowed to live their lives on their own terms. Stop deciding for them," said Sanchita.The character of Draupadi in Mahabharata is that of one of the most wilful woman in literary history who, ironically, was never a…