Every year SAFIC organises one or two exhibitions on some specific topic related to Indian Culture and Heritage. These are held at the Ashram Exhibition House, located at a popular spot on the Beach Road. The exhibitions are free and open for all, and draw a large number of visitors including students from local schools and colleges. Creatively designed posters (120-150 in number) highlighting valuable information and insights on the topic are exhibited for several days. Each exhibition is inaugurated with a special meditation at the exhibition hall.
Occasionally, SAFIC also organises these exhibitions at other locations.
Following is a list of some of the exhibitions held recently.
1. Nari Shakti: Woman, an Indomitable Spirit (February 25 -March 11, 2019) – This exhibition conceived and created by SAFIC was inaugurated at Pondicherry University by Hon’ble VC Prof. Gurmeet Singh. This exhibition was part of the two-week programme on International Women’s Day launched by the university’s Center for Women’s Studies.
The exhibition content emphasised Shakti as the primordial cosmic energy which represents the dynamic forces that are thought to move through the entire universe. This shakti is, in essence, the divine feminine creative power, often referred to as ‘The Great Divine Mother’ in Indian religio-spiritual traditions.
The exhibition also explored the different ways in which the Shakti aspect in the woman expresses itself. Here we were guided by Sri Aurobindo’s description of the Four Great Powers of the Mother, the Mahashakti. Some of the posters in the exhibition explored the Mahashakti and each of her four powers through selected stories of women – from Vedic times to present – women who embody the shakti, who express one or more powers of the great mahashakti through their chosen field of work and the various roles they play in life, who reflect one or more of these powers through their very presence.
A full report of the exhibition can be accessed HERE.
2. Bharata Shakti: Mother India – A Power, A Godhead (August 17-19, 2018): This special exhibition was conceived as a discovery or re-discovery of the immortal Bharata Shakti —the force that is behind India’s persistence, survival and revival as a culture and civilisation. It highlighted that inner force, that living energy, that Shakti of Bharata which will continue to lead her toward a new future, a renaissance of sort but one that is true to her spirit, to her swadharma and swabhava.
A brief report about the exhibition can be accessed HERE.
3. Scientific Heritage of India (April 22 to 30, 2018): This exhibition commemorating Indian contributions to the world of science and technology was attended by more than 800 people from all walks of life, including locals and tourists. Students from various schools of Puducherry also visited along with their teachers and parents, and took notes from the exhibits.Some pictures of the exhibition can be seen HERE.
4. Kavayah (July 16-24, 2017): This exhibition on the Classical Sanskrit Poets of India brought to light the works of literary greats such as Bhasa, Kalidasa, Bharavi, Magha, Bhartrihari, Bhavabhuti, Sriharsha, Asvaghosa, Banabhatta, Jayadeva, Visnusarma, Somadeva, Visakhadatta and many others whose contributions have made a great impression in the world of classical Sanskrit. Brief information and feedback on this exhibition can be accessed HERE.
5. Rishayah: Seers and Sages of India (August 12-20, 2015): This exhibition presented the eminence and greatness of Indian saints, sages, seers, visionaries and spiritual gurus and revealed how their vision and word gave birth to the Indian culture.
6. Varnamala (September 20-30, 2014): This exhibition highlighted the wonders of the Sanskrit alphabet, including its scientific nature and several other unique aspects.
7. Ujjeevanam – Sanskrit in Daily Life (January 20-26, 2014): This exhibition presented may beautiful and inspiring facts about Sanskrit and its practical value.
8. Sanskrit and Science (November 2013 in Lucknow).
9. Why Children should learn Sanskrit (November 2013, in Lucknow).