Amrita University's Amrita Values Programme (AVP) is a new initiative to give exposure to students about richness and beauty of Indian way of life. India is a country where history, culture, art, aesthetics, cuisine and nature exhibit more diversity than nearly anywhere else in the world.
Amrita Values Programmes emphasize on making students familiar with the rich tapestry of Indian life, culture, arts, science and heritage which has historically drawn people from all over the world.
Students shall have to register for any two of the following courses, one each in the third and the fourth semesters, which may be offered by the respective school during the concerned semester.
Insights into Indian Classical Music
The course introduces the students into the various terminologies used in Indian musicology and their explanations, like Nadam, Sruti, Svaram – svara nomenclature, Stayi, Graha, Nyasa, Amsa, Thala,- Saptatalas and their angas, Shadangas, Vadi, Samavadi, Anuvadi. The course takes the students through Carnatic as well as Hindustani classical styles.
Insights into Traditional Indian Painting
The course introduces traditional Indian paintings in the light of ancient Indian wisdom in the fields of aesthetics, the Shadanga (Sixs limbs of Indian paintings) and the contextual stories from ancient texts from where the paintings originated. The course introduces the painting styles such as Madhubani, Kerala Mural, Pahari, Cheriyal, Rajput, Tanjore etc.
Insights into Indian Classical Dance
The course takes the students through the ancient Indian text on aesthetics the Natyasastra and its commentary the AbhinavaBharati. The course introduces various styles of Indian classical dance such as Bharatanatyan, Mohiniyatton, Kuchipudi, Odissy, Katak etc. The course takes the students through both contextual theory as well as practice time.
Indian Martial Arts and Self Defense
The course introduces the students to the ancient Indian system of self-defense and the combat through various martial art forms and focuses more on traditional Kerala’s traditional KalariPayattu. The course introduces the various exercise technique to make the body supple and flexible before going into the steps and techniques of the martial art. The advanced level of this course introduces the technique of weaponry.
Social Awareness Campaign
The course introduces the students into the concept of public social awareness and how to transmit the messages of social awareness through various media, both traditional and modern. The course goes through the theoretical aspects of campaign planning and execution.
Temple Mural Arts in Kerala
The traditional percussion ensembles in the Temples of Kerala have enthralled millions over the years. The splendor of our temples makes art enthusiast spellbound, warmth and grandeur of color combination sumptuousness of the outline, crowding of space by divine or heroic figures often with in vigorous movement are the characteristics of murals.
The mural painting specially area visual counterpart of myth, legend, gods, dirties, and demons of the theatrical world, Identical myths are popular the birth of Rama, the story of Bhīma and Hanuman, Shiva, as Kirata, and the Jealousy of Uma and ganga the mural painting in Kerala appear to be closely related to, and influenced by this theatrical activity the art historians on temple planes, wood carving and painting the architectural plane of the Kerala temples are built largely on the pan-Indians almost universal model of the vasthupurusha.
Organic Farming in Practice
Organic agriculture is the application of a set of cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that support the cycling of farm resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. These include maintaining and enhancing soil and water quality; conserving wetlands, woodlands, and wildlife; and avoiding use of synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering. This factsheet provides an overview of some common farming practices that ensure organic integrity and operation sustainability.
Ayurveda for Lifestyle Modification
Ayurveda aims to integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit which will ultimately leads to human happiness and health. Ayurveda offers methods for finding out early stages of diseases that are still undetectable by modern medical investigation. Ayurveda understands that health is a reflection of when a person is living in harmony with nature and disease arises when a person is out of harmony with the cycles of nature. All things in the universe (both living and non-living) are joined together in Ayurveda. This leaflet endow with some practical knowledge to rediscover our pre- industrial herbal heritage.
Life Style and Therapy using Yoga
Yoga therapy is the adaptation of yogic principles, methods, and techniques to specific human ailments. In its ideal application, Yoga therapy is preventive in nature, as is Yoga itself, but it is also restorative in many instances, palliative in others, and curative in many others. The therapeutic effect comes to force when we practice daily and the body starts removing toxins and the rest is done by nature.