The School of Ayurveda, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri campus, organized a Pre-conference Workshop on JIGNASA-2020 at Amritapuri Campus on February 27, 2020. 

The Pre-conference Workshop aimed to sensitize the student community about the importance of the conference. Students of the 2017 batch of the School danced with the theme- Kalinga Narthana. Snake Kaliya with its numerous hoods symbolizes the numerous desires we have. When one desire gets fulfilled, another arises, like the new hoods of Kaliya. The hoods keep breaking and forming, but Krishna is unperturbed. He keeps playing his flute, denoting the power of discrimination, wisdom and the focus on the bliss of the self. Krishna is the true embodiment of wisdom. Krishna spares Kaliya’s life. He does not kill him or snatch his venom from him but asks him to go to another place, where perhaps he would learn to use venom only when necessary, in self-defense. Krishna overcomes Kaliya the dreaded, multi-hooded snake in the River Yamuna and begins to dance on its several hoods. When the heels of Krishna strike the hoods, some break off and then get replaced by new ones. All the while Krishna keeps playing his sweet flute. After the dance program, students of the 2016 batch recited the 2 chapters of Charakasamhitha Sutra Sthana-khuddaga Chathushpada and Maha Chathushpada. 

Dr. Priya S. (Professor, Department of Dravyaguna Vijnanam, School of Ayurveda, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri campus) delivered the welcome speech. The presidential address was delivered by Br. Sankara Chaitanya (Medical Director and Principal, School of Ayurveda, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri campus). The workshop was enriched with the presence of Dr. B. R. Ramakrishna (CCIM Vice President) as the Chief Guest. He delivered a thoughtful speech enlightening the students about the importance of ‘Tadvidya Sambhasha’ in Ayurveda learning. 

Dr. Mohanan Kunnummal (Kerala Health University), Sri. G. Lekshman (Saha-Sanghatana Secretary of ABVP), V. D. Vinodkumar T. G. (CCIM member), Dr. Vineeth Mohan (National Convenor of JIGNASA), Dr. Reshma S. Menon (Alumni of Amrita School of Ayurveda and State Secretary, JIGNASA-2020); Dr. S. N. Jyothi (Principal, School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri campus) and Dr. Rammanohar P. (Research Director, ACARA, School of Ayurveda, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri campus) also attended the workshop. Sri. Ramdas P. V. (Professor, Department of Samhitha and Sidhantha, School of Ayurveda, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri campus) proposed the vote of thanks.

JIGNASA is a movement initiated by Akhil Bharathiya Vidyarthi Parishath throughout India to provide a common platform to address all aspects related to AYUSH systems- Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy. 

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