Partner Spotlight : Prayukas Cultural Academy

 

Gayathri Venkat

Founder, Prayukas Cultural Academy

 

The Program

Prayukas Cultural Academy offers a 50-week comprehensive course of online classes for all students interested in gaining an insight into Sanathana Dharma. We teach the importance and significance of Sanathana Dharma to instill values and morals in our future generations. We also have a recap session every 5th week to ensure participants practice what had been taught earlier.

Prayukas Cultural Academy teaches its significance by

  • Helping internalize the meaning of Shlokas
  • Understanding the significance of Cultural Practices
  • Learning stories from Puranas

This course encompasses about 80 shlokas, 40 practices and 40 stories from various Puranas.

As an add-on we also plan to teach 30 short songs like Bhajans, Aarthis or Namavalis.

WHY SHLOKAS?

In Sanathana Dharma, making shloka chanting a part of your everyday life is said to bring immense benefits on all levels. As shlokas are spiritual energy forms manifested in words, they increase positive vibrations and use affirmations to bring about phenomenal changes in our lives. At Prayukas Cultural Academy we understand that shlokas help to increase Chaitanya (Divine Consciousness) in the atmosphere, awakening of Bhav (Spiritual emotion) and alleviating obstacles from negative energies.

WHY CULTURE?

Culture, tradition and customs play an important role for a civilization and character of its citizens and society. It helps in striking the balance with Mother Nature, conservation of natural resources and respecting each other.

Prayukas Cultural Academy aims to teach our future generations, how we have to do it and how we can conserve it, respect it and how cultural practices became tradition.

When we live in a clan, tribe, group or a society we have to follow some set of rules, principles, policies or laws which becomes customs. 

Therefore without our culture, traditions and customs we are a complete disconnect with our soul.

It’s good to know about your culture, tradition and customs and follow them fully everywhere possible.

Every culture's traditions & customs are made keeping lot of things in mind, there is a reason & logic behind that, we at Prayukas Cultural Academy emphasize in explaining the “WHYs” to avoid following it blindly.

WHY STORIES?

The Sanathana Dharma Puranas contain narratives about the history of the Universe from creation to destruction and the genealogies of kings, heroes, sages, and deities. Some of the Puranas are discourses on cosmology, geography and Hindu philosophy.

The Puranaic Stories are universal, convey meaning and purpose that help us understand ourselves better and find commonality with others.

Prayukas Cultural Academy feels this not only makes individuals aware of their rich cultural heritage, but also develops in them a love for learning our history. Stories aren’t just about morals; they are also thought provoking.

 ABOUT THE FOUNDER

Gayathri Venkat is a passionate Bharathanatyam dancer and has been trained for over 10 years as a direct disciple of Smt. Ranganayaki Jayaraman. She has been conferred the title “Natya Tilakam” by her Guru on the occasion of her Arangetram when she was 14. She has also been trained in Carnatic Music.

Being an inquisitive thinker, she always was intrigued in finding the reasons and significance of practices and traditions followed and embedded in Sanathana Dharma. 

With a penchant for reading stories and telling them from her early years, she found a sense of contentment in understanding the meaning of the shlokas she learnt.

Professionally qualified as an Engineer pursuing her Post Graduation in Human Resources and specializing in Organizational Development, she’s passionate in unearthing the lost treasures that once had been a part of our culture which led to the initiation of Prayukas Cultural Academy.