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Indic Cultural Anthropology

Indic Cultural Anthropology

Cultural anthropology helps to articulate and comprehend the insider traditional understanding of any culture.

If you are a learner seeking to acquire a fresh perspective towards world cultures through the understanding of the cultural anthropological content in the ancient Indian knowledge systems, this is the course for you.

If you are a student of Cultural Anthropology of Indian society and culture, unmindful of the lacunae caused by the absence of an insider’s understanding in the contemporary curriculum and study material, this is the course for you to plug those gaps.

15 Hours

Course Fee: ₹3500
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Medium of Instruction
One year from the beginning of the course
Online through Indica Courses Learning Portal
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Cultural Anthropology, like few contemporary Social Science disciplines like Linguistics, has been misunderstood by some Indophiles who perceive that it looks down upon Hinduism as a primitive and superstitious culture. Contrary to this belief, cultural anthropological conceptual tools can prove beneficial in articulating an insider understanding of Hinduism.

Many students of Cultural Anthropology are unmindful of how the absence of an insider’s perspective in the contemporary curriculum and study material creates lacunae  lacunae in understanding . This course intends to address the same.

Expected Outcomes

  • Introduction to preliminary concepts of Cultural Anthropology from contemporary and Vedic perspectives
  • Distinct methodologies and approaches in contemporary and Vedic Cultural Anthropology while dealing with same aspects of human society and culture
  • Foundation required, within the globally accepted cultural anthropolgical norms, for a cultural anthropological research into the Hindu society and culture from a tradition Insider’s perspective
  • Achievements of ancient Indian knowledge systems in the area of Cultural Anthropology
  • Aspects of Hindu culture such as pujas, shodasa samskaras (life cycle rituals), classical , folk and tribal life styles music, dance, art, sculpture and architecture – from a Cultural Anthropological perspective


  • Introduction to contemporary Cultural Anthropology, historical beginnings and contemporary situation ; eurocentrism to cultural relativism
  • Vedic culture as an indigenous culture with distinction Vedic knowledge systems resulting from auto-anthropology and anthropologically useful content In other Vedic knowledge Systems
  • Contemporary and Vedic approaches to human specifics such as language, ‘religion’, art , culture, society, marriage, family and more
  • Traditional narrative types and other oral traditions  from contemporary and Vedic perspectives, folk culture studies and other comparative cultural studies
  • Intercultural interface, conflict, syncretism, amalgamation, folk-classical and other inter-strand relationships in Hindu culture
  • Puranas, Agamas , Temples, Pujas and Utsavas – a contemporary anthropological and Vedic anthropological understanding
  • Life cycle rituals or rites of passage, family, marriage and other institutions – contemporary anthropological perspectives and Vedic perspectives
  • Art, theories of various art forms, aesthetics of nature and arts  – contemporary and Vedic perspectives
  • Varna – tradition Insider’s perspectives
  • Indian village studies, village administration and traditional dispute settlement systems
  • Indigenous medical, agricultural and other knowledge systems and technology
  • Environmental awareness, eco-friendly approaches in Vedic, folk and tribal knowledge systems and technology

Dr. Nagaraj Paturi

Director, Indic Academy

Dr. Nagaraj Paturi is a senior professor with three decades of University Teaching and Research experience including fieldwork based Culture research. He specializes in Culture Studies including Folk Culture Studies, Linguistics including Sanskrit Linguistics, Literary Studies including Myth studies.
Trained in Sanskrit and Advaita Vedanta by his hyper-polyglot, polymath and spiritually accomplished sakala-shaastra-paarangata father, he is seriously committed to the transmission of Vedic sciences to the present generation.

His PhD (1998, UoH) is in the application of Vedic parallels to the contemporary areas of Anthropology, Psychology, Philosophy and Aesthetics and a theory of their cross section to classical Indian poetry in general and classical Telugu poetry in particular.

He has specialized in folk-classical and other inter-traditional interface issues. He has conducted fieldwork based research studies on religious transgenderism, ritual-officiating sub-castes of shepherd castes, yogic mystic folk songs, Bonalu, the proliferating village goddess festivals of metro-twin- cities and similar other folk cultural topics. He has designed a large number of courses on contemporary applications of Vedic Sciences. He brings a tradition insider’s fieldwork based counter to the maligning views of Indian jaati system prevalent in contemporary academics and politics. He advocates the revival and sustenance of global pagan , polytheistic , indigenous cultures on the basis of the centrality he holds for the centrality of ecological awareness and sustainability in the Hindu cultural complex.

Dr. Paturi is a Director at Indic Academy, Distinguished Professor, Curriculum Designer, Executive Committee Member and Member, Board of Studies, MIT School of Vedic Sciences, Pune, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Studies in Public Leadership, member, Board of Studies at several Indic knowledge Systems teaching researching universities.

He has earlier served as the Senior Professor of Cultural Studies FLAME School of Communication and FLAME School of Liberal Education and is a former Visiting faculty, University of Chicago, US.

He has more than 120 publications to his credit and has consulted for numerous culture research and theater and dance innovation projects.

He has also worked on scores of creative writing works for Classical Dance, Modern Theater and magazines and several series of talks and other programs on Radio and Television channels.