Dr. Jayanthi Manohar, primarily a scholar in Sanskrit and Kannada languages, has been awarded Ph.D. for her thesis, `RigVedic Symbolism,' which reveals the esoteric and psychological concepts of Veda Mantras. She is well known for her lectures and writings about the insights of great sages who have visualized the intricate correlation between universal divine forces and life on earth.
Dr.Jayanthi Manohar is teaching Sanskrit and Kannada languages along with cultural insights for adult learners since four decades in Bengaluru. She is a specialized language teacher for Indologists and has conducted short term language courses (Sanskrit and Kannada) in England, Germany and Australia. Her travelogues and audiovisual presentations based on her extensive lecture tours in Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and Japan portray the glorious past of Indian culture that was spread far and wide. She has produced many documentary films along with her husband, Mr.B.S.Manohar, to protect and promote the rich cultural heritage passed on to us.
Dr. Jayanthi Manohar has presented many papers on the Veda, Upanishads, Mahabharatha, Ramayana and other related topics in many National and International Conferences, including the I International Conference on Experiential Learning" held in London (1987), the IX World Sanskrit Conference held in Melbourne, Australia in 1994, the X World Sanskrit Conference held at Bangalore, India, 1997, 2nd SSEASR Conference, Bangkok, 2007, 3rd SSEASR Conference, Bali, Indonesia 2009, 14th World Sanskrit Conference organized in Kyoto, Japan in Sep 2009.
She is a leading Columnist and her articles are published in popular newspapers and periodicals in Kannada as well as in English. She has delivered lectures in renowned organizations in Bengaluru and in many other different cities such as Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, Indian Institute of World Culture, Gokhale Institute of Public Affairs, Vedabhashya Prakashana Samithi, Manthana Foundation etc. She conducts workshops on topics like position of women in Vedic age, Religion, Indian Culture, Ramayana, Mahabharatha, Bhagavadgita and so on. She has been a panelist on many TV programmes and her lecture is on air every morning in a leading Kannada TV channel where she brings in the relevance of ancient Indian wisdom to improve quality of life in common households.
Along with her husband Sri B.S. Manohar, she has produced and directed many documentary films including an exclusive film on the Gokak agitation, liquor tragedy, circus tragedy, Mahamastakabhisheka of Sravanabelagola, farmers' agitation, model enquiry, Dr. Clown India, Vainika Vidwan Sri R.K. Suryanarayan, Veda Nada, cosmic prayer for peaceful existence and Kannada Ashtavadhana a unique documentary film for Suvarna Karnataka. As both of them have widely travelled in many countries, they present audiovisual shows mainly focusing on the spread of ancient Indian culture in those countries.
Publications of Dr. Jayanthi Manohar :
1. Audio visual presentation: ``Indian Culture found in Thailand, Angkor WatCambodia, Indonesia and worship of Devi Saraswati in Japan.'' This gives a glimpse of our glorious past in an hour and a half. It is an integrated approach of harmonious blend of Indian philosophy and culture in many neighboring countries. This is aimed at realizing our ancient aspiration of `Vasudhaiva kutumbakam World indeed is one family.'
2. 'Cosmic prayer for Peaceful coexistence' along with a film This film depicts the aspiration and Intentions, Sankalpa of the Vedic sages for Peace in the entire Universe. The `Power of Intention' (Sankalpa) in various Mantras of the Vedas are designed to get the benefit from cosmic forces that are working around us. The Mantra chosen for the Film is from Yajurveda (36.17). The Seer of this Mantra is invoking all the cosmic powers in the Universe. The Higher World of Lights, The Mid World, The Earth, The Waters, The Plants and Trees, The Cosmic Deities, The Universal Soul Brahman and praying for PEACE for all that is in existence in this Universe including the one who is praying so that this Earth can become a better place to live for everyone.
Email : jayanthimanohar3 at gmail.com