Programme Schedule

29 June 2018 (Friday)

Session 1A – Special Lecture

Chairperson: H Sharat Chandra, Centre for Human Genetics, Bengaluru

0930 - 1010
G Nageswara Rao
LVPEI, Hyderabad
Research, relevance and public good
Session 1B : Inaugural Lectures of Fellows/Associates

Chairperson: Aswini Ghosh, IACS, Kolkata

1010 - 1030
Ritabrata Munshi
ISI, Kolkata
The subconvexity problem
1035 - 1055
P. Anbarasan
IIT, Chennai
Transition metal catalyzed selective functionalization of metallocarbenes to N-Heterocycles
1100 - 1120
Tea break
Session 1C – Inaugural Lectures of Fellows/Associates
Chairperson: E Arunan, IISc, Bengaluru

1120 - 1140
Anuradha Dube
CDRI, Lucknow
Kala-Azar - a neglected disease of poverty: Search for affordable lasting cure
1145 - 1205
C Narayana
JNCASR, Bengaluru
Application of Raman spectroscopy from condense matter to biology
1210 - 1230
Ramesh Hariharan
Strand Life Sciences, Bengaluru
Industrializing genomic diagnoses in India
1235 - 1255
V K Gahalaut
MoES, New Delhi
India plate motion and its interaction with Eurasian plate along the Himalayan and Indo-Burmese arc
1300 - 1430
Lunch Break
Session 1D – Symposium on “Remembering Francis Crick: A multifaceted visionary scientist”
1430 - 1500
Yamuna Krishnan
University of Chicago, USA
Quantitative chemical imaging in vivo
1500 - 1530
Rajan Sankaranarayanan
CCMB, Hyderabad
Transfer RNAs: Not merely adaptor molecules in protein synthesis
1530 - 1600
Souvik Maiti
IGIB, New Delhi
RNA G-Quadruplex: Re-Search
1600 - 1630
Manju Bansal
IISc, Bengaluru
Francis Crick: A Renaissance scientist
1630 - 1700
High Tea
Session 1E – Public Lecture
Chairperson: R Ramaswamy, JNU, New Delhi

1800 - 1900
Upinder Singh
University of Delhi, Delhi
Politics and violence: Ancient debates on a perennial problem
Cultural event

30 June 2018 (Saturday)

Session 2A – Inaugural Lectures of Fellows/Associates
Chairperson: Anil K Gupta, IIT, Kharagpur

0930 - 0950
Manoj Kumar
GNDU, Amritsar
Development of fluorescent probes for molecular recognition, bio-imaging and catalytic applications
0955 - 1015
Prabal K Maiti
IISc, Bengaluru
Structure, dynamics and thermodynamics of confined water
1020 - 1040
Nagasuma Chandra
IISc, Bengaluru
Identification of a host biomarker signature for detecting tuberculosis through a blood test
1040 - 1100
Tea break
Session 2B – Inaugural Lectures of Fellows/Associates
Chairperson: Chairperson: H Shekar Shetty, University of Mysore, Mysore

1100 - 1120
Swagata Dasgupta
IIT, Kharagpur
The evolving story of protein polyphenol interactions
1125 - 1145
Varun Bhalerao
IIT, Mumbai
Cosmic fireworks: Shining light on gravitational wave sources!
1150 - 1210
Maitrayee DasGupta
University of Calcutta, Kolkata
Challenges in extending Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation beyond current host range
1215 - 1235
Souvik Mahapatra
IIT, Mumbai
Reliability of CMOS IC chips - from atoms to processors
1240 - 1300
C T Dhanya
IIT, New Delhi
Hydrological Extremes and Hazard Modeling - Exploring the intricacies and predictability of the regional hydrologic system
1300 - 1430
Lunch break
Session 2C – Symposium on “Blockchains and Cryptocurrency”
1430 - 1500
Madhavan Mukund
CMI, Chennai
Introduction to blockchains
1500 - 1530
Bimal Roy
ISI, Kolkata
Cryptographic Primitives for Block Chains
S P Suresh
CMI, Chennai
Bitcoin -- economic aspects
R L Karandikar
CMI, Chennai
Blockchains: Beyond Crypto currency
1630 - 1700
High Tea
Session 2D – Special Lecture
Chairperson: N Mukunda, Bengaluru

1700 - 1740
R Sukumar
IISc, Bengaluru
Thinking long-term in ecology: Insights from 3-decades of monitoring a tropical forest in Mudumalai

28 June 2018 (Thursday)

0900 - 1400
INYAS Symposium in memory of Dr. Vijay Pal Yadav: Living in a Changing Environment
Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Hall, Infosys campus, Mysore
0930 - 1730
Science Outreach co-organised by INYAS, Mysore Science Foundation and the Academy Trust
Venue: Teresian High School, Siddharta Nagar
1200 - 1300
Teacher's Interaction with Fellows and SEP Members
Venue: Akbar hall, Infosys campus, Mysore
1400 - 1715
SEP Symposium for Invited Teachers
Venue: Akbar hall, Infosys campus, Mysore
Science Education Panel’s Meeting
Venue: M Visvesvaraya Hall, Infosys campus, Mysore

29 June 2018 (Friday)

0000 - 0000
Tact outreach

30 June 2018 (Saturday)

1830 - 2030
tAcT Board Meeting
Venue: Naidu Hall, Infosys campus, Mysore
Editorial Board Meeting – Journal of Mathematical Sciences
Venue: Nelson Mandela Hall, Infosys campus, Mysore

1 July 2018 (Sunday)

Council meeting
Venue: M Visvesvaraya Hall, Infosys campus, Mysore
Editorial Board Meeting – Resonance
Venue: Sarojini Naidu Hall, Infosys campus, Mysore

Spouses Programme

29 June 2018 (Friday)

0930 - 1230
Tour of CFTRI followed by lunch at CFTRI
Visit to Railway Museum

30 June 2018 (Saturday)

Chamundi Hills
Visit to Jaganmohan Palace
Visit to St. Philomena’s Church
Visit to Mysore Palace
Brindavan Gardens

Please note that participants will be required to walk around 2 km in and around the gardens.


Yakshagana is a folk art of coastal Karnataka, supported and popularized mainly by temples over the years. Today, it enjoys international recognition. Stories for the field drama are chosen mainly from Ramayana and Mahabharatha and the characters have special costumes and typical headgears. The Bhagavatha who sings the story line controls the play. The actors express the emotions and dance with skill to the accompaniment of Maddala and Chende.

There are 2 styles recognized for their identity. The Thenku thittu (Southern style) and Badagu thittu (Northern style), which are easily recognized by the dressers and the style of dance.

In this cultural event, the act will be performed in the Northern style, by a professional group called Saligrama Mela. The play enacted is ABHIMANYU KALAGA or CHAKRAVYUHA from Mahabharatha.

The actors are

  1. Bhagavath : Sri Raghavendra Mayya Haladi
  2. Maddale : Sri Parameshwara Bhandary
  3. Chende : Sri Shivananda Kota


  1. Abhimanyu : Sri Chandrahasa Gowda
  2. Subhadre : Sri Shashikanth Shetty
  3. Dharmaraya : Sri Anantha K
  4. Drona : Sri Prasanna Shettigar
  5. Kourava : Sri Narasimha Gaokar
  6. Dushyashana : Sri Dinesh Kannaru
  7. Karna : Sri Thumbri Bhaskara
  8. Jayadratha : Sri Harish Japthi

Manager: Sri P.Kishan Hegde Palli

The Story Line:

Abhimanyu Kalaga (Chakravyuha)
In the Mahabharatha war, fought between Kouravas and Pandavas at Kurukshetra, Bhishma the first senapathi of the Kouravas retires from the war after 10 days, choosing to lie on a bed of arrows. Dronacharya was crowned as the next senapathi. Duryodhana asks for a victory. Drona agrees but wants Krishna and Arjuna to be sent away, and to be engaged in a separate battle with Samasapthakas. Duryodhana agrees. Drona organizes the army in the ‘Chakravyuha’ system. Only Drona, Krishna and Arjuna know how to enter and come out of this in a war. Arjuna’s son Abhimanyu knows how to enter but does not know how to come out of it.

Pandavas are worried now. Who will fight the war with Krishna and Arjuna away? Dharmaraja is in a dilemma. What should be done to find a person to break the ‘Chakravyuha’?

Abhimanyu comes to know of this and compels his uncle Dharmaraja to permit him to proceed to the battlefield. Dharmaraja refuses at first because of Abhimanyu’s age but later reluctantly agrees to send him with Bhima and others for support. After meeting his worried mother Subhadra and consoling her, Abhimanyu goes to the war front to enter the ‘Chakravyuha’

Jayadratha was posted at the entry to prevent anybody from breaking the vyuha. Abhimanyu defeats Jayadratha and succeeds in entering ‘Chakravyuha’ but Jayadratha successfully prevents others accompanying him from entering the ‘Chakravyuha’.

Once in, Abhimanyu defeats all those who encounter him. Drona, Karna, Korava and others miserably fail to contain him. Drona is worried that Abhimanyu would annihilate the entire army and none in their camp can stop him. He orders Karna to cut Abhimanyu’s bow from behind, while all of them engage him in front. Karna opposes this cheating but finally agrees to obey the orders.

Together all the great warriors join to fight the unaccompanied Abhimanyu in the ‘Chakravyuha’. To his surprise, Abhimanyu, while fighting, notices the mischief of somebody cutting his bow and turning back asks Karna “who taught you this cheating”.

The bow gone, Abhimanyu fights fearlessly with other weapons facing all the opponents. Together, all of them join to kill the lonely Abhimanyu in ‘Chakravyuha’.

The performance will showcase the undaunted Abhimanyu’s great fight in ‘Chakravyuha’

Incidentally, this is the Golden Jubilee year of Sri Guruprasadhitha Yakshagana Mandali, Saligrama. Their services and efforts to keep the traditional values of the folk art are greatly appreciated.

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