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CSU has Organised National Women’s Seminar on Demystifying Women in Indian Epics and Literature:Special Focous on Pratibha Ray Novel ‘Yagyaseni ‘

Newdelhi:25/7/23:Under the joint aegis of Central Sanskrit University and Sangeet Natak Akademi, by  the guidance of Honorable Vice-Chancellor Prof. Srinivas Varkhedi, a National Women’s Seminar has been organized on 27th & 28th,July,2023 at Kamini Auditorium, New Delhi.On 27th,July at 4.30pm on wards Seminar on  Yagyaseni Patience,Penance and Power: Demystifying Women in Indian Epics and Literature will be held,which  was  based on  Eminent  writer Pratibha Ray   Novel ‘Yagyaseni ‘ , in which many scholars will present their views on the various characteristics of Draupadi, known as Yagyaseni i.e. Vishwa Nari.

Central Sanskrit University  is in full swing for National Conference related to the prolific power of Draupadi as depicted in Indian literature.The Hon’ble ministers ,Govt of India Sri Dharmendra Pradhan ,Prof.Bhagairathi Nanda Hindi translator of ‘Yagyaseni,’ Dr. Sandhya Purecha, Prof. Srinivas Varkhedi along with ‘Yagyaseni’writer Pratibha Ray will be grace the function.

May be an image of text that says 'Central Sanskrit University (CSU) in association with Sangeet Natak Akademi & W20 presents Two-day National Conference याज्ञसेनी Yajnaseni Penance and Power Patience, Demystifying Women Indian Epics and Literature 27 July 2023, 4.30 Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi Chief Guest Shri Dharmendra Pradhan Hon'ble Minister Education Skill Development& Entrepreneurship Guest fHono Pratibha Rai Prof Bhageerathi Nanda Author fYajnaseni Sanskrit translation of Yajnaseni In the presence of Dr Sandhya Purecha Prof. Shrinivasa Varakhedi rso,S2 VC,CSU RSVP Raju Das (Secretary SNA) Smt. Dharitri Patnaik (Secretary, W20) Prof Ranjit Kumar Berman (Registrar,CSU) You are cordially invited'

Central Sanskrit University  ‘s Vice Chancellor Prof. Srinivas Varkhedi and President of Music Drama Academy – Women-20 (G-20 India) Dr. Sandhya Purecha said that the heroine of world renowned energetic Mahabharata – Yagyaseni aka Draupadi will automatically be unique and historical as it contains the country Special clowns of Labdadh were also invited to present experiences and thoughts from their literary field. It is expected that this genre will highlight innovative philosophy and bringing light to the diversity and diverse river and quarterly contributions of this population of the world is global Eugene demand. At the same time it will also be confirmed that the first ray of women discussion had first bloomed from the fertile intellectual horizon of India. This will also deny many colonial myths.

Honorable Education Minister, Government of India Shri Dharmendra Pradhan will also beautify the two-day national conference women discussion, It is noted that under the guidance of Hon’ble Vice Chancellor Prof. Srinivas Varkhedi of Central Sanskrit University, Delhi, the character of world-famous Draupadi as the super heroine of women power is discussed in Indian Wangmay, regarding the events that have been discussed in Indian Vangmay

.A National Women’s Conference is being organized which will be important not only by intellectual satisfaction, but also by the charity of Nayanotsava and consciousness of mind can be educated by the kind hearted society with its elegance expressions. The big reason for this is that it will keep their views on the famous clowns and scholars associated with their area. At the same time, the popular color experiment of well-known artist Nirupama Rajendran based on the characters of Lord Krishna and Draupadi will also be staged

May be an image of ‎text that says '‎Ministry of Culture Government India संगीत G20 সসলল W20 Sangeet Natak अकादेमी Akademi NALACADEMY EDDRAMA Central Sanskrit University in association with Sangeet Natak Akademi & W20 presents Two-day National Conference याज्सेनी Yajnaseni Patience, Penance and Power Demystifying Women in Indian Epics and Literature 27-28 July 2023 Kamani Auditorium& Shri Ram Centre, New Delhi ام‎'‎

Acharya Madhukeshwar Bhatt, the coordinator and director of publishing and research of this bilateral National Women’s Conference, believes that conducting such innovative topics will open up new dimensions of research which are the demand of the time. A historical seminar on Indian feminism under supervision of VC Prof Srinivasa Varakhedi will be not only food for mind but also for blended with spirituality and it’s aesthetics as feast of eyes and mind in which a noted artist Nirupama Rajendran’s powerful play will be staged.


Yajnaseni – The Story of Draupadi by Pratibha Ray written in odia which was published in 1985, now it has more than 100 Edition which was all time record in the annals of Odia. Publishing history. This book also won prestigious Moorti Devi Award, 1991 and Sarala Award, 1990


Starting off as a letter to Krishna, Draupadi looks back at her life on the verge of her death.  Her birth was marked by a prophecy, she was born from the holy sacrificial fire – yajna and hence named Yajnaseni to avenge her father Drupad’s insult by Drona.  “From the sacred flames of the sacrificial fire a radiant son, my brother Dhrishtadyumna, was born and from the sacrificial altar I was born, like a blue lotus-coloured gem- Yajnaseni!” . At her birth, there appeared a prophecy that she was born to preserve Dharma on earth.

Best Quotes

“Full of anguish and anger I was thinking: was woman merely man’s movable or immovable property? Being a woman did I not have the right even over myself, my own soul? If they had rights over this body of mine, did it mean they could do as they wished with me?”

“Death is more generous than life. Death is more composed. Those who were enemies yesterday, today their death drenches the heart with tender compassion. Those who were wicked, lustful, sinful till yesterday were made composed, steady and unperturbed by death today.”

About Pratibha Ray

Pratibha Ray was born on 21 January 1944, at Alabol, a remote village in the Balikuda area of Jagatsinghpur district formerly part of Cuttack district of Odisha state. She was the first woman to win the Moortidevi Award in 1991, “Bharatiya Jnanpith” for 2011 (Fourth Odia writer and only Odia woman writer)..

Her first novel Barsha Basanta Baishakha (1974)was a best seller.Her latest novel Hrudaya Lagana has  published this year which was her 23rd Novel

 Some Important award and Honour

  • 1985 – Odisha Sahitya Academi Award’ for the novel Sheelapadma
  • 1990 – ‘Sarala Award’ for the novel Yajnaseni
  • 1991 – ‘Moortidevi Award’ for the Novel Yajnaseni
  • 2000 – ‘Sahitya Akademi Award’ for the Short-Story Collection Ullaghna
  • 2006 – ‘Amrita Keerti Puraskar
  • 2007 – ‘Padma ShriAward’ in Literature and Education by the Government of India.
  • 2011 – ‘Jnanpith Award’
  • 2022 – Padma Bhushanfrom Government of India for literature and education


About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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