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    Center for Soft Power


Conference On Soft Power

India Foundation’s Center for Soft Power held its inaugural conference on soft power between 17-19 December, 2018, in New Delhi. The conference was hosted in collaboration with Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), with the Center for Public Diplomacy of the University of Southern California and Nalanda University, Rajgir as the lead academic partners.


The aim of the conference was to bring together academicians, practioners, experts, policy makers and diplomats to deliberate and discuss Indian Soft Power. The conference discussed topics such as branding nations, digital storytelling and Indian soft power across multiple verticals – Ayurveda, Cinema, Cuisine, Art Craft and Design, Language and Literature, Musems, Performing Arts, Spirituality, Tourism, Education and Yoga.



  I. DAY 1

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1 Welcome Address

Vinay Sahasrabuddhe
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha and President, ICCR

2 Inaugural Keynote Address

Venkaiah Naidu
Hon’ble Vice President of India

3 Conversation on Indian Soft Power

Sadhguru
Founder, Isha Foundation

  II. DAY 2

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1 Indian Cuisine as Soft Power: Panel Discussion

Vikas Khanna
Restaurateur and Judge, MasterChef India


Manjit Singh Gill
President, Indian Federation of Culinary Association


Rohit Khattar
Chairman, Old World Hospitality

2

Public Diplomacy and Soft Power:

Keynote address and Panel Discussion

Keynote:

Amb. Syed Akbaruddin
India’s permanent representative to the United Nations


Panel:

Jay Wang
Director of the USC center for Public Diplomacy


Jonathan McClory
General Manager Asia, Portland Communication & Author, Soft Power 30 Report


Kieran Drake
Minister Counsellor, Head of Politics & Press, British High Commission in India

3 Museums and Soft Power: Panel Discussion

Ngaire Blankenberg
Cultural Consultant and Co-Editor ‘Cities, Museums and Soft power’


Deepika Ahlawat
Museum Curator and Art Consultant


Nalina Gopal
Curator at India Heritage Centre

4

Indian Performing Arts as Soft Power:

Panel Discussion

Jonathan Hollander
Director, Battery Dance


Mira Kaushik
Director, Akademi London


Sharon Wezer
Director, Indian Dance Europe

5

Indian Art, Craft and Design as Soft Power:

Panel Discussion

Rahul Goswami
UNESCO expert on intangible cultural heritage in the Asia-Pacific region


Shelly Jyoti
Visual Artist and Independent Curator


Valerie Wilson
Author and Founder Moti Clothing Company


Robert Borden
Vice President of Enrolment, California Institute of the Arts


Gaia Franchetti
Owner, IndoRoman

6

Yoga as India’s Soft Power:

Panel Discussion

Suhag Shukla
Executive Director, Hindu American Foundation


Nouf Marwaai
Padma Shri awardee and Yoga Practitioner


Gopi Kallayil
Chief Evangelist, Brand Marketing

7

Cinema’s role in Creating Soft Power:

Presentation

Bharat Bala
Film Director, Producer and Screenwriter

  III. DAY 3

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1

Ayurveda as India’s Soft Power:

Panel Discussion

Vasant Lad
Director, Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque


Abhishek Joshi
Ayurveda doctor at Universitas Hindu Indonesia


Rajiv Vasudevan
Founder-CEO, AyurVAID Hospitals and Chairman CII Core Group on Ayurveda


Ramkumar Kutty
Co-Founder, Punarnava Ayurveda Coimbatore

2

Indian Soft Power through Education:

Panel Discussion

Keynote:

Tatiana Shaumyan
Head, Centre for Indian Studies, Institute of Oriental Studies, Moscow


Panel:

Shaunaka Rishi Das
Director Oxford Center for Hindu Studies


Subhash Kak
Regents Professor, Oklahoma State University


Ramdas Lamb
Professor, Department of Religion, University of Hawaii


Come Carpentier De Gourdon
Convener, Editorial Board, World Affairs Journal

3

Tourism’s and Indian Soft Power:

Panel Discussion

Anuradha Goyal
Author, Traveller and Founder, IndiTales


Nick Booker
Co-founder, IndoGenius


Manish Sinha
Founder, Unhotel

4

Indian Spirituality and Soft Power:

Panel Discussion

Dena Merriam
Author and Founder, Global Peace Initiative of Women


Christopher Quilkey
Member of Editorial Board, Mountain Path


Maria Wirth
Author

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Christopher Quilkey
Member of Editorial Board, Mountain Path


Banagala Thero
President, Sri Lanka Mahabodhi Society

5

Indian Language and Literature as Soft Power

Makarand Paranjape
Director, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla


Paul Palmarozza
Director, Sanskrit at St James


Robert Arnett
Author


Chirapat Prapandvidya
Professor and Head of Department of Sanskrit Studies, Silpakorn University


Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami

Editor in Chief, Hinduism Today

Oscar Pujol
Director, Instituto Cervantes Spanish Cultural Center