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It is called Wolf Moon…seen in every January on full moon night

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Hemanta Lasya- Indian Dance and Music Festival

Hemanta Lasya, the annual function of Mayuri Natya Kalakendra ®, centre for music, classical and folk with the theme shastriya and janapada nritya vaividhya was held at the Town Hall, Koppa here, recently.

As many as 40 students in the age group of 5 years to 19 years under the able guidance of guru Mamatha Datta not only entertained the art lovers present, but also proved through their performance that the traditional art is being passed on to the able shoulders.

At the programme, the young dancers performed the traditional Bharatanatyam items like Pushpanjali and Alaripu apart from dancing to song Mahaganapatim from Morning Raagaa the dance was a fusion of semi-classical, classical and free style. The main attraction of the cultural extravaganza were the folk items Veeragaase, Karaga and Dollu Kunitha performed by the students of the centre, who were tutored under gurus Harish

and Ganesh of Eshwari Kala Sangha for the past six months.

Audiences also soaked themselves in the patriotic fervour with students performing for songs Jai Bharata jananiya Tanujate and Hottito Kannada Deepa. There was a wave of freshness with children performing Nritta for a piece of music, the mix of saxophone and flute from Raagrang of Praveen Godkhindi and folk style depicting activities on paddy fields for yet another flute music in Mishra Pahadi from Praveen Godkhindi. All the students who have been learning the art from a year to the senior members assembled to put up the spectacular show.

About Hemanta Lasya

This is the fourth year that the annual function of Mayuri Natya Kalakendra ® is being held. It has been introduced by the school to encourage students and create awareness and interest among the public about Indian dance and music. Beginning from 2007, Hemanta Lasya was performed at Kalasa and twice in Sringeri.

About the Guru and Centre

Mamatha Datta, a danseuse herself founded Mayuri Natya Kalakendra in 1993 to teach Bharatanatyam to interested students and gradually added music and folk dance to the school as a part of extended cultural services of the trust. Mayuri Dance and Music Educational Trust (Regd.) is open since 1998. The trust is running Mayuri Natya Kalakendra.

Headoffice being located in Koppa, a small town amid beautiful green of ‘malnad’ region, the school is conducting classes in Koppa (3), Sringeri (2) and Kammaradi. Koppa is richly influenced by the music, dance and arts culture since the time immemorial and is conveniently located within a distance of 28 kms from holy temple town Sringeri and 10 kms from the culture town Hariharapura.

The centre has more than 150 students. Every year, several students are passing with first class and distinctions in junior and senior cadres of exams conducted by Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board of Government of Karnataka. The interested can contact guru Mamatha Datta on mobile number 96864 62746 or 94483 41046 or send in e-mail at

Mayuri Natya Kalakendra ®,
Kalidasa Road,
Koppa- 577126
Chickmagalur District, Karnataka, India

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Article source: DaijiWorld


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Ayurveda medicine for Swine Flu- Research result

Chennai-based RRF launches Ayurveda remedy for swine flu ‘Ayusrem’
Thursday, January 28, 2010 08:00 IST
Peethaambaran Kunnathoor, Chennai

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in the Union Territory of Pondicherry has granted licence to Chennai-based Ramoni Research Foundation (RRF), an institute conducting research in Ayurveda medicines, to manufacture and market an Ayurvedic antiviral medication Ayusrem, which is a potential drug to prevent and treat H1N1.

The scientists at the foundation claimed that the drug is a potential choice to prevent and treat H1N1 flu and will prove to be a boon to the people as it is being launched at a time when the entire world is stepping up efforts to tackle the H1N1 pandemic. According to the scientists, the drug is made of extracts from anti-viral plants and antipyretic plants like Andrographis paniculata, Curcuma Longa and Vetiveria zizanioides. Extracts of Immunomodulant plants like Zingiber officinale and Piper nigrum have also been included. The Analgesic ingredients in the formulation are from Andrographis paniculata, Zingiber officinale and Cyperus rotundus.

Claiming that the herbal product can contain the spread of swine flu and other strains of viruses, RRF has written to the Department of Ayush to take measures to evaluate the effect of medicinal plants and formulations for antiviral activity. The letter says that the potential of medicinal plants is well known for their antiviral activity and the Herbal Sciences Department of the Madras University has initiated several studies on it. The Centre has generated scientific data on 130 plants so far, which will help millions of sufferers of virus diseases, the scientists told Pharmabiz.

The foundation hopes that the permission by the US FDA will reap results in a way that it will help RRF to penetrate into the huge Indian Ayurvedic market and the growing global market of Ayurvedic products when viral diseases are spreading alarmingly and taking lives across the world. RRF’s Ayusrem is the outcome of a joint venture with the Herbal Science Research Centre of Madras University.

The scientists in the foundation said US FDA in Pondicherry is the first regulatory authority to certify and approve the drug for sales after its invention by Chennai based institutes six months ago. The inventors of the remedy have claimed that within this short span of time, the medicine could cure various kinds of viral diseases of about 2000 people including those affected with A H1N1 viruses.

RRF has invented the medicine Ayusrem, after years of researches associating with the Centre for Herbal Sciences at the University of Madras. When the drug was launched in September last year, it was a formulation of Ayurveda and Siddha preparations. Later, the formulation was completely restricted in Ayurvedic method only, said the inventors of the product, Dr K Balasubrahmaniam and professor Dr A Raaman.

Last week, in a function organized in Pondicherry Lt Governor Dr Iqbal Singh inaugurated the official launching of the medicine by handing over a strip of 10 tablets of Ayusrem to the Health & Family Welfare Minister E Valasaraj. Public health minister A Namasivayam was also present on the occasion.

After the invention of Ayusrem, Ramoni Research Foundation has bagged three Awards of Excellence. National Citizen Excellence Award from Intellectual People and Economic Growth Association, New Delhi for Outstanding Contribution, International Achievers Award for invention of Ayusrem by International Achievers Forum, Thailand, and Bharath Gaurav Award from India International Friendship Society for meritorious services.

D Balasubrahmaniam, the chairman of the foundation said RRF has signed an agreement with Pondicherry based Dr Milton’s Laboratories to manufacture the drug and inked another contract with Chennai-based Berjayaa Marketing Private Ltd for domestic marketing. They have also signed certain pacts with Leonex Systems of Malaysia to market the Ayurvedic antiviral remedy.

Source: PhamaBiz


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Journey of Ayurveda – Milestones in the development

• Divine origin of Ayurveda from Lord Brahma – Dates back to origin of human race

• Mention of various references on Health, Diseases and Medicinal Plants in Rig-veda and Atharv-veda -5000 BC

• Origin of Attreya and Dhanwantari School of Ayurveda -1000 BC

• Documentation of Charaka Samhita – 600 BC

• Documentation of Sushruta Samhita- 500 BC

• Advent of Muslim Rulers and start of the Decline of Ayurveda – 1100 to 1800

• Resurrection of Ayurvedic system of Medicine under the rule of Peshwas. – 1800 AD

• Classes in Ayurvedic medicine opened in Government Sanskrit College, Calcutta – 1827

• Discontinuation of classes in Government Sanskrit College by British – 1833

• Dr. Komar Commission (one-man commission) to make investigation in indigenous system of medicine – 1917

• Indian National Congress Convention at Nagpur recommended acceptance of Ayurvedic system of medicine as India’s National Health Care System – 1920

• Mahatma Gandhi inaugurated Ayurvedic and Unani Tibbia College in Delhi – 1921

• Mahamana Madan Mohan Malviya established Ayurveda college in B. H.U., Varanasi – 1927

• Enforcement of Drugs and Cosmetics Act for Ayurvedic/Siddha/Unani medicines – 1940

• Bhora Committee or Health Survey and Development Committee recognised past services of indigenous medicines but failed to recommend for its further development. – 1943

• Chopra Committee recommended systems of old and modern systems of medicines to evolve a common system of medicine. – 1946

• Pharmaceutical Enquiry Committee headed by Dr. Bhatia, for intensive research in indigenous drugs of Ayurveda. – 1953

• Recommendation of Dave Committee for uniform standards of Ayurveda education – 1955

• Establishment of Institute of Post-Graduate Training and Research in Gujarat Ayurvedic University, Jamnagar, Gujarat – 1956 to 1957

• Udupa Committee set up. It recommended that there is a need for integrated system of medicine and a training course in Siddha and Ayurveda – 1958

• Establishment of Post Graduate Institute of Ayurveda at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh – 1963 to 1964

• Amendment of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 for Indian systems of medicines/drugs – 1964

• Establishment of Central Board of Siddha and Ayurvedic Education – 1964 to 1965

• Setting up of an apex Research Body for Indian medicine & Homoeopathy, ‘Central Council for Research in Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy (CCRIMH)’ – 1969

• Establishment of Pharmacopoeia Laboratory for Indian medicine, Ghaziabad, U.P. – 1970

• Constitution of Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) under IMCC Act – 1970

• Establishment of National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, Rajasthan – 1972 to 1973

• Publication of Part-I of Ayurvedic formulary containing 444 preparations – 1976

• Establishment of Central Council of Research in Ayurveda and Siddha (CCRAS) – 1978

• Passing of Amended Drugs and Cosmetics Act regulating import/export of Indian Systems of Medicine – 1982

• Setting up of Indian Medicine Pharmaceutical Corporation Ltd. in Mohan, Almora Distt., Uttaranchal. – 1983

• Silver Jubilee function of Jawaharlal Nehru Ayurvedic Medicinal Plants Garden and Harbarium, Pune. Inaugurated by Shri R. Venkataraman, Vice-president of India . – 1986

• Second World Conference on Yoga & Ayurveda held at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh – 1986

• Foundation stone of Jawaharlal Nehru Anusandhan Bhawan, Institutional Area, Janakpuri, New Delhi by Hon’ble Vice President of India, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma – 1988

• Establishment of National Academy of Ayurveda (Rashtriya Ayurveda Vidyapeeth) – 1989

• Creation of separate Department of Indian Systems of Medicine & Homoeopathy in Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India – 1995

• Introduction of Extra mural Research Programme for accredited organizations with central assistance – 1996

• Implementation of Central Scheme in 33 organizations for development of agro-techniques of important medicinal plants – 1997

• Maiden participation of Ayurveda alongwith other systems in India International Trade Fair – 1998

• Implementation of Central Scheme in 32 laboratories for developing pharmacopoeial standards of Medicinal Plants/ ISM Formualations – 1998

• Establishment of specialty clinic of Ayurveda in Central Govt. Hospital (Safdarjung Hospital) New Delhi – 1998

• Implementation of IEC( Information, Education & Communication) Scheme for NGOs for propagation and popularization of Ayurveda & other systems – 1998 to 1999

• Participation in Mystique India ( Exhibition cum fair on Indian Traditions) – 1997 to 1999

• Introduction of Vanaspati Van Scheme for large scale cultivation of Medicinal Plants – 1999

• Inauguration of Ayurveda conference at Newyork, USA by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Sh. Atal Bihari Vajpayee – 2000

• Gazette Notification for constitution of Medicinal Plant Board under the Deptt. of Indian Systems of Medicine & Homoeopathy – 2000

• Publication of 2nd volume of Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia – 2000

• Introduction 7 of Ayurvedic Medicines in RCH Programme – 2000

• Constitution of Advisory group for research in Ayurveda – 2000

• Policy Decision on mainstreaming of Ayurveda in RCH programme as per National Population Policy – 2000

• Implementation of Central Scheme of assistance for strengthening of State Drug Testing Laborites and Pharmacies – 2000 to 2001

• Publication of 3rd volume of Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia – 2001

• Publication of English edition of 2nd volume of Ayurvedic Formulary of India – 2001

• Maiden participation of ISM tableau on Republic Day – 2001

• Exhibition and presentation of Ayurveda during World Health Assembly, Geneva – 2001

• Presentation on evidence based support by Deptt. of ISM&H before House of Lords, U.K. against Sir Walton Committee’s Report on status and nomenclature of Ayurveda among Complementary and Alternative systems of Medicine – 2001

• Participation of Dept. in “Made in India” exhibition organized by CII in South Africa – 2001
Source: Department of Ayurveda, Government of India


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