Bangalore International Centre had arranged the Book Release and Discussion of the Book “Garuda Past and Present - A Birds’ Eye View of South Indian Traditions” by Dr. Vanamala Parthasarathy on 6th February, 2015 at 6.30 PM. Dr. M V Srinivas, Retired Professor of History, Mysore University and Dr. K G Gopalakrishna Rao, Noted Indologist were participated as discussants.
Garuda often identified as Vedic Suparna is indeed a celestial bird of great significance and enormous importance in Hindu Mythology and art. Dr. Vanamala in her talk traced the evolution of Garuda as perceived through literary sources from both Sanskrit and Tamil texts, and detailed his role in Vishnu temple rituals in general especially in South Indian traditions. A comparison between Garuda who is known as Periya tiruvadi in Sri Vaishnava parlance and Hanuman known as Siriya tiruvadi was also brought out in the presentation.
Both Dr. Srinivas and Dr. Gopalakrishna Rao brought out interesting facedts about Garuda from past to present.
The interactive session between the author and the audience was very lively.