Aarohi is a research group consisting of 10 school teachers who are doing their PhD in the domain of Comparative Science of Cultures under the guidance of Mr. Chaitra Mattighatta. Each week the group comes together for close reading sessions of relevant texts. At regular intervals Mr. Chaitra also conducts individual sessions with the PhD students to closely follow the progress of their doctoral research. Next to these sessions, the Aarohi group also organises workshops and lectures on the themes of their research for a larger group of researchers and interested people.
The team of PhD students of the research teams of Aarohi (Bangalore) and the Centre for the Study of Local Cultures (CSLC), Shimoga, met in the month of June 2015 to read some selected works of Swami Vivekananda, one of India’s influential intellectuals from the past. The experience of reading together in this manner was very productive and hence, they thought it is worthwhile to continue these efforts of reading together in a much more rigorous manner.
Eventually, this workshop became a joint venture of Aarohi, CSLC, and India Platform. It was named as the ‘Pratyabhijnana series of workshops’ and the goal was to convert such joint sessions of reading as the place where research questions get formulated.
Pratyabhijnana Workshops are organised in Bangalore, in Shimoga or in Mangalore and generally attended by around 30 people consisting of doctoral students and faculty who are PhD guides in Social Sciences and Humanities.