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UBUNTU: International Yoga Conference-Yoga for Universal Well-being Finding Commonalities Between Indian and African Traditions-Organized by Indian Council for Cultural Relations on 21-22 June 2021

Indian Council for Cultural Relations

Azad Bhavan, I.P. Estate, New Delhi – 110 002


UBUNTU International Yoga Conference – Yoga for Universal Well-being”

Finding Commonalities between Indian and African Traditions”


21-22 June, 2021

Tentative Programme Schedule




21-22 June 2021 (Monday – Tuesday)



Conference Room, ICCR, New Delhi



Virtual Mode


Academic Coordinators

Dr. Sharduli Terwadkar and Shri. Rajiv Terwadkar in collaboration with ICCR

Day 1 - Monday, 21 June 2021

Inaugural Session –Emcee Smt. Manjistha Mukherjee Bhatt, ICCR

1330 -1340 hrs

Welcome and introductions by Emcee

1340 - 1350 hrs

Prayers & Invocation by Dr. Sharduli Terwadkar

1352 - 1402 hrs

Address by Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Hon. President, ICCR

1404 - 1409 hrs

Recorded Speech of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi

1411 – 1416 hrs

Recorded Address of Shri Kiren Rijiju, Hon’ble Minister of AYUSH, Republic of India (Proposed)

1418 – 1423 hrs

Recorded Address of

  • AU (TBC)
  • Health Minister of African countries (TBC)

1425 – 1435 hrs

Address by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar – Art of Living (TBC)

1435 – 1445 hrs


Technical Session I: Yoga for COVID-19 Management
(Sharing of Indian experiences about Yoga and African experiences about Indigenous Knowledge Systems of Africa)

1445 – 1545 hrs

Moderator: Dr. Sharduli Terwadkar


  1. TDr. Bakhombisile Maseko, Indigenous Knowledge Holder, Traditional Health Practioner (Herbalist), advocate for IKS from South Africa (Confirmed)
  2. Prof. Nceba Gqaleni, Honorary Research Professor at the Durban University of Technology and a Visiting Professor Vaal University of Technology (Confirmed)
  3. Mr. George Gandiro, President, Zinatha – Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers Association
  4. Dr. Ishwar V. Basavaraddi, Director, Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, N. Delhi, India
  5. Dr. Pramod Patil, Head of Yoga Center, Dinanth Mangeshkar Hospital, Pune, India (Confirmed)




Day 2 - Tuesday, 22 June 2021

1330 – 1340 hrs

Prayers & Meditation by Dr. Sharduli Terwadkar

Technical Session II: Enhancing mental and physical well-being

(Sharing of Indian experiences about Yoga and African experiences about Indigenous Knowledge Systems of Africa)

1340 – 1440 hrs

Moderator:  Mr. Toki Mohoto 



  1. Ms. Akosua Aset, Certified Smai Tawi Expert from Germany of Jamaican descent. (Confirmed)
  2. Dr Motheo Koitsiwe, Acting Director at the Indigenous Knowledge Systems Centre, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, North - West University
  3. Shri. Sant Naamdevji Maharaj, Vihangam Yoga Sansthan & Founder and CEO of Sadafal Foundation, Delhi, India
  4. Dr. R Nagaratna, Medical Director, Division of yoga and life sciences and chief consultant at Arogyadhama, SVYASA (Confirmed)


1440 – 1445 hrs


Technical Session III:Yoga for Cure of Lifestyle Diseases (such as diabetes, blood pressure, mental and physical stress, sleep disorder, ergonomics etc.)

(Sharing of Indian experiences about Yoga and African experiences about Indigenous Knowledge Systems of Africa)


1445 – 1545 hrs

Moderator:  Dr. Sharduli Terwadkar


  1. Dr. Raghavendra Rao, Director, Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy, Ministry of AYUSH, India
  2. Mr. Yirser Ra Hotep, Master Instructor of Yoga and the creator of the Yoga Skills Method from USA (Confirmed)
  3. Ms. Kamlesh Barwal, Director of Yoga at Art of Living, Secretary General of Indian Yoga Association and Honorary Advisor of Yoga, Government of Himachal Pradesh (Confirmed)
  4. TDr. Gogo Sithembiso Nene, Senior Promoter, Traditional Healers Organisation, South Africa



Concluding Session:

1545 – 1615 hrs


Gist of deliberations by Shri Rajiv Terwadkar

Closing Speech by Sadhguru (TBC)

Vote of Thanks by Shri. Dinesh K. Patnaik, Director General, ICCR

(times in Indian Standard Time)

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