Akanksha Damini Joshi
Specialization : Video Content, Storytelling and Meditation
Damini‘s facilitation work rests in between the intersection of society, culture, ecology and spirituality. She uses visuals, sound, films and text to create potent experiences of the visible and inner worlds. She has nearly a decade long experience of facilitating people into meditation from multiple cultural regions in the world via various methodologies – Vedanta, Tantra, Bhakti, Sufism and Tao.
She comes from a family tradition of mystic Kumaoni women. Being an army daughter from the Gorkhas, eighteen years of her childhood she has travelled, learning from diverse Himalayan cultures. As in the Indian spiritual tradition, she has experimented with various practitioners of meditation and dance.
She is also a professional filmmaker with an honours degree in Journalism from Lady Shri Ram and Mass Communication Masters from MCRC, Jamia. She has been an executive producer of Janmat now known as Live India, a national current affairs TV channel. She is a multiple award winning indie filmmaker, cinematographer, and photographer who now runs her own media company.
Damini is also the only Indian woman filmmaker to make an award winning film on Hindu philosophy – ‘Hindu Nectar: Spiritual Wanderings in India‘ on Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan‘s work for the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. She conducts screenings and mediations based around the film regularly. Her other award winning films are based on ecology and climate change, ‘Chilika Bank$’ and ‘Earth Witness’
Akanksha Joshi’s Facebook Posts :
17th February, 2018
#Lasya #MeditationIntensive #Varanasi
A five day meditative journey into a few #ShivSutras by Vasugupta, based on commentaries by Osho.
With a background study of Swami Laxmanjoo’s translations of Kshemraja’s – disciple of the great saint Abhinavgupta – commentaries, and dil-se dollops of Vedanta.
And, not to forget, the background support of Ma Ganga! Har Har Gange!
What are ShivSutras?
Shiva Sutras are a collection of seventy seven aphorisms that form the foundation of the tradition of spiritual mysticism known as Kashmir Shaivism. They are attributed to the Sage Vasugupta.
A myth is that he received the aphorisms in a dream visitation of a Siddha or semi-divine being. Another is that Lord Shiva came to him in a dream and instructed him to go to a certain rock on which he would find the teachings inscribed. This rock called Shankaropala is still visited by devotees. Some others say that Lord Shiva taught the Siva-Sutras to Vasugupta in a dream. Shiva sutras are of divine origin or revelation and are not considered the product of the human mind.
Feb 8-12, 2018 | Faciliated by Damini | at Osho Mandakini Meditation Centre Varanasi
6th December, 2014
Making a Moment, Eternal !
We live in tech intense times. Where technology has made many art forms accessible to all. Photography is one of those. Everybody has a camera. Everybody can shoot. This access holds great potential. But it also ends up limiting our understanding of a medium to mean … just technique.
Like dance, music, art, and most definitely, like healing. It is not the technique which matters. Not the machine. But the Person. The living, throbbing reality behind the technique. That person, a cocktail of emotions, intelligence, experiences. He creates. Communicates. Touches. Call it love, art. Anything.
Last sunday, we had a meditative musical baithak #Pratha. As i prepared for the invocation, i noticed a tall distinguished looking man carrying a camera, a big lens. Being a camerawoman myself. I know the potential of an image. I notice a filming presence, very keenly.
Then. The morning began. And quite honestly. For someone with my sense of sniffing a camera, quite shockingly. I did not notice this man again. It was like … he’d disappeared, camera and all. Become ether-like. Poof!
And then. I see these images on facebook. Elegantly, so elegantly capturing the subtle energy, the grace of the baithak.
Inni Singh, i realised, masters in the art of absent-presence. Non-imposing. Gentle. Tip toeing. When the camera, the technique, becomes a part of the larger scene. Intricately enmeshed. So deep. That the division between दर्शक and दृश्य – observer and observed – dissolves. All that remains, is the दृष्टा, drishta. The Witness. One with the All.
It is something no fancy technology can ever give. No photography school can ever teach. It is an Art only the roller-coaster Life can … grace.
Inni’s photoart captures for me, the stillness of the movement, the silence of the songs. You can experience more of his images at Dance/Music Photography – Inni Singh.
31st October, 2012
Dancing, Sensing…..Earthing !
Tribal, Shamanic cultures around the world have known.
Movement, Rhythm, Play is Medicine.
When one falls sick in these cultures, a few things are asked by the Shaman –
‘When did you stop listening to Stories?’
‘When did you stop Singing?’
‘When did you stop Dancing?’
So, dance we did. The climate dance.
At YOUTH ADDA, Pravah. With young college going friends.
Friends, who will soon be leading this Earth into a new future.
We danced, we paused, we reflected, we communed.
We saw films, we experienced Nature.
We assimilated … the change in climate not just happening without, but within.
Our bodies, as a reflection of the Earth.
The Earth, as an extension of our bodies.
“The old Indian still sits upon the earth instead of propping himself up and away from its life giving forces. For him, to sit or lie upon the ground is to be able to think more deeply and to feel more keenly.” – Oglala Sioux Chief.
29th July, 2012
Location : Zorba The Buddha, Delhi
Won’t you join the Dance ?
in the possibilities of the moment
rhythm merging with silence
discovering the still point within
for the sheer Bliss of it !