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27 Dec 2016
JainStudy FB Group to Host Workshop in Mumbai on Second Anniversary

The Jain Study Group on Facebook, set up by Dilipbhai Mehta of Rosy Blue, Amalbhai Jhaveri and others, will organise its first workshop titled ‘#1st JAINSTUDY WORKSHOP’ at Mumbai on January 7, 2017 on the occasion of its 2nd anniversary. The workshop is focused on the theme ‘Tracing Our Roots’ and will offer expert insights into Jain History & Arts. It will be addressed by noted scholars Dr Bipin Doshi and Prof. Shilpa Chheda.

Dr Doshi, an eminent Jain scholar and world-famous author who has taught Jainism all over world and established Jain Department at University of Mumbai, will be speaking on the salient features of Jainism with special emphasis on its historic origins, divisions and relevance in the 21st century. Prof Chheda, notably famous for her research and understanding of Jain art and architecture will be speaking about the aesthetic ideas reflected in Jain literature and art, explaining the special forms and symbols with emphasis on some specimens of Jaina architecture – Ayagapatas, Stupas, Cave-temples and Temples.

The Group was formed by Dilipbhai Mehta on January 19, 2015 soon after he returned from an inspiring trip to Veerayatan Branch in Kutch. The aim was to create a forum of like-minded people, with similar interests and goals and yet undivided by sectoral or geographical barriers; a platform where people could come together in the spirit of spiritual progress, where people could share, motivate and inspire others to live the Jaina way of life.
Though there are over a billion groups on Facebook, very few have more than one thousand members, while those that reach 10,000 are even more rare! However, the JainStudy group crossed more than 1,200 members in a month, passed 10,000 in six months and had 35,000 members by its first anniversary. Now, as it prepares for its second anniversary, the group has close to 80,000 members!

The main organisers attribute the success of the group to its ability to engage people with well curated topics, a regulated process for posting and discussion issues of interest (strictly non-commercial) which creates opportunities for learning, discussing and sharing. The highly pro-active members also contribute to its popularity – in 2016 alone on the Jainstudy group page, 4,438 posts were published, which recieved 2,69,000 likes, 20,000 comments and were shared 26,000 times!

The Workshop is being held on January 7, 2017 at the Y. B. Chavan Auditorium, Mantralaya, Mumbai at 6.15 pm.

For further details and Registrations visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/jainstudy/permalink/1161119060673194/

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