I completed my PhD from Université Paris Descartes, Sorbonne, Paris in 2018. My broad scholarly interest is in Sociology and Anthropology of Religion, Yoga, Health & Medicine, Social Anthropology, Ethnology, Research Methodology, Disaster Mitigation. Presently I am also interested in Tantra.
In my PhD thesis I showcased how the concept and practice of haṭha yoga has burgeoned as a French believing; how it emerged as a mind-body-technique. This showcasing has been manifested by an ethnographic study that I had been engaged in in Paris. The ethnographic field work on Eva Ruchpaul and Dorothea Hirsch has entirely been used to fathom the tradition and transmission of haṭha yoga (as the practitioners claim it to be) in French milieu. This ethnographic study has also been maneuvered to exhibit how French believing has been thriving at the confluence of the vulgarization of haṭha yoga and advaita. To trace back the root of this French believing I have also completed ethnographic field work at Ramana Maharshi Ashram, South India. How the elective fraternity of Ramana Maharshi, the haṭha yoga class-rituals at both Eva\’s and Dorothea\’s institutes help to gravitate the practice to religiosity is also a crucial focal point of my work.
Presently I am working on haṭha yoga. I would like to supervise works on body-technique, religion, yoga and visual anthropology.