Mentors, gurus, and institutions of higher learning in the arts and the sciences
The in-depth, systematic study of the sciences and the arts requires and depends on the guidance of a teacher or a गुरु (guru; literally meaning "venerable" or "respectable"), most often in an institute of higher learning. In addition to knowledge and expertise, a guru also sets the student on a path to attaining knowledge on their own.
In my science and dance worlds, I have benefitted from the time, expertise, and grace of many gurus who have taught me so much not only about the relevant disciplines, but also the approach of being an independent scientist, dancer, and scholar.
Over the next several posts, I will highlight my gurus, and talk to them about how they view teaching and pedagogy!
My name is Sloka. I am a neuroscientist and Bharatanatyam dancer; you can find more about me here.