Special Lecture

JNP organises popular lectures on science by Senior Scientists from premier research institutes and eminent scientists visiting India. JNP also associates with other premier science institutes in organising popular lectures. Announcements about lectures are made in newspapers, on our website and communications sent to JNP Club members. Entry to these lectures is free.


Kaapi With Kuriosity lecture series entitled "A Finite Discussion on the Infinite" by Prof. Tanvi Jain, Associate Professor, Theoretical Statistics and Mathematics Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi Centre, is scheduled on 09.09.2018 at 4 pm at Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium.


Commemorating 150th year of 'The Discovery of Helium'

A special lecture by Prof. Biman Nath, Astrophysicist, Raman Research Institute, Bengaluru, on the topic ‘150th year of the Discovery of Helium’ on 18th August 2018 at 5.30 pm at the Planetarium


Kaapi With Kuriosity lecture series entitled "Making Things, Doing Science" by Prof. Arvind Gupta, (Children’s Science Centre, IUCAA – former), is scheduled on 19.08.2018 at 4 pm at Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium.


Kaapi With Kuriosity lecture series entitled "The Discrete Charm of Geometry" by Prof. Alexander Bobenko (Technical University of Berlin), is scheduled on 22.07.2018 at 4 pm at Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium.


'Asteroid Day' on 30th June 2018

J N Planetarium, Bengaluru is celebrating the 'Asteroid Day' with lectures on asteroids and on Meteors, An exhibition of over 20 meteorite samples collected from India and outside and a poster exhibition. A lecture is organized at 2 pm by Dr. Bharat Adur, Director, Akash Ganga Centre for Astronomy, Mumbai titled ‘Detection of Meteorites and Methods of Analysis’ aimed towards college students. A public lecture by Dr. Narendra Bhandari, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, titled ‘Falling Stones, Colliding Asteroids and Secrets of the Universe’ is scheduled at 4:30 pm for the public.

Interested college students are requested to register with the planetarium on or before June 28th for lectures as entry is limited. There is no registration charge. All are welcome for the public lecture. Rare exhibition of meteorites and poster exhibition are open between 10.30am and 4.30pm. Members of public and students can make use of the opportunity. Entry to the exhibition is free.

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Kaapi With Kuriosity lecture series entitled "How quantum physics democratised music: a meditation on physics and technology" by Prof. Michael Berry (University of Bristol, UK), is scheduled on 10.06.2018 at 4 pm at Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium.


Kaapi With Kuriosity lecture series entitled "Black Holes and Steam Engines" by Prof. Joseph Samuel, Theoretical Physicist, Raman Research Institute, Bengaluru, is scheduled on 27.05.2018 at 4 pm at Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium.


Kaapi With Kuriosity lecture series entitled "Towards Life in a Jar" by Prof. Zorana Zeravcic, Assistant Professor, ESPCI, Paris, is scheduled on 22.04.2018 at 4 pm at Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium.


A special lecture on 'Zero Shadow Day' for public is scheduled on 24th April 2018 at 11 am. The event will be demonstrated at 12:17 hrs at the campus. Entry is free.


Kaapi With Kuriosity lecture series entitled "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" by Prof. Shannon Olsson, Head, Naturalist-Inspired Chemical Ecology (NICE), National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru, is scheduled on 25.03.2018 at 4 pm at Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium.


Kaapi With Kuriosity lecture series entitled "Fascinating World of Photons, Superposition & Entanglement" by Prof. Urbasi Sinha, Associate Professor, Light and Matter Physics group, Raman Research Institute, Bengaluru, is scheduled on 25.02.2018 at 4 pm at Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium.


Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium in collaboration with British Council is arranging special lectures by Profs. Monica Grady and Ian Wright on the topics Landing on the Comet andWhat is the chemical composition of a comet? And how would you measure it? respectively, on 14th February 2018 at 5.30 pm at planetarium campus.


Kaapi With Kuriosity

Kaapi With Kuriosity public lecture entitled “Black Holes" by Prof. Ramesh Narayan, Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences at Harvard University and Senior Astronomer at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory on 21st Jan 2018 at 4 pm in Planetarium.


A special lecture entitled "Ancient light: the microwave background radiation and cosmology” by Prof. Mark Birkinshaw, Cavendish Laboratory’s Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory, is scheduled on 20th Jan 2018 at 5 pm in JNP campus.


A special lecture entitled "The fascinating exploration of asteroids : how to trace back our Solar System history and protect ourselves from an impact" by Dr. Patrick Michel, Astrophysicist, Senior Researcher at CNRS, is scheduled on 13th Jan 2018 at 5.30 pm in JNP campus.

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J N planetarium, Bengaluru is celebrating the ‘Asteroid Day’ with lectures on asteroids and on Meteors, An exhibition of over 20 meteors collected from India and outside and a poster exhibition. Lectures are aimed at high school teachers. Interested members of public can also attend.

Interested Teachers are requested to register with the planetarium on or before June 28th for lectures as entry is limited. There is no registration charge. Rare exhibition of meteorites and poster exhibition are open between 10.30am and 4.30pm. Members of public and students can make use of the opportunity. Entry to the exhibition is free. Click here for info.

Kaapi with Kuriosity lecture entitled “Insects as Architects” is scheduled on 11 th Dec 2016 (Sunday) at 11 am at Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium . Click here for info.

A special lecture entitled "Nobel Prize for Neutrino Oscillations" by Prof. S Lokanathan, Formerly Professor at University of Rajastan, Jaipur, on 8th November 2015 (Sunday) at 5.30 pm. Entry is Free. - click here for more

A special lecture entitled “LIGO – India : Beyond Gravitational Wave Detection to Gravitational Wave Astronomy” by Prof. B R Iyer, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, TIFR, Bengaluru, on 11th October 2015 (Sunday) at 5.30 pm. Entry is Free. click here for more


A special lecture entitled "ASTROSAT – the Indian Astronomy Satellite” by Dr. S Seetha, Programme Director, Space Science Programme Office, Indian Space Research Organisation, Blore, on 13.09.2015 at 5.30 pm. Entry is Free. - click here for more


A special lecture entitled "The Thirty Meter Telescope” by Prof. G C Anupama, Professor, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Blore, on 09.08.2015 at 5.30 pm. Entry is Free. - click here for more


In this context, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bangalore is arranging a three-part lecture series entitled Einstein and Relativity in January, February and March by the renowned astrophysicist Prof. C. V. Vishveshwara. The talks will be non-technical aimed at general audience including undergraduate students. The lecture series provides an overview of the General Theory of Relativity and its impact.


Brief Profile of Prof. C. V. Vishveshwara

After his education up to MSc in Bangalore, India, Prof. Vishveshwara received his AM degree from Columbia University, New York, USA. Thereafter, working on the stability of the Schwarzschild black hole with Prof. Charles Misner as his thesis advisor, he obtained his PhD from the University of Maryland, USA. In addition to his proof of black-hole stability, he has made pioneering contributions to black-hole physics by his study of the structures of both the static Schwarzschild black holes and the rotating Kerr black holes as well as by his theoretical discovery of the quasinormal modes of black-hole vibrations. After serving on the faculty of several universities in USA, he returned to his hometown of Bangalore, India, to take up the position of Professorship at the Raman Research Institute and later became a Senior Professor at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics. Prof. Vishveshwara has also been a Visiting Professor at several universities such as University of Pennsylvania, University of Maryland, Boston University, University of London, and Universidad del Pais Vasco, Spain.

His book, Einstein's Enigma or Black Holes in My Bubble Bath is widely acclaimed with highly complimentary comments from Professors Roger Penrose, Nobel laureate Anthony James Leggett, Charles Misner and other readers worldwide. It has also been translated into Italian. Recently, another book of his in the same genre entitled Universe Unveiled – The Cosmos in My Bubble Bath has been published. Information about the two books published by Springer may be obtained respectively from the links: http://www.springer.com/astronomy/popular+astronomy/book/978-3-540-33199-5 and http://www.springer.com/astronomy/popular+astronomy/book/978-3-319-08212-7

Black Holes, Gravitational Radiation and the Universe: Essays in Honor of C.V. Vishveshwara, Bala R. Iyer and Biplab Bhawal(eds), (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999) was published in his honor for his sixtieth birthday to which leading experts in the field like Jacob Bekenstein, Brandon Carter, G.F.R Ellis, Jayant Narlikar etc., have contributed essays.

As founder-director of the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium in Bangalore, he has written the scripts for several planetarium programmes and directed them. These have proved to be exceedingly popular because of the simple and attractive manner in which difficult concepts have been presented. Prof. Vishveshwara has also initiated and developed educational programmes at the Planetarium including the Research Education Advancement Programme (REAP) and BIO-REAP that have been successfully training students to pursue research careers in science.


Details of the Lecture Series

Part Title Date and Time
Einstein and Relativity Part-1 Special theory of Relativity, Space and Time 11 January 2015 @ 5:30 PM
Einstein and Relativity Part-2 General theory of Relativity - Gravitation 15 February 2015@5.30pm
Einstein and Relativity Part-3 Modern Developments - Black Holes, Gravitational Waves and Cosmology 8 March 2015@5.30pm

Venue of the Lectures

Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium,
Bangalore Association for Science Education,
Shri. T. Chowdaiah Road, High Ground,
Bangalore, Karnataka
PIN: 560001
Landmark : Near Karnataka Raj Bhavan


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