Sri. Haridas Radhakrishnan

Haridas Radhakrishnan is an IT engineer with a career in software spanning two decades.

His interest in Samskrtam was rekindled upon hearing a lecture from Swami Viditatmananda Ji of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam.

His interests include ancient languages like Greek and Latin, but Samskrtam has been the focus of his life since 2012.

Having been part of the M.A program in Samskrtam offered by HUA in collaboration with MITSVS Pune, he is currently pursuing further research in samskrt studies.

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Sri. Chandrasekhar Vellore

Chandrasekhar Vellore (Chandru) has an Electronics Engineer degree from Delhi College of Engineering and a MBA degree from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. After a career spanning 34 years in multinational organizations in Banking and Financial Services, where he and his family have had the opportunity to live and assimilate in countries like the US, Singapore and UAE, Chandru has recently retired from MasterCard. He is based in Miami, Florida.

Despite being a global citizen, Chandru treasures his roots in India – its traditions, culture and Sanatana Dharma. Chandru hails from a family of Samskritam vidwans and he is looking to continue to build on that tradition by getting involved in Samskritam – both as a student as well as a teacher.

He’s a Board Director at AARSHA VIDYAA BHAARATI, Houston,TX for a year. He has also served as an AVB Samskritam teacher for 2 years.

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Smt. Aishwarya Srinivas

Aishwarya Srinivas has performed at prestigious Sabhas all over India and has over 1000 concerts to her credit and is a regular performer in the December Music Season in Chennai. In addition, she has a brilliant academic record to her credit with proficiency prizes for commerce and Sanskrit for three years in succession from Stella Maris College, Chennai, India. She is a also qualified Charted Accountant (CA) and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

Aishwarya Srinivas has been engaged and inspired by Carnatic music since her childhood. Born in a family of ardent Carnatic music rasikas, Aishwarya was initiated into the world of music at the tender age of three. After being trained for over 12 years under Sangeetha Kalanidhi Smt. D. K. Pattammal and Sangeetha Kala Acharya Smt. Sulochana Pattabhiraman and then by Sangeetha Kalanidhi Shri R. K. Srikantan and Sangeetha Kala Acharya Shri P. S. Narayanaswamy she is now being guided by Vidwan Sri R.K. Sriramkumar.

In addition to several prizes in competitions conducted by prestigious Sabha’s like the Madras Music Academy, Nagarda Gana Sabha, ISKON, Indian Fine Arts Society, Spirit of Youth Series, 2004, and other Sabha’s, she has been awarded the following: The Yuva Purandara Award from the Indiranagar Sangeetha Sabha, Bangalore in 2019, the SVN Rao award for excellence Smt.Sudha Murthy, Chairman INfosys Foundation at Sree Rama Seva Mandali, Chamrajpet, Bangalore for the year 2018, the Youth Achievers award for Vocational Excellence conferred by Rotary Club, Guindy for the year 2017-18, the Isai Chemmal Award conferred by Trinity Arts Association for the year 2017-18, the Yuva Kala Bharathi Award conferred by Bharat Kalachar for the year 2016-17.

She has recorded an album for leading label Gita Cassettes (Sri Ranga Vibho comprising compositions in
praise of Sri Ranganatha of Srirangam), performed a tribute to MS Subbalakshmi – Fund Raiser for Karna Vidya Foundation, a project by Rotary Club, Coromandel, 2016, rendered Ramalingaswamy Arutpas as part of the Thiruvarutpa Archival project, tuned by Sri P.S.Narayansamy for the archives, 2015 and has been awarded a scholarship for excellence in Carnatic music provided by the Ministry of Culture to young artistes, since 2013 and the Best Artiste Award for classical music by Stella Maris College, 2010. She was enlisted Economic Times Young Achievers List in the year 2002. She is a Grade ‘A’ Artiste of All India Radio and aims to carry forward the lofty legacy of her Gurus and the commitment with which they have imparted
valuable lessons.

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Dr. Sampadananda Mishra

Dr. Sampadananda Mishra (PhD) is working now as a Professor at the Rashtram School of Public Leadership, Rishihood University, Sonipat. Mishra has spoken at various conferences, seminars, and literary & religious festivals, both nationally and internationally on Sanskrit, Indian culture, Yoga and Education. In addition Mishra, as a devotee of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, is familiar with their writings and feels comfortable in delivering lecture on Philosophy and practice of Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga. He has been to USA several times for giving lectures, conducting workshops and participating in conferences and seminars. He was one of the keynote speakers in the Waves conference that took place in Trinidad and Tobago in the year 2010. In the year (2014) Mishra was invited to the Monash university, Melbourne for giving a talk on character development and service to the humanity in a seminar on Swami Vivekananda. He is also closely associated with the members of the School of Philosophy and guides their Sanskrit teachers. Mishra worked as the Associate Editor of the Collected Works of Vasishtha Kavyakantha Ganapati Muni published in twelve volumes. Mishra has founded and launched the first ever 24hours Sanskrit Radio called Divyavani Sanskrit Radio and is single handedly managing the entire content since its inception in 2013. In the year 2014 Mishra founded Samskrita Balasahitya Parishad with the aim of creating, evaluating and propagating children’s literature in Sanskrit. Recently Mishra has launched a monthly  E-magazine for children in Sanskrit called Saptavarna.

The Govt. of India has conferred the President’s award (Maharshi Badarayna Vyasa Samman 2011) on Mishra for his outstanding contribution to Sanskrit. In the year 2014 the Ministry of Culture, Govt. Of India conferred the Senior Fellowship Award to Mishra for carrying out his research on the Vedic Art of Multiple Concentration. In the year 2017 Junior Chamber International (JCI) India, (JCI Pondicherry Metro) conferred the Literary Excellence Award on Mishra for his contribution to Sanskrit language and literature. Dr. Mishra was conferred the Kendra Sahitya Akademi Bala Puraskar for 2018 for his book Shanaih Shanaih – A book of Rhyming songs in Sanskrit for children. He was also conferred the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Recognition of Re-engineering India 2020 by the Re-think India Organisation.

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Dr. Kuldip Dhiman

Dr Kuldip Dhiman has Master’s Degrees in English, Philosophy, Sanskrit, and Graphic Design. He earned his doctorate in philosophy from Panjab University. His schooling was done at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Hebbal, Bangalore. He also did a course in journalism from Writer’s Bureau, UK.
His published books are: The Yogavasishtha of Valmiki (the seminal text on Vedanta), The Ultimate Iconoclast (on the philosophy of Rajneesh Osho), Emotion – the essence of life (Evolutionary psychology), The Yogasutram (translation from Sanskrit to English with the Vyasa Bhashya). Currently making YouTube videos on the Yogasutram in English and Hindi. He has been teaching Sanskrit through the Bhagavadgita for the past three years at Panjab University. This has proved to be a very effective indirect method of teaching Sanskrit. He also teaches the Yogasutram online.
Dr Dhiman has also investigated over a dozen cases of reincarnation. His studies on reincarnation have been published in India and abroad. He is now well known for reincarnation research all over the world. His other interests are music, photography, and cinematography.

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Dr. Balakrishnan Muniapan

Dr. Balakrishnan Muniapan [BEcons (UKM), CIWT (AUST), MSc (HRM) (Portsmouth, UK), DBA (Philippines), Certified NLP Practitioner (ABNLP, USA), a Certified NLP Coach (ABNLP, USA), HRDF (Malaysia) Certified Trainer (via Exemption) and a Certified Trainer, Speaker and Coach with the John Maxwell Team (USA)]. He is a HRM specialist was conferred the “Best Professor in HRM” award at the World Education Congress, Asia’s Education Excellence Award 2014 in Singapore, and at the World HRD Congress 2017 in Mumbai. He has also been a Visiting Professor in HRM and has served as an external examiner for DBA/PhD thesis in HRM for several universities within Asia, Africa and Europe. In academia, Dr. Bala has published over eighty research papers and articles in several international journals, conference proceedings, and book chapters; and was the recipient of the Best Research Paper award at the 3rd National (Malaysia) HRM Conference in 2006. He is frequently honored as an invited speaker in HRM (including on Valmiki Ramayana and Vyasa Mahabharata) at numerous national and international conferences, and has presented papers at conferences and delivered talks in several countries within Asia, the Middle East, Australia, South Pacific, Africa, Europe and USA. As a HRM trainer and consultant, Dr Bala has vast experience in conducting training and consultancy programs in HRM and has contributed tremendously towards HRM effectiveness for hundreds of organizations within Malaysia, in Asia and Europe. His trainings are interactive, thought provoking, engaging and with practical insights, that helps to transform participant’s strategic and critical thinking skills.

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Dr. Narasimhan Anantharangachar

Dr. Narasimhan Anantharangachar, acquired his PhD (Vidya Varidhi) in Sanskrit from, Karnataka Samskrit University, Bangalore, in the year 2020, a Vidvaduttama degree in Vishishtadvaita Vedanta from Chamaraja Samskrit College, Bangalore, 2015, his MPhil. (Visishtcharya) from Karnataka Samskrit University, Bangalore, 2013, and his MA in Sanskrit from Karnataka State Open University in 2012.
He has a deep understanding of Vedanta, Purva Mimamsa, Nyaya, Sankhya and other systems. He has studied the three systems of Vedanta for several years under Mahamahopadhyaya, Vedanta Vidvan Dr N S Anantha Rangacharya Swamy and also as part of his curriculum in post-graduate courses. He has studied Vyakarana and Nyaya shastras under Mahamahopadhyaya Sri Sesachala Sharma (President’s award winner) for many years, and the Sayana Bhashya on Krishna Yajurveda under Mahamahopadhyaya Sri Sesachala Sharma (President’s award winner) for many years. He has authored several books on topics related to Vishishtadvaita, published a paper comparing the commentaries of Shankaracharya, Ramanujacharya and Madhvacharya on the Brahma Sutras related to Veda Nityatva. He has published a paper comparing the commentaries of Shabara Swamy and Vedanta Desika on the Apaurusheyatvadhikarana of Jaimini. Previously, he was a software entrepreneur by profession, and has worked in the Software Industry for over three decades. Have held several senior positions and travelled widely on work. He also has a PGDIM, Indian Institute of Science, 1982 and a B.E. (Electrical), UVCE, Bangalore University, 1981

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Dr. Kalika Uttarkar

Dr. Kalika Uttarkar completed her MA and Ph.D. degrees in Philosophy from the University of Pune. Dr. Kalika has also done her Master’s in ‘Psychotherapy and Counselling’. She has over 25 years of experience in teaching philosophy, conducting life skills corporate training, and workshops for yoga and mental health. Currently based in Dallas, she works as a Yoga and psychological counselor, motivational speaker, and runs a YouTube channel on parenting, relationships, and self-help. Dr. Kalika has presented papers on Yoga, Bhagavad-Gita, and Upanishads at various national and international seminars. She strives to study and share the intersection of Indian Philosophy, Yoga, and Psychology to explore its relevance to human life in today’s age. One of her passion projects was her doctoral thesis on “The Philosophy of Life with Reference to the Major 11 Upanishads”. Her expertise also includes Naturopathy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).
YouTube: https://YouTube.com/c/DrKalika
Website: https://sites.google.com/view/yoga-and-meditation-kalika-u
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kalikauttarkar

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Swamini Brahmaprajnananda Saraswati

Swamini Brahmaprajnananda Saraswati is a traditional and contemporary teacher of Advaita Vedanta and a Hindu monk. She completed an intensive 3.5 year course in Vedanta and Sanskrit in 2013 at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Coimbatore under the tutelage of Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati ji. Prior to that for more than 12 years she studied Vedanta (part time) with Swami Brahmavidananda ji in Mumbai alongside work. Swamini completed her M.Phil in Psychology (2001) and M.A in Clinical Psychology in 1996, both at SNDT University Mumbai. In her fifteen-year career prior to monkhood she led many projects and her last position was as Country Director of India for Railway Children, UK an international organization. Her work impacted the lives of 15000 street children annually. In recognition of her work, Maharashtra state government invited her to be on the jury of the Juvenile Justice Board for rehabilitation of child offenders. Swamini taught the paper of ‘Counselling and therapy’ to the Masters students as a visiting faculty with SNDT University, Mumbai from 2003 until 2019.
Swamini conducts courses and immersive retreats on Vedanta and Dharma for different groups in Mumbai, India and for people across the world. A qualified psychologist, Swamini’s teaching style seamlessly flows to enhance areas of self-mastery, meaning and connection all the way to self-discovery. She is the first Hindu monk to run an online course on ‘How to have harmonious relationships’ on Udemy, the global, online learning platform. She hosts a podcast, ‘Vedanta – The River of Wisdom’ available on major podcasting platforms. Her public videos span a range of topics – Vedanta teachings, meanings of stotrams, dialogues with other teachers, animation-based videos, Q and A. In 2018 she cofounded the first Vedic Wisdom festival (two day curation of talks by wisdom masters) in Mumbai with Swami Brahmavidananda. She has presented many papers at conferences on Indian psychology and Vedanta. She conceptualised and mentors a program for children SHINE (Spiritual Heritage of India for Next Generation Empowerment) and has conducted leadership programmes for the youth.

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Mrs. Rima Shah

Rima Shah is RYT 200, and has Bachelors in Physical Therapy and Masters in Public Health (San Jose University, San Jose, CA). She is currently pursuing a Diploma in Yoga Therapy.  Presently, she is a Yoga Teacher and Education Administrator at Yoga Bharati.

Rima has been part of various Yoga Teacher Training courses offered by Yoga Bharati and has also led Stop Diabetes Movement in collaboration with Sewa, Bay Area and Yoga Bharati. She began her yoga journey six years ago and has been teaching wellness yoga classes, prenatal yoga class and therapy yoga classes. 

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