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Dr. Sailesh Rao

Dr. Sailesh Rao has over three decades of professional experience and is the Founder and Executive Director of Climate Healers, a non-profit dedicated to healing the Earth’s climate. A systems specialist with a Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, Dr. Rao worked on the internet communications infrastructure for twenty years after graduation. During this period, he led the transformation of early analog internet connections to more robust digital connections that also ran ten times faster, at 1Gb/s. In 2006, he switched careers and became deeply immersed, full time, in solving the environmental crises affecting humanity. Dr. Rao is the author of two books, Carbon Dharma: The Occupation of Butterflies and Carbon Yoga: The Vegan Metamorphosis, and an Executive Producer of four documentaries, The Human Experiment (2013), Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014), What The Health (2017), and A Prayer for Compassion (2019).

A graduate of IIT, Madras, 1981, Dr. Sailesh Rao has 10 U.S. and 3 Canadian Patents to his credit, 22 peer-reviewed technical publications, and has made over 50 standards contributions to the ATM Forum and the IEEE 802.3 CSMA/CD.

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Ms. Vinutha Kornaya

Vinutha Kornaya (E-RYT, MBA) has Yoga Certification from SVYASA. Her true education began when she stepped on my mat as a fourteen-year-old girl. Yoga has been life-changing and it has helped her stay grounded through the years. To maintain the innermost sense of peace has been her most challenging sadhana. Her hope is to share this ancient wisdom with as many aspirants as possible.

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Dr. Raj Vedam

Dr. Raj Vedam obtained his Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, and Ph.D. also in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA. He has over 26 years of professional experience in Power, Electronic Design Automation, and Oil and Gas industries and has worked in applied mathematics and engineering across multiple disciplines. He has several patents and international journal and conference publications.

Working at the confluence of applied mathematics, engineering, algorithms, and computer science, and using tools of Archeo-Genetics, Archeo-astronomy, Archaeology, and pursuing evidence of knowledge transfers from ancient India, Dr. Raj Vedam has put forward a strong thesis with verifiable facts, on the antiquity of the Indian Civilization, and the many discoveries made in ancient India. He has delivered over 100 lectures in India and the US, on the subject of scientific validation of narratives on history of India, in which he has developed a deep interest. He has conducted a dozen high school teacher training workshops in India on a multi-disciplinary approach to history. He has also revised history textbooks for Texas Education Agency, as well as the state of Telangana.

Raj Vedam serves as Director, Arsha Vidya Satsanga, a non-profit focused on Indic education based in Houston.

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Philip Goldberg is a spiritual counselor, public speaker, and author of numerous books.

Philip Goldberg has been studying the world’s spiritual traditions for more than 45 years, as a practitioner, teacher, and author.  

As an ordained Interfaith Minister, a spiritual counselor, and a meditation teacher, he is an illuminating and entertaining public speaker who has presented at universities, religious and spiritual institutions, yoga centers and festivals, and various other venues throughout the U.S. and India.

In addition to that, he also contributes regularly to Spirituality & Health magazine online and is a consulting editor at Sutra Journal. He also cohosts the popular Spirit Matters podcast leads American Veda Tours of India.

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Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran

Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran is an internationally known musician, composer, music educator, and scholar with several recordings,  large scale musical productions, and scores to his credit. Kanniks is known primarily for his pioneering work in Indian American choral and orchestral music based on ragas. Through his work, he has built diverse coalitions between amateur and professional musicians and ensembles, Academic Institutions,  Dance companies, and more.  He has collaborated with artists such as Lakshmi Shankar and the Gundecha Brothers and has presented papers at the Madras Music Academy. He has founded and directed Indian American community choirs in over 12 cities in the US. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Madras, the Ohio Heritage Fellowship, and other awards. He has taught Graduate Level Courses in Indian Music Theory and History and courses on Creativity at the University of Cincinnati. 

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Background

Dr. Damal.Kandadai.Hari hails from an Indian traditional family, with its roots in Kancheepuram, a very ancient town of India, which has been the silk center of the South through the ages and is also known for its age-old temples, saints and scholars.

He had his schooling in Rishi Valley School, then graduated from Madras Christian College and did his postgraduation in Business Administration from P.S.G College of Technology, Coimbatore.

He has had a 20 year career as a management professional, managing the family businesses in various verticals such as Oil and Gas and FMCG supply chain for 8 years and heading the Marketing for a building industry product company for 12 years, during which he established the brand and sales network in India and abroad.

Post this, he has chosen to follow the calling in his life, with the pursuit and seeking of knowledge through questioning – a temper influenced by his schooling in Rishi Valley.

In The Field of Civilizational Studies

Dr.D.K.Hari and his wife, Dr. D.K.Hema Hari, together, started the Bharath Gyan initiative in Civilizational Studies in the year 2000. Bharath Gyan follows an interdisciplinary approach to researching on India from an Indian perspective and provides an integrated, Indic narrative of the Indian civilization.

To date in 2020, based on the researched compilation of 500+ hours of multimedia content across 108+ subjects, he and his wife have co-authored and brought out the following publications on the Indian Civilization.

  • 40+ books on the Indian Civilization in English and their translations into Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati and Tamil
  • 300+ short films on Indian Civilization for Social Media
  • 5 Documentaries
  • 60+ Mini books
  • 600+ articles on blog
  • Regular contribution of articles to various magazines
  • Daily updates of the significance of the day on Facebook and Twitter.

He has given over 250 joint multimedia talks with his wife, in India and abroad on diverse subjects to wide audiences such as

  • International conferences including
    • Civil BRICS,
    • Pravasi Bharatiya Divas,
    • World Sanskrit Conferences,
    • KAICIID Interfaith Conferences organized by the Vatican, King of Saudi and the Austrian Govt,
    • World Ramayana Conferences,
    • Conferences on Mahabharata,
    • Conferences on Veda, Cosmology, Science, Technology  and Spirituality
    • International Women’s Conferences,
    • Ramayana Conferences for Tour Operators in Sri Lanka etc.
  • Research institutions eg. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc), Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Coast Guard, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL)…
  • TED conducted talks
  • Educational institutions, both private and public funded schools and colleges, various University Departments, UGC Faculty Refresher Courses etc.
  • Corporates
  • Professional bodies such as Project Management Institute (PMI), Madras Management Association (MMA), FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO), Madras Bar Association etc.   
  • Social Forums, Organizations and NGOs in the field of Water, Agriculture, Education, Women’s Empowerment, Ancient Knowledge Systems etc. and
  • Many Television Interviews – Live and Recorded.

He has been a member of the Civil BRICS delegation to Moscow in 2015.

Bharath Gyan is a Knowledge Partner for the Bharat Ko Janiye program of the Ministry of External Affairs.

Social Contribution

Besides Bharath Gyan, Dr. D.K.Hari is also involved in various social activities such as the board of management of,

  1. Hindu Mission Hospital – a 250 bed, multidisciplinary, charity based hospital in Tambaram, Chennai
  2. Valluvar Gurukulam – a school for educating first-generation children in Tambaram, Chennai
  3. Dakshina Chitra – a heritage village, Chennai
  4. Sri Dev Kunwar Nanalal Bhat Vaishnava College, Chennai
  5. Bala Vidya Mandir School, Adyar, Chennai
  6. Prof. K.V.Sarma Research Foundation, Chennai – a foundation for Research in Indian Sciences
  7. Bodhidharma Dojo Foundation – a foundation for Bodhidharma Memorial Park, Kanchipuram.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Honoris Causa Doctorate, Ph.D. awarded by Sri Sri University on September 5th,  2019 for 2 decades of research in Civilizational Studies and publishing many books, films, and writings.
  • Shri. B.R.Haran Memorial Award on August 14th, 2019
  • Visalakshi Award from the Art of Living in Bengaluru, on February 23rd,2018 for the pioneering efforts to repurpose ancient knowledge for the modern age.
  • Opinions on Bharath Gyan compilation, from prominent persons in society such as
    • Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, Former President of India
    • Mr.Amitabh Bachchan, 
    • Pujya Sri Pramukh Swami ji of Swami Narayan BAPS,
    • Swami Dayananda Saraswathi etc.
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Dr. D.K. Hema Hari

Dr. D.K. Hema Hari was born in Mysore and grew up in Bombay. She double graduated in Physics and in Computer Technology from Bombay University. She has been a PMI certified Project Management Professional for 12 years.

She started her career in Tata Consultancy Services in 1989 and after spending the first 10 years of her career there, moved to CSC India, where she spent the next decade of her career, in a Senior management capacity.

Her 20 years career span in Information Technology focused mainly on managing Innovation and nurturing new technologies by providing Consulting, Mentoring and Business Development support for the same.

She has travelled widely to many countries and also within India on professional as well as on personal grounds, which gave her an opportunity to learn about various cultures and widen her horizons.

In The Field Of Civilizational Studies

Dr.D.K.Hema Hari and her husband, Dr. D.K. Hari, together, started the Bharath Gyan initiative in Civilizational Studies in the year 2000. Bharath Gyan follows an interdisciplinary approach to researching on India from an Indian perspective and provides an integrated, Indic narrative of the Indian civilization.

Till date in 2020, based on a researched compilation of 500+ hours of multimedia content across 108+ subjects, she and her husband have coauthored and brought out the following publications on the Indian Civilization.

  • 40 books on the Indian Civilization in English and their translations into Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, and Tamil
  • 300 short films on Indian Civilization for Social Media
  • 5 Documentaries
  • 60 Mini books
  • Regular contribution of articles to various magazines
  • Daily updates of the significance of the day on Facebook and Twitter.

They have given over 250 joint multimedia talks, in India and abroad on diverse subjects to wide audiences such as

  • International conferences including
    • Civil BRICS,
    • Pravasi Bharatiya Divas,
    • World Sanskrit Conferences,
    • KAICIID Interfaith Conferences organized by the Vatican, King of Saudi, Austrian Govt,
    • World Ramayana Conferences,
    • Conferences on Mahabharata,
    • Conferences on Veda, Cosmology, Science, Technology  and Spirituality
    • International Women’s Conferences,
    • Ramayana Conferences for Tour Operators in Sri Lanka etc.
  • Research institutions eg. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc), Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Coast Guard, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL)…
  • TED conducted talks
  • Educational institutions, both private and public funded schools and colleges, various University Departments, UGC Faculty Refresher Courses etc.
  • Corporates
  • Professional bodies such as Project Management Institute (PMI), Madras Management Association (MMA), FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO), Madras Bar Association etc.
  • Social Forums, Organizations and NGOs in the field of Water, Agriculture, Education, Women’s Empowerment, Ancient Knowledge Systems etc. and
  • Many Television Interviews – Live and Recorded

She has been a member of the Civil BRICS delegation to Moscow in 2015.

Bharath Gyan is a Knowledge Partner for the Bharat Ko Janiye program of the Ministry of External Affairs.

Besides having founded Bharath Gyan, she also volunteers with a few community-based organizations in the field of health, education and culture. She has trained in vocal Carnatic music and enjoys practicing music and fine arts as a hobby.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Honoris Causa Doctorate, Ph.D awarded by Sri Sri University on September 5th,  2019 for 2 decades of research in Civilizational Studies and publishing many books, films and writings.
  • Shri. B.R.Haran Memorial Award on August 14th, 2019
  • Visalakshi Award from the Art of Living in Bengaluru, on February 23rd,2018 for the pioneering efforts to repurpose ancient knowledge for the modern age.
  • Opinions on Bharath Gyan compilation, from prominent persons in society such as
  • Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, Former President of India
    • Mr.Amitabh Bachchan, 
    • Pujya Sri Pramukh Swami ji of Swami Narayan BAPS,
    • Swami Dayananda Saraswathi etc.
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Mr. Srinath S Chakravarty

Srinath holds an MS degree in Engineering, an MBA degree in Finance, and an Information Technology patent.  His areas of interest include Sanskrit, Hinduism, and Vaishnava traditions.  Within the Dallas TX area, he was formerly area coordinator for Nama Inc. then for Samskrita Bharati USA, as well as volunteer for Sanatana Dharma Foundation.  He is currently a program manager in Bank of America and liaison for Sanskrit studies between Samskrita Bharati USA and HUA.

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Mr. Chandra(shekhar) Raghu

Mr. Chandrashekhar Raghu (CHANDRA for short) is a Faculty member of the Hindu University of America Florida (HUA), teaching Samskritam. A PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Chandra holds a B.E (Honors) degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Madras, India. He is currently working in the role of a Vice President (Digital Transformation) in Houston.

Chandra has an IT career spanning 4 decades and has worked in the past for the Tatas, IBM, Unisys, Sun Microsystems, Sungard Energy, British Petroleum, Baker Hughes, and The Viswa Group. His areas of interest include Operations Research, Samskritam, and SanAtana-dharma. An informal student of Pujya Swamiji DayAnanda Saraswati, he enjoys yoga and meditation and has been teaching Samskritam since 1991, currently to around 300 students across the globe. Chandra is also the Founder Chairman of a 501(c)3 non-profit organization by name AARSHA VIDYAA BHAARATI

Chandra’s ancestors, specifically Polagam Sri Rama Sastry, have been great Samskritam scholars and poets. His father, Sri Raghunandanan, was given the title of “MeemAmsA shiromaNi” by the Madras Sanskrit College.

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Dr. Shriram Sarvotham

Shriram Sarvotham a Ph.D., E-RYT-500 has been an ardent practitioner of yoga since childhood. He was initiated into yoga by his teacher, Yogacharya R. Subramanian from Chennai, India, with whom he studied for 14 years. Shriram has been teaching yoga since 1991 in India; he has also taught over 300 yoga workshops and retreats all over the USA. His workshops offer a holistic experience of yoga and blend wisdom from classic Yoga texts including Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Yajnavalkya, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, etc. His students are led to discover the core principles of Yoga contained in the classic Yoga texts which in turn profoundly elevates the quality of their Yoga practice. Shriram has given lectures, demonstrations, and workshops at prestigious conferences such as the Yoga Alliance Leadership Conference, Texas Yoga Conference, Texas Medical Conference, etc. Shriram is a founding member of EkaShri Schools of Yoga and is also a faculty member of the Teacher Training Program of Yoga Bharati. Shriram is a recipient of the “Exemplary Service Award in Yoga” given by the Consulate General of India in 2015, and the “Yoga Service Award” given by ISKCON in 2009. Shriram holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rice University, Houston, and works as a senior engineer in the tech industry in the Bay Area, California.

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