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Shri. Rajasekhar Darapuram

Rajasekhar Darapuram is a Software professional, pursuing MA in Sanskrit offered by HUA. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras and a master’s degree in Computation Engineering from Mississippi State University.
His primary interests are Vedanta and Samskrtam. He is an informal student of Swami Tattvavidananda Saraswati Ji (Arsha Vidya Gurukulam) and also actively volunteers at Frisco Hindu Temple and Chinmaya Mission Frisco.

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Acharya Mrityunjay Trivedi

Acharya Shri Mrityunjay Mani Trivedi hails from Uttar Pradesh, India. He holds a Master of Theology Degree in Dharmashastra from Sampurnanand Sanskrit University, Varanasi (Kashi), India.  He is a former student of Shri Rawatpura Sarkar Sanskrit Gurukul, where his love and passion for Sanskrit language and scriptures got initiated.  His entire youth was dedicated to learning Vedas, especially Yajurveda and Astrology, Philosophy and Karmakand.  He is proficient in Hindu scriptures, such as Bhagavat Gita, Ramayana, Bhagavatam and Upanishads. 

As a priest, Acharya has conducted different pujas and rituals, such as prana pratishta, yagnyas and all sixteen sanskars. He has an innate interest and enjoys giving pravachans on scriptural topics. He is currently the resident priest at the Hindu Temple of Antelope valley in California.

Acharya’s passion for teaching started at a very young age. He has assisted in teaching at the Sampurnanand Sanskrit University, India. His interest in teaching has continued on to both adults and youth through community outreach activities. He conducts weekly classes teaching Sanskrit language, ancient scriptures, chanting slokas and vedic hymns. His focus in teaching is geared to understanding the meaning, the context and real-life application of the scriptural materials taught. He is fluent in Sanskrit, Hindi and English languages.
Besides his main vocation involving Hindu scriptures, Acharya has also taken active interest in women’s rights in dharmashastra and has demonstrated environmental consciousness by participating in the preservation of biodiversity. Additionally, Acharya is proficient at singing and playing musical instruments, such as Harmonium and dholak.

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Smt. Geeta Vahini

Geeta Vahini is President of the Hindu Prachar Kendra, an institution involved in Hindu Heritage Projects and Service Learning. Geetaji is a Ramayan Kathavachak for 32 years and has studied with Gurus both locally and in India. As a teenager she completed the Shikshak Training program of the Hindu Seva Sangh then went on to graduate in 1989 from the first two-year Hindu Missionary Course of the Hindu Prachar Kendra. Soon after she started conducting Satsangs and Yajnas across the country. Geetaji is an organizer and teacher in many Heritages Training and Sanskaar Camps for children and youths.
Geetaji has taught Hindu Education Classes as a volunteer teacher at Secondary and Primary Schools from 1996 to 2003 and a ‘Hindu Trinidad Module’ for Foreign University Students for 13 years. She is a composer, known for her local Phagwa Songs (Pichakaarees) and a pioneer of traditional East Indian Décor through a small cottage industry Kalaa Kutir.
In 2004 she was granted a Scholarship by the Hindu Prachar Kendra to study at Suddhananda Ashram, Chennai where she completed a two-year Vedanta Course. She then moved on to Tulsi Ghat, Varanasi where she studied Ramayan and Ramlila with Mahant Prof. Veer Bhadra Misra. In 2008, after her return from studies and Ramlila research in India, Sumarie Harrymungal- Ramsingh was ceremoniously ordained Geeta Vahini by an assembly of Pandits, Community Leaders and Elders at the Hindu Prachar Kendra.

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Dr. Indrani Rampersad

Dr Indrani Rampersad is a fourth-generation Person of Indian Origin (PIO) born in Trinidad, West Indies. She is grounded in Vedic/Sanatana Dharma and is a life-long learner and seeker of Truth. She has completed her tertiary education in India – BA Hon at the Banaras Hindu University, Masters and PhD in Communication and Journalism at the University of Pune. She is an educator, journalist, and women’s advocate, who has lived and worked in Trinidad and New York. Dr Indrani is Trinidad’s first state-certified pandita. In 2013, she received the Gov’t of Trinidad and Tobago’s National Award (GOLD) for Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Women in the category of Religion and Community.

Dr Indrani has travelled extensively in India and the indentured Indian or jahajee diaspora. Her research focuses on Hindu culture and Ramayana Traditions in the indentured diaspora, particularly the LILA style or open-air/maidani Ram Lila of performing the Ramcharitmanas in North India, Trinidad, Guyana, Suriname, Fiji, and Mauritius. She was the Senior Research Fellow in Ram Lila/Ramdilla Studies at the University of Trinidad and Tobago and has published in encyclopedias, journals, and books. As a member of the Research/Education Committee of the Ayodhya Research Institute (India), she has initiated
and collaborated on several global training workshops in Ram Lila related skills.

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Sadhvi Anandamaiyee Giri

Sadhvi Anandamaiyee Giri is a young, pioneering spiritual leader and orator of Sri Ramcharitmanas, Shrimad Bhagwad Gita and other holy books. She is a trained teacher of Meditation, Yoga and Pranayama practices and a Sannyasin of the Juna Akhada.

She received spiritual instruction in the Vedas, Upanishads, Ramayana, Bhagavad Gita and other holy shastras from Swami Brahm Swarupanandaji. At the age of 18, Sadhvi ji commenced her global travels, disseminating spiritual knowledge and the tenets of Vedic Sanatan Dharma throughout the world. In her years of spiritual sadhana under the guidance of Swami Brahma Swarupananda ji, she has visited many pilgrimages in India and travelled many countries across the globe.

She has studied Hindi, sanskrit and has completed MA in Philosophy. She has also been a Swayamsevika of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangha for over twenty (20) years. Currently, Sadhvi ji is advancing her studies in Sanskrit and Post colonialism as well as aspiring towards her PhD with the Hindu University of America.

She was officially initiated into the order of Sannyas (monastic renunciation) in the year 2016 by Param Pujya Swami Avdheshananda Giri ji, Junapeethadhiswar Acharya Mahamandaleshwar of the Juna Akada, India. Sadhvi ji’s Sannyas Deeksha is historic to the land of Trinidad and Tobago as she is the first and youngest daughter of the Indian Diaspora to receive initiation into Sannyas in her own Motherland.

In Trinidad & Tobago, she gives daily spiritual discourses (satsangh), teaches meditation, provides spiritual counseling and mentoring, and oversees humanitarian projects and activities. She also organizes various local and international conferences under the auspices of the Brahma Vidya Peetham International organization.

Currently, she is working with Swami Brahma Swarupananda ji in translating the Sri Ramacharitmanas in various world languages as well as co-authoring various books on Sri Ramacharitmanas. Additionally, she contributes regularly to daily and other renowned publications. She has been featured in many prominent National Television networks in Trinidad and Tobago. She is also the co-host and contributor of the Dharma Mangalam television series in Trinidad and Tobago.
Sadhviji currently serves as:
 General Secretary – Brahma Vidya Peetham International.
 Secretary – Foundation for Vedic India
 General Secretary – International Academy of Kundalini Dhyaan Yoga

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Mrs. Pallavi Amin

Mrs. Pallavi Amin, M. A (Samskritam) and Bachelor of Education, is a teacher by profession and was teaching in a school based on Integral Education philosophy, in Mumbai before moving to Florida in 2021. She also holds an Engineering Diploma and worked in the IT industry for a few years and successfully ran a business in Computer hardware.

Her love for Samskritam made her change her course of life and got her into the field of Education. She worked as a teacher for Devavaani courses for children by Samskrit Bharati in India in 2020 and has been teaching Samskritam since then. Currently she is teaching Samskritam to children for Agatsya Gurukulam in the USA.

She has keen interests in music, understanding Hindu culture, Sanaatan Dharma, Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga. She also pursued Hindustani Classical music in India before moving to Florida.

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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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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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