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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. Chandra’s wife Hemalatha is the Director of “Life in Yoga” Measured Yoga Therapy for their Houston Chapter. She also teaches Samskritam and VedAnta to a global audience.

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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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Mr. Chinmay Surpur

Chinmay Surpur is Yoga Bharati’s Education and Research Development Coordinator.

Having recently graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biopsychology with High Honors (Magna Cum Laude) with many other accolades, such as his own research paper publication, Chinmay is putting his academic intellectual prowess to work at Yoga Bharati. Chinmay has had an extensive background in yoga for his whole life, obtaining his Yoga Instructor’s Certification in 2011.

He has been involved with Yoga Bharati activities and teaching ever since. Chinmay’s main focus is to combine the teachings of yoga philosophy, specifically that of Patanjali and the Bhagavat Gita, to heal people from an inner perspective, providing everyone with a stronger basis for their mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Check out more information about him at chinmaysurpur.com

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Mr. Anil Surpur

Anil Surpur is a founding member and currently the President of Yoga Bharati USA. He is Senior Faculty and Yoga Teacher at Yoga Bharati. Anil has completed his Bachelor in Electronic Engineering from India (Karnataka) and MBA from the All India Management Association (AIMA). He has undergone BKS Iyengar yoga training, Chennai in 1986 and has been practicing Yoga since then. He has completed Yoga teacher training in 2003 and is a registered experienced Yoga Teacher (ERYT500, YACEP) with Yoga Alliance (YA). He is currently the Director of Engineering in Ooma Inc., in Sunnyvale, CA. Visit Anil Surpur on LinkedIn

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Mr. N.V. Raghuram

Mr. N.V. Raghuram is the founder chairman and spiritual guide of Yoga Bharati USA, founder chairman of ‘Disha’ a non-profit organization for value-based education in schools and colleges in Bengaluru, a member of the board of advisors for Dhruva college of management, Hyderabad and a board member of Youth for Seva in Bengaluru. 

Shri N. V. Raghuram, from his early days, had a strong interest in Indian wisdom and spirituality which took him to several saints in the Himalayas and to institutions founded by the lineage of Sri Ramakrishna and Vivekananda. He has been involved in guiding people in the practice and assimilation of Yoga and Vedanta after initial training in Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari, India. He is a founding member of the SVYASA Yoga University, Bengaluru along with his wife, Dr. Nagarathna, Medical Director of SVYASA and Dr. Nagendra, Chancellor of SVYASA. As an international coordinator of S Vyasa, he has traveled extensively, spreading the message and teaching of Yoga, Indian philosophy and culture by conducting yoga therapy courses, training programs, research projects, seminars and satsangs.   He has been part of the Indian delegation on Yoga, at the United Nations Conference in Uruguay and the World Health Organization in Switzerland. 

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Mrs. Ashwini Surpur

Ashwini Surpur, BS (Computer Science), MA (Sanskrit), ERYT, CIAYT is the Executive Director of Yoga Bharati. She worked at Oracle as a Software Engineer for 15 years and then moved on to the field of Yoga training. Since 2010, she has been a full time volunteer staff at Yoga Bharati, a California based Yoga teaching and training organization. She has a great passion for teaching and working with people, and has spoken at various conferences on yoga and Hindu philosophy. She writes articles for various magazines and news media on Yoga. She is passionate about literature and philosophy and composes poems in Kannada and English. She studies Veerashaiva philosophy and writes articles on Veerashaivism. She likes to study and teach Bhagavad Gita and its practical application. 

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