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The Team at UofSA

Our people are the true strength of UofSA. The leadership, faculty and staff are committed to high quality learning and to providing the environment necessary for students to flourish. Together we work continually to improve educational experiences for our students.

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R.S. Jayalakshmi, PhD

Department of Carnatic Music

R.S. Jayalakshmi has a PhD in Music from the University of Madras and also was a faculty member in Music...

R.S. Jayalakshmi, PhD

Department of Carnatic Music

R.S. Jayalakshmi has a PhD in Music from the University of Madras and also was a faculty member in Music at the same university for over 30 years. Currently, she is an Academy Council Member at the Tamil Nadu Music and Fine Arts University and also a faculty member at the Advanced School of Carnatic Music at The Music Academy.

SubjectsRagam Tanam Pallavi, Basic and Textual Theory

Mala Swamy, PhD

Department of Carnatic Music

Dr. Mala Swamy (Mohan) is an accomplished Carnatic Vocal Musician with an ‘A’ Grade in the All India Radio. She...

Mala Swamy, PhD

Department of Carnatic Music

Dr. Mala Swamy (Mohan) is an accomplished Carnatic Vocal Musician with an ‘A’ Grade in the All India Radio. She holds a PhD from Mother Teresa Women’s University wherein her doctoral thesis is entitled A Critical Study of the Creative Form – Niraval. She has been a guest faculty member at the University of Madras for almost a decade. She was the Coordinator of the Distance Education Department at the University of Madras. Dr. Swamy has worked as Product/ Concept Manager of Swathi Soft Solutions and has a large number of DVDs and Audio CD Productions of Carnatic Music (both concerts and instructional DVDs). Later she joined Shankar Mahadevan Online Academy of Music as Dean and Curriculum Coordinator. She served as Mentor faculty in Kalakshetra Chennai. She has been invited to many international forums to present papers on various topics. She also hold an M.A. degree in English and has a Diploma in Mass Communication and Journalism. Presently, she is completing her Senior Fellowship with the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

SubjectsAdvanced Musicology

Yashoda Thakore, PhD

Department of Kuchipudi Dance

Dr. Yashoda Thakore has a PhD in Kuchipudi dance from the University of Hyderabad. Her research focused on The Interrelationship...

Yashoda Thakore, PhD

Department of Kuchipudi Dance

Dr. Yashoda Thakore has a PhD in Kuchipudi dance from the University of Hyderabad. Her research focused on The Interrelationship between Yoga and Indian Classical Dance with Special Emphasis on Kuchipudi. She is a faculty member at the University of Hyderabad.

SubjectsIndian Classical Dances, Textual Traditions of Dance in India, Masters Thesis I, Practice of Kuchipudi Dance as a Solo and Theatre form, Natya Sastra and Abhinaya Darpanam, Practical Dance Number

Narsing Rao Deekonda, PhD

Department of Linguistics

Narsing Rao Deekonda is a senior most teacher of Sanskrit. He did his graduation from Nizams College majoring in English...

Narsing Rao Deekonda, PhD

Department of Linguistics

Narsing Rao Deekonda is a senior most teacher of Sanskrit. He did his graduation from Nizams College majoring in English Literature, Sanskrit and Linguistics. He obtained his M. A, M.Phil, and Ph.D from Osmania University. He has 38 years of teaching experience to his credit. While he was in service, he worked in various capacities as Academic Coordinator, Students’ Coordinator, Magazine editor, Chief examiner and Academic Council Member for both UG & PG at the Osmania University. He is the founder member to the Dept. of Sanskrit of the ‘Vivekananda Institute of Languages’ of Ramakrishna Math, Hyderabad where he has been teaching Sanskrit for 30 years. He has been teaching online for Advaita Academy for 6 years and his 700 video classes are watched on You Tube (‘Sanskrit for Beginners by Dr. Narasing Rao’) by students from India and Abroad with avowed interest.

Sumitra Veluri, PhD

Department of Kuchipudi Dance

Dr. Sumitra Velury has a PhD in Dance from Potti Sriramulu Telugu University. Her research focused on Origin and Development...

Sumitra Veluri, PhD

Department of Kuchipudi Dance

Dr. Sumitra Velury has a PhD in Dance from Potti Sriramulu Telugu University. Her research focused on Origin and Development of Kuchipudi dance with Special Reference to Bhamakalapam.

SubjectsIndigenous Dance Forms of Telugu Land, Practical aspects of Kuchipudi Dance, Glimpses of Indian Dance Treatises on Nrutya and Natya, The Spiritual aspects of Indian Dance

K. Varalakshmi, PhD

Department of Linguistics

Dr. K. Varalakshmi is working as a Deputy Director in Sanskrit Academy, Osmania University, Hyderabad. She completed her M.A., M.Phil.,...

K. Varalakshmi, PhD

Department of Linguistics

Dr. K. Varalakshmi is working as a Deputy Director in Sanskrit Academy, Osmania University, Hyderabad. She completed her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from the same university.
She worked as a volunteer in Samskrita Bharati from 1994 to 1995. She gained 13 years of teaching experience. She edited 5 publications, published 4 books, 14 research articles, and presented 32 research articles in various seminars.
She is a supervisor and guiding 8 Ph.D. scholars. She was one of the consortium members of the project entitled ‘Development of Sanskrit Computational Linguistic Tools kit and Sanskrit Hindi Machine Translation System’.

Pappu Venugopala Rao, D.Litt

Chairman , Board of Trustees

Dr. Pappu Venugopala Rao is a renowned and respected personality in the fields of music and dance. He has been...

Pappu Venugopala Rao, D.Litt

Chairman , Board of Trustees

Dr. Pappu Venugopala Rao is a renowned and respected personality in the fields of music and dance. He has been conferred the titles of “Sangita Samrat” and “Sangita Sastra Visarada” as well as “Natya Kala Sagara” and “Natya Kala Visharada”. Dr Pappu Venugopala Rao holds three masters in Telugu, Sanskrit, English, a PhD in Sanskrit and Telugu and D.Litt in Indology. He worked with the American Institute of Indian Studies from 1978-2010 and retired as Associate Director General. Dr Pappu Venugopala Rao has delivered about 50 lecture demonstrations on various topics on Music & Kuchipudi Dance with Vempati Chinna Satyam in India and abroad. As Chair Content committee of Indian Music Experience, he guided the music content of IME Bangalore. As Secretary of the Music Academy Madras since 2008, he has translated five volumes of Sangita Sampradaya Pradarshini. He is the Editor of the Music Academy Journal and has crafted syllabi for the Advance School of Carnatic Music. He is a member of Sangit Natak Akademi. He has been the Academic Council Member of Kalakshetra and Visiting Professor, guiding the syllabus structure and formation of the new courses. He is the Advisory Board member of Nartanam quarterly journal on Indian Classical Dances and Sruti Monthly magazine of Dance and Music. He has authored and co-authored a number of books and has many titles to his credit for his contributions to music, dance, literature and spiritualism.

Anupama Kylash, PhD

Department of Kuchipudi Dance

Dr. Anupama Kylash trained in Kuchipudi under Dr. Uma Rama Rao, and is a senior disciple of Padmabhushan Swapnasundari in...

Anupama Kylash, PhD

Department of Kuchipudi Dance

Dr. Anupama Kylash trained in Kuchipudi under Dr. Uma Rama Rao, and is a senior disciple of Padmabhushan Swapnasundari in Vilasini Natyam. She has been actively performing Kuchipudi for over 20 years and Vilasini Natyam for over 12 years. She has authored a book titled Nayikas in Kshetrayya Padams which was published by the prestigious Writers Workshop Kolkata. She has authored a second book titled, The Nayikas of Annamacharya – an Interpretation for Dance based on her doctoral thesis.

SubjectsKinesthetic and Psychic component of Indian dance with special reference to Kuchipudi, Contribution of Litterateurs to Kuchipudi, Complexities and Execution of Rhythm, Masters Thesis I, Practice of Kuchipudi Dance as a Solo and Theatre form,

C Mrunalini, Ph.D.

Department of Linguistics

Dr. C. Mrunalini retired in 2016 as Professor of Comparative Literature at Telugu University, Hyderabad. She has three M. As...

C Mrunalini, Ph.D.

Department of Linguistics

Dr. C. Mrunalini retired in 2016 as Professor of Comparative Literature at Telugu University, Hyderabad. She has three M. As ( in Telugu, English and Women studies) and a Ph.D in Telugu. She has produced 35 M.Phils and 14 Ph.Ds in her teaching career. She is a critic, translator and short story writer. Mrunalini has published 20 books which include literary criticism, short stories, social satire, novellas and translations. She has travelled all over India and abroad presenting seminar papers. (U.S.A, China, Mauritius, Malaysia and Norway).
Dr. Mrunalini is a well-known media personality in Telugu-speaking States appearing frequently on Television and Radio. She is recipient of more than 15 awards.

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