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Academic Advisory Council

Prof CV Chandrasekhar

Member, Academic Advisory Council

Chandrasekhar, one of India's senior most Bharatanatyam dancers was trained at the internationally renowned Kalakshetra in Chenai under the tutelage...

Prof CV Chandrasekhar

Member, Academic Advisory Council

Chandrasekhar, one of India's senior most Bharatanatyam dancers was trained at the internationally renowned Kalakshetra in Chenai under the tutelage and mentorship of Smt. Rukmani Devi Arundale. He has imbibed from his mentor the best of Indian art, culture and aesthetics. He served the universities of Banaras and Baroda and retired as the Head and Dean of the Faculty of Performing Arts of M S University of Baroda. He along with his dancer wife, Smt. Jaya Chandrasekhar have settled down in Chennai and together, they have established Nrithyashree, an institution which involves teaching, choreographing and performing. Chandrasekhar's two daughters Chitra Dasarathy and Manjari are also highly acclaimed dancers in India. Chandrasekhar is a multi faceted personality being a dancer, choreographer, researcher, musician, academician, composer and highly acclaimed teacher of Bharatanatyam. He has been performing for the past five decades in India and all over the globe and is invited by many dancers the world over to teach and choreograph. Chandrasekhar has a number of music and dance compositions to his credit and his dance dramas have been very highly acclaimed for their individuality and innovative approach. His choreographic works include Kalidasa's Ritu Samharam and Meghadootham, Aparajitha, Pancha Maha Bhootham, Arohanam, Bhoomija, Bhramarageeth and many others. He has many prestigious awards to his credit of which the the notable ones are Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, the academy awards of the States of Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, Nrithya Choodamani from Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai and the University Grants Commission's National Lecturer ship, Tagore professor at the University of Madras, appointed member executive board, Central Sangeet Natak Akademi.Nadabrahmam award from the Narada Gana Sabha,Nritya Ratnakara from Bhairavi Fine Arts, Cleveland, Nritya Kala Ratna from Mysore.Bharatha Kala Saagara from Sri Bharatalaya, Nrithyodaya award, the prestigious Sangeeta Kala Acharya award from the Madras Music Academy. The prestigious Kalidas samman was bestowed on him by the Madhya Pradesh Government. He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Govt. of India. Recently he was awarded ‘Ratna Sadasya’ by the Sangeet Natak Akademi. His visits abroad include countries of Europe, the U.S.A. and Asian countries of China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Kuwait, Mauritius, Reunion etc.

Guru Neyveli Santhanagopalan

Member, Academic Advisory Council

Neyveli Santhanagopalan is a unique musician, an accomplished Vidwan (performer), an erudite scholar, an inspiring Guru, an innovative educator, an...

Guru Neyveli Santhanagopalan

Member, Academic Advisory Council

Neyveli Santhanagopalan is a unique musician, an accomplished Vidwan (performer), an erudite scholar, an inspiring Guru, an innovative educator, an eternal learner and a friendly celebrity. Neyveli Santhanagopalan is an internationally acclaimed senior Carnatic musician who is known for concerts that mark a traditional classicism. Well-known for rendering effective concerts couched in ‘Bhakthi’ (devotion) and ‘Bhava’ (emotion), he spiritually elevates his technically intricate music to the pedestal of divinity. A musician is often revered by his ability to justify innovation while carefully balancing tradition. Neyveli Santhanagopalan is an expert performer who consistently communicates with his audience through this process of balancing innovation and tradition. He is known to portray a vivid, sometimes a subtly flashy image of even traditional raagas like Bhairavi, Thodi and Keeravani.

Sri Santhanagopalan has given critically acclaimed concerts in Vidwath sabhas in the presence of other erudite musicians and has been recognized with several accolades and titles. He is also an excellent speaker known for his wit, timing and sense of humor which make him a very wholesome entertainer and performer. Sri Neyveli Santhanagopalan is well-known all over the world. He has represented, influenced and preserved our rich culture in several ways and has touched several hearts all over the world.

Prof. Rani Sadasiva Murty

Member, Academic Advisory Council

Prof. Rani Sadasiva Murty is presently the Head of the Department of Sahitya in Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupati. He is...

Prof. Rani Sadasiva Murty

Member, Academic Advisory Council

Prof. Rani Sadasiva Murty is presently the Head of the Department of Sahitya in Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupati. He is a multidisciplinary and multilingual expert having his post graduate degrees in Sanskrit, English, Philosophy, Advaita Vedanta, Jyotish and Management along with a Ph. D in Sanskrit. He wrote more than 30 books and edited 12 books and proceedings. He produced poetry and dance ballets in Sanskrit, Telugu and English. He directed a Sanskrit film named Hidimba Bhimasenam on behalf of Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupati. He delivered hundreds of discoures on different subjects pertaining to Ancient Indian Knowledge Systems in various Universities in and abroad and is a live commentator of SVBC channel of Tirumala Srivenkatesvara Festivals occasionally.   He has produced 20 Ph. Ds and 22 M. Phils under his research guidance.  He is a member of various academic bodies in different universities.  He is a recipient of the prestigious Kendra Sahitya AKademi Award 2016 given in December 2017. 

B Balasubrahmaniyan, PhD

Member, Academic Advisory Council

Dr. B. Balasubrahmaniyan, (Balu) is a Carnatic music performer, educator and researcher. He began his music lessons from his father...

B Balasubrahmaniyan, PhD

Member, Academic Advisory Council

Dr. B. Balasubrahmaniyan, (Balu) is a Carnatic music performer, educator and researcher. He began his music lessons from his father Sri. D. Balraj and subsequently studied under several teachers including Sangita Kala Acharya Sri. B. Krishanamurthy, Sangita Kalanidhi T. Brinda and Sangita Kalanidhi T. Viswanathan. Balu received all his educational degrees BA, MA, MPhil and PhD in Music from the University of Madras. His Ph.D. dissertation focuses on “Reprints of Nandanar Caritram,” a nineteenth century Tamil opera by Gopalakrishna Bharati.

Prof. Surendra Gambhir

Member, Academic Advisory Council

Prof. Surendra Gambhir is a well-known name in the field of Hindi language pedagogy and South Asian sociolinguistics. His research...

Prof. Surendra Gambhir

Member, Academic Advisory Council

Prof. Surendra Gambhir is a well-known name in the field of Hindi language pedagogy and South Asian sociolinguistics. His research area has been the Caribbean countries, Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, India, and the United States. He was on the faculty of South Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania for over 35 years and was a visiting professor at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin. He was chairman of the American Institute of Indian Studies Language Committee and directed thirteen different language programs in India. He has led many research projects over the years and has been Advisor/Consultant to many language programs in the United States. He is the author of many books and over one-hundred research papers. He has been a recipient of the President of India Award for his distinguished research. He was also one of the 28 worldwide honorees by the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India at the World Hindi Convention, New York, in July 2007.