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The Team at UofSA

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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.

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,

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’.

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

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.

Seshulatha Kosuru, PhD

Department of Carnatic Music

Seshulatha Kosuru, PhD is a leading Carnatic singer from Andhra Pradesh. She has tuned and released many Carnatic and devotional...

Seshulatha Kosuru, PhD

Department of Carnatic Music

Seshulatha Kosuru, PhD is a leading Carnatic singer from Andhra Pradesh. She has tuned and released many Carnatic and devotional albums and has also tuned many dance ballets. She holds a PhD in music from Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad. She is a graded artist of Hyderabad radio station in both classical and light music. She has served as a lecturer in the Department of Music, Telugu University, since 1989.

SubjectsImprovisational aspects of Compositions and Devotional Music, Advanced Theory-2, Musical Compositions-1

STG Vasanta Lakshmi, Ph.D

Department of Linguistics

STG Vasanta Lakshmi, Ph.D is a Sanskrit scholar with a 38-year teaching experience. She started learning Sanskrit at the age...

STG Vasanta Lakshmi, Ph.D

Department of Linguistics

STG Vasanta Lakshmi, Ph.D is a Sanskrit scholar with a 38-year teaching experience. She started learning Sanskrit at the age of 11, completing her Sahitya Vidya Praveena, equivalent to MA Sanskrit, at 17. She then did her MA (1999) and Ph.D (2007) from Osmania university with a thesis on Saṁskr̥tālaṅkārikēṣu Rājānaka Ruyyakasya viśiṣṭaṁ sthānam. Vasanta Lakshmi has three published works of literature; Rasārṇavasudhākarasudhā – a monograph in Telugu on Rasārṇavasudhākara; Alaṅkārasarvasvam – Telugu translation and ‘varadārcanā’ commentary on Alaṅkārasarvasva of Rājānaka Ruyyaka; and Ekavīrā – sanskrit translation of Ekavīrā by Viśvanātha Satyanārāyaṇa. Her soon-to-be published work is the translation of Art Experience, by Professor M. Hiriyanna, into Telugu.

Padma Sugavanam, PhD

Department of Carnatic Music

Dr. Padma Sugavanam, is a Carnatic vocalist with an interdisciplinary PhD (Music and Sanskrit). Her PhD thesis from the...

Padma Sugavanam, PhD

Department of Carnatic Music

Dr. Padma Sugavanam, is a Carnatic vocalist with an interdisciplinary PhD (Music and Sanskrit). Her PhD thesis from the University of Madras was entitled Kohala in the Samskrta Textual Tradition. She is a gold-medalist in her Master’s degree in Indian Music. She has won several honors and awards, including Most Outstanding Vocalist of her category in the Madras Music Academy (Chennai) in 2014.

SubjectsMusicology-2, Compositions of Muttusvami Diksita and Syama Sastri

Shyamala Vinod, PhD

Department of Carnatic Music

Dr. Shyamala Vinod is a musicologist, an academician of music, and a certified voxologist and voice trainer. Her teaching experience...

Shyamala Vinod, PhD

Department of Carnatic Music

Dr. Shyamala Vinod is a musicologist, an academician of music, and a certified voxologist and voice trainer. Her teaching experience spans over three decades, and many renowned reality show contestants, playback singers, and top ranking Carnatic music professionals have benefitted from her tutelage and training. She holds a doctorate in music, specializing in the comparative study of Arabic Classical Maqamat and South Indian Classical Ragas. She has been an advisor to many PhD candidates.

SubjectsVoxology
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