Hari Kiran Vadlamani ( Hari) is a Chartered Accountant by qualification and a serial entrepreneur, having been involved in four ventures in Technology and Energy sectors.
He is deeply passionate about Art, Philosophy and Indian Cultural Heritage and is a Dharmic– Indic Liberal.
In 2015 he transformed himself into a Social Entrepreneur pursuing the preservation, protection and promotion of Indian Heritage. He founded INDICA ( www.indica.in) and NICE (www.niceorg.in) , both not for profits in the area of Cultural Education and Entrepreneurship.
Hari brings in an entrepreneurial mindset to his work of delivering indigenous knowledge as a service, product or an experience by incubating a portfolio of ideas, rapid prototyping, absorbing failures, applying a three horizon framework, thinking of scale etc.
Having the mindset of a venture investor, Hari is focussed on backing passionate individuals. He encourages, enables and empowers them to discover, nurture and express their creative potential. He believes in transforming the narrator and not the narrative.
A strong advocate of pluralism, Hari envisions a vibrant ecosystem of diverse set of players and ideas and seeks to build the enabling infrastructure.
Hari believes that Indian thought and the indigenous way of life from various global traditions have solutions to some of the key challenges we face today, especially sustainability, happiness, well-being and peace. He is working on developing the requisite institutional mechanisms that can transform a billion global consumers into conscious thinkers, entrepreneurs, leaders and most importantly seekers.
He has developed a unique six dimensional integral strategy for pursuing this vision.
Director – Special Projects (Indica Classical Library)
Megh Kalyanasundaram is an Indian citizen, an alumnus of ISB, with close to nine years of lived experience in China. His experience includes stints as a Market Leader at a Global Fortune 40 firm, as Head of Business Development at a leading Indian talent development multinational and a term on the Board of a Shanghai-based not-for-profit. His academic research interests and 20+ papers span aspects of ancient Indian chronology, Indian Knowledge Systems, Landscape in Indic texts, Ancient Indian Jurisprudence, Ideas of India and Philosophy. His recent compositional music album Bhārata and her Kāśmīra – 6 Sanskrit songs with lines from 6 Indic Sanskrit texts before 13th c. CE has been accepted for listing in GoI Ministry of Culture’s music app Sangam Music.
Gauri Mahulikar is Dean and Professor at Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, deemed-to-be-university, Ernakulam. She was the Gurudev Tagore Chair of Comparative Literature Professor and former HOD of Sanskrit at Mumbai University where she was instrumental in launching courses in Manuscriptology, Bhakti Literature and Mysticism. She holds a Doctorate in Sanskrit on ‘Vedic Elements in Puranic Mantras and Rituals’. She has published eight books and over 90 research articles. A passionate teacher, Dr. Mahulikar has mentored several doctoral students, 17 being awarded Ph.D degree and is often invited as a speaker by universities and other organisations. She is a member of the Board of Advisors at Indic Today and of the Academic Advisory Board as Eminent Expert of K J Somaiya Institute of Dharma Studies. She is an eminent expert on the board of CIIL, Mysuru. She is Kulapati of Sanskrit Samvardhan Pratishthan, an NGO working on value education in school children and Vice President of Itihas Sankalan Samiti, Konkan region.
Sushumna Kannan has a PhD in Cultural Studies from Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore, India. Her research on the South Asian devotional traditions and feminist epistemology focused on the medieval mystic, Akka Mahadevi and her vachanas. She received the Bourse Mira, French research fellowship in 2006 and 2007 and the Sir Ratan Tata fellowship for PhD Coursework and Writing in 2003 and 2007. She has published some of her research work on Bhakti and dharmashastras and has an essay on translation theory. She has completed a book project on Hinduism, Violence and Nonviolence and is currently working on a translation of the Yoganga Trividhi by Akka Mahadevi and on a research project on the position of women in the Manusmriti. For her writings, visit: www.sushumnakannan.weebly.com
Madhusudhan Penna, a Sahitya Academy awardee, is Dean, Faculty of Indian Religion Philosophy and Culture, Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek, Maharashtra. He has published 34 books (of which 18 are translations) and 32 research papers.
K.S. Kannan (BSc., M.A., MPhil., PhD, D.Litt, Vidvat, Ratna) is currently the Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj Chair Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras. For more, see: https://hss.iitm.ac.in/team-members/k-s-kannan/
Nagaraj Paturi is a senior professor with Three decades of University Teaching –Research experience including fieldwork based Culture research. He specializes in Culture Studies including Folk Culture Studies, Linguistics including Sanskrit Linguistics, Literary Studies including Myth studies. Presently he is Director, Indic Academy , Formerly Senior Professor of Cultural Studies, FLAME School of Communication and FLAME School of Liberal Education. He is also serving as Distinguished Professor, Curriculum Designer, Executive Committee Member and Member, Board of Studies, MIT School of Vedic Sciences, Pune. He serves as a member of board of studies at several universities teaching and researching contemporary applications of Indic Knowledge Systems. He designed a very big number of courses of contemporary applications of Vedic Sciences.
Trained in Sanskrit and Advaita Vedanta by his hyper-polyglot, polymath and spiritually accomplished sakala-shaastra-paarangata father, he is seriously committed to the transmission of Vedic sciences to the present generation.
In his PhD (1998, UoH) Developed Indic Model of Myth Criticism of Literature. In his MPhil (1987, UoH) brought out Vakyapadiyam as preserving the theoretical foundations of Ashtaadhyaayee. Around 50 publications, around 80 conference /seminar/ workshop papers. Consultancy to numerous culture research and theater and dance innovation projects. A senior teacher of classical and modern Telugu literature and Telugu linguistics and composer of classical Telugu poetry and performer of Ashtavadhanams in Telugu , he composed scores of creative writing works for classical dance, modern theater and magazines. He gave several series of talks and other programs on Radio and Television channels.
Ramesh Rao (PhD, Michigan State University) is a professor of communication studies at Columbus State University, Columbus, GA. He has taught a wide range of communication courses — from public speaking to intercultural communication, and from media literacy to media law — in the US since 1987. He is the author/co-author of a handful of books on Indian politics and society as well as the co-author of a book on intercultural communication. He has written on a wide range of topics for popular media — newspapers, magazines, online media — for the past three decades. Before arriving in the US for higher studies, Ramesh Rao was a bank officer, a school teacher, and a copy editor in India. At present he serves as the Editor of India Facts, an online portal that publishes analyses and commentaries on Hinduphobia. Hailing from Karnataka, he is a Carnatic music fan and a connoisseur of Madhwa cuisine, and living in Georgia now knows that life can be peaches but they come with pits.
Dr Vinayak Rajat Bhat
Vinayak Rajat Bhat earned his Ph.D from the Rashtriya Samskrit Sansthan, Sringeri under the guidance of Prof. Ramanuja Devanathan following on a traditional education under his guru Dr. Chandrashekhar Bhat, Rashtriya Samskrit Sansthan, Rajiv Gandhi Campus, Sringeri. He holds his masters in Vyakarana & Phalita Jyotisha. Dr. Bhat has been honoured with Abhijña, Kovida and Chūdamaṇi in Vyākaraṇa. His areas of interest in research are Vyakarana, Indian health system (Ayurveda), Arthashastra and Laukika nyayas. He was appointed as Specialist Sanskrit Advisor for a project on Ayurvedic Man: Encounters with Indian medicine by Wellcome collections, London. He is a member of the Board of Studies and Academic council. He is the Head of the department of School of Vedic Knowledge Systems. He has co-chaired the International conference NFSI-2017 and also is the coordinator of next International conference, NFSI-2018. He has written many articles in Vyakarana & Jyotisha. He can speak 6 languages; and can read and write more than 3 scripts. He has translated the book named “Learn Sanskrit Through Your Favourite Prayers”. He has experience of working in a publication department for 6 months. He has assisted Vyoma Linguistic labs in their various projects. Presently he is teaching various subjects like Vyakarana, Ayurveda, Arthashastra and Kamashastra in Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth. For more, see: https://www.cvv.ac.in/faculty-details/dr._vinayak_rajat_bhat_
Nithin Ramakrishnan, a post-graduate in International Law, is pursuing his interdisciplinary Ph.D. from the Department of Bharatiya Darshan, Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University in which areas of research include early conceptions of State and International Law from Sanskrit Literature and Ancient Indian Knowledge Systems (Sastras). He has received international scholarships and honours from The Hague Academy of International Law (2015), University of Geneva (2016) and Xiamen Academy of International Law (2018). For more, see: https://www.cvv.ac.in/faculty-details/nithin_ramakrishnan
Nori Sivasenani is an MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad who is presently working as a Senior Data Scientist in Microsoft at Hyderabad. Hailing from a traditional, observant family, he studied Sanskrit formally by taking a sabbatical from his work. He completed MA in Sanskrit (Gold Medallist) from Osmania University and then did an M. Phil in Translation Studies from University of Hyderabad, studying Sanskrit to English translations in Vedanta. His Ph. D. in the area of Philosophy of Grammar and Advaita Vedanta was completed under the guidance of Mahamahopadhyaya Prof. Korada Subrahmanyam in 2016, under whom he studied Vyakarana and Mimamsa extensively along with Vedanta. Following the footsteps of MM Korada, and the traditional framework, he uses a holistic approach to a given issue applying concepts from all the Vidyasthanas and not restricting oneself to the field subject at hand. This can be seen in all his works ranging from an estimate of Swatii Tirunal to the Philosophy of Kalidasa or the interaction amongst Vyakarana and Mimamsa, with ultimate effect on Vedanta in examination of a simple sandhi (Dadhyatra is not dadhi atra). His areas of interest are Vedic studies, Vedanta, Vyakarana, Mimamsa, and Dharmsastra He also discovered that Sabarasvamin’s understanding of sound propagation matches perfectly with the modern scientific description.