Dushyanth Sridhar is an Indian writer and public speaker on ancient Indian religious texts. Born in 1986, as of 2014[update] he was one of the youngest in the field of Sanskrit and Tamizh texts. He appears regularly on regional Indian TV channels, and travels worldwide to deliver lectures.
Sridhar was born in Bangalore. He did his schooling there and in Chennai, after which he obtained his Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering and Masters in Chemistry from BITS, Pilani. As of 2014[update] he worked with Tata Consultancy Services in Chennai. He was a visiting faculty member at WE School, a business school in Mumbai. He had previously worked with Kantar Group (TNS Health), Panacea Biotec, Avalon Global Research and the Speak well English Academy.
He has received the following awards:
- 'Bhagawata Bhaswan Brahmasri Anjam Krishnan Namboodiri' Award by Sree Ayyappan Bhaktha Sabha, Mahalingapuram - 2013
- 'Global 30 under 30' award by BITSAA International. - 2013
- Sollin Selvan by South Indian Bhajana Samajam - 2010
- Award of Excellence for mastery over scriptures by Giants International (Kalyan) - 2009
- Best Parliamentarian Award by G.D.Birla Memorial Trust (Pilani) - 2008
- Research Fellowship by Indian Academy of Sciences - 2007
- Best Outgoing Student Award by Kishkintha Theme Park (Chennai) - 2004
- School Pupil Leader Medal by N.S.N Matriculation Higher Secondary School (Chennai) - 2004
- Best Parliamentarian Award by Sir C.P.Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation (Chennai) - 2001
- Best Champ Award by Britannia India (Chennai) - 2000
He has performed in the presence of:
- Sri Ranganatha Yateendra Mahadesikan (the 46th Pontiff of Sri Ahobila Mutt)
- Sri Kaliyan Ramanuja Jeeyar (the 30th Pontiff of Sri Vanamaamalai Mutt, Nanguneri)
- Sri Satagopa Ramanuja Jeeyar (the 23rd Pontiff of Sri Manavala Mamunigal Jeeyar Mutt, Thiruvilliputtur)
- Sri Vidya Abhinava Sri Krishnananda Theertha Swami (the 33rd Pontiff of Sri Jagadguru Badari Shankaracharya Samsthanam, SriVidya Peetham, Shakatapuram)
- Sri Vidyadheesha Theertha Swami, Palimar Mutt
He was trained in Sanskrit and Tamizh hymns from a very young age by Srimati Indira RajagopAlan and Sri.Sambashivam. He then received Samashrayanam from Sri Narayana Yatendra Mahadeshikan (45th pontiff of Sri Ahobila Mutt) and under the same Acharya, he performed Bhara Samarpanam for Divya Dampati. He is undergoing advanced training in four revered Sri Vaishnavite scriptures (grantha chattushtayam) viz. Sri Bhashyam, Gita Bhashyam, Bhagavad Vishayam and Srimad Rahasya Traya Saram texts at the lotus feet of revered preceptors (Acharyas):
- Sri.U.Ve. Srivatsangachar Swamy
- Sri.U.Ve. Sowmyanarayanachar Swamy
- Sri.U.Ve. Karunakarachar Swamy
- Sri.U.Ve. Saranathachar Swamy
Press and television appearances
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His articles have appeared in the magazines Tattvaloka (maintained by Sringeri Mutt), Kalyana Kalpataru (maintained by Gita Press, Gorakhpur) and The Splendour (maintained by Alpha Foundation), Vainavan Kural. Articles about him have appeared in The Times of India,', The Hindu, The Asian Age, Janmabhumi, Mumbai Mitra, Mangaiyar Malar,Sakthi Vikatan, Amudha Surabhi, Deepam,Kalki,Arul Osai,Samudhra, Dinamalar, T. Nagar Talk' and the BITSAA Newsletter
He delivered over 1000 discourses worldwide to a cumulative audience size of over 5 Lakh in 4 languages. He is a regular speaker on television including Star Vijay (a channel of Star Network), Jaya TV, Sri Sankara TV (a religious channel),DD Podhigai TV(maintained by Doordarshan),SVBC Channel(maintained by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam) and Mega TV. His YouTube videos were viewed over 3.5 Lakh times.
Sridhar spoke at the following locations:
- Australia - Vedic Society of Victoria (Melbourne), Sri Venkateshwara Temple (Sydney)
- Bengaluru- Kamakshi Bhajana Mandali, Jayanagar Srirangam Srimad Andavan Ashramam, Jayanagar Sri Mahalakshmi Temple, Sri Ananda Vinayaka Temple, Sree Guruvayurappan Bhajan Samaj Trust,Malleshwaram Sri Venugopalaswamy Temple, Malleshwaram Desika Sabha, Sri Ramanuja Seva Trust, Ubhaya Vedanta Pravartana Sabha
- Chennai- Asthika Samajam(Venus Colony), Asthika Samajam(Tambaram),Azhwargal Aaiyvu Meiyyam,Bharat Kalachar, Brahma Gana Sabha,Chrompet Cultural Academy, Dhanushkoti Kodandaraman Temple, Karnataka Sangha, Kartik Fine Arts, Korattur Cultural Academy, Mudhra Fine Arts, Ramakrishna Mission Students Home, Rasika Fine Arts, Sanandaa Fine Arts (Madambakkam), Sathguru Samajam(Villivakkam), Soul Connections, Sri Ayyappa Seva Samajam(Annanagar), Sri Krishnarpanam Trust(Thiruvanmiyur), Sri Ramakrishna Math, Sri Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha (Vani Mahal), Sree Ayyappa Bhaktha Sabha, Sree Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha, Sri Venugopalaswamy Temple (Gopalapuram), Tambaram Music Club, Thambraas Association, Vijay Avenue Bhaktha Sabha
- China - Hongkong, Shanghai
- Coimbatore- Sri Purandaradasa Kalai Arangam, Sri Ram Nagar Ramar temple
- Ernakulam - Sree Ramanavami Mahotsava Celebration Committee
- Hulikal-Sri Prasanna Venkataramanaswamy Seva Trust
- Hyderabad- Sri Desika Sabha, Sri Rama Navami Cultural Festival
- Indonesia - Jakarta Indian Fine Arts Academy, Sri Balaji Mandir
- Kancheepuram- Varadaraja Swamy temple
- Karaikudi - Kamban Kazhagam
- Kolkata-FMC Bhajana Seva Mandali, Sree Guruvayurappan Bhajan Samity, Sree Sastha Samooham
- Kumbakonam - Amudhan Kainkarya Sabha, Raja Veda Kavya Patashala, Saraswathy Gana Sabha
- Madurai - Arul Gnana Sabha (Thygaraja Engineering College)
- Mumbai-Ayynthumalai Ayyappan Trust, Balaji Bhaktha Darshana Sabha, Bhajana Samaj Ghatkopar, Bhakta Sangham Sri Guruvayoorappan Temple Mulund, Bombay Tamizh Sangam, Chembur Fine Arts, Chidambara Seva Mandali,Dignity foundation, Dombivli Fine Arts, Giants International, Goregaon Tamizh Sangam, Lok-Vasant Satsang, Mahishasura Mardini Temple, Mulund Bhajana Samajam, Mulund Fine Arts, Ponnu Guruvayoorappan temple, Sri Ahobila Mutt, Sri Balaji Mandir, Sri Hariharaputra Bhajana Samajam, Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Kainkarya Sabha, Sri Lakshmi Nrisimha Kainkarya Sabha, Sri Paduka Nilayam, Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts & Sangeetha Sabha, Sri Ram Satsang,Sri Subramanya Samajam, Sri Vedanta Desika Sampradaya Sabha, The South Indian Bhajana Samajam, TTD centre
- Mysore - Sri Andal Mandiram
- Nanguneri - Sri Vanamamalai Perumal Temple
- New Zealand - Asthika Sankeethana Samajam (Auckland),
- Pondicherry - Kamban Kalai Arangam, Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam Mandali
- Pilani - BITS Community centre
- Pune - Pashan Sri Ahobila Mutt Balaji Temple
- Salem - Salem Sangeetha Vidwath Sabha
- Srirangam-Sri Seeta Kalyana Mahotsavam Committee
- Thrissur- Kerala Brahmana Sabha
- Tirupati-Bhoodevi Complex
- United Arab Emirates - Abu Dhabi Vaishnava Satsang, Dubai Sri Vaishnava Satsang
- Vadodara-Jaiambe Kartiga Swamy temple, Reliance Petrochemical Township
He renders honorary motivation lectures at Old-age and retirement homes like:
He renders motivation and value-based lectures to students of schools and colleges. He also gives presentation on management in ancient scriptures to firms. Following are some of the locations:
- Abu Dhabi,Jakarta,Melbourne - Youth group
- Chennai - Bharathi Vidyalaya Senior Secondary School
- Goa - At CONNECTiON festival organized by Tata Consultancy Services
- Hyderabad- Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan group of schools
- Mumbai - R.A.Podar College,South Indian Welfare Society
- Pilani - BITS (Amphi/Engineering/Lecture) Theatres
He performed with:
- Airtel Super Singer Junior - Shravan with the latter singing verses from Vishnu Sahasranamam and the former explaining them in Star Vijay TV Channel organized at Kamarajar Kalai Arangam
- Harikatha artiste Suchithra Balasubramaniam with the latter singing verses from Thiruppavai and the former explaining them in Star Vijay TV Channel organized at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha
In partnership with a well-known tour management company called Beyond Boundaries in Chennai, he has organized:
- the first yatra to 40 Chozha Nattu Divya Desams and 10 Abhimana Sthalams in Tamil Nadu which was covered in 8 days (7 nights). A group of 70 people (from Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai and Coimbatore)travelled in AC coaches. During the tour, he delivered 16 hours of lectures on Srimad Bhagavatam (10-11-12 Cantos)
- Agre Pashyami is a devotional album on Narayaneeyam and Lord Guruvayoorappan where the speaker has rendered a musical discourse for over two hours and this album was released by Swathi Soft Solutions
- Bhaja Govindam is a devotional album on Adi Shankara's magnum opus Bhaja Govindam and nama vaibhavam where the speaker has rendered a musical discourse for over two hours. This album was released by Amutham Music.
- Jai Hanuman is a devotional album on the 'significance of Hanuman' for two hours released by Charsur Arts Foundation. For the first time, this is also available in digital cards
- Kalyanam Series is a set of four DVDs on Kalyanams like Seetha, Rukmini, Andal and Srinivasa where the speaker has rendered a musical discourse along with Flute, Veena and Violin. This album was released by Swathi Soft Solutions at Mumbai by Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Sri.V.Shankar, Sri.Gopal Srinivasan and Sri. Sridhar Sundarrajan
- Narasingham is a devotional album on Narasimha Avataram where the speaker has rendered a musical discourse for close to two hours. and this album was released by Giri Trading Agency
- Raghavane Thalelo is a devotional album on Kulashekhara Alwar's decade on Lord Ram where the speaker has rendered a musical discourse for over two hours. This album was released by Amutham Music.
- Shrimad Ramayanam is a devotional album on the entire epic of Ramayanam, where the speaker has rendered a discourse for thirty six hours. This album was released by Gipsy Music i.e. Shethia Audio and Video Pvt.Ltd at Crosswords, Mumbai by Sri. Nitish Bharadwaj and Sri.S.Saranathan
- Sri Sankalpa Suryodayam is a discourses album on the entire Sanskrit drama of Vedanta Desika, where the speaker has rendered lectures for over six hours and this album was released by Sri Ramanuja Dasa Audio
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