Dushyanth Sridhar

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Dushyanth Sridhar is a teacher of Vedic chanting, Upanyaskar, public speaker, and writer on topics related to Sanathana Dharma. He delivers discourses in Tamil and English. He has learnt scriptures like Sri Bhashyam, Gita Bhashyam, Rahasya-traya Saram and Bhagavad Vishayam. He has delivered many live discourses in multiple countries[1] [1] and in several television channels such as Star Vijay, Jaya TV, DD Podhigai, Polimer TV, Sri Sankara TV, Puthuyugam TV and SVBC TV. He has a Youtube presence with over five million views and content that runs for 1000 hours.[2]. He organizes religious tours (yatras) to ancient Vishnu temples in association with a travel agent and they have together have taken 1000 people to 200 temples spanning 12 states and 5 countries in a 3-year period covering a distance of 12,000 miles.[citation needed].

He teaches Sanskrit and vedas for free on whatsapp, and shoots videos of all his talks in villages and towns, posting them on YouTube.

Background and Personal life[edit]

Dushyant Sridhar was born into a Tamilian family living in Bangalore. His father was a marketing professional and his mother, a school teacher.[2] He started to study Sanskrit and the Vedas from the age of five when his parents enrolled him in Sanskrit and Veda classes at the Ahobila mutt. After studying in schools in Bangalore, he joined BITS Pilani and studied chemical engineering there. At BITS, Sridhar got more interested in finding out the meaning of chants, as he and a few classmates used to gather on weekends at the Saraswati temple in the campus to chant Vishnu Sahasranamam. Listening to them chant, the vice chancellor (Mr. Venkateshwaran) suggested delivering an upanyasam (discourse)in the campus. He gave his first discourse ('upanyasa') by chance, at BITS Pilani to his co-students at the behest of the vice chancellor, professor and a professor's friend. Sridhar describes how his first experience was a revelation to him on what else went into being an upanyaskar other than public speaking, and started to study more to improve his Sanskrit and Tamil.

Sridhar passed out of BITS, Pilani in 2008, by which time he had given a dozen upanyasams.[3] He was under the impression that these upanyasams were a passing fad. Thereafter, Sridhar worked one year at the practice school at Century Rayon, Shahad and subsequently worked in the corporate sector in a number of companies including a market research firm in Mumbai and TCS.[4] He subsequently quit working in the corporate sector in 2016 and currently spends all his time studying the Vedas and delivering lectures on television channels as well as in public gatherings. He lives with his wife,daughter and parents in Bengaluru.[5]

Other activities[edit]

Sridhar also conceptualizes dance ballets with leading classical dancers on Vaishnavism like ''Aranganin Pathaiyil' (on Srirangam),'Srinivasam Prapadye' (on Tirupati), 'Bhavam' (on devotion) , 'Malyada' (on Andal) which were received positively. He renders thematic Katha-Kutcheris with leading Carnatic vocalists. He penned the story, screenplay and dialogue for the movie 'Vedanta Desika' besides donning the role of the protagonist under the Muktha Films[6] [7]. He assisted the director - Muktha Sundar. He carries out restoration of ancient Vedanta Desika shrines and contributes to the society through a charitable trust called 'Desika Daya' that he runs with a small group of volunteers. He manages a mobile application called 'Desika Daya' through which he makes audio content of 1000 hours to 5000 plus subscribers for free. He authored a coffee-table book[3] on 'Vedanta Desika' to commemorate his 750th birth celebrations. He has received awards like Young Achiever, 30-under-30, Best Parliamentarian, Best Outgoing Student, Best School Pupil leader and has received coveted titled like Sarva Kala Chudamani, Harikatha Bharathi, Sollin Selvan, Bhagawata Bhaswan from various institutions of excellence.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Subramanian, Samanth (2015-05-23). "In the beginning was the word". livemint.com. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  2. ^ "Upanyasam expert Dushyant Sridhar's exclusive interview (also posted on you tube)". Manam magazine. 13 April 2017. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  3. ^ "Interview - Dushyant Sridhar". BITSAA Global meet 2017. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  4. ^ "New age exponent". The Hindu. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  5. ^ Samanth, Subramanian (23 May 2015). "In the beginning was the word". Live Mint. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Upanyasam exponent to play Vedanta Desika - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  7. ^ Ramanujam, Srinivasa (2016-04-08). "Now, a film on Vedanta Desika". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018-03-16.