Srinivas is the pronunciation of the Sanskrit Srinivasa (Sanskrit श्रीनिवास), in Hindi and other modern Indian languages that drop a final short "a". The word Srinivas is combination of two Sanskrit words, Shri (श्री) and nivasa (निवास). This is the stem form of the word (before case inflections are added) in Sanskrit. Shrinivas is the stem form of the word (before case inflections are added).
It is a name for males in India as well as a family surname. Shrinivasan (श्रीनिवासन्) is the singular nominative form, and along with its variants Srinivasan, Sreenivasan, and others, used as a forename or surname.
Shri means "radiance" or "diffusing light"; nivasa means "place of residence", which is considered to be the source of light (as a metaphor for life) in Hindu scriptures.
Srinivas is a modernized version of the original Sanskrit/Hindu name Srinivasa.
The use of the word Srinivasan (also written as Sreenivasan) instead of Srinivas is common in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Similarly, the dialectical word, Srinivasulu, is commonly used in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The name is also very much prevalent in Odisha, Maharastra and Karnataka, among other parts of India.
The other variants in English spelling include Sreenivas, Shrinivas, Shreenivas, Srinibas, Shrinibas.
The name Srinivas is also kept for new houses.
As first name
- Srinivas, 1990s Tamil Nadu playback singer, also known as Srinivasan Doraiswamy
- Srinivasan, also known as "Powerstar", Tamil comedian
- Sreenivasan, Malayalam script writer and actor
- Srinivas Avasarala, actor
- Srinivasan Keshav, scientist
- Srinivas Kumar Sinha, Indian soldier
- Srinivasa Ramanujan, Indian mathematician
- Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan, Indian cricketer
As middle name
As last name
- Akhila Srinivasan, Indian businesswoman
- Dharmapuri Srinivas (born 27 September 1948), Indian politician
- G. Srinivasan (1958–2007), Indian film producer
- Grandhi Srinivas, Indian politician
- Hari Sreenivasan (b. 1974), Indian-American TV journalist
- Kamineni Srinivas, Indian politician
- Krishnan Srinivasan, Indian diplomat
- M. B. Sreenivasan (Manamadurai Balakrishnan known as MBS, 1925–1988), Indian music director
- M. N. Srinivas (Mysore Narasimhachar, 1916–1999), Indian sociologist
- Madapuji Rajagopalan Srinivasan (born 31 May 1967), usually cited as M.R. Srinivasan, head of Agricultural Entomology at the Agricultural College and Research Institute of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University. He has published works on both Apis cerana and Apis mellifera (western honey bee).
- Madapusi Srinivasaprasad, Indian cricketer
- Mandyam Veerambudi Srinivasan ("Srini"), usually cited as M.V. Srinivasan (born 15 September 1948), bioengineer and neuroscientist, who studies visual systems, particularly those of Western honey bees (Apis mellifera) and birds; faculty member Queensland Brain Institute at the University of Queensland.
- N. Srinivasan (Narayanaswami, born 1945), Indian industrialist and chemical engineer
- P. Seenivasan, Indian politician, Deputy Speaker of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from 1971 to 1972
- P. B. Sreenivas (Prathivadi Bhayankara, 1930–2013), Indian playback singer
- R. Srinivasan, Indian politician, member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly
- Rangaswamy Srinivasan, scientist
- Rettamalai Srinivasan, Indian politician
- Sri Srinivasan, American judge
- Subramaniam Srinivasan, Indian filmmaker
- T. E. Srinivasan (Tirumalai Echambadi, 1950–2010), Indian cricketer
- T. N. Srinivasan (Thirukodikaval Nilakanta, 1933–2018), economist who worked in the US
- Thengai Srinivasan (1937–1987), Indian actor
- U. Srinivas (Uppalapu, 1969–2014), Indian mandolin player
- Vandemataram Srinivas, Indian music director, playback singer, actor and film director
- Vineeth Sreenivasan (born 1 October 1985), Indian playback singer, actor, film director, screenwriter, producer, lyricist, etc., working in Malayalam cinema, son of actor-screenwriter Sreenivasan.
- Yogi Srinivasan, Indian actor, son of Thengai Srinivasan
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