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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.[citation needed]

Shri has also the meaning of Lakshmi[1] who is rendered to be embodied within Venkateswara.[2] Hence the alternative meaning "one within whom Lakshmi (prosperity) lives".


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.[citation needed]

The other variants in English spelling include Sreenivas, Shrinivas, Shreenivas, Srinibas, Shrinibas.[citation needed]

The name Srinivas is also kept for new houses.

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  3. ^ "Curriculum Vitae". Dr. M.R. Srinivasan.
  4. ^ Srinivasan, M.R. (2004). Biodiversity of Honeybees. Retrieved 9 July 2020 – via ResearchGate.
  5. ^ "Tamil book on beekeeping to release soon". 12 June 2019. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  6. ^ "MR Srinivasan [citations]". Google Scholar. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Teachers Notes - Professor Mandyam Veerambudi Srinivasan". Australian Academy of Science. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Professor Srini Srinivasan". Queensland Brain Institute. 9 July 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2020.