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for we believe, lives such as his, though commonplace in India, are worth remembering in gratitude.


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D. P. Santhanam

D. P. Santhanam [1926-2012] was not a man of renown. He was in fact, a self-effacing man like several millions of Indians who, with little learning, imbibe the way of Dharma by living immersed in the prescriptions of their Gurus, who most of the time are their parents and grand-parents.

Santhanam was one such man. Failing his matriculation, he ran away to join the Royal Air Force as an airman. After the war, over the next six decades he held a series of low to moderately paying jobs.

He was a God-fearing, hard working, frugal man who, though remaining single, was devoted to his extended family of sisters and their children. He shared his money, time, labours and affection freely. He was loyal to his employers and generous to the people who served his spartan home.

When he retired at 85, a few months before he died, he was bemused to discover that so much had accumulated in his account. He read in that, the message that a good part was meant to be given away for public causes.

His nieces and nephews are honoured to institute this endowment of Rs.5 Lakhs in his name, with the wish that it be used to sustain Dharma in whatever way Indic Academy thinks fit, with the request that his name, photo and this short bio is always shared with the recipient for we believe, lives such as his, though commonplace in India, are worth remembering in gratitude.

Award for 2017:
Sri P R Vasudevan was awarded the “Late Sri D P Santhanam Fellowship” for the year 2017. Sri D. V. Sridharan presented him a cheque of Rs 22000 along with a memento & a certificate on behalf of the family.
Sri P.R. Vasudevan completed Vedantha Sastra in Jun 2017 and was given a title of “Advaita Vedantha Ratnam” by Kanchi Peetham and “Advaita Vidvat Mani” by Indic Academy.

for we believe, lives such as his, though commonplace in India, are worth remembering in gratitude.


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