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Veda Vyasa Endowment for Mahabharata Studies

Agnyaana Timiraandhasya
Gnyaana Anjana Shalaakayaa
Chakshuhu Unmeelitam Yenam
Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.

A Guru can save us from the pangs of ignorance (darkness) by applying to us the balm of knowledge or awareness of the Supreme, I salute such a Guru.

Guru Poornima , the full moon day of month of Ashadh, has a special auspicious significance in Indic culture. Particularly disciples on this day worship their Guru with an unconditional devotion, love and surrender. Guru Poornima holds a special place in the heart of the disciple as they are able to express their full gratitude towards their Guru who dispels darkness and ignorance and creates the path to being a realised soul for the disciple. Lord Bhagvan Shri Krishna in 34th verse of 4th chapter of Bhagawad Gita says “attain this knowledge by all means, if you prostate yourself at the feet of wise, render them all forms of services and question then a guileless heart again and again, those wise souls of truth will unfold that wisdom to you.”

Sri Aurobindo says ” The Teacher of the integral Yoga will follow as far as he may the method of the Teacher within us. He will lead the disciple through the nature of the disciple. Teaching, example, influence,—these are the three instruments of the Guru. ”

On Guru Purnima, we honor our gurus, the acharyas and rishis who have transmitted to us the light of Dharma and the Vedic tradition, the light we must keep alive for future generations. This day is specially dedicated to Veda Vyasa, he who compiled the Vedas and bestowed upon us the Mahabharata and the Mahapuranas, he who is guru to us all. On this sacred occasion of Guru Purnima, we place the newly created Veda Vyasa Endowment for Mahabharata Studies at his feet as a humble offering.

The Mahabharata is a fundamental component of our Indic civilizational DNA. It is an ancient, timeless tale that has incredible relevance and resonance even today. It is a source of passionate debate and reflection, its complex characters, conflicts and themes motifs that recur again and again throughout all of our literature and arts. There is a reason traffic and trains stopped while the Mahabharata serial was playing on television screens thirty years ago. No piece of literature better captures the ethos, worldview, values and aesthetics associated with our culture and civilization than the Mahabharata. As the longest epic in the history of world literature, there is no wonder that it is said what is not found in the Mahabharata cannot be found elsewhere.

Accordingly, the preservation and promotion of the Mahabharata is a vital element in reviving and nourishing Indic traditions and thought. Currently, the integrity of the text of Mahabharata, its core meaning, values and standing as a core text of the Indic civilization, are under attack on multiple fronts. Manuscripts of traditional commentaries on the Mahabharata are languishing under neglect. Younger generations are growing up without being exposed to the literary richness of the Mahabharata, relying instead on pop culture riffs that are not always true to the original.

This endowment would be utilized for the following purposes:

Preservation, digitization and translation of relevant manuscripts
Promotion of the Mahabharata by making it more accessible to wider audiences (e.g., providing copies of translations to libraries and schools)
Funding Indic scholarship on the Mahabharata, particularly the work of traditional scholars
Promotion of the Mahabharata through artistic works, conferences and workshops
The Veda Vyasa Endowment for Mahabharata Studies is being made available through the generous donations of Ms. Aditi Banerjee to Indic Academy. Each grant made available through the Endowment will be up to of Rs. Two Lakhs Fifty Thousand given yearly. The number of such grants made available to scholars will be the discretion of Indic Academy. To avail of this grant please send your detailed proposals at any time of the year to

Abhinav Agarwal

Abhinav is a technology professional with over twenty years in the software industry, the technical editor of a book published by McGraw-Hill, a prolific writer on areas on technology and Indology. He is a computer engineer and holds a post graduate diploma from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

Anuradha Goyal

Anuradha Goyal is the author of The Mouse Charmers - Digital Pioneers of India. She authors IndiTales - a leading travel blog from India, and AnuReviews - a book reviews blog with over 600 books reviewed across genres. In her earlier avatar, she has worked in IT industry for 12 years & led business innovation initiatives. She has lived across 15 cities in India and abroad before choosing to live in Goa with her library.

Avatans Kumar

Avatans has masters degrees in Linguistics and in Business Administration. He is passionate about Indic Knowledge Tradition and frequently writes on the topics of language, culture, history and current affairs. Many of Avatans' Hindi poems have also been published.

Dimple Kaul

Dimple is a Learner, Writer and Life Enthusiast. She writes on various issues across genres on her blog ( and other portals. She has also authored two anthologies of poems.

She volunteers for Indic Academy as Director - Indic Author Network.

Gayatri Iyer

Gayatri Iyer is the curator for CreativeIndia and Indic Academy, plus an eternal artist & traveler with a mission to discover the unknown, lost and beautiful parts of herself while also discovering the true meaning of her roots of being an Indian in today's context. A free spirited yogini with a deep love for yoga, India, theater, food, watercolors, story-telling evident through her book, Life's Macchiato: A collection of your stories. A lot of her passions saw the light through her start-ups of Chef In A Box, Ahem Stationery & Arts, theater production Unrest, travel and creative consultancy. The list has not ended and would never end!

Hari Kiran

Founder Indic Academy

Hari Kiran is an investor, activist, seeker and an aspiring artist.

Nithin Sridhar

With a degree in civil engineering, and having worked in construction field, Nithin Sridhar passionately writes and teaches on Dharma and Vedanta. He is based in Mysore, India.

Srinivas Udumudi

Srinivas Udumudi heads India's premier genetics and genomics research and services organization based out of Hyderabad. Srinivas did his B.Tech in Computer Science from REC Warangal (now NIT) and Masters in CS (Artificial Intelligence) in the US, and has over 25 years of industry experience. He has deep interest in carnatic music, Indian philosophy, Western continental philosophy, and intellectual history of India and the world.

Vipul Kocher

Vipul Kocher is an entrepreneur by compulsions of heart, a software tester by profession and IA national coordinator by destiny.

Yogini Deshpande

Dr. Yogini Deshpande is a practicing Civil Engineer by profession. She has degrees from Mumbai University & Purdue University & diverse experience in academia, research & consulting. She has been associated with Indic Academy since it's inception and is it's Mumbai Chapter coordinator.. She is the Editor-in-Chief for Indic Today portal. She is an avid reader, Indian Classical Music aficionado & keen political observer.

Dr. V. Anantha Nageswaran

Ananth is an MBA from IIM (A) and a PhD in Finance from the University of Massachusetts. 

He is an adjunct faculty with the Singapore Management University and Nanyang Technological University. 

His co-authored book, ‘Economics of Derivatices & Can India grow?  He writes for MINT, an ( and  blogs at

D V Sridharan

D V Sridharan was a sea going engineer in the 1960s. For the last 40 years he has been passionate about the environment, especially water conservation and eco-diversity. He's currently in the second decade of his land regeneration work at pointReturn, 100km south of Chennai

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Ramsundar Lakshminarayanan

Ram attaches great importance to the impact his work has on people’s lives. Be it selecting a family vacation destination or cooking or solving a problem at work, he gets immense satisfaction when they enjoy the experience.

Ram is an IT Management professional with a Big4 background. A devotee of Ilaiyaraja songs, non-fiction reader, former cricketer, traveler, photographer, Indic learner and an evolving writer. He usually brags about the Chicago Bulls & the Michael Jordan era.