3 May 2009, 2349 hrs IST, TNN
Bangalore: The beautiful colonial piece of architecture
on Nrupatunga Road
has donned a new look. The Mythic Society, the premier institute of Indology
and path-breaking studies, has just completed 100 years. The three-day
valedictory celebrations were inaugurated on Sunday.
Śatamānotsava felicitation citation to Dr. S. Kalyanaraman (3 May 2009)
River Sarasvati is adored in Rgveda as ‘ambitame, naditame, devitame’. From generation to generation, over a long span of time of over 5 millennia the collective memory of the people of India has cherished the faith that the all pervading Hindu culture took birth on her banks and nourished by her sacred waters. The world wondered whether the river Sarasvati was mythical or ground truth.
Dr. S. Kalyanaraman by his single minded dedication and extensive research has presented the ground truth – bhumi satyam of the river Sarasvati in all her splendour.
Kalyanaraman born on 20th October 1939 to Sri S. Srinivasan and Smt. Rajammal, graduated in Economics and Statistics from the Annamalai Universiy and followed it up with Post Graduation and Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines. He is a multi-lingual talent well versed in Sanskrit, Tamil, Kannada, English and French languages.
He was the Chief Controller of Accounts in Karnataka Electricity Board, member of Indian Railway Accounts Service and Financial Advisor to Railways. Dr. Kalyanaraman joined the Asian Development Bank as a senior executive and became an icon of multi-lateral banking expertise.
When Dr. Kalyanaraman was at the peak of his career, a model of the Harappan seal presented to him disturbed his mind. It urged and stimulated him to dive deep, to unravel the mystery of the legendary river Sarasvati. He tool voluntary retirement and returned to India. He plunged deep into research on this Vedic river and possibility of its revival as part of national network of rivers.
His epoch making scholarly work on the Vedic River Sarasvati has brought a paradigm shift in the studies related to ancient India.
His website provides about 40,000 files including a lexicon on 25 ancitnt Indian languages, Rgveda text and translations. His dedication and devotion to our ancient heritage has resulted in a scholarly work on Ramasetu with irrefutable scientific evidences.
The Managing Committee of the Mythic Society is pleased to present its Śatamānotsava praŚasti 2008-09 to Dr. S. Kalyanaraman. May Goddess Sarasvati fulfil all his noble endeavours.
Presented at the inauguration of the Valedcitory of the Centenary Celebrations.
The Managing Committee
3rd May 2009
By Team Mangalorean Bangalore
Bangalore, May 3: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today sanctioned Rs One crore to Mythic Society for conducting centenary celebrations and repairs of the heritage structure devoted to study of Indology in the city.
He said the State Government would preserve cultural and traditional heritage of India by giving impetus to ancient Indian sciences like ayurveda, yoga and study of Indology. The Chief Minister was speaking after unveiling a three-day centenary celebrations of the Society.
Mr Yeddyurappa recalled the yeoman contribution made by the Society, started by Britishers ten decades ago and carried on by Indian researchers in Indology "by making the whole of western world knew about the rich Indian heritage''.
Founded in 1909, the Society has a pride of place among the classical institutions of India. Though at its inception, the Society was limited to Indian and Western classical studies, but later the interest veered around Indological studies, he added.
The Chief Minister bestowed the centenary honour to Dr Kalyanaraman for his research on Saraswati river.