About the author

Dr. S. Kalyanaraman was noted as a Personality in The HinduThe Hindu Newspaper of September 29, 1997. See also his contributions for forming Indian Ocean CommunityIndian Ocean Community commended by B.S. Raghavan.B.S. Raghavan


Kalyanaraman was a senior executive in the Asian Development Bank for 18 years until 1995. He was responsible for disbursing a portfolio of US Dollars 60 Billion for over 650 development projects in 29 countries. He also introduced a world-wide information network for managing the assets of the bank. He has travelled widely in Bharat, and has visited many countries around the world.

Earlier to 1978, he was Chief Controller of Accounts, Karnataka Electricity Board and as member of Indian Railway Accounts Service, a financial advisor on the Railways, for 17 years. He has also worked in the Accountant General's Office, Bangalore for 4 years from 1958 to 1961. He was involved in the introduction of the first computers on the Railways in 1965, as a member of a Task Force set up by the Electronics Commission of India.

He has a Ph.D. in Public Administration and his two volume work, Public Administration in Asia Public Administration in Asia has been published[2] which is a comparative study of development administration in six Asian countries. His graduate degree is in Economics and Statistics. He was born in 1939 in Kidarangondan, Tanjore district. He is well-versed in Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and Sanskrit languages.

Organizational affiliations

He took voluntary retirement from the Bank and returned to Bharat, to devote himself to his life-activity of researches on River Sarasvati and Bharatiya Civilization. He directs the Sarasvati Research Centre which is affiliated with Akhil Bharatiya Itihasa Sankalana Yojana. He has done researches on the discovery of the courses of Vedic River Sarasvati and the possibility of this river flowing again as part of a national network of rivers. He has been involved in promoting the National Water Grid to ensure water for everyone for several generations to come and to take the nation to a developed country status by the year 2010. He is on the Board of Directors of the World Association of Vedic StudiesWorld Association of Vedic Studies, and is associated with many research and non-governmental voluntary organizations including Rashtrotthana Research and Communications Centre in Bangalore, India.

He is President, Rameswaram Ramasetu Protection Movement VishwaHinduParishad(VHP)Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).

He is Member, Governing Council,Center for Study of Religion and Society, New Delhi, IndiaCentre for Study of Religion and Society

Notable Contributions

He has set up a website with over 30,000 files on River Sarasvati and Civilization. The site includes his multi-lingual dictionary for over 25 ancient languages of Bharat, Rigveda rica-s and translation into English based on Sayana Bhaashya The Hinducivilization internet group set up by him has over 750 active members from all parts of the world, discussing Bharatiya Civilization issues.. His 1100-page volume on Sarasvati was published from Bangalore in 2001. His 7-volume encyclopaedic work on Sarasvati Civilization was also published in 2004 by Babasaheb Apte Smarak Samiti. The 7 volumes are: Sarasvati: Civilization; Sarasvati: Rigveda; Sarasvati: River; Sarasvati: Bharati; Sarasvati: Technology; Sarasvati: Language; Sarasvati: Epigraphs. He has cracked the code of Sarasvati hieroglyphs as artisan guilds’ activities related to minerals, metals, furnaces and artifacts of metals in a transition from chalcolithic to alloy (bronze/brass) phase of civilization. He presented his research findings on Sarasvati in the World Sanskrit Conference held in Bangalore in 1996. He has published 15 volumes on Sarasvati civilization and language/writing system (including Indian Lexicon a comparative dictionary of over 25 ancient Indian languages). All the books are also available as ebooks, online: http://sites.google.com/site/kalyan97


His recent publications, published by Sarasvati Research Center, available through amazon.com:Rastram (2011)[4]; Indus Script Cipher(2010)[5]; Indian hieroglyphs - Invention of writing (2011)[6]; Outrage for dharma (2012)[7].

Awards and recognitions

Prof. V.V. Raman reviewing the book, Rastram notes: "It is the work of a visionary, whose ideal is to form a union from the rich cultural diversity and economic powerhouse that lie scattered in the nations that have the Indian Ocean as their shores." (August 2, 2011)Rastram

He is a recipient of the prestigious Vakankar Award (2000)IndologistcatalogIndologistcatalog; Shivananda Eminent Citizens' Award (2008)SanatanaDharmaCharitableTrustSanatana Dharma Charitable Trust and Dr. Hedgewar Prajna Samman (2008)Haindava Keralam; Mythic Society Centenary Award (2009)OrientalInstituteThaneOriental Institute, Thane. 

disc00012a-t.jpg (1885 bytes)Dr. S. Kalyanaraman using the Doe Library in University of California, Berkeley (June 22, 1998); he acknowledges gratefully the use of indological  resources of this library,  the Green Library in Stanford University, Library of Congress, University of the Philippines Library System, Manila, Adyar Library and Connemara Library, Chennai, National Museum, Delhi, National Library, Calcutta  and the British Library, London, apart from the resources available on the web.

From Indology to Reviving City Waterways:

From "The Hindu" - 29-09-1997. 

Despite his pre-occupation with high profile activities, Dr. S. Kalyanaraman, former senior executive of the ADB, has varied interests including matters mundane. He shares them with T. Ramakrishnan.

A paperweight may be a routine dull object for most people, but it can trigger unexpected reactions among some: such as a deep desire to take up Indological studies.

One such scholar eventually went on to do a unique work of writing a multilingual dictionary of the Dravidian, Aryan and Mundarica language families.

The author of the dictionary, Dr. S. Kalyanaraman (58), started on his voyage of discovery in the office of his boss, Dr. Trujillo from the U.S., while working in the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The paperweight, given to him by the officer, was a brass replica of an Indus seal depicting a short-horned bull and some Indus script as an inscription.

In the meantime, an Indologist wrote a letter to Dr. Kalayanaraman asking for comments on the former's decipherment of a script. The paperweight and this letter led him to embark on studies on the subject.

At present, he is working on the `mythical' Sarasvathi river which can be revived by tapping groundwater resources and making the Thar desert in Rajasthan bloom. His study is centered on providing leads for resolving the decipherment problem of the Indus script.

Dr. Kalayanaraman has interest in a variety of subjects. A graduate in economics and statistics from the Annamalai University, he became a Member of the Indian Railway Accounts Service in 1962. He secured his doctorate from the University of Philippines in 1982 and his Ph.D. thesis was a comparative study of development administration in six Asian countries.

In the '70s, the Indologist's performance on coal accounting for and the  drawing up the Railways' perspective plan for information technology (IT) came in for praise and subsequently, he was deputed to the ADB. Dr. Kalayanaraman helped establish the Bank's IT network with 2,500 workstations. He administered loan disbursements on a multi- currency portfolio of equivalent US $60 billions on 600 development projects in the Asia-Pacific region.

Despite his high-profile activities, the ADB's former senior executive has not lost sight of the more "mundane" things. The beautification of the city waterways is one of his pet subjects. "The waterways are, in a way, a blessing for the city. Otherwise, the situation will be worse when Chennai receives heavy rainfall."

His suggestion is that as a demonstration project, the Cooum can be taken up first. The execution of its improvement should be split into different segments, which can be entrusted to different contractors.

In addition to desludging the waterway, a series of checkdams can be built along the Cooum for regulating the discharge of water. Tanks, located on the outskirts of the city and functioning as sources for the waterway, have to be renovated.

For improving the water supply network for the southern suburbs of Chennai, Dr. Kalayanaraman says the aquifer of the Palar river can be tapped. He wants the Government to act strongly against those who pollute the river.

As the senior ADB executive, he had exposure to the Chinese system of governance. "China has made rapid strides, particularly in the area of local self-governance. It is not just because it's a communist country but its rulers have immense faith in decentralisation".

One lesson that can be drawn from the Chinese, he says, is to grant more powers to the Chennai Mayor. In Beijing, the Mayor is the focal point of all activities and has the authority to mobilise resources and personnel from various agencies and departments for improving the state of affairs in the Metro.

The same thing is possible here as the 74th Constitutional amendment has made it mandatory that the Metropolitan Planning Committee and other local bodies falling within the Metro to take up responsibility to prepare and implement urban development schemes. The existing mechanism for utilising financial and personnel resources should also undergo suitable changes.

Moreover, this amendment can be used for strengthening urban local bodies and bringing about a revolutionary change in their functioning and administration, Dr. Kalyanaraman feels.

As his presentation to mark the golden jubilee of Independence, Dr. Kalyanaraman has created a website running to 2,500 pages of information on India at www.investindia.com. As his social obligation, he offers his Internet access at the domain address http://www.investindia.com free of cost to the younger generation with the goal of preparing them intellectually and academically.

See also the Sarasvati River Website: http://www.probys.com/sarasvati

Indian Alchemy: Soma in the Rigveda (in press, Delhi, Munshiram Manoharlal)

His email: kalyan99@netscape.net