Dr. R. Nagaswamy
Dr. R. Nagaswamy, Director of Archaeology (Retired) and former Vice chancellor, Kanchipuram University, is one among the most distinguished scholars covering a vast field of specialization, art, archaeology, architecture, literature, epigraphy, paleography, numismatics, temple rituals and philosophy, ancient law and society, music, dance and South Asian art. Many important excavations at Karur, Alagankulam, Korkai and Gangaikonda-cholapuram, were conducted by him. He is an acknowledged international expert on South Indian Bronzes, author of several books and path-breaking papers at international conferences. He also founded the now world famous Chidambaram Natyanjali Festival.
Dr. Chitra Madhavan
Dr Chithra Madhavan has an M.A. and M.Phil. from the Department of Indian History, University of Madras, and a Ph.D. from the Department of Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Mysore. She is the recipient of two post-doctoral fellowships from the Department of Culture, Government of India, and from the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi. Chithra is a guest lecturer at institutions like Kalakshetra Foundation, the Arts Management Programme of DakshinaChitra, and the Asian College of Journalism. She frequently delivers lectures on topics related to heritage across India.
Dr. S. Balusami, retired Professor and Head of the Department of Tamil, Madras Christian College, Tambaram, is a writer and novelist with the pen name Bharatiputran. A master’s graduate in Tamil literature and a Ph.D graduate on Nayak arts of Tamil Nadu, Balusami has written books on Mamallapuram’s penance panel, Tiger Cave and Krishna Mandapam, and art forms of Nayak period. He has also done digital documentation on mural paintings of Tamil Nadu. He is a recipient of awards for his books and contribution towards heritage promotion.
Prof. Madhusudhanan Kalaichelvan
Prof. Madhusudhanan Kalaichelvan is an Architect by qualification and profession. He is an Associate Professor at a private Architecture Academy. He has served in technical panels constituted to undertake conservation works of old structures including the Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram; Rajarajan Gopuram at the Big Temple, Tanjore to name a few. He was the lead conservationist in documenting 300+ heritage structures in Kanchipuram for the coveted HRIDAY project of the Govt. of India. Madhusudhanan’s passion for History and Cultural Heritage are well proven through his lectures on a wide range of subjects.
Dr.K.Dayanidhi is currently the head of Department – Vaishnavism at the University of Madras. He has been teaching at this university since 2014. Dr.Dayanidhi holds a Ph.D in Visishtadvaita from Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidhyapeetha, Tirupathi. He is a Vyakarana Sironmani from Madras University, a certificate holder in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, has an M.A Degree in Sanskrit, an M.Phil in Visishtadvaita and a diploma in manuscriptology. He is a regular speaker at various national and international seminars, and has published several articles and books in his field of study.
Gopu Rangarathnam is a technical historian with interests spanning a wide spectrum – engineering, software, astronomy, economics, history, art, heritage. A Masters graduate in Computer Science from the Texas A&M University, USA, Gopu worked for six years in the U.S in software development. But his restless mind got bored, and he returned to India around 2000. He has since indulged in the luxury of doing just what he likes doing – including attempting novels, short stories and movie scripts, traveling to heritage sites across India, blogging, reading and lecturing on various topics.
Shyam C. Raman
Shyam C. Raman is a senior HR executive working for a large business conglomerate in Chennai. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and did his post graduation in management at IIM-Calcutta. Shyam is an active member of the Tamil Heritage Trust, with a nascent interest in topics such as temple architecture, Buddhist and Jaina heritage.
Sreemathy Mohan was an insurance and IT professional, and is currently a textile researcher and enthusiast on history of Indian/World textiles. She has co-founded the W3 – Women, Weave, World -on Facebook, which is a group of Textile lovers and enthusiasts, and also works with Weavers and Weaving Societies directly in supporting and reviving vintage weaves. She also participates and conducts textile trails in various clusters. She is enthusiastic about outreach to youngsters about our rich handloom heritage, and also facilitates expert connect sessions with designers.