My Life, My Passion: Inspiring lecture series of Gita

“How They Achieved?” Listen to Thrilling Real Life Stories
Through this series of talks by renowned personalities, (from the field of science, arts, literature, academics, sports, social work & culture etc), the participants will get an insight into the values one should possess and the LOVE one must have to attain one’s goal. Through the real-life stories they share, the campers will get to know the purpose of life, and how to be successful in life.

Get inspired …. stretch your limits…

Kris Srikanth, Captain of Indian Cricket team

Kris Srikanth

Made his debut in One-day cricket when he was 19. He was an early role model for aggressive opening batsmen of the future. The first Indian player to score a half-century and pick up 5 wickets in an ODI. Top scorer in India’s 1983 World cup win. Now commentator with various sports channels and ambassador for IPL teams.

Preethi Srinivasan, Tamil Nadu Cricket Captian

Preethi Srinivasan

A Women Cricketer of Tamil Nadu and a National Level swimmer at the age of 18, is now an award-winning social contributor who has survived a catastrophic accident that left her a quadriplegic, confined to a wheelchair for life. She is also the Co-founder of Soulfree, a charitable organization to help the severely disabled for free. read More

Akhilesh Matti Rajakyla, Olympian Swimmer (Athens & Beijing)

Akhilesh Matti Rajakyla

A charming young swimmer who won 4 time European Championship and almost a hundred National level medals in Swimming and 3 National Records in Swimming Champion. he represented the Finland in 2004 and 2008 Olympics.READ MORE0

Methil Devika, Mohiniyattam Dancer

Methil Devika

An exponent of Mohiniyattam and Kuchipudi, she is one of the youngest to be impanelled into SPIC MACAY, giving over 125 lecture-demonstrations. Devika’s choreographies are well researched and stand out for the freshness and vivacity and thought-provoking themes that are rooted in Indian tradition and philosophy.

Sudha Chandran, Dancer / Film Actor

Sudha Chandran

Sudha Chandran is an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer and an Indian film and television actress, having performed in over 30 movies and even more serials. Her life story of overcoming seemingly impossible challenges to follow her passion is an inspiration for many.

Sreelakshmy Govardhanan, Kuchippudi Dancer

Sreelakshmy Govardhanan

A Kuchipudi artist who has several titles like Natya Ratna, Singar Mani, and Nalanda Nritya Nipuna to her credit. she stayed in the Kuchipudi village with her master for over 5 years to learn the traditional Kuchipudi dance. Sreelakshmy is the founder and director of Avantika space for dance, a platform dedicated to learn, perform and research.

Vineet Narain, Journalist

Vineet Narain

His conviction to fight corruption is so strong that he has gone beyond the usual limits of journalism and showed exemplary courage to expose corruption even in the higher judiciary. He is also the founder of the Braj Foundation which has been working to restore the glory and beauty of Vrindavan as described in the Bhagavatam.

Gurumurthy S., Economist & Journalist

Gurumurthy S.

A chartered accountant, an active proponent of economic liberalism, co-convenor of the Swadeshi Jagaran Manch and a strong proponent of traditional Indian economic wisdom. Many of his thoughts have espoused the cause of agitation against the evils of modern economic policies and the concept of a united India.

Nitte Santosh Hegde, Lokayukta

Nitte Santosh Hegde

Former Justice of the Supreme Court of India, former Solicitor General of India and was Lokayukta for Karnataka. During his tenure as Lokayukta, he uncovered major violations and corruption in iron-ore mining in Bellary, violations regarding encroachment into the forest land and massive underpayment due to the state.

Gajapati Maharaja Sri Dibyasingha Deb, King of Puri

Gajapati Maharaja Sri Dibyasingha Deb

An Advocate at Delhi High Court and Supreme Court, who later on succeeded to the family tradition of serving at the Sri Jagannatha Temple in Puri as the lineal descendant of the paramount sovereign rulers of Odisha. He is also the Chairman of the Managing Committee of this world-famous Temple.

Swami Chidananda Puri, Kolathur Ashram

Swami Chidananda Puri

A well known scholar of Indian philosophy and Hindu religion, is a visiting professor of Hindu chair of Calicut University. To disseminate the knowledge of Advaita philosophy, he founded Advaita Ashramam in Kolathur, Kozhikode. He also has authored a number of books on Sanantana Dharma.

Major Devender Pal Singh (DP Singh), Kargil war Veteran, Marathon Runner

Major Devender Pal Singh (DP Singh)

Injured badly in war to the tune of being declared dead, Maj Singh survived to shine as India’s only amputee marathon runner, famous as Indian Blade runner, he has successfully completed 14 half marathons till date. His half marathon timings has improved from 3hrs 40 min in 2009 to 2hrs 10 min in 2013.

Capt. Swami Nathan, Kargil veteran

Capt. Swami Nathan

MSc in Physical Chemistry, he joined Indian Army as officer in ‘21st Battalion Maratha Light Infantry’, a para Commando Unit, he was a part of anti terrorist operations Blue Star in Punjab and ULFA in Assam. Capt. Swaminathan did his first adventure training for mountaineering in Sikkim and became the managing director of Z-BAC, an adventure training company in Maharashtra.

Dr. Binoy Behera, Police, Fire Service, Home Guards & Civil Defence

Dr. Binoy Behera

Addl. Director General of Police, Fire Service, Home Guards & Civil Defense, Bhuvaneswar. Presently working on his Ph.D. on the subject of man-elephant conflict in Odisha. He is very active in cultural and literary areas, sports, and spends lots of time in the midst of nature and wildlife.

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, Social activist, Dancer, Actress, Celebrity

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi

A Hijra, social activist, dancer, actress and Founder Trustee & Chairperson, Astitva – organization for support & development of sexual minorities living with HIV/AIDS. She was the first transgender person to represent Asia-Pacific at the UN.

Paris Laxmi, Bharata Natyam dancer, Film Actor

Paris Laxmi

As a girl of age 9 she started Bharata Natyam which leads her to pursue the art of dance from Dr. Sucheta Chapekar in Pune and Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam’s Nrithyodaya School of Dance in Chennai. Performed on several stages in France and in SouthIndia. Husband and wife together teaches the Classical fusion named ‘Sangamam’ .

Anjali Menon, Film Director

Anjali Menon

A Film director and screenwriter who got the FIPRESCI award for the “Best Malayalam film”and “Best Indian Debut Director” for her debut project. After that she directed several films including “Bangalore Days”. She is also the founder of Litttle Films India, a film company based at Mumbai.

Dr. Sanjeev Singh, Pediatrician, WHO Consultant

Dr. Sanjeev Singh

A pediatrician by training. Holds PhD in Hospital Management and Infection Control. Ambassador from India to Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America. Also a consultant to WHO and has a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma.

Dr. Raman Krishna Kumar, MD, DM, FACC, FAH

Dr. Raman Krishna Kumar

Clinical Professor and Head, Pediatric Cardiology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala.

Dr. P Ram Manohar, MD (Ayurveda)

Dr. P Ram Manohar

The Director and CSO of Arya Vaidhya Pharmacy Research Foundation, Coimbatore.

Ranjini Menon, TV Anchor, Writer & Social Activist

Ranjini Menon

A jury member for the South Indian Filmfare Awards and the Children’s Film Society and Vice President of Indo-Russian Culture Relations. Actively involved with an NGO that works for tribal development. Began her creative journey as a columnist and short story writer and today she is a respected and acclaimed television talk-show host.

Kottarakkara Ganga, Kathakali Artist

Kottarakkara Ganga

She started learning Kathakali when she was 29 and has been perfoming
for the last 30 years. Specialised in “Chuvanna Thadi”, “Kari” and “Katalan” characters usually handled only by males. Ganga has received many awards.

Smt Kapila Venu, Kootiyattom Artist

Smt Kapila Venu

Kapila is an exponent of Kootiyattam, which is one of the oldest art form of world theatre and the only known surviving tradition of Sanskrit theatre. She is a disciple of the legendary Ammannur Madhava Chakyar. Her repertoire comprises both traditional performances and new experiments.

Dr. Ajitha Vasudevan, Pain & Palliative Care, Amrita Hospital

Dr. Ajitha Vasudevan

Founder of the Pain and Palliative Department at Amrita Institute of Medical Science, Kochi. Professor at Amrita School of Medicine. Works part time at the Amrita Kripa Charitable Hospital, a hospital for the tribal people run by MAM in Kalpetta, Wayanad, Kerala.

Dr. Velivela Satya Prasad, Cardio Vascular Surgeon

Dr. Velivela Satya Prasad

Consultant in Adult Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery. Assisted and performed over 20,000 cardiovascular procedures. Pioneered the Trans Myocardial Revascularisation programme. Performed the first human cardiac transplantation in the country. Innovated a novel technique of open-heart surgery on beating heart.

Dr. Sanjeev Vasudevan, Pain and Palliative Care, Amrita Hospital

Dr. Sanjeev Vasudevan

Founder of the Pain and Palliative Department at Amrita Institute of Medical Science, Kochi. Professor at Amrita School of Medicine. Works part time at the Amrita Kripa Charitable Hospital, a hospital for the tribal people run by MAM in Kalpetta, Wayanad, Kerala.

Dr. Venkat Rangan, Vice Chancellor, Amrita University

Dr. Venkat Rangan

Founder and directed the Multimedia Laboratory and Wireless Networks Research at the University of California, San Diego, where he served as a Professor. He is an internationally recognized pioneer of research in Multimedia Systems and Internet E Commerce. Several startup companies have emerged from Dr. Rangan’s Multimedia Lab pioneers in Internet video streaming.

Shankaran Kumaran, Professor, Cultural Dept, Amrita University

Shankaran Kumaran

Asst. Professor, Cultural Education Department, Amrita School of Engineering, Bangalore, Karnataka. Teaching Indian psychology, Indian Culture, Yoga, Meditation, Bhagavad Gita & Mind management.

Dr. Shyam Diwakar, Prof. Computational Neuroscience, Amrita School of Biotechnology

Dr. Shyam Diwakar

Professor, the head of computational neuroscience and neurophysiology and and bio-robotics labs at the School of Biotechnology, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri. He uses principles from electrical engineering and informatics to study cerebellum and its functioning.

Shri Charles Jude M.A, Bharatanatyam Dancer

Shri Charles Jude M.A

A brilliant Bharatanatyam dancer, whose dance stands out for its distinct individuality and control. He is also a contemporary choreographer and teacher, who believes that dance is sacred. The essence of his dance is deepened in spirituality and in respect for tradition and aesthetics.

Padma Shri Ananda Shankar IAS, One of India’s leading classical dancers, choreographers and dance scholars

Padma Shri Ananda Shankar IAS

A prolific soloist performer in two classical dance styles of Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi. A motivational speaker and a serving bureaucrat is also a
Padma Shri recipient.

Geetamba, Yoga Trainer


An enthusiastic Opera singer from Holland who got interested in Indian yoga and Meditation techniques. she pursued training from different school and became a yoga trainer.

Raghavan KER, National Joint General Secretary, Ekal Vidhyalaya Abhiyan

Raghavan KER

Gram Vikas (Low cost, Micro Model) – Bio Gas, Organic Manure, Bio Pesticide, organic farming Cow based small cottage industry.

Prasad Deole, CEO of Z-bac

Prasad Deole

He is the co-founder of Zbac which is India’s first experimental learning organisation certified by ISO 8001-2000. Zbac offers personality development through adventure sports to children & the corporate world. where they have custom made programmes catering to everyone from the junior executives to the top management and CEOs. Z-Bac redefined the concept of corporate training and adventure holidays in india.

Peter Ash, Organic farmer, Trained naturalist and a Docent

Peter Ash

An organic farmer with over 40 years of experience, he is a trained naturalist and a docent for the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy in California. He teaches the Master Composters Training Course, Gardening and Composting classes and workshops on Integrated Waste Management, sustainable food systems and permaculture design.

Ramavatar Sharma, Seeking Ram

Ramavatar Sharma

Dr. Ram Avatar (MA Ph.D. in Hindi) is from Haryana who retired from the Income Tax department as an Assistant Director. He has been travelling alone for the last 37 years since 1980, mapping the divine footprints of Lord Sri Ram as per the descriptions of Valmiki Ramayana, from Ayodhya to Rameswaram, all just on a bicycle. His research work culminated in the publication of a book containing all the sites he visited, photographs, GPS locations and local folktales of that area.

Nandakumar K, President and CEO of SunTec Business Solutions

Nandakumar K

The Founder, President and CEO of SunTec Business Solutions, a Thiruvananthapuram based software company that provides revenue management and business assurance solutions. Being a technology evangelist in the software realm for over 26 years, with more than 800 passionate professionals, he has also led SunTec to win several prestigious global awards and to secure its position among the top contenders in the World. Sun Tec has a geographical footprint spanning across four continents.

Dr. P NandaKumar, Sanskrit writer and a poet

Dr. P NandaKumar

A Sanskrit writer and a poet, who holds dual PhD in Sanskrit as well as Botany from Baroda University. Dedicating his life for spreading Sanskrit language, he has published articles in various newspapers and magazines. Dr Nandakumar was a trainer in Govt. of Kerala’s programme of Master training for Sanskrit teachers and the co-ordinator of Indian governments non-formal Sanskrit courses. He is also a winner of Yashwanth Kelkar award for youth empowerment in 2000.

C. S. Jayaram, Professor

C. S. Jayaram

Professor in the Department of English and Languages & Department of Visual Media and Communication, School of Arts & Sciences, Kochi. He has 40 years of academic experience, including teaching History of visual arts – Indian and Western, Theory of composition, screenplay Writing and Paintings. Presented papers in international conferences. Published books.

B R Guruprasad, Scientist, ISRO

B R Guruprasad

A satellite scientist, Mr. Guruprasad has rich experience in Satellite Mission Planning, Analysis and Operations, and has worked on more than 25 Indian Satellite Missions. He is currently working at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) as a Scientist and Public Relations Officer.

Gopu, Archaeologist


A software engineer who left the job, taken up the study of archeology for passion after reading 3 books. “Temples were the purposeless institution of ancient India. Temple paints didn’t faint for 2000 years, while modern car has to be painted every year even with latest technology developments.”

Muthu Kumar, Tabla artist

Muthu Kumar

Having trained under Legends Ustad Alla Rakha, Ustad Zakir hussain and Pandit Yogesh Samsi, Muthu has been a freelancing tabla player and lending his tabla accompaniment to musicians from various genres of music ranging from Hindustani classical, Karnatic rhythmic ensembles to popular film music, ghazal, fusion, hip hop, gospel, rock etc.

A. S. Ram, Musician

A. S. Ram

Classical/Contemporary Musician.He learned Keyboard, Piano and Keytarist which is a instrument in combination of keyboard and guitar. he compose music. he started his musical career at the age of 4 and continued for 20 years.

Dr. R Ganesh, Carnatic Muscian

Dr. R Ganesh

A Carnatic music maestro with several awards and titles to his credit, is a disciple of Great Maestro Padmashri Sangita Kalanidhi Maharajapuram Santhanam. His concerts are exclusive and based on themes – kritis of different composers.His combination of classical music concert with orchestra is appreciated by one and all.

Praveen Patkar, Social Worker

Praveen Patkar

Founder and Director of Prerana, a nonprofit body that has accomplished pioneering work acting against human trafficking, enabling the protection of children of prostituted women and reintegrating rescued minor girls and young women. Prerana has so far been instrumental in protecting over 9000 children.

Ravi Kalra, Founder and President of The Earth Saviour’s Foundation

Ravi Kalra, Karma Yogi

Since 2008 he has been fully dedicated to improving the lives of destitute children, abandoned senior citizens, victimized women and mentally disabled people. Every day, the Foundation feeds hundreds of people and works to preserve and renew the beauty and goodness of our planet Earth. He has also overseen the proper cremation rites for over 5000 unclaimed bodies.

Padmashree Prof. Dr Palpu Pushpangadan,

Padmashree Prof. Dr Palpu Pushpangadan

A multidisciplinary scientist having over 43 years experience.Carried out original research in various field of science.Published over 515 research papers, authored and edited 26 books.He has 232 patents ( India 76, USA 95, Europe 61) to his name.

Dr. Ashok Pillai, Neurosurgeon

Dr. Ashok Pillai

The first Robotic Neuro Surgeon in India, working at Amrita Hospital, Kochi, is a winner of many awards and has authored several papers. He has been the chief investigator in several medical projects, and a US citizen, who has chosen the monastic order at MAM.

K Subba Rao, Editor, Children’s magazine Dindima

K Subba Rao

Conceptualized popular Children’s monthly TINKLE and later on for Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, produced children’s monthly DIMDIMA.

Amar A Sharma, Astronomer

Amar A Sharma

One of the foremost active and passionate amateur Astronomer and comet chasers in India, he has co-founded the Bangalore Astronomical Society (BAS) in 2006. BAS is now one of the most active amateur Astronomy clubs in the country. A new asteroid which was discovered recently was named after him – 380607 Sharma!!

Renu D Singh, Lawyer, Social Activist

Renu D Singh

A lawyer by profession and social activist by her own choice, is the Founder and President of Samadhan – an NGO which toils for a violence-free globe for women and children. Samadhan has rescued and educated nearly 3800 women victims of violence. Renu Singh is also a recipient of several national and International awards and recognitions.

S Sundari Nanda, IPS, Director of Anti Corruption Bureau

S Sundari Nanda

Currently the Director Anti Corruption Bureau, Mizoram. She has put in service for over 25 years providing not only leadership of a high order, but also showing initiative in treading into new professional areas.The officer is known for her ability to withstand pressure and take a principled professional stand on public interest issues.

Padmashree Dr. P Vijay Bhatkar, Most acclaimed scientists and architect of India’s first supercomputer

Padmashree Dr. P Vijay Bhatkar

Padmashree Dr. P Vijay Bhatkar is the founder Executive Director of C-DAC, India’s national initiative in supercomputing. He is presently the Chancellor of India International Multiversity, Chairman of ETH Research Lab, Chief Mentor of I2IT, and National President of Vijnan Bharati.

Shri Subramanian Swaminathan, Retired Professor from IIT

Shri Subramanian Swaminathan

A Mechanical Engineering professor in IIT Delhi for more than 30 years, Swami Nathan has run several programs to provide understanding of our heritage and also bring a sense of identity on our heritage and culture to the youth of India known as culture-scaping. He has also worked for several prestigious project for the Indian Government.

Sivarama Krishnan, HR Manager Amrita Hospital

Sivarama Krishnan

A teacher of vedic chanting, management expert and trainer, humorous husband, who enjoyed living with his wife Lakshmi over the last 50 years.

Dr. Sanjay Banerji, Professor Emeritus at the Amrita School of Business, Coimbatore

Dr. Sanjay Banerji

He is the Founder Director, and Dean of Amrita School of Business.

Preeti Patkar & Praveen Patkar, Director of “Prerana” and Founder & Managing Trustee of “Parivartan”

Preeti Patkar & Praveen Patkar

Both Prerna and Parivartan are non profit making bodies working against human trafficking. They have protected over 9000 children in last 25 years. Pravin has been running a residential school consisting of 415 children who were victims of trafficking and child labour. Since 1987 the students of this school have been the sports champion for 11 years.

DR. P S Udayan, Prof. Botanist

DR. P S Udayan

BTech in Civil Engg from REC Kozhikode, aged 48 is building cost effective houses for the last 25 years. Chasing Indian butterflies for the last five years.

Balakrishnan Valappil, Civil Engineer

Balakrishnan Valappil

BTech in Civil Engg from REC Kozhikode, aged 48 is building cost effective houses for the last 25 years. Chasing Indian butterflies for the last five years.