Dr Hedgewar Prajna Samman to Dr S. Kalyanraman

published on June 3, 2008

Dr Hedgewar Prajna Samman for the year 2008 will be presented to noted scientist and director of Saraswati Sodh Sansthan Dr S. Kalyanraman. The award, instituted by Shree Burrabazar Kumarsabha Pustakalaya, will be presented on June 8 at a function to be held in Kolkata, by senior BJP leader and former Union HRD Minister Dr Murli Manohar Joshi. The award consists of a cheque of Rs 51,000, a citation and a memento.

Born on

October 20, 1939

at a village under Tanjor district of Tamil Nadu Dr Kalyanraman completed BA from



in 1958. He joined the Accountant General Office of


after his father’s death. He also worked as Chief Controller of Accountants and a financial advisor in Railway Board till 1978. He worked in Asian Development Bank as a senior officer till 1995. During this period he toured 29 countries of the world and monitored 650 developmental projects. He did Ph.d in Public Administration in 1982. He also played a key role in computerisation of Indian Railways.

It was with the inspiration of the late Moropant Pingle that Dr Kalyanraman joined the Saraswati river research project. He took voluntary retirement from the Asian Development Bank five years before the actual retirement. While working with the project he not only discovered the flow route of Saraswati river but also materialised it practically at some places. Dr Kalyanraman wishes to irrigate additional nine crore acre land of the country while connecting Brahmputra and other rivers. He has authored a five-volume book on Sindhu script and Saraswati river civilisation. He was also honoured with Vakankar Award in the year 2000.


Dr.Kalyanaraman’s Master Piece is “An Etymological Dictionary of South Asian Languages” published by Asian Development Bank, Manilla, Phillipines, which can be called as a “Landmark” in the world of languages, linguistics and culture. It is considered as a lexicon & encyclopaedia. His other notable work is Indian Alchemy:Soma in the Veda. He has also contributed to Professor Debiprasad Chattopadhyaya’s multi-volume work on History of Science and Technology in Ancient India. In simple words, Dr.Kalyanaraman is a Great Cultural Archealogist!


Dr Kalyanaraman is also instrumental in spearheading the Rameshwaram Rama Sethu Protection Movement right from the beginning


Haindavakeralam’s Heartfelt Congratulations to this great Son of Bharath


Also Check HK Interview with Dr Kalyanaraman


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