Cultural Resume


  • Author of over sixty papers on a variety of cultural, social and religious issues published/presented in the U.S. and India
  • Yaksha Prashna: A Hindu Primer based on the Mahabharata lectures (1984); second edition released by the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bangalore, April 2002
  • “Hindu Weddings” in Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs in America, Oxford University Press, 2001
  • Author of Puja (Hindu worship) Handbook Series
  • Lecture series on the Bhagavadgita (1972-1982)
  • Lecture series on the Mahabharata (1980-1985)
  • ” The Coronation of Ramachandra”, musical drama, filmed and broadcast by West Hartford Community Television, 1983 and 1984.
  • Epics of India course, developed and taught in the History department at the University of Connecticut, Fall 1995 and Fall 2001
  • Private lessons in Sanskrit to graduate students at Wesleyan University
  • Slide/film lectures on India, religious, social and cultural topics to civic, cultural, religious, educational centers in the region (1966- to date) including “The Richness of Diversity in these United States”, “Passage from India”, “Principles of Hinduism”, “The Epics of India”, “Hindu Temples in America”, “Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitaha”


Community Service/General


  • Student representative to Human Rights Commission, U of Iowa, 1962
  • President, India Students Association, U of Iowa, 1963-1964
  • Advisor, India Association of Greater Hartford, 1968-1972
  • Member, Board of Directors of World Affairs Council, Hartford, CT, 1969-1975
  • Facilitator “Connecticut Conversations”, 1994
  • Chairman, Advisory Board, University of Connecticut Asian American Studies Institute, 1995-96
  • Chairman, Programs Committee, Asian American Studies Institute, 1995
  • Vice Chairman, Glastonbury Town Council, 1999- 2001
  • Councilman, Glastonbury Town Council, 1997-1999


Community Service/Faith-related


  • Primary founder of The Connecticut Valley Hindu Temple Society, 1979
  • President, Connecticut Valley Hindu Temple Society, 1979-1981
  • Member, Inter-religious Committee for Understanding, Hartford, 1995- to date
  • Member, Interfaith Council, Glastonbury, 1997 – to date
  • Worked closely with the architect in planning the structure of a unique Hindu temple in Middletown, Connecticut
  • Represented the Hindu immigrant community before the Middletown TP&Z committee to speak in behalf of the temple project
  • Has performed religious services for over three decades in Connecticut as chief celebrant at community gatherings and later at the Middletown temple until a priest was hired.
  • Functions as Hindu priest performing a wide variety of pujas, ceremonies, weddings, house-warming, bhajans etc., 1971 to date
  • Developed format for inter-faith weddings and serves as Officiator in Vedic Weddings


  • Officiant at the Wesleyan World Music Department’s Navaratri celebrations Saraswati Puja
  • Served on the board of directors of the World Affairs Council, Hartford, CT
  • Led a panel discussion on Connecticut Public Television in 1971 during the Bangladesh war (Panel members included Mrs. Chester Bowles, Prof. Herbert Jai Singh of the Hartford Seminary, Mr. Manzur Ahmed, a Bangladeshi resident who had escaped the war and Mr. Mahmood Ali, a Vice Consul of Pakistan who had defected.)
  • Served as Chairman, Asian American Studies Institute Advisory Board, University of Connecticut
  • Connecticut Immigrant Award, State of Connecticut, 1999