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Professor Y.N. Dathatri has been recognized as a Lifetime Achievement Award winner from Farmingdale State College, for his pioneering efforts in sustainability and alternative energy. He was honored at Farmingdale’s Annual Alumni Awards dinner – a major event for the college – on February 28, 2014. Professor Dathatri, we heartily admire your passion and dedication to this incredibly important field, and we congratulate you on this accolade!

M.S. Nataraja has completed writing Lyrical Ramayana ("sirigannaDa geeta-rAmAyaNa" consisting of more than 600 chatuShpadis's --four-line stanzas), which he offered at the feet of Lord Rama on Rama Navami day. He dedicated the pre-print version at the Sri Rama Sannidhi at the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple during Seeta Kalyaana. We look forward to enjoying this latest publication in print!

Dinesh and Soudamini Rao welcomed their new baby girl, Mythili Kaushik Rao, on February 2, 2014. We wish the new family all the best!

Our own Dr. Hosahalli Ramaswamy has been recognized by the Hind Ratan Award – an award recognizing eminent NRIs for outstanding services, achievements and contributions in their respective fields. He was honored on India’s Republic Day, January 25, 2014. Dr. Ramaswamy is a Professor in the Department of Food Science at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and was only the third Canadian to receive this highly prestigious award. Well done Dr. Ramaswamy!


Our life member, Mina Rao (Vasanth Rao's wife) 's father, Sri R. V. Suryanarayana passed away on June 12 in Mysore, India. He was a selfless, generous, and caring son, brother, husband and a father. Growing up from very humble beginnings, he was a self-made person who was instrumental in raising his extended family and paving a path to success for everyone. He retired as a Chief Engineer in the Govt. of India, New Delhi. He will be missed dearly by his whole family, especially, his loving daughters, Minakshi and Shalini.

Rukmini Nagaraja Rao, Koundinya Gothra wife of the Late Ramachandra Nagarajarao (brother of our NASA R. Shivshankar), daughter of the Late Karnataka Ex-Chief Justice R. Venkataramaiah, and cousin of our NASA's Ashok Rudrapatna passed away on June 9th in Bangalore after a brief illness. She was a simple and kind hearted lady, who helped several poor people and servants gain education and helped them financially. She was deeply philosophical in nature and an avid reader and follower of J Krishnamurthy.

Indira Jaiswal, sister of Revati and cousin of Jai (Chandru) Rangappa, passed away in late May, 2014, in Pittsburgh PA. She is survived by her 2 daughters and her son in law and 2 grand kids, along with sisters, brothers, and other loving extended family. Indira was an opthamologist who worked in New Delhi and the UK with her colleague and ophthalmologist husband Ramesh Jaiswal. She left the world in a state of calm peacefulness, more concerned about her family and friends than herself.

R.K. Srikantan, renowned Carnatic vocalist, Padmabhushana, Sangeetha Kalanidhi, and truly one of the great Sankethis, passed away in a private hospital in Bangalore on Monday, February 17, 2014. He was 94 years old. The Hindu did a profile on him on the occasion of his 94th birthday on January 14, 2014. You can read it here. You can listen to R.K. Srikantan's music, in this YouTube video.

S.R. Subba Rao passed away in Mysore on December 17, 2013. NASA expresses our condolences to his family. He is truly an exemplary individual who will be missed by many in the community. Please read the attached article about S.R. Subba Rao, written by S.G. Seetharam of Mysore.

Smt. Krishnaveni Magge, mother of Uma Magge and siblings, passed away on 17 Aug 2013 in Pittsburgh, PA. She is survived by three sons, three daughters, and several grandchildren. NASA offers condolences to the bereaved family.

Famous Sankethis

The Sankethi community has an illustrious past and present punctuated by significant contributions in community service, medicine, arts, philosophy, science, law, and business. Sankethis have influenced many diverse areas and this listing of disciplines is just a brief set of those representative areas.

We hope that our fellow Sankethis will submit articles on the accomplishments of their family members and themselves as their time permits.

By collecting these articles, we will be able to create a living history that old and new members will be able to draw inspiration from as well as define further.

Let us know if there is something we can add or change to help these goals move forward.

  1. Dr. B.K. Narayana Rao (1881-1965)


On this page, you will find Sankethis and non-Sankethis, seeking eligible spouses for themselves, or their children.

Ramamurthy Prabhakaran is seeking a marriage-ready woman for his son who resides in the New York Area. Details.

A.R. Manjunatha is seeking suitable spouses for his two children, one man (San Jose, CA) and one female (Bangalore). Details.

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