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Sat 17 Sep 2022

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (UTC+5.5)

Book Launch of “Meghapatham” – A Poetry Anthology

Meghapatham’ which means ‘Path in the clouds’, is an anthology of poems penned by Mr.NVS Reddy, a senior bureaucrat and Managing Director of the Hyderabad Metro Rail project. Hyderabad Metro Rail is a challenging mega engineering project successfully executed against innumerable hurdles under his stewardship. With the subtitle ‘Metro Kavita Jhari’, Meghapatham consists of 58 poems written in ‘Matraachchandassu’(Meter). This anthology is a reflection of his passion, trials and tribulations, and struggles and achievements in a poetic form. Each poem depicts as to how a major challenge was tackled, hurdle crossed or a sensitive issue resolved in making the dream project a reality. Apart from it’s poetic beauty, the book contains many valuable lessons for engineering and management students and practitioners. Some renowned Telugu scholars/poets who reviewed the book found it to be a unique ‘long poem’, which moulded a difficult engineering theme into beautiful poetry.


# Name Title Time
1 Dr. Nagaraj Paturi, Senior Director & Chief Curator, INDICA Welcome Address & Introduction 4.00-4.15pm
2 Sri N V S Reddy, IRAS, Author & Managing Director, Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited Writer’s Introduction: Why Meghapatham? 4.15-4.25pm
3 Dr. Nagaraj Paturi, Senior Director & Chief Curator, INDICA Meghapatham Book Launch 4.25-4.30pm
4 Prof. Kasi Reddy Venkat Reddy – President, Bharatiya Sahitya Parishat Introduction to Meghapatham 4.30-5.00pm
5 Sri Akella Siva Prasad, Playwright, Film Dialogue Writer & Short Story Writer Introduction to Meghapatham 5.00-5.30pm
6 Dr. Nagaraj Paturi, Senior Director & Chief Curator, INDICA Introduction to Meghapatham 5.30-6.00pm
7 Sri N V S Reddy, IRAS, Author & Managing Director, Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited Writer’s Response 6.00-6.30pm
8 Megh Kalyanasundaram, Director – Special Projects, INDICA Vote of Thanks 6.30-6.40pm

Dr. Nagaraj Paturi

Senior Director & Chief Curator, INDICA

Dr Nagaraj Paturi trained in Sanskrit and Advaita Vedanta by his hyper-polyglot, polymath and spiritually accomplished sakala-shaastra-paarangata father, late Sri Paturi Sitaramanjaneyulu garu, he is seriously committed to the transmission of Vedic sciences to the present generation. He designed a very big number of courses of contemporary applications of Vedic Sciences and has been successfully teaching them and getting them taught. Presently he is Presently he is Director, Indic Academy And Distinguished Professor, Curriculum Designer, Executive Committee Member and Member, Board of Studies, MIT School of Vedic Sciences, Pune. Member, Board of Studies for Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, Kavikulaguru Kalidasa Sanskrit University, Veda Vijnana Gurukula. Formerly Senior Professor of Cultural Studies FLAME School of Communication and FLAME School of Liberal Education Former Visiting Professor, University of Chicago, US) In his PhD (1998, UoH) Developed Indic Model of Myth Criticism of Literature. MPhil (1987, UoH) Brought out Vakyapadiyam as theoretical foundation of Ashtaadhyaayee Around 50 publications, around 60 conference /seminar/ workshop papers. Consultancy to numerous culture research and theater and dance innovation projects. Scores of creative writing works for Classical Dance, Modern Theater and magazines. Several series of talks and other programs on Radio and Television channels.


Sri N V S Reddy

IRAS, Author & Managing Director, Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited

An officer of Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS 1983 batch) and with 39 years of administrative and techno-managerial experience, Mr.NVS Reddy pioneered systemic improvements in various Government organizations and successfully led several major challenging infrastructure projects. He won many prestigious awards for the outstanding contributions he made in his various assignments. Presently as the Managing Director of Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited, he is heading the mega Hyderabad Metro Rail project (69 km). Successful Implementation of this project with a cost of about Rs.22,000 crore (US $ 3 billion) under public private partnership (PPP) with innovative financial engineering is his bold initiative in mass transit systems and infrastructure development. It is the world’s largest Metro rail project in PPP mode. Apart from inducing engineering excellence and innovation in the project, he converted it from a pure transportation project into a broader urban rejuvenation project to facilitate transformation of an Indian city into a people friendly green city. The project has already bagged over 300 national and global awards so far. He is known for his financial acumen, engineering innovation, leadership qualities and open minded approach. He has vast experience in Rail and Urban Transportation; Urban Rejuvenation; Project Structuring and Management; and PPPs. He has varied interests and lectures on a variety of topics in prestigious engineering and management institutes/fora in India and abroad.


Prof. Kasi Reddy Venkat Reddy

President, Bharatiya Sahitya Parishat

Prof. Kasi Reddy Venkat Reddy is a scholar in Telugu literature and served as Head of Department, Telugu literature, Osmania University. He has over 40 years of teaching experience and guided over 24 PhD’s and 14 M.Phils. He has extensive research experience in Telugu folk literature, folk performing arts and riddles. He has published over 140 books including 20 books in Telugu folk literature and 9 translations from Hindi to Telugu. Acharya Venkat Reddy has also edited over 34 books and special issues and has been conferred with 24 awards in Telugu literature. He served as Secretary of Hindu Dharma Prachara Parishat of TTD Tirupati and as President of Akhil Bharatiya Sahitya Parishad.


Sri Akella Siva Prasad

Playwright, Film Dialogue Writer & Short Story Writer

Sri Akella Siva Prasad published over 200 Short Stories in various magazines and 25 stories won prizes. He published 4 novels out of which 2 novels won prizes from Bharathi Monthly & Jagruthi Weekly. He has written over 1000 Television episodes in ETV, Gemini TV and Door Darshan. Out of 30 Stage Plays, he won 2 Nandi Awards from the State Government. He won 5 National Awards in All India Radio National Award Competition. Wrote dialogues for 5 movies in Telugu viz. Aa Naluguru, Current, Horahori, Aasala Pallaki & Boy Meets Girl and presently writing dialogues for Ranga Marthanda by Krishna Vamsi – Remake of Marathi Classic Movie “Nata Samrat”. He wrote 2 Short Story Anthologies, Children Short Story Books and translated about 15 books from English to Telugu. Between 1880 and 2020 during the period of 140 years, only 100 Telugu Plays selected as best ones. Naravahanam written by Sri Akella was one among them and published in Anthology of Plays. He also won several Awards for Plays from various Parishats.


Megh Kalyanasundaram

Director – Special Projects, INDICA

Megh Kalyanasundaram is an Indian citizen, an alumnus of ISB, with close to nine years of lived experience in China. His experience includes stints as a Market Leader at a Global Fortune 40 firm, as Head of Business Development at a leading Indian talent development multinational and a term on the Board of a Shanghai-based not-for-profit. His academic research interests and 20+ papers span aspects of ancient Indian chronology, Indian Knowledge Systems, Landscape in Indic texts, Ancient Indian Jurisprudence, Ideas of India and Philosophy. His research-based compositional Sanskrit album Bhārata and her Kāśmīra has been recognised and listed by the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts (IGNCA). In 2022, he was invited by the National Museum Institute (NMI) to present the research that underpinned his album in a seminar organised by NMI to generate content for a new museum coming up related to Jammu and Kashmir.