Dronacharya Award Ceremony

Rotary Club of Madras East (RCME) presents “Dronacharya Award 2018” to Yogacharya S Sridharan of Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram and Mr V Balakrishnan Founder Theatre Nisha.  Saraswati Vidhyalaya Group of Institutions is co-presenter.

Padma Bhushan Dr T Ramasami Former Secretary- Dept of Science & Technology, Government of India will be the Chief Guest. Rtn B.S. Purshotham, President, RCME and Bharat Jain, Chairman of the Award function will be present.

Date :      06.06.2018 (Wednesday)

Time:      06:45pm

Venue:    Crowne Plaza (Adyar Park),

                 Chamiers Road.

Yogacharya S Sridharan started   his   learning   in   Yoga   from     TKV   Desikaracharya.He has had a continuous engagement with both Yoga and Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM). He moved up as the executive director for the technical side of Yoga and in 2001, became the Managing Trustee of Board, KYM subsequently. Between 2001 and 2009 as the Managing Trustee of KYM, he was wholly involved in the affairs relating to Yoga and the Mandiram.

Even when he was at the helm of the affairs he was foremost a student practicing and learning yoga, as also a teacher of Yoga. He practices as a consultant therapist of   the faculty and yoga teacher-trainer at the KYM.

He is confident of the growth of awareness and practice of this age old form of exercise for the body and soul. He is a teacher whose passion and conviction in the abilities of Yogic practice has helped many students and teachers realize their dreams of yoga practice.


V Balakrishnan has been a teacher and practitioner of theatre for over two decades. He received his Diploma in Acting from the National School of Drama and came to Chennai in the late nineties. In 2000, he founded his company Theatre Nisha and began working with schools and colleges across the city.

He has tirelessly strived to make the craft enjoyable and accessible to all. To him, theatre has not just been about staging plays, but a forum for people to stage their lives on their own terms. He has also worked with children with learning difficulties and special needs, using theatre as a tool to enhance social adjustment and communication.

He received the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching 2017 and was at Indiana University working on an inquiry-based project. The result is a handbook, that is now being used to conduct workshops in schools, communities facing marginalisation and discrimination, and in the corporate sector.

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