Born in 1959, Acharya -Kulaadhipathi Brahmasri dr.Madugula Nagaphani Sarma is a polymath based in Hyderabad, doing a yeoman’s service in the field of Culture and Literature, for four decades. A PhD in Sanskrit, he is a missionary of Indian Culture, by volition. Up-to-date with the contemporary milieu and zeitgeist, he is a blend of the best in the ancient and the modern. A man of zeal, incessant activity and practice, Prof Sarma’s major areas of interest and culture, language, art, music, dance, Hindu religion, spiritualism and philosophy. His Contemporary savvy coupled with his natural suavity has taken him overseas a number of times for the benefit of large cross-section of Indians abroad.
Here are some remarkable specifics about him: Educational Qualifications:• M.A. (Sanskrit) from Karnataka State Open University, Mysore, Karnataka. Ph.D , Vidyavaridhi from Rastriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, Tirupati, A.P. Sahitya Siromani from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, A.P. Siksha Sastry from Rastriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Tirupati, A.P. Proficiency in Oriental Learning from Andhra University, Waltair,A.P. Vedaadhyayanam (smartam) in traditional way from His father.
Positions Held :• Chairman & Managing Trustee, Avadhana Saraswathi Peetham, a Regd Educational & Charitable Trust,Hyderabad. Chairman & Managing Trustee, I-SERVE, a Regd Charitable Trust • Aasthaana KaviChakravarhi of Avadhoota Datta Peetham,Mysore • Service to Language – Former Chairman, Official Language Commission-carrying Cabinet Minister Rank, Government of United Andhra Pradesh.
Cultural & Contributions :(Only a small sample of his record of over 1000 Avadhanams is listed here) 1993 : Suprabhatam on Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swami,Annavaram. 1994 : Maha Satavadhanam with 153 litterateurs at Visakhapatnam. 1996 : Maha Sahasravadhanam with 1,116 litterateurs for 24days at Lalitha Kala Thoranam,Hyderabad. 1997 – 98 : Brihat Dwi Sahasravadhanam with 2,116 litterateurs for 37 days at Lalitha Kala Thoranam, Hyderabad. 1999 : Sahasravadhanam at New Jersey & New York, USA with 116 litterateurs in one day from 9am to 9pm. 2000 : Millenium Mahavadhanam with 125 litterateurs at AP Bhavan, New Delhi. On the eve of Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Indian Republic under the sponsorship of GOI and the kin guidance of Union Ministers Sri Venkaiah Naidu, Sri Arun Jaitley, Sri Anant Kumar, Sri Bandaru Dattatreya. 2001 : Aamanilo Avadhanam with 225 litterateurs at Hyderabad. 2002 : Satavadhanam in the USA with all audience as Pricchakas. 2003 : Pancha Satavadhanam with 516 Pricchakas. 2005 : Satavadhanam and Avadhanams in the USA. 2006 : Satavadhanam and Avadhanams in the USA. 2007 : Bhagavata Saptaham at Haridwar,UP. 2008 : Devi Vaibhavam – A serialised musical discourse in 200 episodes on TV5 channel. 2009 : Sri Vaikuntha Vaibhavam a serialised musical discourse in 200 episodes on TV5 channel. 2009 : Satavadhanam at Avadhana Saraswathi Peetham, Hyderabad. 2013 : Avadhana Vijayini an avadhanam with 207 scholars at Avadhana Saraswathi Peetham,Hyderabad. 2014 : Avadhana Rajadhani – a literary feat involving 1,116 scholars all-over the nation. 2015 : A social event named “Koti Pusthaka phalaka pooja”.
Literary Publications :1. Kalahastheeswara Satakam (Commentary) 2. Suprabhatam on Sree Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swami,Annavaram. 3. Dharma Swaroopam in the Kavyas of Kalidasa (Doctoral thesis) 4. Satyamevaa Jayate – A novel in Sanskrit 5. Sri Bhoo Varaham Bhajay – A Satakam in Sanskrit. 6. Veda Sastra Vichara – A treatise in Sanskrit. 7. Karshaka Bharatham – A long poetic composition in Telugu. 8. Lakshmi Nrisimha Satakam – Poetic composition in Telugu. 9. Sahasra Seersha (Anthology of own Avadhana Poetry). 10. Dwi Sahasra Seersha(Anthology of own Avadhana Poetry). 11. Sundara Kanda.
Plaudits:This art of Avadhanam is a proud preserve of the Telugus, and we need to go everything to preserve, propagate and promote it in the interest of our ancient & glorious Indian Culture. Dr.Nagaphani Sarma garu is a colossus in this mesmerizing art and it is a self-forgetful treat watching him perform. ~ Sri M Venkaiah Naidu, The then Union Minister for Rural Development. A marvellous art that stands further enriched by the scintillating performance of Dr Sarma, the towering literary-Cultural intellect of our times. ~ Sri Arun Jaitley,The then Union Minister for Law & Justice. Amazing,incredible! That is what Avadhanam is, that is whaat Dr.Nagaphani Sarma is. ~ Sri Anant Kumar, The then Union Minister for Civil Aviation. Dr.Madugula Nagaphani Sarma garu is a poetic giant of extraordinary abilities. It is incumbent on our society to protect and promote this fascinating and edifying art of Avadhanam. ~ Sri Bandaru Dattatreya, The then Union Minister of State for Railways. This is a cyber era thanks to the invention and primacy of the computer…And the same computer is dwarfed by NagaPhani Sarma garu, the Intellectual Super Computer, whose memory seems to be immeasurable and who retrieves things from the layers of his brain in a jiffy. ~ Sri Nara Chandrababu Naidu,The then Chief Minister of AP. Dr.Sarma garu is an abode of the goddess of learning and music. ~ Celebrity musical maestro ‘Padma Vibhushan’ Dr Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna For the dexterity Dr.Sarma has acquired,I would offer humbly my salutations tot he God grown in him. ~ ‘Padmashree’ Dr Rama Ranjan Mukherjee,Leading Academician & Educationist. I have seen a number of performances of Dr.sarma, an ambidextrous Avadhani in Telugu & Sanskrit. The poetic quality and flow in his Sanskrit poems puta him on a par with Kalidasa, if not above in some instances. ~ ‘Padmashree’ Dr.Mandan MIshra. Dr.Nagaphani Sarma is such a creative genius that the records set by him in his Avadhanams can be broken only by him. ~ Jnanpith Awardee Dr.C.Narayana Reddy