|Tamil Heritage Trust|
The winner of the THT-Prof. S. Swaminathan Heritage Award 2022 - Pradeep Chakravarthy.
Award Lecture by Pradeep Chakravarthy
on the topic "Some aspects of Pandya society between 600 CE and
1300 CE with a specific focus on trade, commerce and women"
At 5.30 pm IST on September 27, 2022.
The Award, instituted by THT in 2020, aims to honour the work of
individuals under the age of fifty who have made significant
contributions to deepening the general publicís knowledge of Indian
heritage, widening the audience for heritage appreciation, and in the
process strengthening our existing knowledge base of heritage assets and
resources. The award is named after Prof S. Swaminathan, retired Professor from
IIT-Delhi and co-founder of the Tamil Heritage Trust, whose books,
monographs and talks on many facets of Indiaís heritage continue to be a
source of inspiration for heritage enthusiasts.
Pradeep Chakravarthy was born in Palayamkottai in 1975. He studied in
The School KFI, Madras Christian College (Best Outgoing Student of the
Dept award), JNU (Recipient of the Ford Foundation Scholarship) and
London School of Economics. He has submitted his PhD with the Madras
University on the social, cultural and economic life of the Pandyas as
seen from their stone inscriptions.
His purpose is to make insights from history on human thought and
behaviour relevant for adults and children in their lives today. After
an illustrious career in TVS, Cognizant, Infosys and McKinsey, he has
been able to marry personal passion and profession by conducting
workshops based on lessons from history.
Pradeep has 8 books to his credit, the latest being Leadership Shastra
and a co-translation of select essays of U Ve Saminatha Iyer. A book on
South Indian history for children is in the press. Earlier books include
Temples of Tamil Nadu, Thanjavur and Temple Vahanas. He has several
articles in leading magazines and newspapers to his credit. He has
curated exhibitions in the IIC, Delhi and is a regular speaker on
pre-colonial Tamil history. He has partnered in creating almost 20 tours
to different districts of Tamil Nadu to showcase the heritage and
crafts of that region.
He is also in the process of opening the first heritage hotel in the
Tirunelveli-Tuticorin district to showcase the rich culture of the
region. He is formally associated with the Sarasvati Mahal library in
Thanjavur and Dakshinachitra.
Tamil Heritage Trust