Speakers & Performers

The conference has invited and confirmed several world renowned spiritual, political and business leaders, celebrity guests and world class performers and artists to share their wisdom, experiences, talent and music with the attendees.

Confirmed Speakers

Pujya Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji, founder of Art of Living Foundation and a universally revered spiritual & humanitarian leader
Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswatiji, a distinguished teacher of Vedanta and Convener of the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha
Pujya Swami Paramatmananda Saraswatiji, Founder and Acharya of Arsha Vidya Mandir, and direct disciple of Swami Dayananda Saraswatiji
Pujya Swami Paripoornanandaji, a renowned saint and scholar of Advaita who established Sreepeetham as the hub of his spiritual and seva activities
Brahmrishi Swami Guruvanandaji, a highly evolved spiritual master who has traveled to over 170 countries teaching the art of living a morally uplifiting and spiritually fulfilling life
Mananiya Dr. H. R. Nagendraji, Chancellor of S-VYASA Yoga University, Chairman of International Day of Yoga Experts Committee, and Chairman of Task Force of AYUSH Govt of India
Rajiv Malhotra, Indian-American researcher and public intellectual whose authored works include Being Different: An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism and Breaking India
Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastriji), a world-revered teacher of Hindu Dharma, founder of the American Institute of Vedic Studies, and recipient of the Padma Bhushan Award
Mananiya Ashok Singhalji, former international President of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad
Mananiya Atul Kothariji, National Secretary of Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas
Dr. Atanu Dey, a well-known economist studying the developmental path for India who writes widely on education, technology, and politics
Rajesh Jain, a serial tech and political entrepreneur who founded Niti Digital and helped spearhead the 2014 election campaign for Prime Minister Modi
Swami Shantanandaji, resident acharya of Chinmaya Mission New Jersey known for his insightful teachings on Vedanta
Swami Tattwamayanandaji, senior monk of the Ramakrishna Mission and Minister-in-charge of the Vedanta Society of Northern California, San Fransisco
Pundit Radheshyam Mishraji, member of the International Board of Yoga and an advisor of the World Yoga Council
Dr. Manjul Bhargava, an Indian-American professor of Mathematics at Princeton University and recipient of the prestigious Fields Medal 
Kanchan Gupta, well-known columnist and Associate Editor, The Pioneer 
Yogini Shambhavi Deviji, teacher and spiritual guide of ancient Vedic traditions, an expert on the Divine Feminine, and a part of the Devi Shakti Tantra lineage.
Swamini Svatmavidyananda Saraswatiji, Founder & Acharya of Arsha Vijnana Mandiram and longtime disciple of Swami Dayananda Saraswatiji
Swami Tadatmanandaji, founder of Arsha Bodha Center and longtime disciple of Swami Dayananda Saraswatiji
Dr. Subhash Kak, Indian-American professor of computer science at Oklahoma State University
Dr. G.N.R. Tripathi, eminent radiation scientist and active emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, IN.
Dr. Ramesh Bharadwaj, professor and head of the Sanskrit Department at Delhi University
Rajeev Srinivasan, eminent writer and columnist for Rediff.com
Rupa Subramanya, editor-at-large at Swarajya and economist who coauthored Indianomix: Making Sense of Modern India
Pratibha Tripathi, first Indian-American CNN news anchor and founder of TriPath Media
Dr. Alok Kumar, professor of physics and history of science at SUNY-Oswego and author of the recent book Science of the Ancient Hindus
Dr. Pankaj Jain, professor of religious studies and anthropology and the University of North Texas and author of Dharma & Ecology of Hindu Communities
Dr. Jyotsna Kalavar, professor of Human Development and Family Studies and Penn State University and volunteer for Samskrita Bharati
Dr. Bal Ram Singh, botulinum researcher and Executive Mentor to the School of Indic Studies at UMass-Dartmouth
Acharya Vivek Guptaji, the youngest full time Acharya in Chinmaya Mission and resident teacher at the Ashram in Toronto
Acharya Arun Gossaiji, an ardent student of Vedantic texts and acharya for Chinmaya Mission New York
Vineet Chander, Princeton University's Hindu Life Program Coordinator where he serves as chaplain and counselor
Dr. Basant Tariyal, director of academic affairs, United States Hindu Alliance and an accomplished Chief Executive in the private sector dealing with scientific and communication technologies
Dr. M.G. Prasad, professor of engineering at Steven's Institute of Technology and expert in the mechanics of sound in Indian classical music
Pavithra Srinivasan, one of the most inspired and accomplished exponents of Bharatanatyam in her generation
Dr. Indrani Rampersad, a scholar with over 20 years of experience in community service in Trinidad and Tobago who has written, lectured, and taught on Indian Culture.
Anju Bhargava, founder of Hindu American Seva Charities and member of President Obama's inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Confirmed Performers
Pavithra Srinivasan, one of the most inspired and accomplished exponents of Bharatanatyam in her generation
Sparsh Shah, twelve year-old talented singer
Ashwin Subramanian, Indian-American composer, producer, and vocalist known for presenting global bass with a strong Indian influence
Lakshmi Chandrashekar, vocalist-scholar and performer, M.A. in Religious Studies
Rakesh Chaurasia, renowned flute virtuoso and one of the most accomplished disciples of his uncle Hariprasad Chaurasia
U Rajesh, accomplished mandolin player specializing in a blend of Carnatic and contemporary styles
Rajeev Mahavir, vocalist and composer who recently co-launched the "Sound of Sufi" album
Giridhar Udupa, ghatam (pot) virtuoso and one of India's most sought-after percussionists
BALAM Dance Theatre, scintillating Balinese dance theatre company known for its dramatic renditions of Hindu epics
Rachna Sarang Academy of Performing Arts, Indian-American dance troupe specializing in classical Indian nritya


The Global Dharma Conference 2003 also featured an international concert known as “Harmony Through Music”, with performances from Tabla Maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain, Double Violinists Shankar & Gingger, Cheyenne Flutist Joseph Firecrow, STEM Dance Theater and others, along with a special performance by Indian Reggae star Apache Indian during the Friday evening Garba & Bhangra event. The Global Dharma Conference 2015 will feature a similar lineup on elite artists and performers.
Watch this space for additional updates!

Disclaimer: Lists of speakers, panelists, performers and presenters ("Presenters") at the Global Dharma Conference ("GDC") are updated regularly and all efforts are made to insure their accuracy and completeness. These lists are subject to change at any time without notice to registrants or the public at large.

Hindu Students Council or any person or organization associated with the GDC accepts no liability as to discrepancies in advertised Presenter lists and the actual roster of Presenters at the GDC and make no warranties, representations or guarantees as to the accuracy and/or completeness of any advertised lists of Presenters or Performers.

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