D Ravindran of Nikki Bonsai was bestowed with the Sasya Bandhu Award by the Avadhoota Datta Peetham of Mysore. The award was given to him in a glittering ceremony held on the occasion of the 15th Brahmotsavam of the Sri Datta Venkateswara Kshetram and the 72nd birthday celebrations of Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachidananda Swamiji on 26th May 2014.
Ravindran, a passionate environmentalist and staunch advocate of afforestation has been recognized with the award for his invaluable services to the environment and for his contributions to the art of Bonsai. Highly commended are his efforts in converting a barren hill on the outskirts of his home town Nagercoil, into a lush made made forest by planting and maintaining more than 40,000 native trees. (Read more about this here). This project was undertaken under the aegis of OISCA International based in Japan, which contributes to environmentally sustainable development through a holistic approach.
Other Awardees at the Event:
- Veda Nidhi – Sri. Srikrishna Lakshmikantha Puranik, (Shukla Yajurveda)
- Shastra Nidhi – Sri. Sripada Subrahmanyam (Vedanta, Vyakarana & Tarka Sastra)
- Nada Nidhi – Dr. Yella Venkateshwara Rao, Hyderabad (Mrudangam)
- Jayalakshmi Puraskara – Smt.Vijaya Rao, Hyderabad
- Datta Peetha Bandhu – Sri. S. Swaminathan (Pasupathy) Chennai
- Asthana Siddhanti – Sri. Tangirala Prabhakara Poornayya Siddhanti, Relangi
- Asthana Vidwan – Vid. Vaidyanathan Suresh, Chennai
- Asthana Vidwan – Vid. Sathya Sai, Hyderabad
- Asthana Vidwan – Prof. Someswara Rao, Visakhapatnam
- Asthana Vidwan – Sri. Vedantam Radheshyam, Kuchipudi Dance, Kuchipudi
- Asthana Shilpi – Sri. Kanhailal Bharadwaj, Jaipur
Sri Ganapathi Sachidananda Swami of Datta Peetham is an avid environmentalist, horticulturalist and Bonsai enthusiast as evident from the Kishkindha Moolika Garden that is lovingly maintained within the premises of the Mysore Ashram. Ravindran has made significant contributions to this garden and its maintenance.