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7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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Namaste 2020: Global Utsava of Indian Soft Power

Dynamic Diaspora

August 16, 2020, Sunday | 07:00 - 08:30 PM IST

Special Guest: Shri Chaitanya Prakash Yogi, Director, Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center, Durban

Chair:  Dr. K Subramanian, Founder-President STIMS Institute (USA) – Indian Culture and Ethics in the Global Scenario"


  • Shri. Akshay Mahashabde, President, Netherlands Marathi Mandal – Indian Cultural Identity in the Netherlands
  • Dr. Balu Natarajan, First Indian Spell-Bee Champion and Physician (USA) – Indian Excellence from Sports to Spelling Bee
  • Dr. Ramesh Mehta, President, BAPIO (UK) – Contribution of Indian doctors to NHS
  • Dr. Kadira Pethiyagoda, Former Diplomat (Australia) – Culture and Diplomacy




Dr. Chaitanya Prakash Yogi

Director, Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center, Durban

Dr. Chaitanya Prakash Yogi is a diplomat from India and a Director of Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, Consulate General of India, Durban. He has authored two books and more than 50 articles. He served as a President for seven years of SPPACE. He is a member of Hindi Advisory Committee, Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry, Govt of India.


Dr. K Subramanian

Founder-President STIMS Institute (USA)

Dr. Krishnamoorthy (Subbu) Subramanian is the President of Science based Technology, Innovation and Management Solutions (STIMS) Institute, USA. where he serves as advisor, consultant and mentor for a number of research programs and innovation initiatives across the globe. His publications include two books: “The System Approach – A Strategy to Survive and Succeed in the Global Economy”; and “Thriving in the 21st Century Economy – Transformational Skills for Technical Professionals,” co-authored with Prof. Srinivasa Rangan.


Shri. Akshay Mahashabde

President, Netherlands Marathi Mandal

Shri. Akshay is from Nagpur and now settled in the beautiful city of Delft, The Netherlands. Created first platform to bring wider Maharashtrian as well as Indian diaspora through cultural events such as Ganeshotsav, Diwali get together, panel discussions, musical events, plays, Nrityotsav and starting the language classes, initiating social activities such as helping needy in India through NGO. His plays and short films have received awards in India. He believes that every human being is a great contribution to our culture & society and our Indian values depicted through our art & culture are eternal with "Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam" incepted in us.


Dr. Balu Natarajan

First Indian Spell-Bee Champion and Physician (USA)

Dr. Balu Natarajan, M.D. has been the Chief Medical Officer of Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, the largest privately held hospice in the U.S., since 2005. He is also the Founder and Owner of Chicago Primary Care Sports Medicine. He won the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee (U.S.A.) in 1985. Dr Natarajan has been involved with Indian and Hindu advocacy efforts for nearly 40 years. He founded Om, a Hindu Study group, during college years, and is in his 31st year of teaching for Teen Hindus in Chicago.


Dr. Ramesh Mehta

President, BAPIO (UK)

Dr. Mehta has worked in the NHS for 36 years and retired as a Consultant Paediatrician from Bedford Hospital in 2017. He is recipient of several awards including prestigious National Clinical Excellence Awards. He has been awarded with an appointment of the officer of the Order of British Empire (OBE) for services to the NHS. Dr Mehta is founder president of British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO).


Dr. Kadira Pethiyagoda

Former Diplomat (Australia)

Dr. Kathira Pethiyagoda has published the coffee-table books Encounters in the Forest (with TNA Perumal, showcasing the bio-diversity of Karnataka) and Life in the Jungle: Memoirs of a Forester (a collection of his stories and photographs from the jungles of India).