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Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
18,20,22, East Mada Street,
Chennai-600 004
Email: bhavan@chennaikendra.com
Website: bhavanschennai.org

The Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra was established in 1958 with the blessings of Paramacharya, His Holiness Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam.
The activities of the Kendra are conducted in three different places in the city :
(1) Mylapore – Main Kendra Complex
(2) Kilpauk - Bhavan’sRajajiVidyashram, a CBSE Senior Secondary School
(3) T.Nagar Sub-Centre

  • 500 students appeared for Bhavan’s Saral Sanskrit Examinations and the Kendra is coaching candidates for the Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha’s Hindi examinations. The total number of candidates enrolled for the Hindi classes during the period April 2020 to March 2021 was 10.
  • The net Book Sales was Rs.7.82 lakhs and a total number of 155 Life Members were enrolled during the year 2020-21.
  • 140 students from49 schools were given Sri C. Subramaniam Award for Excellence in Character during the year.
  • Around 100 students were learning (on line) Fine Arts ( Music, Dance, Veena, Violin, Mridangam, Choral Music, Tabla and Keyboard ,Yoga, Bhajan etc.,) from the Kendra and T.Nagar Sub-Centre.
  • Religious Discourses by Brahmashri R. Rajagopal were held twice a week through online.
  • Sports and Cultural activities are also conducted at the Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram Complex.
  • The Annual Music Festival (Open Air) of 22days was held at Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram Complex,Kilpauk from 28.11.2020 to 19.12.2020. This Festival was inaugurated by Thiru. Banwarilal Purohitji, Hon’ble Governor of Tamilnadu and Vice-President, BharatiyaVidya Bhavan World-wide on 28thNovember 2020.
  • 173rd Saint Thiyagaraja Aradhana Celebration was held at Bhavan’s Auditorium, Mylapore on 2nd February 2021.
  • Naatiya Nataka Vizha celebration was held at Bhavan’s Auditorium Mylapore in association with IyalIsai Nataka Mandram on 22nd and 29th January 2021
  • Sri K.N.Ramaswamy, Director of the Kendra was awarded the “Kalaimamani” title theTamilnadu State’s highest honour for promoting Art & Culture in a state function by the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister. The Award consisted of a Gold Medal, a Shawl and a Citation.


  • 1. Dr.L.Lakshmanaswamy Mudaliyar -Former Vice Chancellor of Madras University
  • 2. Sri C.Subramaniam - Former Governor & Central Minister
  • 3. Justice Ismail - Judge Madras High Court
  • 4. Justice Sri Bakthavatsalam -Judge Madras/Bangalore High Court
  • 5. Sri V.R.Lakshminarayanan I.P.S -Former Director C.B.I. New Delhi
  • 6. Sri T.S.Krishnamurthy -Former Chief Election Commissioner



Release of first copy of the BJ Annual Number

The First Copy of the BJ Annual Number was presented to Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan Governor of Telangana and Lt. General of Pondicherry in a function held at Chennai. She was extremely happy to see the cover page celebrating unsung women heroes. The Tamilnadu Governor, Shri R. N. Ravi was also presented a copy during a function held to commemorate the 150th Jayanti of Sri Aurobindo held at the Rajbhavan.

80th Birthday Celebrated

The Bhavan's Vice-President and Governor of Tamil Nadu Shri Banwarilal Purohit greeted the Kendra Director Shri K. N. Ramaswamy on the occasion of his 80th birthday.

Award Ceremony

Sri K. N. Ramaswamy, Director, Bhavan's Chennai Kendra, was bestowed with the prestigious 'Kalaimamani' title by the Government of Tamilnadu on February 20, 2021, for promoting Art and Culture by Thiru. Edapaddy K. Palanisami, the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, at a function held at St. George Fort (Tamilnadu Govt. Secretariat) in the presence of Thiru. O. Paneerselvam, Dy. Chief Minister of Tamilnadu. Many other Ministers and senior officials were present on this occasion. The award carried a citation, a shawl and a gold medallion (40 grams of gold).
People from various walks of life congratulated Sri Ramaswamy on receiving Tamilnadu's most prestigious award and this included the Bhavan's President Shri Surendralal G. Mehta, Thiru Banwarilal Purohit, Hon. Governor of Tamilnadu and Vice-President, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (World-wide), Sri K. Parasaran, Sri M. K. Narayanan (IAS ), Sri N. Murali and Sri N. Ravi of The Hindu and many others. The Award Ceremony was telecast in various television channels and was covered widely in the Print Media.
Sri K. N. Ramaswamy dedicated the award to the Bhavan.


We regret to inform you about the sad demise of Shri L Sabaretnam, Former Chairman, Chennai Kendra on April 25, 2021. He was 81.
A Patron of Bhavan's Chennai Kendra since the last two years, Sri Sabaretnam was a very dedicated person and has served as the Chairman of the Kendra and as a committee member for 25 years.
Sri Sabaretnam was also the Director and Chairman of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team.
He is survived by his two sons and two daughters.
Bhavan's offers its condolences to the bereaved family. May his soul rest in eternal peace.


Dr. C. V. Krishnaswami, the eminent diabetologist passed away on May 21, 2021. He was 83.
Dr. Krishnaswami has been associated with the Chennai Kendra as the Kendra Committee member for the last 25 years.
A pioneer in his field, he was very attached to children and was instrumental in setting up India's first juvenile diabetes registry.
"He was an extraordinary human being first and a physician par excellence. He had won the hearts of thousands of families who relied on him not just as a doctor but also as a friend," said Ramesh Chandrasekaran, his son-in-law, who is a senior consultant, physician and diabetologist at Prema's Medical and Diabetes Research Centre (PMDRC) of which Dr Krishnaswami was the Director.
Dr. Krishnaswami's friends and colleagues at VHS Hospital where he served for more than 50 years remember him for his yeoman service, humble personality and as a superb orator and 'walking encyclopaedia'.
He is survived by his two daughters and their families. May his soul attain eternal peace.

  • Sri N. Ravi
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  • Sri K. Parasaran
    Vice Chairman
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  • Dr. Nalli Kuppuswamy Chetti
    Vice Chairman
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  • Sri R. Subramanian
    Hon. Treasurer
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  • Sri M. Murali
    Hon. Secretary
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  • K.N Ramaswamy
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