Academic Director, Infinity Foundation.
Dr. K.S. Kannan is the Academic Director of Swadeshi Indology Conference Series organised by Infinity Foundation India. A renowned scholar of Sanskrit, he was formerly the Director at Karnataka Samskrit University, Bangalore., and has a rich teaching experience of over 35 years in the National College, Bangalore. He is a Nominated Member of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla. Amongst the various recognitions he has received, is the title “Vidyānidhi” conferred by HH Rangapriya Swamiji and the International Merit Award for a paper on Machine Translation.
Amongst his numerous publications, the most recent ones are the 4 Volumes (out of the planned 8) he has edited, the proceedings of the First and Second Swadeshi Indology Conferences. His scholarly substantive writings include The Theoretical Foundations of Āyurveda, Itihāsa Purāṇa, Dhātu Rūpa Kośa, and Kṛdanta Rūpa Kośa. Works edited by him, with translations and scholarly notes, include Virūpākṣa Vasantotsava Campū, Bhaimī Pariṇaya Nāṭaka Saṅgraha, Madhurā Vijaya, and Kṣema Kutūhala. (Many of these works have been prescribed as text books in, and published by Bangalore University). He has also translated Sri Rajiv Malhotra’s Being Different into Kannada, published as Vibhinnate.
He has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals, presented papers in International and National Conferences. The topics on which he has published include “Fauna in Upaniṣadic literature”, “The Symbolism of the Inverted Tree”, “The Metaphysics of Ānanda-tāṇḍava, the Bliss-Dance”, and “Kṛtrima-manīṣāyāṁ caitanya-tattvam”(=“The Concept of Consciousness in Artificial Intelligence”). The conferences where he has presented papers include the ones organized by institutions and universities such as University of Kelaniya (Srilanka), World Sanskrit Conferences (Canada, Bangalore), Chinmaya International Foundation (Kerala), Oriental Research Institute (Mysore), Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (Bangalore), Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions (Bangalore), University of Hyderabad (Hyderabad), the Mythic Society (Bangalore), Academy of Sanskrit Research (Melukote), Central Institute of Indian Languages (Mysore), University of Calicut (Kerala) and Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidya Peetha (Tirupati). A member of Board of Study and Board of Examination of various universities, he has acted as the Subject Expert on several Advisory Committees.
He has written several invited articles in volumes such as Swami Chinmayananda Birth Centenary Celebration Commemorative Volume (Chinmaya International Foundation, Kerala), Aspects of Pāṇinian Semantics (Sahitya Akademi, Delhi), Śāstrajīvita – Prof. G V Abhivandana Sampuṭa (JSMandali, Bangalore), Bhāratīya Saṁvedane (Rashtrakavi Govinda Pai Samshodhana Kendra, Udupi) and Śiva Tattva Ratnākara (Kannada University, Hampi).
He has given several invited talks in fora that include International Gītā Forum (Singapore), Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore), Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore), IGNCA (New Delhi), IGNCA (Bangalore), Gokhale Institute of Public Affairs (Bangalore), SVV University (Tirupati), Indian Institute of World Culture (Bangalore), Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidya Peetha (Tirupati), Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan (Guruvayur), International Institute of Pali, Sanskrit and Comparative Philosophy (Gulbarga), Chinmaya International Foundation (Veliyanad), and Karnataka Samskrit University (Bangalore); and also in TV Channels: Doordarshan Chandana, Udaya TV and Sankara TV. He has also participated as a Pracchaka in several Aṣṭāvadhāna programs.