Ravishankar Venkateswaran

Ravishankar Venkateswaran is the writer and director of Punyakoti, India's first crowdfunded and crowdsourced animated feature film in Sanskrit.

He started his career as a copywriter after a Master's Degree in English Literature. He was a pioneer and was instrumental in creating the first interactive multimedia CD-ROM based on Indian fables way back in 1995. Ravi got his exposure to the art of digital animation then.

Since then, he went on to lead the multimedia team at Jasubhai Digital Media that created technology magazines like CHIP and Digit.

Ravi completed his MBA in HR from ITM, Kharghar and worked for the IT major Infosys for over a decade designing HR and Digital Marketing solutions. He now heads a Digital Marketing Studio for an American Financial Services Institution.

Ravi holds a defensive patent for inventing a method for verifying digital documents while working for Infosys. Ravi is passionate about trying new ideas and not sticking to a beaten path.

He believes that India is at the crossroads of a major transformation and wants to contribute in improving the country's standing in the world stage in whatever small way possible. He stays in Bangalore with his wife and two children. His hobbies include yoga, alternative medicine, vedanta and music.

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Related: How the first Sanskrit Animated Movie got made.

Sneha Ravishankar

Sneha is a student of BA at the Christ University in Bangalore. She had a natural affinity to Sanskrit. The first word she uttered was Amba - which is the Sanskrit word for mother. At that time the family thought it was childish gibberish. It was only later that the family realised that she was calling her mother in Sanskrit. Because of the time she spent with her grandparents early in her life she could recite long chains of shlokas very early in life.

Later in school, she took up Sanskrit as her II language. She dubbed for the first Sanskrit movie, Punyakoti at the age of 13 years. She was given an award by Animation Xpress for 40 promising talent under 40 years in the animation field for her contribution as a Voice Actor.

She has won the first prize for Gita recitation at Vagdevi Vilas School. She recited all 15 lessons of her 7th Standard CBSE Sanskrit textbook (Ruchira) with onscreen translation as YouTube videos for the benefit of her classmates around the country.

She aspires to work in the area of media, especially music.

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Meet the voice behind India's first animated Sanskrit film