Smt. Bagyalakshmi S (Bhanu Mami)
Smt. Bagyalakshmi Subrahmaniam is a very popular and highly respected Sanskrit teacher in Chennai. She has been teaching Sanskrit free of cost for over 35 years. She has trained hundreds of students for all levels of the Chittoor board exams, and is known for her equal focus on Grammar and literary aspects. Many of her students have gone on to earn their doctoral degrees in Sanskrit, and all of them look up to her as a source of inspiration.
Smt. Bagyalakshmi is a student of veteran scholars like K V Seshadrinatha Satrigal, Dr. Krishnamurthi Sastrigal, Goda Venkateshwara Sastrigal and Prof. K. Thangaswamy. She holds the degrees Sahitya Siromani and Vedanta Siromani, along with an MA in Sociology.
Bhanu mami was awarded the “Best Teacher” award by Sringeri Math and Giri Veda Samskrita Pathashala in 2004. She has also been awarded the IRIS Sanskrit award for popularisation of Sanskrit by the Institute for Research and Interdisciplinary studies.
Even at the age of 80, Bhanu mami retains her passion for Sanskrit language and commitment to teaching.