Ramesh Bhutada Gifts $1Million To Hindu University Of America, Grand Gala Held In Houston
Photo : Audience of over 500 people are mesmerized by Dr Kanniks musical ensemble
India-West Staff Reporter
HOUSTON, TX – The Hindu University of America (HUA) in association with Hindus of Greater Houston (HGH) hosted a Friends of HUA Gala evening on March 26, at VPSS Haveli, here. The gala, which was attended by about 500 community members, honored Kiran and Ramesh Bhutada for their gift of $ 1 million to HUA.
Bhutada, CEO of Star Pipe Products, is a successful Houston-based businessman and philanthropist. In his speech, he said, despite being born and raised in a traditional Hindu family he had not really understood the essence of Hindu Dharma. While other universities may impart knowledge for students to earn a livelihood, “only an institution like HUA can impart Hindu knowledge that teaches a student how to live their life,” he said.
The philanthropist urged the attendees to support HUA so that the youth of today and tomorrow can gain knowledge and understanding of Hinduism much earlier in life, than he himself had, enabling them to live happy, productive lives that would also benefit the entire world.
The gala opened with the auspicious lighting of the lamp followed by a scintillating music performance by HUA faculty Dr Kanniks Kannikeswaran. His ensemble of Hindu classical singers accompanied by western music instrumentalists set the tone for the evening. He engaged the audience by having them hum along as well as sing some of the lyrics. His performance received a standing ovation.
This was followed by a short video on HUA’s courses and programs, as well as the experiences of students and faculty.
HUA President Kalyan Viswanathan called on all the attendees to “come together to build a Hindu university that lasts a 1000 years just like the Brihadeeswara Temple in Thanjavur which has stood strong for over 1000 years, or like the Nalanda University that was a beacon to the world for 1700 years before it was destroyed.” He further shared that “over the next five years, HUA aspired to become self-sustaining, and establish itself as a shared platform for all Hindu traditions and organizations to offer their teachings.”
HUA Chairman Ved Nanda stated that HUA “will seek to become an authoritative voice in the academic domain for all matters pertaining to Hindu Dharma, not only in the United States but also globally.” Houston-based faculty members Dr. Raj Vedam and Chandra Raghu, Chairman of HGH Board of Advisors Rasesh Dalal, and physicist and Yoga instructor Robert Boustany shared their thoughts as well, a press release said.
Established in 1989 and authorized by the Govt of Florida in 1993, HUA has been offering online courses since 2019 in various aspects of Hindu Dharma, tradition, and culture. For more information: www.hua.edu