Director: What is India Publishers Private Limited
Trustee: Sivagami Ammal Memorial Trust
Board: Natyalakshana Akademy
Committee: Smriti Nandan Cultural Centre
American Women Artists Association (AAWAA)
Arts Council of
Review Panel for Artists’ Fellowships Visual
the AAWAA artist reference guide
Fine Arts League of
1995 Las Madres Club (non profit with 1500 members)
Chapter Las Madres.
Art Competition, Sunnyvale
Advisory Committee: Groundswell
Board Member: Center for Visual Art,
VAAST (Visual Artist
the Triton) Show Committee
Gallery Director: Ranjini:
Gallery of a Contemporary
arts and Schools
Program: De Anza College.
Soumya Aravind Sitaraman
Author, Multi-media Director, Artist
Sitaraman is the author of the definitive work, Follow the Hindu Moon:
a guide to the festivals of south India, published by Random House. The
book is lauded as a “coffee table book, a how-to-manual, a guide, a
dictionary, a minor encyclopedia, a thesis in social and cultural
anthropology. It is a package of erudition and entertainment, of
scholarship and reportage.”
She directs and creates digital video content on Hindu culture and
tradition. She directs, produces, and anchors an ongoing television
series based on her book called “Let’s Celebrate! Follow the Hindu
Moon.” Around 65 episodes have already been aired on Sri Sankara TV.
She was commissioned to write a series of essays by the Hindu Temple at
Kauaii for the prestigious Parliament of the Worlds' Religions in
Soumya illustrated Chachaji’s Cup. Published by Children’s Book Press,
the book won the Patterson Prize and rated Bank Street College’s Best
Books of the Year in the Top Ten Children’s books for 2004. She was
awarded the Skipping Stones Award and the Papertiger’s illustrator
award. The book was produced as a musical on Broadway as “Tea With
She has addressed Graduate students of International Marketing on
“Ancient Value Systems at Crossroads” at the International Masters
Program in Practicing Management (IMPM) at the Indian Institute of
Management (IIM) Bangalore for four consecutive years.
She is celebrated by the City of Santa Clara for creating the first website on Contemporary women artists of South Asia.
She frequently addresses focused audiences on Indian tradition,
culture, value systems, and heritage with an emphasis on relevance and
connections to contemporary lifestyles in a modern world at venues like
the NCPA, Mumbai, the TAG center, Chennai, etc.
She is the co-founder and Director of What is India Publishers.
www.whatisindia.com carries the only comprehensively digitized
collection of Indian epigraphy.