Velambur Raghavachar Narasimhan ( V.R.Narasimham - VRN ) or "Nachi" as he was fondly called by his relatives was born on September 19th , 1924 to Sri. V.T.Raghavachar & Smt . Shengamallam . He was the only son of his parents and had four sisters viz..
1. Smt. Lakshmi ( married to Ganavisharadha Sangeetha Kala Ratna Sri Titte Krishna Iyengar of Mysore )
2. Smt. Ranganayaki (Rangu) - married to Sri Ranganathan , Madras )
3. Smt. Janakamma (Jana) - married to Sri. Madabhushi Narasimha Iyengar , Bangalore .
4. Smt. Alamelu (Kutti )- married to Sri . Udumalapet Gopala Iyengar of Trichy .
There are very few pictures of his child hood and one such rare picture of his with his sisters is alongside .
Sri . V. T . Raghavachar was married to Smt Shengamallam , who passed away when "Nachi" was very young and since his Sri. V.T.S. Raghavachar was an Inspector in the Govt. department his job required lot of travelling for inspecting the brakes and healthiness of vehicles and buses of the Government dept . He had therefore put "Nachi" under the tutelage and care of his maternal uncle Prof. Sri. V.Gopalaswamy Iyengar , Registrar of the former Mysore University .
"Nachi" loved and respected his uncle very much and so much so his uncle Prof. Sri . Mannargudi V.Gopalaswamy Iyengar whom he used to address as " Shittiya" was also a strict disciplinarian and was responsible in coaching , advising and the upbringing of VRN and the strong value based system was inculcated in VRN right from his younger days . The two of them were continously in touch during the schooling , college education days and later even after VRN took up his posting in the Central Government in New Delhi . In those days it was only via post cards and inland letters and some of the messages conveyed via the inland letters only speak of the depth of the messages that were being conveyed by the senior to the junior disciple . Even till his last days VRN used to mention that Shittiya used to say like this or say like that to his grand children
VRN also had lot of guidance on various other aspects of life from his other maternal uncle Sri. Mannargudi V. Narayana Iyengar ( Elder brother of Sri. V Gopalaswami Iyengar ) whom everyone in the family addressed as " Appa" being the eldest in the family . Both the maternal uncles thus had a lot of influence on the upbringing of VRN ( Nachi )
VRN completed his Bachelor of Science ( Hons) degree from the Mysore University with Mathematics specialisation in the year 1945 . Thereafter he pursued the Dip. in Engineering Course at the Indian Institute of Science which was a really cherished dream for many youngsters in those days ..... not only very difficult to get a seat but also equally tough to complete the course . Moreover since this was the Pre Independence period he used to tell several anecdotes of his association in the freedom struggle and the Quit india Movement .
The Diploma in Electrical Engg certificate awarded by the Indian Institute of Science for the course July 1945 to June 1948
After his graduation in 1948 he joined the Central Water & Power Commission ( CWPC ) in Delhi and was in the key task force for creation of the Power Systems in India post Independence . As part of this special team he was deputed to the Bureau of Reclamation , Denver , Colorado for intensive on the job 1 year training in Hydro Power Plants Design and Construction in Dec 1951 .
Receiving the certificate from Chief , Bureau of Reclamation , Denver , Colorado in Dec 1952
Certificate issued by the Bureau of Reclamation USA in Dec 1952 after successful completion of the training .
After his return back to India he continued to serve in the CWPC which was later on seperated as CEA ( Central Electricity Authority ) & the CWC ( Central Water Commission ) . He remained with the CEA and rose to the rank of Director . In 1969-70 he was deputed to the Manipur Electricity Board in Imphal as Chief Engineer to stream line the entire operations and to kick off the new project schemes envisaged to make the state self sufficient . He returned back to Bangalore in 1972 to start up the present PSTI ( Power Systems Training Institute ) which was then called Load Despatch Training Institute ( LDTI ) . In 1974 on promotion he was appointed the Director of CPRI ( Central Power Reserach Institute ) and he served there with laurels until 1980 and several new testing set ups in High Voltage , Short Circuit Testing , Transmission Tower Testing , Material & Oil Testing and several other for electrical equipment testing took shape .
Citation Plaque by CPRI on the occassion of the Golden Jubilee celebrations held in January 2011 .
Sri. V.R.Narasimhan took early retirement from C.P.R.I in the year 1980 and after that he was active as an Independent Consultant for almost a decade putting to use his vast knowledge on Electric Power Systems . He was sought after by the Karnataka State Bureau of Public Enterprises ( KSBPE) to help various Government Units to overcome their Energy related problems especially in their Energy Planning and Energy Efficiency schemes . He spent a lot of time with KSIC and used to travel to their plants at Channapatna and other places to improve their Electrical System in order to improve the production and quality of KSIC silk sarees . He also was active with the private sector and did a lot of work for Madras Petro Chem supporting them in improving their oil products used in the Electrical Industry .
Subsequent to 1990 he began to devote his time towards deeper understanding of the Significance of our Vedic Rituals and their importance . After the death of his cousin Sri. N. Varadarajan , he took over as the Secretary of the Sri. Thillasthanam Swamy Kainkarya Sabha . He was himself a devout disciple of HH Sri . Satagopa Ramanuja Mahadesikan ( Affectionately called Sri. Thillasthanam Swamy ) . He put in a lot of efforts to enhance the activities and image of the Sabha by authoring and bringing out the first book on " Srivaishnavism " - An elementary treatise for beginners . After the success of this book which was very well received several other books rolled out Viz. "Sandhyavandanam " - A Self Instructor with Hymns , meanings and Scientic Explanations for the ritual , " Vedic Pranayamam " - An Elixir for Health & Personality , " Vedic Approach to healthy living " , " Upanayanam - A hand book " , " Vedic Wedding - A Wedding Souvenir " , " Vishistaadwaitaa - Highlights & It's Relevance Today" and more recently in 2014 " How God Regulates Human Life " which was triggered by the discovery of the Boson particle by Prof . Higgs Boson nicknamed as the "GOD PARTICLE" . This book compared Ramanuja’s Vishishtaadvaitha – in the light of discovery of Dr Higgs Boson – Relevance & Significance " . Sri. V.R.Narasimhan was the Hon. President of Sri. Thillasthanam Swamy Kainkarya Sabha . The picture alongside taken on April 23rd , 2014 is the most recent picture taken during the HH Sri. Thillasthanam Swamy Aradhanam function held at Sri Prasanna Krishna Swamy Temple , Majestic , Bangalore .
Sri V.R.Narasimhan was married to Smt Jayalakshmi daughter of Prof. Sri . C.K. Sundarachar of Mysore in the year 1954 . Smt Jayalakshmi Narasimhan is no more and she passed away almost 16 years ago in April 1998 . The Narasimhans had two children .
Son Sri. V.N.Rajan ( The creator of this web site ) a Mechanical Engineer by profession and presently an Independent Consultant in the field of Thermal & Renewable Power Plants & daughter Smt Padmini Shrinivasan , MSc Physics and earlier worked with the ISRO as a Scientist and now a Carnatic music professional .
While working in Delhi he had several close friends who were also colleagues in the same ministry and some of them are seen in this picture .
1st Row - L-R 1) Mr C.K.Chandran , 2) Mr A.N.Singh , 3) Not Known ( Request if someone can fill in )
2nd Row - L-R 1) Mr A.K.Sambamurthy 2) Unknown 3) Mr V.S.Rao 4) Unknown
3rd Row - L-R 1) Mr S.N. Vinze 2) Mr V.R.Narasimhan
Dr. . C.G. Swaminathan ( C.G.S) Retd. Director General of CRRI ( Central Road Research Institute ) and his family was very close and he considered Mr Swaminathan like his elder brother . This picture taken at "Pataudi house" Government Quarters in Delhi sometime in the 1960's .
Sitting L-R : 1) Smt Kamala Badrinathan ( Sister of Jayalakshmi Narasimhan ) 2) V.N.Rajan S/o VRN 3) Jayalakshmi Narasimhan 4) S.G. Badrinathan S/o C.G.S 5) Smt Rajeshwari Swaminathan
Standing L-R : 1) Sri. VR Narasimhan 2) Dr. C.G.Swaminathan