Dr. A. Velu Sthapathy

Dr A. Velu Sthapathi st living at Hyderabad was born on 1 June 1952 at Vennampalli village of Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh, India. He is the son of a well renowned Goldsmith architect and Sculptor Shri Anandachri who has made remarkable contributions in the field of art and gold ornamental works.

In his childhood Dr A. Velu Stapathi took great interest in painting and sculpture fields. He won many awards at the college level. After his basic education he completed his master’s degree in Archaeology with first division, later he completed his training on art of st temple architecture and sculpture at the TTD Silpakalasala with 1 Division in 1975. He passed certificate in higher grade drawing & painting from Technical education government of A.P. He also holds H.Ph.D. from Theological University New York USA, in the field as Religious Architecture and construction methods of Hindu, Muslim and Christianity.

In 1975 he joined College of Silpakalasala run by Endowments Department Government , skilled asst. Teacher later was promoted as Asst. Stapathi in Endowment department for Srisailam Submergible Transplantation of Temples work, Supervision of Guntur District temple construction works. Noting his remarkable contribution in this field, Andhra Pradesh Government made him responsible for the carving of the well renown hug Budha Stone statue at Hussainsagar lake at Hyderabad. This Statue is the one of the famous tourist spot at Hyderabad.

After Superannuation in 2010, he was reappointed as member of Technical advisory Committee and was Stapathi Advisor in the Govt. of A.P. upto 2013. In 2013 he was reappointed at SrisailaDevasthanam as an Aastana Stapathi till 2014, after that he was appointed as Stapathi Advisor in Elian Events Team Yadagirigutta Temple Development Authority for planning and supervising works up to March 2018, From April 2018 he was appointed as Stapathi Advisor for Yadagirigutta Temple Development Authority. In order to retain our traditional skills in architecture and sculptural area Velu Sthpathi a doyen of the Hindu architectural treatise the temple Vastu Shastra started sharing his vast 45 years of experience 1975 to 2020 by running a professional guild named Velu Sthpathi which deals with design of temple construction and sculptural works. He st is also one of the Chief Editor of the book Kashyapa Silpa Grandam1 Part, which is unique master piece brought out for the first time in India. His intense research was solely responsible for the resurrection of the temple works by the great Brahasrishi Kashiyapa.

A. Velu has done thousands of Temple Architectural and Sculptures works and received more than 100 awards in this field. He is known as doyen of Hindu Architecture and has drawn the attention of many scholar’s, architects and engineers both in India and also at International level.

  • He received ten world records. Double records winner in one objective painting from limca book of Records 2007 – 2008.
  • 2002- Medicinal paintings Guinness records attempted.
  • India book of records
  • R.H.R.records U.K.
  • Global world records
  • Amazing world records India.
  • Wonder records India based on Guinness world records 2002.
  • He has received more than 100 Awards in specialized Art skills.
  • 1975 First Prizes winners S.V. University, Tirupathi.
  • 1987 best award Gold Medal All India Art Competition at Vellatore, Andhra Pradesh.
  • 1972 stone sculpture Commendable Certificate Hyderabad Art Society, and silver medal in Guntur.
  • He was felicitated with Ugadi Purskar Award in the year 2002 and 2008 by the Hon’ble chief ministers Govt. of Andhra Pradesh.
  • 2012 Best Senior Citizen Award for A.P Cultural Awareness Society of Visakhaptnam.
  • 2013 he has honored with a cash award of Rs.30,116 Hamsa Puraskaar Kala Ratna regarding Ugadi, by the Chief Minister.
  • 2018- Telugu Book of Records and Telangana Book of Records for Yadadri Temple works.
  • Sri Ravindranath Tagore Award AIAC at Koanaseema.
  • Prathibha purskar from Telugu University.
  • May 2019 Legendry Award from Viswakarma foundation.
  • Honored and felicitated by the politicians and other high officials as a distinguished veteran artist.
  • He has been appointed as Syllabus Committee Member of S.V. Traditional Sculpture College, TTD, Tirupati A.P India and member in Hyderabad Art society Hyderabad.
He received below titles from different cultural and arts organizations.
  • Silpakalabrahma.
  • Shilpakalasiromani.
  • Aushadakalashilpi.
  • Shilplakalavibusha
  • Kalaratna.
  • His great Designs were displayed th in Japan at 4 International Design Competition Osaka 1984.
  • His Art works & sculptures works were telecasted.
  • He delivered lectures on Sculpture Art in AIR for general awareness and to spread knowledge.
  • He served as honorary advisor to many arts Societies.
He played a vital role in supervising the task of various temple construction works in Andhra Pradesh Telangana and on an International level.

He derives immense joy in helping poor and visually challenged students.