Sashikala Ananth is an architect by qualification and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the Madras School. Sashikala has researched the classical Indian science of Architecture – Vaastu, for over twenty years. She was a student of Sri Ganapati Sthapati, a leading authority on the Vaastu Shaastras. Having studied the Vaastu texts extensively, assimilating traditional wisdom and exploring its field application, she now works on projects incorporating the wisdom of Vaastu in creative and harmonious ways with the modern lifestyle.
Sashikala has conducted several seminars across the world where she brings together this unique confluence of learning and experience. She and her husband Raghu Ananthanarayanan have been running a design and self-development centre called Vadivam for the last three decades.
A recipient of the Ashoka Foundation Scholarship for innovative contribution to the field of architecture, she was also part of a team which made the 1991 National award winning film ‘The Living Tradition, A Shilpi Speaks’ that explains the traditions of the sculptor.
Sashikala Ananth is also a behavioural scientist. She obtained her certification from ISISD in 1984. At present she is a fellow of Sumedhas – Academy for Human Context. Her work as a behavioural scientist has been largely focused on helping NGO’s and Educational Institutions.
The books she has written on Vaastu are considered definitive works in the field:
- Penguin Books: ‘A Penguin Guide to Vaastu’
- Penguin Books: ‘The pocket book of Vaastu’
- Roli Books: ‘Vaastu – A Path to Harmonious Living’
Aurobindo Ashram Press: ‘Indian sculpture and Iconography – forms and measurements