Shatavadhani Dr. R Ganesh (b. 1962, Bangalore) is one of India’s foremost Sanskrit poets and scholars. He writes and lectures extensively on various subjects pertaining to India and Indian cultural heritage. He is a master of the ancient art of avadhana, where he faces a group of eight (astavadhana) or hundred (shatavadhana) questioners and in response to their many queries, composes extempore poems set to meter; solves poetic challenges; solves a magic square; keeps track of the count of a randomly rung bell; etc. Ganesh performs avadhana in Sanskrit, Telugu, and Kannada (he is credited with reviving the art of avadhana in Kannada.) He is fluent in several languages including Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit, Latin, Greek, Italian, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, and Marathi. He is well-versed in the Vedas, Upanishads, the later smrti texts, other systems of learning in the Indian spiritual and cultural canon like the Vedangas, the various classical texts on the arts like the Natyashastra, and literature in classical Sanskrit.