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News From the Bhaktivedanta Archives

by The Bhaktivedanta Archives

Posted September 11, 2010

Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasa Puja, September 2, 2010

The Bhaktivedanta Archives would like to announce that it is now functioning as a “charity” model, focusing on conservation, preservation, and digitalization of all the collections housed at the Bhaktivedanta Archives. Our intention is to complete the digitization, provenance tagging, which in turn will assist in spreading Srila Prabhupada’s teachings (via audio, photos, books, and VedaBase) around the world, and helping to ensuring their perpetuation.

What does this mean to you? It means precious items - such as the upcoming VedaBase upgrade made easily available to all existing customers for no charge!

What does ‘conservation and preservation of all collections’ mean?

The Bhaktivedana Archives primary purpose is to collect, preserve, protect and allow dissemination of Srila Prabhupada’s teachings, images and life’s work for his students, scholars, and other interested persons who seek cultural, and spiritual development.

Do you have a special photo of Srila Prabhupada, or a letter? The Bhaktivedanta Archives has a program to help you with your Srila Prabhupada collection. If you have an original document and or audio recordings we will conserve/preserve them for you and return them back to you so long as we can make a copy of the item for the archival collection. We offer this program free of charge for small items or quantity, but always welcome donations for this important service.

What’s the advantage to you? Your item will be properly digitized, preserved, and distributed (if you give permissions) in our greater ISKCON community, while you still retain the copyrights!

Our staff can also assist in researching a particular picture or lecture recording for your individual project. This service is available for a fee. Please contact Parama Rupa ( for more details.

Please note that all requests to purchase BBT art or photos should go directly to All requests for usage of photos and audio for a project should be directed to BBTI Copyrights (

Who are the members of The Bhaktivedanta Archives?

Ekanatha Dasa - Joined ISKCON in Amsterdam, Holland in 1971. He went on to assist in the development of the Bombay Project before joining the Bhaktivedanta Archives in 1978. Ekanatha headed up the transcribing and cataloging of all the recorded material. He continues this service and is currently the project leader for The Bhaktivedanta VedaBase®.

Parama-rupa Dasa - Joined ISKCON in London in 1976 and came to Los Angeles in 1977 were he founded with the help of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust Press, the Bhaktivedanta Archives. As a recording engineer he initially dedicated himself to collecting the audio and written materials of Srila Prabhupada from around the world. He now works in conserving and preserving those items along with producing audio offerings from the Bhaktivedanta Archives. He is the Director of Preservation.

Nitya-trpta devi dasi - Joined ISKCON in Los Angeles CA in 1975, joining the BBT photo department and later the Bhaktivedanta Archives until 1985. Co-founded Krsna Vision in Italy while working with NE BBT on ISKCON Interactive and the Gita Interactive. Worked as a design consultant for the New Delhi exhibitions. And worked with the Mediterranean BBT on “Darsan” and “Srila Prabhupada”, coffee table books. Rejoined the Bhaktivedanta Archives to complete the image collection archival work in 2008.