P.T. Narasimhan Fund for Performing Arts

Rs. 78,34,851
Rs. 1,00,00,000
Goal Amount

Late Prof. P.T. Narasimhan was an internationally recognized scientist and one of the founding faculty of the Chemistry Department at IIT Kanpur. In addition to numerous awards, he was honored as an Institute Fellow by IIT Kanpur in 2009. Affectionately known as “PTN” to many, he had a deep love and appreciation for Indian classical music and was instrumental in bringing many leading musicians to perform on the campus. He was also an accomplished flautist in the Carnatic musical tradition, performing in India and later in the United States.


  • BSc. In Physics from Madras Christian College
  • MSc. in Chemistry from Madra Christian College
  • PhD in Physical Chemistry from IISC Bengaluru

Awards & Honors

  • Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, 1970
  • Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences, 1971
  • Fellow, Indian National Science Academy, 1972
  • General Secretary, The National Academy of Sciences India, 1977-1980
  • IITK Institute Fellow, 2009

About P.T. Narasimhan Fund

The P.T. Narasimhan Fund for Performing Arts at IIT Kanpur has been established with a foundational grant from Prof. P.T. Narasimhan’s children, Dr. Nalini Murdter (MSC2/CHM/1979), Dr. Vikram Narasimhan (MSC5/CHM/1984), and Dr. Nandini Narayan. The Fund will support a concert series on the IIT Kanpur campus that will include performances by prominent Indian classical musicians. This Fund aligns with the aims of IIT Kanpur’s APPROACH (Appreciation and Promotion of Art Culture and Heritage) Cell initiative established in 2022.

Aims of APPROACH Cell Initiative

  • Foster well-rounded individuals by nurturing critical 21st-century skills.
  • Enhance education in the arts, humanities, sciences, languages, social sciences, and professional disciplines.
  • Provide a culturally enriching experience for the campus community, especially students.
  • Highlight the rich tapestry of Indian music, fostering a deeper appreciation and understanding of our nation's multifaceted cultural heritage.

How Your Contribution Can Help

We invite all alumni to contribute to this fund and participate in enriching the cultural fabric of the IIT Kanpur campus community while carrying forward the legacy of Prof. P.T. Narasimhan. Your support will ensure that the campus continues to be a hub of vibrant cultural activities, benefiting students and the broader community alike.

Thank you for honoring the memory and legacy of Prof. P.T. Narasimhan.

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