V. Balakrishnan, 83, a retired financial controller of the Indian Oil Co. who in later years often represented Hinduism in interfaith forums, died Oct. 21 at his home in Potomac. He had progressive supranuclear palsy, his son, Shanker Krishnan, said.
Mr. Balakrishnan immigrated to the United States from India and settled in the Washington area in 1990. As a leader within and spokesman for the Hindu community in the Washington area, he delivered invocations at opening sessions of the Montgomery County Council and the Maryland Senate and taught Sanskrit scriptures. He was a docent at the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple in Greenbelt, where he helped interpret Hinduism to visiting groups, such as delegations from the State Department and other government groups.
Venkataramany Balakrishnan was born in Tamil Nadu, India. In 1949 he graduated from Presidency College in the Indian city of Madras, now known as Chennai.
Mr. Balakrishnan worked for Indian Oil for 30 years. He also wrote columns on music and culture in English-language newspapers in India.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Bhama Venkataraman Balakrishnan of Potomac; two children, Shanker Krishnan of Potomac and Geetha Raja of Chennai; and four grandchildren.
— Bart Barnes