Born in the family of Sankaramanchi who has been serving as priests for generations, Sri Raghu Sharma (popularly known as Raghu Ji) has been inclined to Devotion towards Shirdi Sai from his Childhood. Learning Brahmin Rituals under his father initially, later he finished Vedic courses such as Prevasa, Vara and Pravara at Bapatla Sankara Vidyalam Veda Pathasala (Certified by Department of AP state) from 1983 to 1987. Being interested in further education in General stream, Raghu Ji also obtained a Bachelors degree in Arts from Andhra University in Sociology and Public Administration. He started his career as priest and head priest at Sri Sai Baba Temple (near Mary Stella college) Vijayawada from 1987 to1994 and Later on he moved to Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Samsthan Trust at Dilsukhnagar, Hyderabad as a head priest. To spread the Sai Tatwam to the NRI’s, he had moved to USA to serve as Head Priest in Sai Mandir at Baldwin, New York and continued to serve Sai Center, Iselin, New Jersey in 2010. Sri Raghu JI, who is serving Baba for the past 25 years, has started “Sri Sai Datta Peetham” with noble intentions. The aim relates back to Baba’s Thoughts on Satsung, Nitya Anna danam , Education and Charity. Ghantasala kalasala Interernational in NJ USA is started with the blessings of Sri Raghu ji and his support.
Coming from a strong musical background , Sharathchandra holds a highest degree of perfection in classical & semi classical music genres. He stands unique amongst his contemporaries for his brilliant capability in identification and elucidation of any raga and its characteristics associated with a song or a poem. His brilliant compositions won critics applause and he is undoubtedly the most sought after musician of Ghantasala’s Telugu Music. A true aficionado of Sri Ghantasala, Sharathchandra laid foundation to a unique music college and arts centre through his innovative approach which are intended to train the artists following professional standards and also offering them a platform to showcase their art. Drawn by the principles of Swami Vivekananda, Sharathchandra designed and implemented various social service projects and have been seamlessly working on the rural youth and women empowerment activities to educate the masses and provide a means of livelihood to the downtrodden.