Nadadur Vardhan, president of the Malibu Hindu Temple, died July 3, following a brief illness. The Indian American was a tax consultant to several celebrities, including singer Lionel Richie and director Martin Scorsese. (Facebook photo)

Indian American tax consultant Nadadur Vardhan, president of the Malibu Hindu Temple in Southern California, died peacefully July 3 evening following a brief illness, according to his brother, Kumar Nadadur.

Vardhan is also survived by his wife Dr. Indubala Vardhan, a physician; his daughters Malini and Anjali; his sisters Pushpa Kasturi and Alamelu Krishnamachary, along with a large extended family and his dog Daisy.

Vardhan had been active with the temple for many years since its inception in 1981, rising from board secretary to temple president. He served the temple for over two decades, according to a statement by Kumar, “rendering selfless leadership and grass-roots work for the betterment of the temple and community at large.” As president of the temple, he was invited to the House of Commons in the U.S., where he spoke on the merits of religious unity.

Located in Calabasas, Calif., in the Santa Monica mountains, the Malibu Hindu Temple is one of the largest Hindu temples in the U.S., and is devoted to Lord Venkateswara.

Vardhan was also the president and founder of Nadadur Vardhan, Inc., an international tax consultancy and accounting firm headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif. Vardhan’s clients included many celebrities, such as singer Lionel Richie, and director Martin Scorsese. He was a fixture at the University of Southern California where he conducted tax workshops for international faculty and students, where he also lectured extensively on the subject.

Vardhan’s home life, too, was filled with celebrities; he and his family live in Pacific Palisades, home to California’s former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; director Steven Spielberg; and actors Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise. The Vardhans’ next door neighbor is actress Goldie Hawn, the news site Telugu Naadi reported in 2012.

The Hyderabad native, who received diplomas in accounting and business management from such universities as UCLA and New York University, was a prolific political contributor and Democratic Party activist, raising funds for former President Barack Obama and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

A passionate political activist, and active in both local and international political communities, Vardhan was responsible for organizing several major political events, including the World Hindu Economic Forum, the Los Angeles visits of the Indian ambassador to the U.S., town hall sessions for Rep. Brad Sherman and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Vardhan also founded the Indo-American Vision Foundation, a pioneering independent think-tank that empowered Indian American political activism.

“Nadadur Vardhan was a loving husband, father, brother, and friend,” said Kumar Nadadur in a press note, adding that he was “an avid political activist” and a devoted president of the Malibu Hindu Temple.

In 2008, the House of Representatives awarded Vardhan the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his noteworthy accomplishments as an Indian American professional.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for memorial contributions to be sent to the American Heart Association.

There will be two viewings which will be open for people to be able to pay their respects and condolences: July 6 from 8:30 am to 11 am; July 8 from 2 pm to 6 pm, both at the Chapel at Funeraria Del Angel Praiswater, 5940 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91401. The funeral services will be limited only to immediate family members and close friends. A public memorial service will be held, the details of which will be announced shortly.  

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