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Bidyut Lata Ray

Nationality: Indian

Gender: female

Date Of Brith: 19/08/1947

Present Position: Reader & Head, Neelamadhava College, Kantilo, Nayagarh, Orissa

Awards Received:

1. Honorary Appointment to the Research Board of Advisors, 1999, ABI, Inc., USA.
2. Honorary Appointment to the Professional Women’s Advisory Board, 1999, ABI, Inc., USA.
3. Selected for the Award of the Volumes of the Vedic Bibliography by B.O.R.I., Poona.
4. Selected as Research Associate in the centre of Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, Shimla.

Academic & Professional Qualifications:

Bachelor Bachelor of Arts Utkal University 1969
Master M.A. in Sanskrit Utkal University 1971
  M.A. in Oriya & Hindi Utkal University 1982&1984
Ph.D Ph.D in Sanskrit Utkal University 1990
Others Purana Refresher Course (Three) at CASS, Poona University, Pune (Maharashtra); at Sri Lal Bahadur Sastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Delhi Sri Jagannath Sanskrit University, Puri, (Orissa).  


Position(s) Held:

1 Head, Dept. of Sanskrit, Nayagarh College 1972 1988
2 Head, Dept. of Sanskrit, D.K. College, Jaleswar 1988 1988
3 Head, Dept. of Sanskrit, S.V.M. College, Jagatsingh Pur 1989 1989
4 Head, Dept. of Sanskrit, Nayagarh College, Nayagarh 1989 1998
5 Head, Dept. of Sanskrit, Ramamani Mahavidyalaya Kotabad 1998 2002
6 Head, Dept. of Sanskrit, Neelamadhava College, Kantilo 2002 Till now


Membership(s) of Societies/Association:

1. All-India Oriental Conference, Pune.
2. Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune.
3. Vishveswarananda Vedic Research Institute, Hoshiarpur.
4. All Orissa College Teachers’ Association in Sanskrit, Bhubaneswar.
5. Sree Sarada Education Society, Chennai.
6. United Writers’ Association, Chennai.

About the Author

Bidyut Lata Ray (Ph.D) is a noted Sanskrit scholar who has been researching on Sanskrit and teaching the subject for over three decades. She has contributed a number of research papers and articles on Jagannatha cult, Vedic and Puranic studies to reputed journals, periodicals and felicitation volumes and published monographs on the subject. She has been conferred with an honorary appointment to the Professional Women’s Advisory Board and to the Research Board of Advisors of the American Biographical Institute, Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

Details of Books/Monographs

1 Sahitya Darpanah Books and Books 1984
2 Kaivalyaru Kanikae Darubhuta Samskritika 1992
3 Studies in Jagannatha-Cult Classical Publishing 1993
4 A Critical Edition of Niladri-Mahodayam Classical Publishing 1998
5 Studies in Sanskrit Indology & Sanskrit Classical Publishing 1998
6 Odra Samskruti: Sahitya O Sahityika Bhadra Prakashan 1998
7 Facets of Vedic Studies Kaveri Books 2000
8 Vedic Vision: New Insight Om Publications 2001
9 A Concise history of Vedic Litrature Kant Publications 2003
10 Geographical Aspects of the Vedas Kant Publications 2003


Details of Articles

1. The Role of Four Varnas During the Time of Niladri-Mahodaya, Purana, Vol. XXIV, No. 2, 1982.
2. The Niladri-Mahodayam: A Purana of Jagannatha Tattva and Jagannath Mahatmya, Vishveshvaranand Indological Journal, Vol. XX, 1982.
3. Geography of Odradesa in the Niladri-Mahodayam, Sapthagiri, Vol. XIII, 1982.
4. The elements of Jagannatha-cult as depicted in the Siddhanta-Darpana, Jnanamrtam, Dr. A.C. Swain, Felicitation Volume, 1985.
5. A Critical Study on the Puranic Geographical Account with special reference to the Niladri-Mahodayam, The Annals, B.O.R. Institute, Vol. LXVI, 1986.
6. The Car festival of Lord Jagannatha as depicted in the Niladri-Mahodayam, Haryana Sahitya Academic Journal of Indological Studies, Vol. I, No. 1, 1986.
7. The Boundaries of Utkal and its allied territories in the History and the Puranas, Vishveshvaranand Indological Journal, Vol. XXIV, Pts. i-ii, 1986.
8. The Boundaries of Utkal and its allied Territories in the works of Kalidasa, Orissa Historical Journal, Vol. XXXIII, No. 1&2, 1987.
9. Purushottamavada and Lord Jagannatha, Haryana Sahitya Academic Journal of Indological Studies, Vol. II, No. 1&2, 1987.
10. Chaitanyaism and Jagannathism, IOADS, Cuttack, 1984.
11. Vedic Women: Their Status and Position, AIOC, Hardwar Session, 1990.
12. Date of Niladri-Mahodayam, 8th World Sanskrit Conference (Vienna), 1990.
13. Geographical Aspects of the Vedas, IXth World Sanskrit Conference (Melbourne), 1994.
14. Navakalevara Ceremony of Lord Jagannatha, Orissa Review, Vol. LII, No. 12, 1996.
15. The Antiquity of the Chariot, Orissa Review, Vol. LIII, No. 12, 1997.
16. Vedic View of the Rath, Orissa Review, Vol. LIV, No. 11, 1998.
17. Rigvedic Flora and Fauna, VGL, Vol. XXXI-XXXII, Pts. i-iv, 1993-94.
18. Patronage of Gupta - Rulers for Sanskrit Literature, VIJ, Vol. XXIX, Pts. i-ii, 1991.
19. Concept of the Earth in the Vedas, SSES Research Centre paper Series, No. 1, 2000.
20. A Cultural Survey of the deities in the inner and outer compound of the Jagannatha Temple with special reference to Vamadeva Samhita, VIJ, Vols. XXXIII-XXXIV, Pts. i-iv, 1995-1996.
21. The Concept of Matter, Energy and Life in the Veda, VIJ, Vols. XXXV-XXXVI, 1997-98.
22. Metaphysical attributes of Jagannathism in perspective of the Niladri-Mahodayam, Sri Jagannathajyoti, Vol. 6, 2001.
23. Philosophy of Jagannathism as depicted in the Vamadeva Samhita, Research Bulletin, VVRI, Vol. I, 2002.
24. Seas and Oceans in the Veda, VIJ, Vols. XXVII-XXXVIII, 1999-2000.
25. Vedic Background of Jagannatha Cult in Geological perspective, VIJ, Vols. XXXVII-XXXVIII, 1999-2000.
26. Vedic Flora: A Study, Flora and Plant Kingdom in Sanskrit Literature, 2003.
27. Physical Geography of Ancient India in the Vedic perspective, Krishnamadhava Cintamani, Centenary Commemoration, Vol. 1999.
28. Indian Origin of the Vedic Aryans, Harichar Satadalam, Acharya Dr. Harihar Jha Felicitation Vol., 2000.
29. Science in the Upanishads, Upanishat-Sri, 2001.
30. Vedic Environment and Ecology, Vedavijnana-Sri, 2002.
31. Rivers and Lakes in the Veda, Vani-Jyotih, Vols. XVII-XVIII, 2003.
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Panini to Patanjali

The book presents scholarly essays examining the origin and evolution of Sanskrit grammar in ancient India -- from the time of Panini to Patanjali. It focuses on the monumental works in Sanskrit grammar, the Ashtadhyayi of Panini, the Varttikas of Katyayana and the Mahabhashya of Patanjali and the impact of these on the Sanskrit grammatical tradition.


The essays critically analyse the Paninian system of Sanskrit grammar: its style and technicalities and particularly technical terms and devices used in the Ashtadyayi. Discussing, chronologically, the systems of grammar that emerged after Panini, they study the style and system of the Varttikas and the unique contribution of Katyayana in incorporating the element of philosophy of language -- interpreting difficult words in the Ashtadyayi on the basis of philosophical doctrine. They enumerate the tradition and technique of Patanjali: the style, language, logic, semantics, and scientific interpretation of his sutras and emphasise the importance of the Mahabhashya as the basis of post-Paninian Sanskrit grammar systems. There are also discussions on the dates of Panini and Patanjali. Throughout, the authors refer and quote from the works of these masters and other ancient Indian texts as well as from commentaries and sub-commentaries, supplements, logical interpretations and arguments on their writings and the system of Sanskrit grammar.


The volume will interest and benefit scholars and researchers on ancient Indian grammar and linguistics in particular.