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D.D. Sharma

Nationality: Indian

Gender: male

Date Of Brith: 23/10/1924

Present Position: Retired

Academic & Professional Qualifications:

Bachelor Bachelor of Arts Panjab University 1951
Master Master of Arts Agra University 1953
Ph.D Ph.D in Sanskrit B.H.U. 1958
  Ph.D. (Linguistics) Panjab University 1964
Others D.Litt Panjab University 1972


Position(s) Held:

1 Lecturer in Sanskrit 1962 1974
2 Reader in Sanskrit 1974 1984
3 Professor in Sanskrit 1984 1993
4 Head of the Deptt. in Sanskrit 1984 1989
5 Professor Ameritus 1989 1993


Membership(s) of Societies/Association:

1. Indian Oriental Conference (Life member)
2. Linguistic Society of India (Life member)
3. Dravidian LInguistic Association of India (Life member)
4. Linguistic Society of Nepal.

About the Author

Prof. D.D. Sharma (b. 1924) is a renowned scholar of Sanskrit and Linguistics. Besides a PhD in Sanskrit from the Benaras Hindu University, PhD and D.Litt in Linguistics from the Panjab University, Chandigarh - where he served for nearly 28 years - he holds diplomas in French, German and Persian. He also earned the highest Oriental title of Sahityacarya.
Prof. Sharma is well acquainted with nearly two dozen Indian and foreign languages and has to his credit 48 research volumes and scores of research papers on the subjects of different languages, cultures and literatures.
He was awarded the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship (1984-86) to undertake the linguistic survey of the Himalayan languages from Ladakh in the west to Bhutan in the east.
On his retirement (1989), he was awarded Emeritus Fellowship by the UGC for the completion of his 12-volume research project on Himalayan languages, of which 10 volumes have already appeared. He is also working on a 9-volume project on Socio-Cultural History of Uttarakhand, of which 5 volumes have already been published. His ambitious project, Cultural Encyclopaedia of Uttarakhand (5 vols.) is also under preparation.
The present volume is an outcome of the research project for which he was awarded the Indira Gandhi Memorial Fellowship for the years 2001-2003 by IGNCA.

Details of Books/Monographs

1 Cultural History of Uttarakhand D.K. Printworld 2009
2 Study & Loan words in Central Pahari Punjab University 1979
3 Linguistic History of Uttarakhand V.V.R.I., Hoshiarpur 1983
4 Formation of Kumauni Language Vol. I Bahri Publications 1985
5 Formation of Kumauni Language Vol. II Bahri Publications 1987
6 Tribal Languages of Uttarakhand Vol. I Mittal Publications 1989
7 Tribal Languages of Uttarakhand Vol. II Mittal Publications 1990
8 A Comparative Grammar Tibeto Himalayan Language Mittal Publications 1994
9 Linguistic Geography of Kumaun Himalayas Mittal Publications 1994
10 Munda Substratum of Himalayas Languages Mittal Publications 2003
11 Syllabic Structure of Hindi & Punjabi Punjab University 1971
12 Introduction to Sanskrit Language Punjab University 1984
13 Studies in Tibeto Himalayan Linguistics VVRI 1982
14 A Descriptive Grammar of Kinnauri Mittal Publications 1988
15 Tribal Languages of Himachal Pradesh Vol. I Mittal Publications 1989
16 Tribal Languages of Himachal Pradesh Vol. II Mittal Publications 1991
17 Tribal Languages of Ladakh Vol. I Mittal Publications 1988
18 Tribal Languages of Ladakh Vol. II Mittal Publications 2003
19 Tribal Languages of Ladakh Vol. III Mittal Publications 2003
20 Peculiar Customs and Rites of the Himalayan People Publications 2000
21 Panorama of Indian Anthroponomy Mittal Publications 2005
22 Socio-Cultural History of Uttarakhand 10 Vols.   2003
23 The Art and Culture of Kalidasain 2 Vols.   1970
24 Linguistics and Sanskrit Language Haryana Sahitya Academy 1990
25 Historical and Structural Indo decline to Sanskrit Haryana Sahitya Academy 1974
26 History of Sanskrit Language Chaukhamba, Varanasi 2000
27 The Khasas of the Himalaya Pahari Publications 2006


Details of Articles

1. “The Role of Woman Characters in Sanskrit Drama”, Poona Orientalist, Vol. XXV (Silver Jubilee Vol.) No, 1-4, pp. 17-20, 1960.
2. “Supernatural Element of Kalidasa”, presented to XXIII Session of A.I.O.C., (1966) and published in the V.S.O.J. (Tirupati), Vol. IX, pp. 83-91, 1966.
3. “Concept of Heroine in Sanskrit Drama”, presented to the XXVII Session of the A.I.O.C. Kurukshetra (1974) and published in the PURBA, Vol. VI, No. 2, pp. 89-100, 1975.
4. “Sociological Aspect of Sanskrit Drama”, Vishveshvarananda Indological Journal, Vol. LV, Pt. II, pp. 203-10, 1977.
5. “Position of Women in the Social Structure of Ancient Indian”, (In the light of Skt. Dramas), MUSRJ (Merrut University) (Prof. K.L. Sharma Felicitation Volume), pp. 148-60, 1977.
6. “Sita Through the Ages”, (in the light of Sanskrit Dramas), PURBA, Vol. VII, No. 1-2, pp. 85-99, 1978.
7. “Vasavadatta: The most Popular and Multidimensional women Character of Sanskrit Drama”, VIJ, Vol. XVII, Pt. 1, pp. 1-10, 1979.
8. “Participation of Women in Sanskrit Drama”, PURBA, Vol. VIII, No. 1-2, pp. 163-68, 1980. Reproduced in the Lakaksetra Quarterly, Tiruvanmiyur, Madras.
9. “20 entries on ‘Stotra’, Shatakas; Katha and ‘Subhasitas’ in the Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature, sahitya Akademi, Delhi, vide Serial No. (II) 36/359 and (II) 10/3549, 1981-82.
10. “Chitra Kavya Kautukam”, (Review): Silver Jubilee Volume, Sahitya Academi, Delhi.
11. Entries in Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature, Sahitya Academi, New Delhi, as fellows: on Subhashitas 5. Stotra literature 5, Shataka literature 5, (1981), On Puranas 3, On sahasranams 2, One each of Katha, Akhyayika and Panchadashi (1982), One each on Sanskrit Language and Akhyana (1984).
12. Phonological interference in the pronunciation of Sanskrit by Panjabi speakers presented to A.I.C.L. Delhi (1972) and published in the PURBA (Panjab University Research Bulletin Arts) Vol. IV, pp. 173-89, 1973.
13. Where Sanskrit is still spoken, The Statesman, September 18, 1980.
14. Preservation of old Indo Aryan dialects in the mid-Himalaya, Proceedings of second linguistic conference of Nepal (Nov. 26-28, 1981) and published in the Research Journal of Ganganatha Research Institute, Allahabad, Vol. XXXVII-XXXIX, pp. 247-56, 1985.
15. A New light on the status of Sanskrit VIJ, Vol. XIX, pp. 55-62, 1982.
16. Linguistic speculation of Sanskrit Rhetoricians, PURBA, Vol. XIII, No. 1-2, pp. 107-21 and I.J.D.L. Vol. XIII, No. 1 in Linguistic Thoughts in Ancient India (ed.) (in 1984:13-30).
17. A Socio-Linguistic Analysis of Mode and Forum of Address and Greeting in the Dramas of Kalidasa, Presented to XXXI session of A.I.O.C. Jaipur, and published in the PURBA, Vol. XIV, No. 1, pp. 197-209, April 1983.
18. Old Indo-Aryan Element in Kinnari IJDL, Vol. XIII, No. 2, pp. 354-53, 1985; Also B.R. Sharma Felicitation Volume, Tirupati, 1987.
19. Inter-Relationship between OIA and Dardic Languages of N.W.F.P. in Acharya Bardeo Upadhyay Centenary Felicitation, Vol. 2004: 651-56.
20. Himalayas: A repository of Sanskrit, Research Bulletin V.V.R.I. Hoshiarpur, Vol. 2, 2003 (267-285).
21. LinguisticAspect of Sanskrit poetics, PURBA (1981, Vol. XII, No. 1-2: 167-171).
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Cultural History of Uttarakhand

  Cultural History of Uttarakhand is an out-come of many years of keen observation of the linguistic and cultural phenomena of the whole Himalayan region, right from Ladakh in the west to Bhutan in the east and an intensive study of ancient Indian literature and of the historical incidents that have taken place in these Central Himalayan regions, particularly in the land termed as Uttarakhand. Though there are some works, both in Hindi and English, on the history and culture of this land, they pertain either to a specific region or to some particular aspect of it. This is for the first time that exhaustive chronological accounts of the history and culture of the inhabitants of Uttarakhand, including various ancient and modern tribes and races, right from Tons and Yamuna in the west to Mahakali/Sarada in the east, and from Bhotantic Himalayan regions in the north to Tarai-Bhabar area in the south, considered to be a 'Cultural Area' of Uttarakhand, have been taken into account for this study, in which an effort has been made to unfold various layers of the history of this land in a comprehensive way.

As such, this volume on the Cultural History of Uttarakhand is supposed to provide a rare opportunity to students, as well as to readers in general, to have an intimate knowledge of various aspects of the cultural history of various tribes and races inhabiting Uttarakhand from pre-historic periods to modern times.