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Sanskrit Studies — Vol. 2, Samvat 2063-64 (CE 2006-07)

by: Wagish Shukla

This is a second volume brought out by the Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies, JNU. It’s a collection of scholarly writings that throws light on ancient cultural heritage of India, marked by the Sanskrit intellectual traditions, dealing with schools of Vedas like Niruktas and the Itihasas, and the pre-Harappan Rgveda.



ISBN: 9788124604335
Year Of Publication: 2007
Edition: 1st
Pages : xii, 307
Bibliographic Details : Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 550


The cultural heritage of India is marked by the Sanskrit intellectual tradition whose flowering resulted in rich literature and development of philosophy, art and the sciences. Sanskrit Studies vol. 2 is the second issue showcasing the rich ancient heritage of Sanskrit brought out by the Centre. This volume is a collection of articles that throws light on various aspects of the Sanskrit tradition. The scholarly writings deal with schools of interpretation of the Vedas like the Niruktas and the Itihasas and evidences and arguments for a pre-Harappan date of composition for the Rigveda. They examine atomistic doctrines in Indian thought tradition, the charms and spells that constitute the Atharvaveda, the place of the Hindu women vis-a-vis ancient Indian society and traditions, and the philosophy and the aesthetics of rasa. Throughout they cite ancient Indian epics and mythologies, religious thoughts, literary works, philosophical traditions and scientific achievements to carry out a thorough and comprehensive study of the subject. There is an interesting article on issues involved in comparative studies of philosophies of two different traditions, as of the East and the West. The volume will appeal to students, teachers and scholars of Indology.


Key to Transliteration
1. Rigveda is Pre-Harappan
— N. Kazanas
2. About the Charms of Atharvaveda
— Tatiana Elizarenkova
3. Schools of Vedic Interpretation
— G.U. Thite
4. Dharmashastra — A Natural Science?
— M. Krzysztof Byrski
5. Sanskrit in China
— Lokesh Chandra
6. Emotion and Values in Sanskrit Literature
— K.T. Pandurangi
7. Sanskrit Sociology, Hindu Women, Traditions and Modernity?
— Kapil Kapoor
8. Sciences in Ancient India
— Pankaj S. Joshi
9. Comparative Philosophy: Problems, Assumptions, and Possibilities
— Bina Gupta
10. Atomistic Formulations in Indian Thought
— Victoria Lysenko
11. Mahendra, the Poetic Emperor
— R. Nagaswamy
12. The Last Buddhist of Kashmir as Recorded by Jonaraja
— Walter Slaje
13. Looking for Bricks as a Writing Material Through Epigraphic By-lanes: An Enchanting Evidence
— Panchanan Bhoi
14. The Philosophy and Aesthetics of Rasa : A Note
— Makarand Paranjape
15. Romila Thapar on Shakuntala
— Wagish Shukla
List of Contributors

Meet the Author
Wagish Shukla teaches mathematics at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He is a student of the Indian Classical Mind as revealed through Sanskrit, Persian and Hindi literature. He has published more than fifty articles in English and Hindi on these subjects. He is closely associated with the Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies at JNU as a member of several committees and is Associate Chief Editor of the Encyclopaedia of Indian Poetics, an ongoing project of the Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi.
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