About Us

Overview:

THE KUPPUSWAMI SASTRI RESEARCH INSTITUTE (KSRI) is a very old, reputed institution, dedicated to extensive work in areas of Sanskrit and related Indology research. The institution has been operating very creditably since 1945, contributing substantially through its core activities; steadily progressing in achieving its stated Vision and Mission – which in a nutshell is “preserving” Sanskrit and related Indology research, in an all encompassing manner – establishing, institutionalizing, propagating, consolidating and creating perpetuity of the great Sanskrit heritage.

KSRI is well known in its area of operations in India and around the world. KSRI has associations with the renowned MADRAS UNIVERSITY and many other Indian and international academic institutions. KSRI is an enabler of research for Indian and foreign scholars in their Doctorate pursuits.

KSRI operates out of the famous Sanskrit College Compound in the traditional Mylapore in Chennai, India – the compound houses the historic Sanskrit College, a sister organization along with KSRI and a few related educational facilities.

KSRI maintains an in-house library of some 60,000 books in its area of activities and a set of rare palm manuscripts; some 12,000 of the books in the library are considered old and rare. KSRI will soon digitize its library and offer online access of this wealth of wisdom to the world.

Activities:

KSRI CORE ACTIVITIES are as follow:

  • RESEARCH IN SANSKRIT
  • SCHOLARSHIP GUIDANCE FOR DOCTORATE PROGRAMS
  • SPECIAL PROJECTS & STUDIES
  • DISCUSSION FORUMS, LECTURES
  • PUBLICATIONS OF BOOKS
  • LIBRARY OF RARE BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS
  • ON LINE LIBRARY
  • FORUMS FOR DISCUSSIONS, CLARIFICATIONS & OPINIONS

Introduction

Many research organizations/academic institutions were and are being founded in many parts of our country by exemplary men of vision.  In the early 20th century there were great scholars and savants who contributed their mite for the cause of Indian Culture, notable among them being Mm. Prof. S. Kuppuswami Sastri from the South, Prof. R.G. Bhandarkar from the Western part of India and Mm.Ganganath Jha from the North. The admirers and students of these great personalities proudly and aptly founded educational and research Institutes in their names. These institutions are revered by scholars not only from India but all parts of the globe, for their sustained work in the field of Sanskrit and Indological studies.

Organization

The Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute was established in 1945 as a fitting tribute to the great scholar Mahamahopadhyaya, Darsana Kalanidhi, Vidyavacaspati, Prof. S. Kuppuswami Sastri, who combined in himself the rare combination of depth of traditional scholarship and modern research acumen. Many great stalwarts and statesmen like Dr. Sir. S. Radhakrishnan (Former President of India), Rt. Hon’ble V.S.Srinivasa Sastri, Padmabhushan Sir K.Balasubrahmanya Iyer, Padmabhushan Dr.V.Raghavan, Dr.S.S.Janaki and scores of other eminent men of letters have adorned different positions to raise this Institute to become an internationally reputed organization in the field of Sanskrit and Indology.

Governing Body

The Institute is a private registered society. The Governing Body takes care of the administrative decisions of the Institute. The members of the Governing Body are elected by the life members of the Institute once in three years in the General Body Meeting.

Present

1. Dr.N.Mahalingam President Leading Industrialist in India
2. Mr.R.Kalidas Vice-President Chemical Engineer
3. Mr.B.Madhavan Secretary Retd. Addl. General Manager, Railways
4. Mr.T.V.Ramanathan Trustee/Treasurer Leading Income tax Practitioner
5. Mrs.T.V.Savithri Member Retd. Prof. of Skt., Queen Mary’s college
6. Mr.D.Suresh - Industrialist
7. Dr.N.Balasubramanian - Scientist
8. Dr. Mrs.Sita Sundar Ram - Researcher
9. Dr. V. Kameswari - Director, KSRI

Past

PRESIDENTS

Rt.Hon’ble V.S.Srinivasa Sastri 1944-46
Sri.T.R.Venkatarama Sastri 1946-53
Dr. (Sir) S.Radhakrishnan 1953-75
Sri.T.V.Viswanatha Iyer 1975-81
Dr.C.Sivaramamurthi 1981-83

VICE-PRESIDENTS

Dr. (Sir) C.P.Ramaswami Iyer 1944-61
Dr. (Sir) S.Radhakrishnan 1944-53
Dr. (Sir) A.Lakshmanaswami Mudaliar 1944-74
Justice T.L.Venkatarama Aiyar 1962-71
Sri T.V.Viswanatha Iyer 1969-75
Dr.C.Sivaramamurthi 1979-81
Dr.R.Nagaswami 1979-83
Sri T.S.Santhanam 1983-89
Sri A.K.Sivaramakrishnan 1983-90
Sri R.Thirumalai 1983-89
Sri T.T.Vasu 1983-89
Sri N.C.Krishnan 1983-89
Mrs.Indira Ramaudrai 1992-95
Dr.S.V.Narasimhan 1983-01
Mr.B.Ramamurthi 1989-11

SECRETARIES :
Sri K.Balasubramanya Iyer 1944-70
Prof.A.Shanmukha Mudaliar 1944-83
Dr.V.Raghavan 1944-79
Prof.P.Thirugnanasambandan 1979-89
Sri K.Chandrasekharan 1979-88

TREASURERS :
Sri M.Subbaraya Iyer 1944-62
Dr.V.Raghavan 1962-79
Sri P.V.Sivarama Dikshitar 1979-83
Mr.B.Venkataramani 1989-05

TRUSTEES

Rao Bahadur K.V.Krishnaswami Iyer 1944-65
Rao Bahadur A.A.Venkatarama Iyer 1944-62
Sri T.V.Viswanatha Iyer 1963-81
Sri K.Chandrasekharan 1963-88
Sri A.G.Sivaramakrishnan 1983-98

MEMBERS

Rao Bahadur G.A.Natesan 1944-49
Rao Bahadur Prof.D.S.Sarma 1944-69
Dewan Bahadur K.S.Ramaswami Sastri 1944-69
Prof.P.N.Srinivasachariar 1944-56
Sri N.Raghunatha Iyer 1944-82
Prof.T.Chandrasekharan 1944-51
Sri T.V.Viswanatha Iyer 1951-62
Sri T.K.Rajagopala Iyer 1951-56
Sri R.Rangachari 1962-83
Sri D.Ramalinga Reddy 1962-78
Sri M.M.Gurunath 1962-81
Prof.T.Chandrasekharan 1944-51
Dr.K.K.Raja 1979-83; 1992-2005
Dr.N.Veezhinathan 1979-83
Sri P.V.Sivarama Dikshitar 1983-92
Dr.S.S.Janaki 1983-99
Smt.Indira Ramadurai 1983-92
Sri M.Ganapathi 1989-99
Dr.C.S.Sundaram 1992-2011

Research Committee

A Committee is constituted to help the Institute in identifying the texts to be published
and also in other matters related to the research work of the Institute. At present the following
scholars are the members.

  1. Dr.V.Kameswari, Director
  2. Dr.K.S.Balasubramanian, Deputy Director
  3. Dr.T.V.Vasudeva, Deputy Director
  4. Dr.Sita Sundar Ram
  5. Dr.N.S.Satakopan, Hony. Professor
  6. Prof. R.Parthasarathy, Hony. Professor

Editorial Committee

  1. Dr.V.Kameswari, Director
  2. Dr.K.S.Balasubramanian, Deputy Director
  3. Dr.T.V.Vasudeva, Deputy Director
  4. Dr.Sita Sundar Ram, Res. Associate

Research Activities

Affiliated to the University of Madras, during the last two decades, the Institute has produced many M.Phil and Ph.D. scholars.  All the three academic staff of the Institute are qualified to provide guidance to scholars joining these courses. Accordingly, based on the rule of the University of Madras, that each professor can guide 8 scholars at a time, at present  there are 24 Ph.D. research scholars pursuing their research work in different fields like Literature, Language, Grammar, Yoga, Psychology, Law and Jurisprudence, Philosophy, Sports and games and so on.

Sanskrit Scriptures provide an astonishing variety of topics, opening the scope for research in different fields. Recently a Research Scholar from KSRI studied as her thesis subject for her Ph.D program, a 16th century algebra text in Sanskrit.  The thesis was much acclaimed and the examiners recommended for immediate publication. Our recent publication “Bijapallava of Krsna Daivajna – A critical study” is the outcome of this research work.

The Institute is now trying to move away from the beaten track and search the new avenues like – Women Legal Rights in our ancient Dharmasastra texts, Dream Motif, Nephology (science of clouds), Caturyuga calendar, Svarodaya science (a peculiar method of breath control), Town planning. Sanskrit Literature possesses abundant information on these.

KSRI has remained a home for scholars of many foreign countries from all parts of Europe, USA, Canada, Asia, Australia and South America. The Institute has signed an MOU with Oslo University, Norway for conducting Sanskrit classes to their graduate students every alternate semester.

Publications

KSRI has been publishing the Journal of Oriental Research periodically from its inception till date and it is internationally well known.  The Institute has also published more than 100 books/monographs on different branches like Language, Literature, Philosophy, Yoga, Religion, Aesthetics, Drama and Dramaturgy, Fine Arts like Music and Dance, Bhagavadgita, Vedic studies, Political  studies, Tamil Grammar, Spoken Sanskrit, Epics, Puranas and so on.

This is a remarkable contribution by the Institute, a body with no stable financial support, which is yet to be matched by institutions in the country that possess Govt. financial support.

1. The Journal of Oriental Research

Started by Mm.Prof.Kuppuswami Sastri in 1927, it was entrusted with the Institute from 1944.
Till now 82 volumes have been published. The Journal, admittedly reputed for original research
and scientific investigation, carries general, critical and research articles on diverse indological
subjects. Also critically edited rare texts, serially appear as supplementary to the volumes and
later get published as independent books.

2. Books/Monographs/Reprints

The Institute has brought out several important works in diverse fields of Oriental studies -
Literature, Astrology, Medicine, Religion and Sastras. These include the valuable writings of
Prof. Sastri. Translation of sections of Tolkkappiyam, is one of the prestigeous publications of
this Institute.

Publications out of stock

  1. Vibhramaviveka of Mandana Misra (Mimamsa Text)
  2. Vinavasavadatta (an old Sanskrit drama)
  3. Dhvanyaloka & Locana – Pt.I
  4. The Kuppuswami Sastri Commemoration Volume
  5. Kuppuswami Sastri Memorial Volume
  6. Cintamanisaranika of Bodhisattva Dasabala
  7. Sakkottai Inscriptions
  8. Grahacaranibandhana (Astrology)
  9. Bharata Sangraha
  10. Arthasastra with Canakyatika
  11. Vakyakarana (Astrology)
  12. Arthasastra with the Tika of Bhiksuprabhamati
  13. The Census of Astronomical Manuscripts in England.
  14. Nalopakyana Sangraha (3 Editions)
  15. Srivacanabhushana of Pillai Lokacharya
  16. Pratima Nataka of Bhasa (Text & Translation)
  17. Pratima Nataka Study guide
  18. Siva Temple and Temple Rituals
  19. Dhvajastambha
  20. Rajasekhara and his Kavyamimamsa
  21. Mm.S.Kuppuswami Sastri

Publications for Sale

  1. Gadyakarnamrta, an Historical Kavya, ed. With critical introduction by Dr.S.S.Janaki
  2. Highways and Byways of Literary Criticism in Sanskrit by Prof.S.Kuppuswami Sastri
  3. Compromises in the History of Advaitic Thought by Prof.S.Kuppuswami Sastri
  4. Primer of Indian Logic by Prof.S.Kuppuswami Sastri (IV edition)
  5. Tolkappiyam (Eluttu) with English Transliteration, translation and notes Prof.P.S.Subrahmanya Sastri (II Edition)
  6. History of Grammatical Theories in Tamil by Prof.P.S.Subrahmanya Sastri (II Edition)
  7. Tolkappiyam (Porul – Tamil Poetics) with English Transliteration, translation and notes by Prof.P.S.Subrahmanya Sastri (II Edition)
  8. Astanga Nighantu (Medical Text) ed. By P.V.Sarma, Eng. and Tamil translation by Dr.K.S.Viswanatha Sarma
  9. Mm.Kuppuswami Sastri Birth-centenary Commemoration volume Pt.I
  10. Mm.Kuppuswami Sastri BIrth-centenary Commemoration volume Pt.II
  11. The Concept of Beautiful in Sanskrit Literature by Dr.V.Raghavan
  12. Karpuracarita Bhana ed. With Eng. Translation by Dr.S.S.Janaki
  13. Samskrita Vayavaharah – Spoken Sanskrit, ed. Dr.S.S.Janaki (II Edition)
  14. Umapati Sivam, His life and Contribution to Saivism, ed. Dr.S.S.Janaki
  15. Eclipses in Hindu Life and Thought – a rationalistic analysis by Dr.S.Jayasree
  16. Research in Sanskrit A classified Guide by Dr.K.V.Sarma
  17. Manuscripts Collection of the Desamangalam Variyam by Dr.K.V.Sarma
  18. Navamuktasatakam Transcomposition into Sanskrit and English verse from the Tamil classic Muttollayiram by Sri A.V.Subramanian
  19. Palandumandana Prahasana, text with translation by Dr.S.S.Janaki
  20. Samskrta Sahitya Itihasah (History of Sanskrit Literature) by R.S.Venkatarama Sastri
  21. Bhasasastrapravesini (A Handbook of Comparative Philology) by R.S.Venkatarama Sastri
  22. Sanskrit & Science ed. Dr.S.S.Janaki
  23. Valmiki Ramayana (condensed in the poet’s own words with Eng.Tr.)
  24. The Mahabharata(condensed in the poet’s own words with Eng.Tr.)
  25. Srimad Bhagavata(condensed in the poet’s own words with Eng.Tr.)
  26. Women’s Role in Kudiyattam by Sri L.S.Rajagopalan
  27. Kudiyattam: Preliminaries & Performance by Sri L.S.Rajagopalan
  28. Bhagavadgita Bibliography – I (Manuscripts) by Dr.C.S.Sundaram
  29. Saiva Rituals and Philosophy ed. Dr.S.S.Janaki
  30. Kalamukha and Pasupatha temples in Dharwar by Dr.Mrs.Vasundhara Filliozat
  31. Ramabhadra Diksita and his works by Dr.A.Thiruvengadathan
  32. Kavyalankara Sutra Vrtti of Vamana withEng. Trans. by Dr.K.K.Raja
  33. Some Aspects of Sanskrit Drama and Dramaturgy by S.S.Janaki
  34. Darsanopanisad, Text with Eng. Tr. by Dr. K.S. Balasubramanian and Dr. T.V.Vasudeva.
  35. Advayatarakopanisat Text with Eng. Tr. by Dr. K.S. Balasubramanian and Dr. T.V.Vasudeva.
  36. Advayatarakopanisat Text with Eng. Tr. by Dr. K.S. Balasubramanian and Dr. T.V.Vasudeva.
  37. Srinandikesakasika of Upamanyu Text with Eng. Tr. by Dr. K.S. Balasubramanian and Dr. T.V.Vasudeva.
  38. Bhagavadgita Bibliography – II (Edn. Trs. and Studies) by Dr. C.S. Sundaram
  39. Vedas : Traditional and Modern Perspectives ed. Dr.V.Kameswari
  40. Tattvanusandanam by Mahadevananda Saraswati – Critical edition and tr. With critical introduction – to be released in May 2008.
  41. Samskrita and Sangita by Dr.S.S.Janaki
  42. Sadratnamala of Sankara Varman (Astronomical text) ed. With English tr. By
    Dr.S.Madhavan
  43. Sanketa Kosa – A Dictionary on Numerals – by Mar. 2009
  44. Bija Pallava of Krsna Daivajna (Algebra in 16th Cent. India), a critical study by Dr.Sita Sundar Ram
  45. Lectures on Patanjali’s Mahabhasya by Prof.P.S.Subrahmanya Sastri, Vol.VII,VIII, IX, X & XI
  46. Siva Linga Worship –Authentic documentary (in VCD) on Siva Linga worship to be performed daily the temples as prescribed in the Saiva Agamic texts. Running commentary available in English or Tamil.

Seminars/Conferences

The Institute has organized more than 300 lectures and several national/international seminars/conferences, including those sponsored by the University of Madras, Govt. of India, Indian Council for Philosophical Research, Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi and Sahitya Akademi; established traditional and modern scholars have personally participated in these.

Library

The Institute houses about 60,000 books, research journals and periodicals from India and abroad, related to Sanskrit and Indological studies. The library is proud of the donations of personal collections of savants like Mm. Prof. S. Kuppuswami Sastri, Rt. Hon’ble V.S. Srinivasa Sastri,   Sir. S. Radhakrishnan,   Sri.T.R.Venkatarama   Sastri, Prof. M. Hiriyanna, Prof. K.V. Rangaswamy Iyengar, Sri K.Balasubramania Iyer, Dr.V.Raghavan and Dr.S.S.Janaki.

The Library also takes care of nearly 3000 palm-leaf and paper manuscripts donated by scholars.

Future

Men of wisdom, with discerning mind can see that the Institute has had a glorious tradition and is having an all round development. All these have been possible due to the dedicated and devoted service by handful of scholars. The temporary financial assistance received from some philanthropists, from India and from USA and the non-regular grants from Govt. of India have sustained the activities of the Institute.

The time has come now to a stage, when the Institute has to put forward its feet, expand its wings towards the future. It is our responsibility to preserve the treasures of knowledge contained in ancient literature and culture and pass them on to the future generation.