Research in Sanskrit

Traditional / Modern Research

Past

Indian Scholars – Traditional Study

Traditional scholars of great merit were given junior/senior research scholarships by the Govt. of India through the Central Sanskrit Board/Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan. Scholars under this scheme produced valuable texts, Sastra texts/topics, Literature, Agama texts, Dramaturgical texts etc.

From 1983

Diverse categories of research – traditional, modern, inter-disciplinary etc. by Indian and foreign scholars, were officially started from 1983 within the campus as regular academic work. Besides there was an all round improvement in other academic activities. Special mention has to be made about the efforts taken by the Institute in the field of Saiva and Vaishnava Agamic studies. No other institution in South India except the concerned departments in the University of Madras has taken up these studies.

M.Phil (Affiliated to the University of Madras)

Under the Supervision of Dr. S.S. Janaki
1 Lokanayaki Ammal Siva elements in Ramayana
2 2.Hema Ramanathan Comparative study of the poetics of Anandavardhana and Susanne Langer
3 3.G.D.Jayalakshmi Rukminiharana of Vatsaraja
4 S.S.Rangan Concept of Arthantranyasa in Sanskrit poetics
5 G.Meenakshi A critical study of Vakrokti Pancasika of Ratnakara
6 K.Srinivasan Tripuradaha Dima
7 V.Vasudevan Bhramara Kahali-Eng.trans. & study
8 P.K.Bhaskaran Upakramaparakrama of Appaya Diksita – A critical Study
9 N.Sridhar Lilavati Vithi- A Critical study
10 Premavathi A critical study of Nakshatramala of Sivarama Tripathin with Eng. Trans.
11 R.Padmini Critical study of Candrakala Natika of Viswanatha
12 N.Ambika Movement (Gatis) in Natya according to Bharata’s Natyasastra.

Under the Supervision of Dr. V. Kameswari
13 R.Subasri Irony in Sanskrit Literature
14 B.Ramadevi Ganjifa Khelana of Giridhara – A study
15 15.Ms.N.Meena Code Language in War And Politics
16 Ms.A.Yamuna Devi Critical Edition and Study of Paniniya Sutrodaharana Kavya
17 Ms.V.Umamaheswari Critical study of Damodara Misra’s Vanibhusana
18 Ms. V. Premalatha Amanaska Yoga – A Critical Study

Under the Supervision of Dr. K.S. Balasubramanian
19 Mr K.P. Srikanth Dosapariharas in Brhatparasara Horasastra
20 Mr S. Nagarajan Yogapada of Matanga Parameswaragama
21 Ms.Vibha Raghav Goraksha Samhita – A Critical Study
22 Ms.S.Padmapriya Karani in Ganitasastra – An analysis
23 Mr.S.Margabandhu Presently doing

Under the Supervision of Dr. T.V. Vasudeva
24 Ms. S. Anusha Critical Analysis of Drstanta-kalikasataka
25 Ms. M. Archana Unmattaraghava of Virupaksa – A Study
26 23. Ms.S.Hemavathy Caturvarga Sangraha of Ksemendra – A Study
27 Mr.G.Venkataraman Sevya Sevakopadesa of Ksemendra – A study
28 Ms.Brinda Gandhi Nilakantha Diksita’s Vairagyasatakam – A study


Ph.D. (Affiliated to University of Madras)

Under the Supervision of Dr. S.S. Janaki
1 Sri A.R.Panduranga Rao Critical study of Nyaya vivarana of Ananda Tirtha
2 S.S.Rangan Critical edition & study of Tattvagunadarsa of Annayarya
3 K.Srinivasan Vyayoga a Sanskrit Drama type : Theory and Practice

Under the Supervision of Dr. V. Kameswari
Degree Awarded
4 K.S.Balasubramanian Yoga Yajnavalkya – A Critical Study
5 T.V.Vasudeva Sannyasa Dharma – An Evaluation
6 K.Sreekanthan Contribution of Cakra Kavi to Sanskrit Literature
7 Mrs.Sita Sundar Ram Krsna Daivajna’s Bija Pallava – A Critical study
8 S.Annapurna Vidhitraya Paritrana of Venkatadhvarin – A Critical Study
9 Ms. V. Anusha Purusa Pariksa – A Socio-Cultural Study
10 Ms.R.Subasri Women Rights in Dharmasastra
11 Ms. B. Ramadevi Dream Motif in Sanskrit Literature

Results Awaited
12 Ms. V. Umamaheswari Amogaraghava Campu – Critical edition and study
13 Ms. V. Yamunadevi Amarakosodghatana of Ksirasvamin – A critical Study

Presently Doing
14 Ms. V. Premalatha Sthalavrkshas and their Ecological Value
15 Ms.G.D.Jayalakshmi Jivanandana – A Critical Study
16 Ms.S.Anusha A critical analysis of Nitiprakasika, a treatise on war
17 Ms.J.Subhadra Unanatural Phenomena (prakriti vikara) analysed in Jyotisa texts
18 Ms.K.Ramakalyani The mathematical importance of Buddhivilasini , Comm.. on Bhaskara’s Lilavati

Under the Supervision of Dr. K.S.Balasubramanian
1 K.Nagarajan Critical study of Jirnodhara Dasaka
2 K.N.Srikkanth Contribution of Sridhara and Sripati to Indian Mathematics
3 P.C.Muralidharan Parijathahara Nataka – A critical study
4 M.Archana Critical Analysis of Siva Samhita
5 Mrs.S.Muthulakshmi Yogic Elements in Mahakavyas
6 Mr.S.Venkatachalam Viveka Marthanda – a critical study
7 Ms.Vaishnavi Poorna Musical elements in Sanskrit Drama
8 Mrs.V.Lalitha Subject to be chosen

Under the Supervision of Dr. T.V.Vasudeva
1 Mr.V.Ramakrishnan Contribution of Nalladvarin to Skt. Literature
2 Mr.S.N.Krishna Analysis of the concept of Karmavipaka
3 Mr.S.Gopalan Atmajnana vivarana – a critical study
4 Mr.S.Umapathy Contribution of Rajachudamani Diksita to Skt. Literature
5 Mr.S.Balasubramanian Satasloki with comm. – a critical analysis
6 Mr.G.Venkataraman Socio Cultural study of Kshemendra’s works
7 Mrs.R.Rajalakshmi Critical analysis of Adbhuta Darpana
8 Mrs.Vasumathi Commentaries of Dakshinavarthanatha

Foreign Scholars

From 1960 there has been a regular inflow of scholars from different parts of the world. This included Fellows from the American Institute of Indian Studies, Indo-Canadian Institute, Fulbright and Smithsonian Fellows etc.

They all worked under the general supervision of Dr.V.Raghavan till his demise in 1979 and also under Dr.S.S.Janaki from 1971. The Institute provided facilities to the foreign scholars to meet other workers in the field and hold discussions with them in their respective subjects, as also to learn Sanskrit and study specific texts.

Name University Topic
Dr.Robert C.Lester Yale University Yoga in Visistadvaita
Dr.Daniel H.Smith Syracuse, USA Pancaratra Samhita
Mrs.Nariko Mayeda Pennsylvania, USA Indian Literature and Folklore
Dr.J.Ensink Croningen Univ. Holland Sutasoma; – A Javanese text.
Miss.Patricia Butterfield Philadelphia, USA General Sanskrit Studies
Miss F.Wilson Berkeley & Wisconsin USA Critical Edn. of Krsnakarnamrta
Miss.Edwina United Kingdom Sanskrit Prahasanas
Dr.James Bruce Long Univ. of Chicago, USA Saivism & Sivapurana
Dr.George Hart Univ. of Harvard & Philadelphia, USA Alankara & Nyaya
Dr.Walter G.Neeval Jr. Chicago, USA Agamadambara & Nyaya
Dr.K.Kamimura Japan Sahitya Texts
Mr.M.Watase Japan Hindu Law
Dr.Peter Khoroche S.A.O.S., London Dramas of Bhavabhuti etc.
Mr.David Nelson Minneapolis, USA Hasyarnava Prahasana etc.
Mr.Michael Font U.S.A. Sanskrit Language Literature
Miss.Melodie Doherty Whunnipe, Canada General Skt. Text
Mr.David Iglehart Texas, USA Emotive Content & Appreciation
Ms.Nadine Berardi New York, USA Dhvani in Natya
Mr.Wayne Surdam Berkeley, USA Saiva Agamas & Paddhati
Prof.V.K.Chari Carleton, Ottawa Alamkara Concepts
Mr.Keith Jefferds Berkeley, USA Sahitya Texts
Dr.Robert Gottlieb Washington, USA Select songs of Muthuswami Dikshitar
Dr.Fabrizia Baldissera Milan, Italy Ed. of Saradatilaka Bhana
Ms.Tessa Wilcox Berkeley, USA Sanskrit Literature
Dr.Francis X.Clooney Chicago, USA Retrieving the Purva Mimamsa of Jaimini.
Dr. Wayne Surdam Berkeley, USA Cataloguing of Saiva Rituals
Prof.Robert C.Lester Univ. of Colorado, USA Domestic Ritual Practice of Sri Vaishnava Hindus
Ms. Amy-Claude Medioni France Vedanta Desika’s Stotras – A Literary & Iconographical Study
Mr.Richard H. Davis Univ. of Chicago, USA Ritual in an Oscillating Universe
Ms. Armelle Choquard Sorbonne, France Bharata’s Natya Sastra And Yoga
Ms. Julie H. Hiebert Harward, USA Royal Evenings, Sanskrit Poetry of Queen & Court
Mr. Michael Nixon Ireland Karnataka Music notation In MSS
Miss. Mercille Josephine Sorbonne, France Forecasting human behaviour According to ancient Indian Knowledge
Mr. Geenens Phillppe Liege, Belgium Introduction to Rajamarthanda of Bhoja deva
Ms. Richard Karin Liege, Belgium Dravidian Pillar in the major Temples of South India
Mr. Leon Hannotte Mc Master, Canada Naresvara Pariksa of Sadyojyoti
Dr. John A. Taber Ohio, USA Specific Mimamsa and Nyaya texts
Miss. Alyette Degraces Sorbonne, France Study of Sannyasa & Vedanta Upanisads
Dr Robert E. Brown San Diego, USA Collecton & Trans. of Skt. Mss. on Tala
Dr. Nienke Kruger Free Univ., Holland The concept of grace in South Indian Saivism
Dr. Indira V. Peterson Mount Holyoke
College, USA
Research in Classical Skt. Mahakavya – texts and comm.. in Mss.
Dr. Bruce M. Perry Pennsylavania, USA An annotated trans. of Udayana’s parisuddhi
Ms. Martha Ann Selby Chicago, USA A comparative study of Forms & figures in classical Indian Poetry
Ms. Ginnette Ishimatsu Univ. of California, USA Sources of Modern Saiva Temple rituals in Tamilnadu
Ms Nadine L. Berardi Columbia Univ., USA Dhvanyaloka & Literary Semiotics
Ms. Annie Christine Couturier Paris Study of Yoga & Major Comms. With Translation into French
Mr. Steven P. Hopkins Harvard Univ., USA Poetry Iconocity; The stotras Of Vedanta Desika
Ms. Denise Marie Hanusek Harvard Divinity School, USA A Comparison of Ramanuja & John of the Cross: Union Of the soul with god
Prof. Francis X. Clooney Boston College, USA Srivaisnava Commentaries Of Nammalvar
Ms. Karen P. Pechilis Univ. of Chicago, USA The Persistence of Bhakti : Towards an Ethno History Of Religion
Mr. Stephen Jenkins Univ. of Harvard, USA The Saint’s return to the world In Ramanuja & his tradition
Mr. Robert C. Lester Univ. of Colarado, USA Gandhi’s Religion
Mr. Lawrence J. McCrea Univ. of Chicago, USA Rhetoric of Medieval Kashmir
Ms. Janet O Shea Univ. of Berkeley, USA Dance History
Dr. Tara Michael   Study of Natha Sampradya
Mr. Yigal David Bronner Univ. of Chicago, USA Theory & Practice of Slesa in Indian Culture
Ms. Katherine C. Zubko Harvard Univ. USA Study of Rasa Theory
Dr. Ute Husken Hiedelberg Univ. Germany Vaikhanasa Grhya Sutras
Ms. Rupa Viswanathan Roberts Columbia Univ., USA Mimamsa & Vyakarana
Dr. Daud R. Ali SOAS, London Works of Kshemendra
Ajay K. Rao Univ. of Chicago, USA Reading of Ramayana in the Srivaishnava Tradition
Dr. Richard H. Davis Bard College, USA Age of Temples: Religious Culture in Medieval South
Ms. Vena Ramphal SOAS, London Natya Sastra
Mr. Whitney M. Cox Univ. of Chicago USA The Textual Culture in Medieval Cholamandala
Mr. Devan Patel Univ. of California, Berkeley, USA A Study of Coms. On Bhagavatam & Naishadiya
Ms. Kate Zubko Emory Univ. USA Dancing Across Religious Boundaries in Bharata Natya
Ms. Sucharita Adluri Univ. of Pennsylvania USA Religious Studies: South Indian Vaishnavism
Mr. Blake Wentworth Univ. of Chicago, USA History of Religion
Ms. Ronit Ricci Univ. of Michigan USA Islamic Literary Traditions in Javanese and Tamil
Timothy Lubin Univ. Washington And Lee, USA Ritual Functions and authority of Bramins in Early Historic India
Swamini Hamsananda Savona, Italy Yoga Sutras of Patanjali & Bhagavad Gita
Amy Allocco Emory University,USA Goddesses, Nagas and Anthills: Newly Evolving Women’s Ritual Practices in Tamilnadu
Meera Kuchroo McGill University,Canada Lakshmidhara’s Comm. On the Soundarya Lahari
Michael Karrassowitch

Tech. Univ. Of Vienna & the Academy of Fine arts Vienna Manasara (Architecture Text)
James Madaio(presently) University of Manchester U.K. Jivan Mukti Viveka with Purnanandendu Kaumudi & Yoga Vasistha
Charles Preston(presently) University of Chicago, U.S.A. Modern Sanskrit Plays

Facilities available for Foreign Scholars

  • Affiliation as Long-time / Short-time scholars after prescribed fees, and with due recommendation from their house universities. They can get student-visa.
  • Academic assistance / consultation.
  • A well-maintained Library.
  • Peaceful and congenial atmosphere.
  • Opportunity to attend many lectures / seminars organised by the Institute periodically.
  • Classes on basic Tamil; basic Sanskrit and higher texts in Sanskrit at convenient timings.
  • Translation into English/vice-versa of Sanskrit / Tamil texts.
  • Traditional/modern type of teachings
  • Vedic chanting

Classes

  • Basic Tamil/conversational Tamil
  • Basic and conversational Sanskrit
  • Specific texts for Graduate/Post-graduate students
  • M.Phil/Ph.D. scholars, including research methodology.