Author: Eminent ContributorsEditor(s): A N D HaksarPublisher: Indian Council for Cultural RelationsYear: 2002Language: EnglishPages: 268ISBN/UPC (if available): 8122408842
Sanskrit has an unbroken literary tradition of at least three thousand years. As the principal language of India’s thought and culture for much of this time, it has a unique position in national identity.The vast literature of Sanskrit is a major component of India’s cultural heritage. Its study occupies an important place, both in traditional learning and in current scholarship about Indic civilization. But the fruit of this knowledge has, to a considerable extent, stayed within the domain of the specialist. While the great sacred and philosophical works are well known, other aspects of Sanskrit literature have had comparatively less public exposure.The present volume seeks to fill this gap for general readers, both in India and abroad. Focused mainly on classical literature, it is based on scholarship of the first rank and attuned to a broader interest.Sixteen distinguished Indian and foreign experts comment here on different aspects of Sanskrit’s literary treasure house, ranging from the famous epic, dramatic, poetic and prose works to anthologies, epigrams and the inscriptional poetry found in and outside India. Also reviewed are Sanskrit linguistics, poetics and mathematics, together with contemporary writings and modern Sanskrit studies abroad.This book give revealing glimpses of a magnificent literature. It includes also an introductory overall appraisal from the Vedic times onwards. A special feature is a select anthology of translated excerpts from celebrated Sanskrit classics to enable the literature to speak for itself.
FOREWORDACKNOWLEDGEMENTSINTRODUCTIONEvolution of Sanskrit Literature: A ReappraisalThe Adikavya and the Legacy of Rsi ValmikiPoetry of the MahabharataSanskrit Linguistics and Mathematics in Ancient IndiaBhasa and Kalidasa: the Inseparable DivergencePrakrt Poetry: Hala’s SattasaiClassical Sanskrit Prose LiteraturePublic Poetry in SanskritThe Major DramatistsThe Development of Aesthetics and Literary Criticism in IndiaAnthologies; Gnomic Verses and AphorismsGive and Take: Sanskrit Poetry in ContextThe Contribution of Kashmir to Sanskrit LiteratureSome Peripheral Literature: Lexicography and MedicineContemporary Sanskrit WritingSanskrit Studies AbroadA Treasury of TranslationsAppendicesAppendix 1: Some Sanskrit Educational Institutions in India.Appendix 2: Some Indian Publishers of Sanskrit BooksContributorsIndex