World Sanskrit Conference: Day one: Programme schedule

The World Sanskrit Conference is in its 15th year this year. It is being held in India this time around, and was inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday.

Starting today, for the next five days, I hope to be able to post the list of topics that are being discussed at the various special panels that have been arranged by the organisers. The purpose is simply to get a measure of the ocean of knowledge that is this ancient language, and the worldwide spread of scholars who continue to partake of this ocean’s treasures.

I hope the lists over the next few days will be an inspiration for all of us who love Sanskrit, and an eye-opener for those who consider it a ‘dead language.’

World Sanskrit Conference

[Jan 5 to Jan 10, 2012]

New Delhi, India

Programme of the Conference

The Curtain Raiser 4.1.2012 3 PM to 6.30 PM

 Venue – Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts

3.00 – 4.00 Chanting of Veda Mantras, Convener: Dr. Roop Kishor Shastri

4.00 – 5.30 A premiere of Rasayātra: A Pilgrimage into the Heart of India. An art film written and directed by Param Tomanec.

5.30 – 06.00 Inauguration of Exhibitions : Shri Chinmay R. Gharekhan

6.00 -6.30 Inauguration of Sanskrit Book Fair : Shri Ramakant Goswami 13


Day 1 – Jan 5, 2012

Venue – Vigyan Bhavan 1

Inaugural Session (10.00 am to 11.30 am)

Special Lectures (12.00 noon to 1.30 pm)

Chair: Kapila Vatsyayan


12.00 – 12.35 Ashok Aklujkar: Reflections of an East-West Sanskritist

12.35 – 1.10 Lokesh Chandra: Sanskrit as trans-creative dimensions in various languages, literatures and thought systems

1.10 – 1.30 Remarks by Kapila Vatsyayan

Afternoon Sessions Round I [3.00 pm to 4.30 pm]


Chair: Hans Henrich Hock

3.00 – 3.30 Jared Klein: Interstanzaic repetition in the Rigveda

3.30 – 4.00 Mau Das Gupta: Negation and interrogation in the dialect of the women seers of the Rigveda

4.00 – 4.30 Frank Kohler: A few thoughts on padam Veh, Padavi and Padaviya

Special panels

 Models and Theories in Sanskrit Grammar and Linguistics

Chair: Jan E.M. Houben 

3.00 – 3.30 Jan E.M. Houben: Opening of the panel

3.30 – 4.00 Emilie Aussant: The Vyākaranic descriptive model and the French grammars of Sanskrit

4.00 – 4.30 Pierre-Sylvain Filliozat: Noun and verb: Multiple processes of understanding in the ninian school

 Nātyaśāstra in the Modern World

Chair: Sreenath Nair

3.00 – 3.30 Elisa Ganser: Hastābhinaya through ages

3.30 – 4.00 Sreenath Nair: Neuro-aesthetics: Rasa theory and neural mechanism

4.00 – 4.30 Mandakranta Bose (1148): Recovering Kohala: The expansion of the performing arts discourse

 Sanskrit and Science

Chair: P.C. Muraleemadhavan

3.00 – 3.30 Prabhakar Prasad: mImAmsAnyAyAnAm paryAvaraNasamrakshaNE upayOgaha

3.30 – 4.00 Shefali Priyadarshini: Environmental science in Chāndogya Upani_ad

4.00 – 4.30 Satabdi Das: Environmental concerns in Arthaśāstra and its contemporary relevance

Boundaries of Yoga in Indian Philosophical literature

Chair: Stuart Ray Sarbacker

3.00 – 3.30 Andrea Acri: Yogasūtra1.9-10, 21-22 and 2.9 in the light of Dharma Pātañjala

3.30 – 4.00 Stuart Ray Sarbacker : Vedic elements of Pātañjala yoga

4.00 – 4.30 Gerald James Larson : Yoga in Hindu and Buddhist perspective

Law and Society

Chair: Manabendu Banerjee

3.00 – 3.30 Mishra Ritu: GruhyasUthrEshu SAmAjikaniSHTA

3.30 – 4.00 Basu Shiuli : Humanism in Smṛti literature with special reference to Manu and Yājnavalkya

4.00 – 4.30 Manabendu Banerjee : Dharmaśāstra on death, murder and suicide


Chair: K.E. Devanathan

3.00 – 3.30 László Fórizs: Nāgārjuna’s paradox – From Kamaleswar Bhattacharya to Graham Priest

3.30 – 4.00 Meelam Sharma: dharshanasangrAhakagranthESHu sarvamathasangrahaha – Ekam vivEchanam

4.00 – 4.30 Florina Dobre Brat: On Nāda versus Dhvani in Bhartṛhari’s view

Jain Studies

Chair: J.B. Shah

3.00 – 3.30 Dharmendra Jain : JainaparanparAyAm rASHtraBHAvanAthathvam

3.30 – 4.00 Rajnish Shukla : Non-violence and world peace of Mahāvīra

4.00 – 4.30 Eva De Clercq: The Jaina perception of Kalki

Ritual Studies

Chair: T.S. Rukmani

3.00 – 3.30 Pradyumna Sarma: Rituals and customs as reflected in games: A study of Assamese folk games

3.30 – 4.00 Bandyopadhyay Nabanarayan: Unpublished Prayogas of the Baudhāyana school

4.00 – 4.30 Michaels Axel: Pūjā and mantra in Newar domestic rituals and their handbooks

Sanskrit in Technological World

Chair: Wagish Shukla

3.00 – 3.30 Diwakar Mishra and Girish Nath Jha: Theories of anaphora resolution in traditional Sanskrit texts

3.30 – 4.00 Leena Hunnargikar .Chaitali Dangrikar, Malhar Kulkarni : Features of Svarita in the light of speech tools

4.00 – 4.30 V.K. Goyal and Vijaya Rani: Quantum physics and the Buddhist theory of Kshaa and Kshaa Sanātana (moment and moment-continuum)

Afternoon SessionsRound II [5.00 pm to 6.30 pm]


Chair: Shrikant Bahulkar

5.00 – 5.30 Hans Henrich Hock: “Front-Heaviness” in Vedic-prose word order

5.30 – 6.00 Martin Joachim Kummel: Pānini 5, 3, 5 and the function of Sanskrit etad

6.00 – 6.30 Elisabeth Tucker :A Vedic perspective of Indo-European problem

Models and Theories in Sanskrit Grammar and Linguistics

Chair: Pierre-Sylvain Filliozat

5.00 – 5.30 Jan E.M. Houben: Towards a systematic categorisation of Indian theories of language: Bhartrhari and linguistic structure

5.30 – 6.00 Toon Van Hal, Christophe Vielle and Jean-Claide Muller: Grammatica Grandonica, the lost Manuscript of Hanxleden’s Sanskrit Grammar Rediscovered

Sanskrit and Science

Chair: Ramakrisnamacharyulu

5.00 – 5.30 T. Madhu: Architecture in Kautilya’s Arthaśāstra

5.30 – 6.00 Arvind Jamkhedkar: The concept of development of Stūpa and Caityagrha

6.00 – 6.30 Hemu Mahesh Rathod: Water resources and management in Vāstuśāstra

Nātyaśāstra in the Modern World

Chair: S.N. Nair

5.00 – 5.30 Thomas Kintaert: Nātyaśāstra and its heritage: Some examples from visual and performing arts

5.30 – 6.00 Lyne Bansat-Boudon : Artaud’s poetics or Nātyaśāstra and Post-modern theatre

6.00 – 6.30 Kamleshdatta Tripathi: Bharata’s Nātyaśāstra and traditional Indian theatre: The issue of the identity of Indian theatre and the impact of Nātyaśāstric tradition on contemporary theatre

Boundaries of yoga in Indian philosophical literature

Chair: Gerald James Larson

5.00 – 5.30 Laurie L. Patton: Going to a pure place: Comparing meditative practice in the Vidhāna traditions with yoga and Āgama ideas

5.30 – 6.00 Christopher Key Chapple: Numbers of yogas: Six, three, eight, five, seven

Law and Society

Chair: Manabendu Banerjee

5.00 – 5.30 Anindya Bandyopadhyaya : The role of king in the Dharmaśātras: A tension between his judicial power and directives of the Dharmaśātras

5.30 – 6.00 Jai Jayawant Paranjape : Rural administration in Kautilīya Arthaśāstra and its relevance in contemporary India

6.00 – 6.30 Rajendra Nath Sarma: Dharmaśātra: Its relevance to modern times


Chair: K.E. Devanathan

5.00 – 5.30 Iwasaki Yoichi: Problems of postulating Tātparyajnāna as a requisite for the generation of verbal understanding

5.30 – 6.00 Bhabani Ganguly : An analysis of the significance of Antaraga and Bahiraga from the perspective of Śankarācārya’s Brahmasūtra 3.3.1 to 3.3.52 and 4.4.1

6.00 – 6.30 Hosomo Kuniko: The law of contradiction in Nyāyavārtika

Jain Studies

Chair: J.B. Shah

5.00 – 5.30 Kumar Kuldeep : JainadharshanE pramANavichAraha

5.30 – 6.00 Anekant Kumar Jain: World peace and non-violence (with special reference to Prakrit and Sanskrit Jain literature)

6.00 – 6.30 Pratik Dutta: The Mīmāṁsaka and the Naiyāyika critique on the theory of Sarvajña of Jaina philosophy

Ritual Studies

Chair: C.S. Radhakrishnan

5.00 – 5.30 Upadhaya Ramanuj: yAgIyasurAsOmayOho yATHArTHyam

5.30 – 6.00 Brijesh Kumar Shukla: srImadabhinavaguNAchAryasya mUrthiprakalpavimarshaha

6.00 – 6.30 Alok Mishra: prAchInAyA arTHavyavasTHAyA ADHArO yagnyaha

Sanskrit in Technological World

Chair: Miquel Peralta

5.00 – 5.30 Madhav Gopal and Girish Nath Jha: Strategies for Anaphora handling in Pañcatantra

5.30 – 6.00 Kumar Nripendra Pathak and Girish Nath Jha: Transfer Grammar for Sanskrit-Hindi Machine Translation

6.00 – 6.30 Sugandha Dani and C.S. Warnekar : Comparative study of phonetic patterns in Chandas sḥāstra and binary patterns in genetic algorithms


4 thoughts on “World Sanskrit Conference: Day one: Programme schedule

  1. Most interesting and informative is the World Sanskrit Conference being held in New Delhi. It will open a new vista, new information, new venues for researches. [Navankura’s note: Dr. Sudyumna Acharya, who has posted this comment, has also given information about two books that he has authored. They are:’Bhartiya Darshan tatha Adhunik Vigyan’ and ‘Ganit Shastra ke vikas ki Bhartiya Parampara’. Those interested in knowing more about these publications may please get in touch with the address provided by Dr. Acharya: Veda Vani Vitan, Oriental research Institute, Birla Road Kolgawan, Satna .(M.P.), India. Telephone No. 07672,222664.E-mail:]

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