World Sanskrit Conference, New Delhi, India: Programme schedule

Today is DAY 2 of The World Sanskrit Conference, which is in its 15th year this year. It is being held in India this time around, and was inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on January 5, 2012.

Over the five days of the conference proceedings, I hope to be able to post, each day, 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

Day 2: January 7, 2012

Forenoon SessionsRound I

10.00 AM to 11.30 AM


Chair: Hans Henrich Hock

10.00 – 10.30 Vinaya Kshirsagar: On a case in the Śaunakīya Caturadhyāyikā

10.30 – 11.00 Mamta Mehra: sAmavEdE DHArIsvaraha

11.00 – 11.30 Kalindi Pathak: pAdhavrththEhe sADHakAnAm samAsasanDHInAm thathvAnvESHakamaDHyayanam

Special panel

Models and Theories in Sanskrit Grammar and Linguistics

Chair: Jan E.M. Houben

10.00 – 10.30 Brendan S. Gillon: Sanskrit grammar and computational linguistics

10.30 – 11.00 Gérard Huet: Departing from Pā_ini for good reasons

11.00-11.30 Oliver Hellwig: Ratha = “Chariot” or “hero”? Computational approaches to polysemy in Sanskrit


Theme: General Pāinian Theory and Methodology

Chair: George Cardona

10.00 – 10.30 Iwona Milewska: Main currents in the European tradition of Sanskrit grammars

10.30 – 11.00 Peter M. Scharf: Is rule precedence in the Ashtādhyāyī uniform?

11.00 – 11.30 Malgorzata Sulich-Cowely: Is it possible that Kāryāsiddhatva and Śāstrāsiddhatva are not mutually exclusive?

 Poetry, Drama and Aesthetics

Chair: Natalia Lidova

10.00 – 10.30 R.P. Goldman: Poet as seer, Poetry as seen: Reflections on visualization as a critical element in the conceptualization of Kāvya

10.30 – 11.00 C. Rajendran: Demystifying poetry – The Hermeneutic principles of Mahimabha__a

11.00 – 11.30 Anna Trynkowska: A reading of the Amaruśataka.

Religious Studies

Chair: Bettina Baümer

10.00 – 10.30 Himanshu Shekhar Jha: Foundations of faith: A historical perspective

10.30 – 11.00 Hari Ram Mishra: Mitra in Vedic and Avestan religion

Law and Society

Chair: Donald Davis

10.00 – 10.30 Asha Rani Pandey: samskrithavAngmayE arTHavyavasTHA vaidhikam krSHivignyAnam cha

10.30 – 11.00 Anagha Joshi: Hindu law of deposits

11.00 – 11.30 Manjusha D. Gokhale: Significance of Monkey in Indian Culture


Chair: Prahladachar

10.00 – 10.30 Patrick McAllister: The import of Śabdārtha in the theory of Apoha

10.30 – 11.00 Smitha Sabu: Socio-political causes behind the origin of philosophical dramas

11.00 – 11.30 Ramchandran Bhavani: The role of Liñ affix in Mimāmsā philosophy

Yoga in Indian philosophy

Chair: Shashi Tiwari

10.00 – 10.30 Shashi Tiwari: Yogic Prānavidyā – A means of Self-realisation in Upanishads

10.30 – 11.00 Bina Gupta: Karmayoga and its relation to Jñānayoga and Bhaktiyoga: Some reflections

11.00 – 11.30 Jennifer Cover: An eighteenth century illumination of the seven steps of Rājayoga


IASS Consultative Committee 10.00-11.30 A.M.

Forenoon SessionsRound II

12.00 PM to 1.30 PM


Chair: G.C. Tripathi

12.00 – 12.30 Vijay Kumar Sharma: shAsthrIyasangIthE shruthihi

12.30 – 1.00 Jayashree Sathe: On the interpretation of apasyaḥ and apasyuvaḥ in Yajurveda

1.00 – 1.30 Naoko Nishimura: Processing of dairy products in the Vedic ritual, compared with Pāli


Theme: General Pāinian Theory and Methodology

Chair: George Cardona

12.00 – 12.30 Subodh Sharma: sa vAchakO vishESHANAm sanBHavAth DHyOthakO vA

12.30-1.00 George Cardona: Combinations of upasargas and tinanta forms: Lexical versus grammatical positions

Models and Theories in Sanskrit Grammar and Linguistics

Chair: Jan E.M. Houben

12.00 – 12.30 G. Penn and P. Kiparsky: On Pānini and the generative capacity of contextualized replacement systems

12.30 – 1.00 Wiebke Petersen: On the descriptive techniques for phonological classes in Pānini’s grammar

1.00-1.30. Amba Kulkarni, Devanand Shukla, Sheetal Pokar: Mathematical modelling of ākāṅkṣā and sannidhi for parsing Sanskrit

Poetry, Drama and Aesthetics

Chair: C. Rajendran

12.00 – 12.30 Natalia Lidova: The World enacted in a Game. The Concept of the krīLanīyaka in the Nātyaśāstra

12.30 – 1.00 Damodharan: Rasābhinaya in Kerala classical theatre: Some innovative aspects

1.00 – 1.30 Manjula Viradiya: ADHyAthmikadhrSHTyA mAyArasaha

Religious Studies

Chair: Bettina Baümer

12.00 – 12.30 Hamsa Stainton: The courtship of Śiva and Sarasvatī in the poetry of Jagaddhara of Kashmir

12.30 – 1.00 Aleksendra Wenta: A solar esotericism of the Kalikrama: In search of Tāntric epistemology

1.00 – 1.30 Minati Rath: jagannATHasya EthahyE vAmadhEvasamhiyAha yOgadhAnam

Law and Society

Chair: Donald Davis

12.00 – 12.30 Patrick Olivelle: Differing roles of Judge in the Arthaśāstra and Dharmaśāstras

12.30 – 1.00 Pankaja Ghai Kaushik: Law of evidence in Dharmaśāstra and Indian Evidence Act, 1872: An analytical study

1.00 – 1.30 Donald Davis: Critical remarks on Professor P.V. Kane’s view of the relationship of Dharmaśāstra to Itihāsa and Purāna

Sanskrit and Science

Chair: Bruno Dagens

12.00 – 12.30 Jonathan Duquette: On lexical borrowing from Sanskrit in modern scientific discourse

12:30 – 1:00 Vanishri Bhat: Algebra and geometry in Śulbasūtras

1.00 – 1.30 Jean Michel Delire: European astronomers in the court of Savai Jaisimha II

 Afternoon Sessions Round I

3.00 PM to 4.30 PM


Chair: Ganesh Dutta Sharma

3.00 – 3.30 Srikant Bahulkar: Medhajanana in the Atharvaveda tradition

4.00 – 4.30 Vijay Shankar Shukla: The Atharvaveda: Fountainhead of the medical sciences

4.30 – 5.00 : Sumant Shilpa and Julieta Rotaru: A new edition and an annotated translation of Kauśikasūtra

Models and Theories in Sanskrit Grammar and Linguistics

Chair: Jan E.M. Houben

3.00 – 3.30 Dahl Eystein: Formal semantics in Vedic linguistics: Prospects and limitations

3.30 – 4.00 Kristen de Joseph: The poetics of Vedic accentuation revisited

4.00 –4.30 Leonid Kulikov: Vedic quasi-denominatives: Their syntax and semantics

4.30 – 5.00 Velizar Sadovski: Form invariants and variations in Veda and Avesta: a comparative and historical approach


Theme: General Pā_inian Theory (cont.) and Syntax

Chair: Surendra Kumar Bramachari

3.00 – 3.30 Sharon Ben-Dor: On the terms gā, mā and dā etc. in the Aṣṭādhyāyī

3.30 – 4.00 Tiziana Pontillo: Where the sense is intended although the corresponding speech unit is not employed: Lopa and other devices directly or indirectly compared Patañjali

4.00 – 4.30 Stephen Thomson: Do the Uādisūtras serve to show that every Sanskrit word derives from a Dhātu?

Buddhist Studies

Theme: Sectarian Polemics

Chair: Shohei Ichimura

3.00 – 3.30 Sujata Purkayastha: A critique of Śankarācārya’s refutation of Vijñanavāda

3.30 – 4.00 Vijay Kumar Singh: Fundamental nature of things as described in Vigrahavyāvartanī and the right view

4.00 – 4.30 Marek Mejor: Buddhist-Jaina controversy about the notion of taking life (Prāātipāta)

 Poetry, Drama and Aesthetics

Chair: R.P. Goldman

3.00 – 3.30 Vasant Kumar Bhatt: kAlidAsasya mahAkAvyayOhO sArTHakAnAm pATaBHEdhAnAm vishiSHtam kAraNam moulikapATAnusanDHAnam cha

3.30 – 4.00 Marco Franceschini: Recasting poetry: Motifs from the Raghuvaśa reshaped in Buddhaghosha’s Padyacūāmai

4.00 – 4.30 Divya Mishra: The problem regarding the date of Viśākhadatta

Modern Sanskrit Literature

Chair: Jürgen Hanneder

3.00 – 3.30 Ambalal Prajapati: Appreciation of ‘Sanskrit Gītañjalī’ a collection of Sanskrit poems

3.30 – 4.00 Nicolas Dejenne: An analysis of the re-writing of Paraśurāma-saga in a contemporary Sanskrit kāvya – Bhagvān Paraśurāma by Krishnadatta Sharma Shastri

4.00 – 4.30 Chandima Gangodawila: How far the works of Ven. Dauldena Gnanissara contributed to the development of modern Sanskrit studies in Sri Lanka?

Epics and Purānas

Chair: Adam Bowles

3.00 – 3.30 Wendy J. Phillips-Rodriguez: Scripts vs. manuscripts: two independent evolutionary processes in the Mahābhārata textual tradition

3.30 – 4.00 Alf Hiltebeitel: The southern recension makeover of the Umā-Maheśvara Samvāda in the Mahābhārata

4.00 – 4.30 Thennilapuram Mahadevan: The text-critical importance of the Śakuntalā-Yayāti transposition in the Mahābhārata

Tantra and Āgamas

Chair: Diwakar Acharya

3.00 – 3.30 Meera Rastogi: An inquiry into evolution of conceptual development of Pratyabhijñā system of Kashmir

3.30 – 4.00 Oscar Figueroa-Castro: Abhinavagupta’s Anuttara in historical perspective

4.00 – 4.30 Michael Slouber: Vulnerability and protection in the Śaivatantras

Sanskrit and Science

Chair: Bruno Dagens

3.00 – 3.30 Krishna Sharman: Gemmology in Pan-Indian tradition

3.30 – 4.00 Ashok Kumar Das: Metallurgy in ancient Indian Sanskrit literature

4.00 – 4.30 Pankaj Bhattacharya: The binary digits zero and one: A discussion in the light of Līlavātī and Āryabhatīya


Chair: Vijay Shankar Shukla

3.00 – 3.30 Prabhudevi Amogh: Manuscript preservation in India: An overview

3.30 – 4.00 Satya Prakash Sharma: Manuscripts as a source of understanding of art

4.00 – 4.30 Sudhir Lal: Critical text: Indian context (Nature, Development and Continuity)

 Afternoon SessionsRound II

5.00 PM to 6.30 PM


Chair: Sannidhanam Sudarshana Sharma

5.00 – 5.30 Nirmala Kulkarni: Text critical study of the Pativedanāni hymns

5.30 – 6.00 Ambarish Vasant Khare: The origin and development of Mahānāmni verses

6.00 – 6.30 Chetana Vedi: upaniSHathsu vaiSHvAnarasya sankalpanA


Theme- General Pāinian Theory (cont.) and syntax

Chair: Surendra Kumar Brahmachari

5.00 – 5.30 Toru Yagi : On the so-called predicative instrumental

5.30 – 6.00 K. Yamuna: Nipātas – A syntactical analysis

6.00 – 6.30 Ratna Basu: Sampradāna-kāraka: In the understanding of Pā_ini and his followers

Buddhist Studies

Theme: Sectarian Polemics

Chair: Shohei Ichimura

5.00 – 5.30 Meera Viswanathan: Contesting the Brāhmana: Humour and argument in the Vajrasūci

5.30 – 6.00 Vijay Kumar Jain: boudhDHadharshanE anEkathAyAm EkathA

6.00 – 6.30 Shohei Ichimura: An examination of Prof. Murti’s attempt of equation between Hindu Advaita theory and that of Buddhist Yogācāra theory of Advaya

Poetry, Drama and Aesthetics

Chair: Natalia Lidova

5.00 – 5.30 Indrani Deka: Marriage – Its customs and rituals as depicted in Ṥrīharṣa’s Naiṣadhīyacarita

5.30 – 6.00 Chandan Kumar Chakraborty: Some mysterious and curious weapons in the Great Epeics.

6.00 – 6.30 Kutumba Shatri: Where Abhinavaguptra set a wrong tradition.

Modern Sanskrit Literature

Chair: Jürgen Hanneder

5.00 – 5.30 Ajay Kumar Mishra: The socio-political investigation of contemporary Sanskrit poetry

5.30 – 6.00 Sudip Chakravortti: Literature of Ishwarachandra Vidyasagara

6.00 – 6.30 Malinee Goswami: Modern Sanskrit poetry: A projection

Epics and Purānas

Chair: Adam Bowles

5.00 – 5.30 Fernando Wulff Alonso: The fourth book of the Mahābhārata and its Greek sources

5.30 – 6.00 Joydeep Bagchee: The Paraśurāma legend in historical research

6.00 – 6.30 Vishwa Adluri: Philosophical aspects of bhakti in the Mahābhārata

Tantra and Āgamas

Chair: Diwakar Acharya

5.00 – 5.30 Navjivan Rastogi: Gāyatrī in the Monistic Śaiva tradition of Kashmir

5.30 – 6.00 Shruti Rai: Jñāna as Vikalpa

6.00 – 6.30 Yohei Kawajiri: Interpretations of the opening verse of the Iśvarapratyabhijñākārikā with special reference to a double character of the recognition

Sanskrit and Science

Chair: J.M. Delire

5.00 – 5.30 Indraratna Bokamoone: Preventive medicine in the light of Carakasahitā

5.30 – 6.00 A. Jilsha: Non-vedic origin of Āyurveda

6.00 – 6.30 P.I. Ajithan: The term Tantra in early scriptures of Āyurveda

Sanskrit and Asian Languages and


Chair: Robert Zydenbos

5.00 – 5.30 Audrey Truschke: The power of language: Sanskrit grammars and lexicons of Persian

5.30 – 6.00 Elmar Renner: Are tatsamas as ‘sama’ as they seem? A comparative analysis of the tatsama use in Hindi, Maithili and Kannada scientific writing

6.00 – 6.30 Yigal Bronner: Birds of a feather: Vāmana Bhattabana’s Hamsasandeśa and its inter-texts

Religious Studies

Chair: Arvind Sharma

5.00 – 5.30 Hemlata Biltharia: Concept of vratas in Padmapurā_a and their contemporary relevance

5.30 – 6.00 Samniang Luermsa: Hell and heaven in the Mahavāstu Avadāna

6.00 – 6.30 Dipak Kumar Sharma: A discussion on Dāsyabhakti as found in the Bhaktiviveka


Chair: Vijay Shankar Shukla

5.00 – 5.30 C.M. Neelkanthan: Manuscripts/transcripts/oral traditions of preservation techniques of Rigveda chanting of Kerala

5.30 – 6.00 Subhadra Desai: Music and its relation with vedic chanting: Textual (oral) preservation and its development (in the form of music)

6.00 – 6.30 K.P. Sreedevi: Two Kerala commentaries on Saparyāhrdayam attributed to Śriśankara

Visit to Exhibitions and Book stalls (7.00 – 7.30 PM)

Sanskrit Nāṭyamahotsava (7.30 – 9.00 PM): Kathakali and Nāngiarkū: Usha Nangiar and her troupe


2 thoughts on “World Sanskrit Conference, New Delhi, India: Programme schedule

  1. We have to increase the passion for Sanskruti in people by having such type of conferences. But from my point of view if this type of conference is held in big cities, people living in that type of cities have no time. Though the reality is that they know little about their nation, they have time for doing their jobs only.In small cities the people know about their languages/culture [and may have more time for learning more from such conferences].
    Navankura’s Note: This is an edited version of Ms. Mahima Sethia’s comment, posted on this blog. The reply to this may be found below.

    • Thank you Mahima for your insightful note. I do hope the organisers of such conferences take note of this and hold meetings of this nature in smaller towns as well.

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