Institut für Indologie und Zentralasien- wissenschaften  

Profil

Dr. Sadanada Das
E-Mail: sdas[at]uni-leipzig.de
Tel.: +49 (341) 97 37 132
Zimmer: 104 (1. Etage)

Projects at hand

  • Editing and translating (from Sanskrit into English) "SAUDHIKAGAMA", An Unpublished Sanskrit Text on Temple Architecture, Iconography and Town Planning from Orissa.
  • Translating (from Sanskrit into Oriya) "Vijñanabhairava", a text on Tantric yoga of Kashmir Shaivism.
  • Working on Mahimadharma project in Orissa Research Programme funded by DFG (Germany) for preparation of an Anthology titled "Verses from the Void" with Bettina Bäumer, Johannes Beltz, Michael Ianuzielo, Kedar Mishra, Kalidas Mishra and Sanjiv Nayak.

Areas of Interest

Vedic Literature (Atharvaveda), Classical Sanskrit Literature (Kavyas, Subhashitas), Shilpa Satras, Kashmir Shaivism, Spoken Sanskrit and Modern Sanskrit Literature.

Languages Known

Oriya (mother tonge), Sanskrit, Hindi, English. Bengali (basic knowledge).
German (basic knowledge).

CURRICULUM VITAE

Place of Birth: Tulasipur, Orissa, India
Father´s Name: Krishnachandra Das
Permanent Address: P.O: Tulasipur, Via: Banki, Dist.: Cuttack, Pin: 754012, Orissa (INDIA)
Present Address: Institute for Indology and Central Asian Studies, University of Leipzig, Schillerstraße 6, 04109 Leipzig, GERMANY

Educational Qualification

  • High School, Board of Secondary Education, Orissa, 1st division, 1984.
  • Prākśāstrī (Intermediate), Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi, 1st division, 1986.
  • Shāstrī (B. A.), Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, -do-, 1st division with Gold Medal, 1989.
  • M. A. (in Sanskrit), Dept. of Sanskrit, Univ. of Poona, Pune, 1st div. with distinction, 1991.
  • Ph. D (in Sanskrit), Centre for Advanced Study in Sanskrit, University of Poona, Pune, 2002. (Topic: Vedic Theories of Creation: With Special Reference to the Atharvaveda).
  • Vedārtha Abhijña, Vedaśāstrottejaka, Sabhā, Pune, 1st division, 1990.
  • German Language course for foreigners, University of Vienna, Austria, 1996.
  • German Language Course(Aufbaustufe I und II), Dept. of Linguistics, University of Bern, Switzerland, 1998.
  • Qualified NET (National Educational Test) conducted by UGC (University Grants Commission, New Delhi, India) in June 1992.

Attended Seminars/Conferences/Workshops

  1. Attended two All India Oriental Conferences held at Pune (1993) and Rohtak (1994) and presented a paper on - ´´Cosmogonic Ideas in the Atharvaveda´´ at the Vedic Session of the Conference at Rohtak.
  2. Attended two workshops on Manuscriptology and Palaeography held at New Delhi (1994) and Pune (1995)
  3. Attended Xth World Sanskrit Conference held at Bangalore (1997) and presented a paper at the Vedic Session ´´The Atharvavedic Skambhasūkta and its connection with the regional tradition of Orissa´´.
  4. Attended XIth World Sanskrit Conference held at Turin, Italy (2000) and presented a paper at the Vedic Session ´´Prāṇasūkta of the Atharvaveda: A Cosmological Approach´´.
  5. Attended a National Seminar on Veda called Rāṣṭriyā Veda Saṃgoṣṭhī held at Jaypur, Rajasthan (2001) and presented a paper on “Sacrifice and its Micro and Macro Cosmic Significance with Special Reference to the Ucchiṣṭa Sūkta”.
  6. Attended an International Seminar on “Mahimā Dharma Reconsidered: New Research Perspectives on Popular Asceticism in Orissa”, at Bhubaneswar, Orissa, (2002) and presented a paper on “The Guru in Bhima Bhoi’s Stuticintāmaṇi”.
  7. Attended a two-day Symposium on Relevance of Śilpa-Śāstra organized by Jñāna- Pravāha – Centre for Cultural Studies, Varanasi on January 17-18, 2003 and presented a paper on “The Terminology of Orissan Śilpa Śāstras”.
  8. Attended and organized the first Workshop on “Kashmir Śaivism: Text and Practice”, held at Varanasi from 17th February to 1st March 2003 organized by Trika Interreligious Trust.
  9. Attended a National Seminar on Indian Intellectual Traditions organized by Sahitya Academy, New Delhi & the Centre of Advanced Study in Sanskrit, University of Pune, at Pune from 21st to 23rd March 2003 and presented a paper on “A Critical Analysis of some Relevant Cosmological Hymns of the Atharvaveda”.
  10. Attended XIIth World Sanskrit Conference held at Helsinki, Finland (2003) and presented a paper at the Art and Architecture Session on ´´A Brief Introduction to Saudhikāgama: An Unpublished Sanskrit Text from Orissa on Temple Architecture, Iconography and Town Planning´´.
  11. Attended and organized the second Workshop on “Kashmir Śaivism: Text and Practice”, held at Varanasi from 10th to 19th March 2004 organized by Trika Interreligious Trust.
  12. Attended 42nd All India Oriental Conference held at Sampurnananda Sanskrit University Varanasi from 4th to 6th November 2004 and presented a paper "Town Planning in ancient India according to Saudhikāgama" in History session.
  13. Attended and organized the 3rd International Workshop on “Kashmir Śaivism: Text and Practice”, held at Varanasi from 1st to 8th February 2005 organized by Trika Interreligious Trust.
  14. Attended and organized the 4th International Workshop on “Kashmir Śaivism: Text and Practice”, held at Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, Varanasi from 5th to 16th March 2006 organized by Trika Interreligious Trust Varanasi.
  15. Attended and organized the 5th International Workshop on “Kashmir Śaivism: Text and Practice”, held at Saṃvidālaya,Abhinavagupta Research Library, Varanasi from 12th to 21st Feb. 2007 organized by Trika Interreligious Trust Varanasi.
  16. Attended and organized the 6th International Workshop on “Kashmir Śaivism: Text and Practice”, held at Colonel´s Resort, Bir, Himachal Pradesh, from 19th to 28th Sept. 2008 organized by Abhinavagupta Research Library & Trika Interreligious Trust Varanasi.
  17. Attended XIVth World Sanskrit Conference held at Kyoto, Japan, (2009) and presented a paper in section seven, Sanskrit and Regional Languages and Literatures on ´´Spoken Sanskrit: Its past and present´´.

Teaching and Research Experience

  1. Taught (25) Intensive Courses on spoken Sanskrit in various schools, colleges and Universities in different parts of India during the period from 1986 to 1989 under the auspices of Lokabhāṣā Pracāra Samiti, Puri, Orissa.
  2. Taught an Intensive Course on spoken Sanskrit at the Seminar für Indologie, Universität Tübingen, Germany, in the Winter Semester, 1996
  3. Taught a course on Sanskrit Language and Grammer for the beginners and a course on spoken Sanskrit for the advanced students (as a visiting Lecturer) in the Institut für Religionswissenschaft, Universität Bern, Switzerland, in the Winter Semester 1997/98 and Summer Semester 1998, i.e. from October 1997 to June 1998 (One year).
  4. Taught three Intensive courses on spoken Sanskrit (as a visiting Lecturer) in the Faculty of Letters, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, in April-May 1999; April-May 2000; and October 2004.
  5. Taught a course on Oriya Language for the beginners (as a visiting Lecturer), in the Department of Classical Indology, South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany, Summer Semester 2000.
  6. Taught twelve Sanskrit Summer School courses with teaching of spoken Sanskrit (as a visiting Lecturer), in the Department of Classical Indology, South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany, September 2000, August 2001, September 2002, August 2003, August 2004, August 2005, August 2006, August 2007, August 2008, August 2009, August 2010 and August 2011.
  7. Taught an Advanced Sanskrit Summer School course with teaching of spoken Sanskrit (as a visiting Lecturer), in Facolta di lettere e filosofia, University of Florence, Florence, Italy, September 2003.
  8. Taught a Winter School in Advanced Spoken Sanskrit III organized by the Department of Classical Indology, South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, in collaboration with Jñāna Pravāha, Centre for Cultural Studies, at Varanasi, January 2005.
  9. Taught two Summer Schools in Spoken Sanskrit (as a visiting Lecturer), in the Faculty of Asian Studies, at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, February 2006 and February 2009.
  10. Taught two Advanced Sanskrit Workshops with teaching of spoken Sanskrit and contemporary Sanskrit literature for M.A.; Ph. D.; research scholars and university teachers (for two weeks) in DEVAVĀṆĪ, Centre for Sanskrit Studies, Barcelona, Spain, September 6-19, 2010 and September 5-18, 2011.

Scholarships/ Fellowships/ Visits/ Awards

  1. Gold Medal in Shastri (B.A.) from Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi, 1989.
  2. Visited Institute of Indology, University of Vienna from 16th April to 13th August 1996.
  3. Received a Scholarship from German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst), Bonn, Germany, to visit the Seminar für Indologie, Universität Tübingen, from 15th September to 15th December 1996.
  4. Received the Award of the Sate of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany for best language teaching for the year 2004. This was awarded for my Summer School in Spoken Sanskrit, a special course for four weeks at the Department of Classical Indology, South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany.

Previous Positions held:

  1. Worked as a Junior Research Fellow in Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Varanasi, from 15th April 1993 to 14th April 1996.
  2. Visiting Lecturer in Sanskrit Language in the Institute of Religious Studies, University of Bern, Switzerland, in the Winter Semester 1997/98 and Summer Semester 1998. (One year).
  3. Worked as a Research Assistant in Alice Boner Institute, Varanasi since January 1997 to 2002, as a Research Officer since January 2003 till 31st March 2005.

Present Position:

  • From 22nd of April 2005 working as a Lecturer in Sanskrit in the Institute of Indology and Central Asian Studies at the University of Leipzig, Germany.

Publications

Papers Published

  1.   Cosmology in the Atharvaveda: A Brief Survey, in Harihara Śatadalam, Dr. Harihara Jha Felicitation Volume, Allahabad, 2000, Part II, pp. 15-31.
  2. Pṛthivīsūkta of the Atharvaveda : A Study, in the Journal of Ganganath Jha Kendriya Sanskrit Vidyapith, Vol. LVI, Jan.-Dec., part 1-4, 2000, Allahabad 2003, pp. 235-248.
  3. The Atharvavedic Skambhasūkta and its connection with the regional tradition of Orissa in: New Dimensions in the Atharvaveda (Prof. K. C. Acharya Commemoration Volume), ed. by Prafulla K.Mishra, Pratibha Prakashan, New Delhi, 2003, pp. 174-188.
  4. Sacrifice and its Micro and Macrocosmic Significance with Special Reference to the Ucchiṣṭasūkta, in: Facets of Indology (M. M. Damodar Mohapatra Shastri Commemoration Volume, ed. by Subash Chandra Dash, Pratibha Prakashan, Delhi, 2004, pp. 59-69.
  5. Terminology of Orissan Śilpa Śāstras, in: SAHṚDAYA, Studies in Indian and South East Asian Art (Dr. R. Nagaswamy Felicitation Volume), ed. by Bäumer, B., Handa, D., Misra, R.N., Prapandvidya, C., Tamil Arts Academy (series- 12 Nov. 2006), Chennai, 2006, pp. 267 – 276.
  6. A Brief Introduction to Saudhikāgama: An Unpublished Sanskrit Text on Temple Architecture, Iconography and Town Planning, from Orissa, in: Script and Image, Papers on Art and Epigraphy, ed. By Gail, A., Mevissen, Gerd J. R., Salomon, R., Papers of the 12th World Sanskrit Conference, Helsinki, Finland, 13-18 July 2003, Vol. 11.1, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd. Delhi, 2006, pp. 99-109.
  7. Significance of Kāma in Vedic Cosmogony: With Special Reference to the Atharvaveda, in: Nyāya Vasiṣṭha, Prof. V. N. Jha Felicitation Volume, ed. by Manabendu Banarjee, Sanskrit Pustak Bhandar, Kolkata, 2006, pp. 9-17.
  8. The Guru in Bhima Bhoi’s Stuticintāmaṇi, Popular Religion and Ascetic Practices, New Studies on Mahimā  Dharma, ed. by Ishita Banerjee-Dube & Johannes Beltz, Manohar Publishers & Distributors, New Delhi, 2008, pp. 117-130.
  9. The Vedic notion of Skambha: With Special Reference to the Skambhasūktas of the Atharvaveda, in the Festschrift for Prof. Dr. Dieter Schlingloff, ed. by. Prof. Eli. Franco and Prof. Monika Zin, Vol. I, Lumbini International Research Institute, Bhairahawa, Rupandehi, Nepal, 2010, pp. 169-182.

Accepted for Publication 

  1. A Critical Analysis of the Cosmological Hymns of the Atharvaveda, (accepted for publication in the proceedings of the National Seminar on Indian Intellectual Traditions organized by Sahitya Academy, New Delhi & the Centre of Advanced Study in Sanskrit, University of Pune).

Books Published

  1. Subhāsita-Mañjarī: (A Selection of hundred Subhāsitas from Sanskrit Literature with English translation), Allahabad, 2001, Revised edition, Allahabad, 2004.
    2.Śilpa Prakāśa: Medieval Orissan Sanskrit Text On Temple Architecture, Revised and edited with, Bettina Baeumer and R. P. Das, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and Motilal Banarsidass (P) Ltd., Delhi, 2005.
    3.    Sāmarasya: Studies in Indian Arts, Philosophy and Interreligious Dialogue in Honour of Prof. Bettina Bäumer, ed. with Dr. Ernst Fürlinger, D. K. Printworld, New Delhi, 2005.

Books under Preparation

  1. Vedic Theories of Creation: With Special Reference to the Atharvaveda.
    2   “Sāmbapañāsikā”, A Sanskrit Text on Philosophy of Kashmir Śaivism, translating from Sanskrit into Oriya.
    3   A Sanskrit – English Dictionary, specially designed for the students of spoken Sanskrit.
    4    “Vijñānabhairava”, a text on Tantric Yoga of Kashmir Śaivism, translating from Sanskrit into Oriya.
    5   A Pictorial Dictionary in Sanskrit (Citrapadakoṣa) for the learners of Spoken Sanskrit.
    6   An Introduction to Spoken Sanskrit (A four weeks course of study based on my teaching experience).
    7   Subhāsita-Mañjarī– II: (A Selection of hundred Subhāṣitas from Sanskrit Literature with English translation).
    8   Chandomañjarī, (A selection of popular meters for the students of B.A. and M.A.)

Interviews related to my teaching Published in the News Papers

  1. Das gibt´s wirklich: Comics auf Sanskrit, in Rein Necker Zeitung, Donnerstag, Germany, 30th August 2001. (German daily news paper).
    2.  Die Korrekt-Zähler, in Die Zeit, No. 6,  page. 80, Germany, 2. February 2006. (German  news paper)
    3.  Alive and well (in Study-abroad), in The Telegraph, Calcutta, India, Wednesday, July 19, 2006. (Indian English daily news paper).

letzte Änderung: 07.12.2011 

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