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A PROFILE

Young Prof. Dr. Satya Vrat Shastri speaks with the President of India 
as his proud father, Pandit Charu Deva Shastri, looks on

Born on 29th September 1930, Dr. Satya Vrat Shastri  had his early education under his father, a renowned scholar  Shri Charu Deva Shastri.  Here is a very rare photograph of Prof. Shastri as a young boy.

With his Guru, Pandit Shuk Deo Jha at Varanasi

Satya Vrat Shastri as a handsome & brilliant young scholar on gradation in 1951

With Mrs Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit after getting the record marks in B.A. Hons in Sanskrit in 1951.

Receiving the Best College Student Prize
in 1949

Receiving the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1968 from H.E. Dr. Zakir Hussain, President of India

He received record marks  in B.A. Hons.  in Sanskrit and First Class First in M.A.  in Sanskrit from the Punjab University, and won University medals. After doing his Ph.D  at the Banaras Hindu University he joined the University of Delhi, where during the forty years of his teaching career he has held important positions as the Head of the Department of Sanskrit and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts. 

He was also Vice-Chancellor of Shri Jagannath Sanskrit University, Puri, Orissa. He has the distinction of having been  Visiting Professor in six Universities on three  Continents, Chulalongkorn and Silpakorn Universities in Bangkok and Northeast Buddhist University, Nongkhai, Thailand, the University of  Tubingen, Tubingen, Germany, the Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium and University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He has attended  and chai!red  a number of national and international conferences and seminars and delivered more than a hundred lectures in Universities in Europe, North America, Southeast Asia and the Far East.

 

 


Delivering the Oriental Institute Golden Jubilee Lecture, Belgium, 1987


Dr.Shastri is the product of both the systems of Sanskrit learning, traditional and modern. After receiving his early education under his father, he  had moved to Varanasi where he had the opportunity of studying with some of the stalwarts of the Century

Prof. Shastri presenting his new book to H.E. Indian PM, Srimati Indira Gandhi 
Pictured is stalwart Dr. Siddheshwar Varma, one of Prof. Shastri's revered Gurus and master of 36 languages.
Both a creative and a critical writer, Dr.Satya Vrat Shastri had to his credit in creative writing in Sanskrit three Mahakavyas of about a thousand stanzas each, each one of which has become a subject for research for  the Ph.D. degree in some Indian University or the other, three Khandakavyas, one Prabandhakavyas and one Patrakavya and five works in critical writing  including the pioneering one,  The  Ramayana - A Linguistic Study and also one hundred and ten research articles.  He is the founding editor of two research journals, the Indological Studies and the Srijagannathajyotih.

Dr. Satya Vrat Shastri comes of a family , the only one in the whole of India, where both, the father and the son, are the recipients of the President of India  Certificate of Honour, the Shiromani Sanskrit Sahityakar Award from the Govt. of Punjab and the Visista Samskrta, Sahitya Puraskara from the Uttar Pradesh Sanskrit Academy.

The persevering efforts of Dr.Satya Vrat Shastri in enriching Sanskrit literature with  his creative and critical works have paid him rich dividends. He is the recipient of thirty eight national and international awards, and is one of the most widely known of the Sanskritists outside  of India.

Academic Qualifications:

Shastri Vyakaranacharya, M.A. M.O.L., Ph.D. D.Litt. (h.c. Bangkok) Research: Concept of  Time and Space in Vakyapadiya

Academic Distinctions:

(I)     Broke all previous records in B.A. (Hons.) Sanskrit and was awarded University Medal

(ii)    Stood first in M.A. (Sanksrit) and was awarded University Medal


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