on Prof. Shastri
by Satya Vrat Shastri
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Prof. Dr. Satya Vrat Shastri speaks with the President of India
as his proud father, Pandit Charu Deva Shastri, looks on
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.
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
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
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,
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
Prof. Shastri presenting his new book to H.E. Indian PM, Srimati
Pictured is stalwart Dr. Siddheshwar
Varma, one of Prof. Shastri's revered Gurus and master of 36
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.
Shastri Vyakaranacharya, M.A. M.O.L., Ph.D. D.Litt. (h.c.
Bangkok) Research: Concept of Time and Space in Vakyapadiya
(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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