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Dr Shankar Rajaraman honoured with Presidential Award

New Delhi: Bengaluru-based psychiatrist and well-known Sanskrit poet Dr Shankar Rajaraman was recently honoured with ‘Presidential Award of Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman’ by the Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu.

Dr Rajaraman is an allopathic doctor, having completed his MBBS degree from MS Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore and a postgraduate diploma in psychological medicine from JJM Medical College, Davanagere.

He also holds a first rank with gold medal in MA (Sanskrit) from Karnataka State Open University Mysore (KSOU), Mysore. He completed his doctorate from the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore, on a topic that bridges contemporary psychology and Sanskrit poetics.

At an event organised here by the HRD Ministry on April 4, Dr Shankar Rajaraman received the award consisting of Rs 100,000 and a certificate from the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, for his outstanding contribution in the field of Sanskrit language and literature.

The event witnessed the presence of around 100 eminent scholars and linguists who have made immense contribution to the protection and promotion of Indian classical languages through their writings in prose, poetry and several other literary works.

The Awards were presented for their stellar work in Sanskrit, Arabic, Persian, Pali, Prakrit, Classical Kannada, Classical Telugu, and Classical Malayalam for the years 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman, named after sage Veda Vyasa, the illustrious author of Mahabharata, is a Presidential award, instituted by the Government of India in 2002, to honour young scholars, aged 30-45 years, in recognition of their significant contribution to classical Indian languages.

The distinction is conferred once a year in recognition of substantial contribution in the field of Sanskrit, Persian, Arabic, Pali, Prakrit, Classical Oriya, Classical Kannada, Classical Telugu and Classical Malayalam.

Scholars who have made a breakthrough in inter-disciplinary studies involving contribution of Sanskrit or ancient Indian wisdom to foster synergy between modernity and tradition are especially selected for the award.

Dr Shankar Rajaraman specializes in a cryptic form of Sanskrit poetry known as “chitra-kavya” (often translated as “wonder poetry” or “pattern poetry”). Two of his famous chitra-kavya works include Devi-danaviyam and Chitra-naishadham.

On receiving the recognition, Dr Rajaraman said, “It is a tribute to Sanskrit and to the work I have undertaken. I am highly encouraged to do more work and contribute to the spread of the language and literature across the country and the world. “We have a very rich heritage in Sanskrit and it is our responsibility to protect this and ensure that its literature and knowledge are passed on to the younger generations,” he added.

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