Kamala Sankrityayan

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Dr. Kamala Sankrityayan
कमला सांकृत्यायन
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Dr. Kamala Sankrityayan (1920–2009)
Born (1920-08-15)15 August 1920
Kalimpong, West Bengal, India
Died 25 October 2009(2009-10-25) (aged 89)
Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
Pen name Dr. Kamala Sankrityayan
Occupation Writer, editor, scholar
Nationality Indian

Dr. Kamala Sankrityayan (Hindi: कमला सांकृत्यायन), was one of the popular Hindi writer, editor and Nepali scholar of the 20th century and the wife of historian Rahul Sankrityayan.


Dr. Kamala Sankrityayan was born on 15 August 1920 in Kalimpong in West Bengal. She did Doctorate From Agra University. She was married to historian Rahul Sankrityayan. They had a son Jeta & a daughter Jaya.


Dr. Kamala Sankrityayan was a well known Nepali writer, Scholar and Translator. She translated Valmiki's Ramayana in Nepali. She also remained a member of The National Bibliography of Indian Literature (1901–1953). She also wrote books like The Ramayana Tradition in Asia, Mahamanav Mahapandit, Prabha, Nepali Sahitya etc. She was well versed in many languages. She was actively participated in the field of Nepali and Hindi literature since the 1950s and the recipient of numerous Regional and National awards in Hindi and Nepali Literature. She was honoured with Bhanu Puraskar in 1982 and Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan Award in 1993, for her creation and compile of essays Bichar Tatha Biwechana. She has contributed 13 different Hindi and Nepali books and more than 500 piece of writing on her credits, equally responsible for the creation of Indian Literature Encyclopedia. She was also the head of Hindi Dept., Loreto College, Darjeeling. Her last book Dibya Mani was released last year.


She died on 25 October 2009. Last tribute was held at her residence Rahul Niwas, Kernel Villa, Darjeeling, amongst her family, well wishers and the citizens of Darjeeling town on 26 October 2009.


  • The Ramayana Tradition in Asia
  • Mahamanav Mahapandit – 1995
  • Prabha – 1994
  • Nepali Sahitya – 1986
  • Assam Ki Lokkathayen – 1981–1993
  • Dibya Mani – 2008
  • Bichar Tatha Biwechana

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