N. Ranganatha Sharma

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Mahamahopadya Dr. Vidvan N. Ranganatha Sharma (1916–2014) was a Sanskrit and Kannada scholar, particularly known for his erudition in grammar (vyākaraṇa) of both Sanskrit and Kannada.

Life[edit]

Ranganatha Sharma was born in the village of Nadahalli on 7 January 1916.[1][2] He taught in Bangalore at the Chamarajendra Sanskrit College for several decades[2][3] (1948 to 1976),[4] where he was Professor of Vyākaraṇa.[5]

He was also a close associate of DVG (D. V. Gundappa).[3][6]

Work[edit]

Sanskrit works[1][edit]

His Sanskrit works include Bahubalivijayam (a Historical play, 1980) and Ekachakram (a mythological play, 1990); Guruparemitracaritam (1969) and Gommatesvarasuprabhatam (1981), and Gommatesa-panchakam.

Kannada works[1][edit]

Bhasantarapatha (1949), Laukika-nyayagalu (1959), Hosagannada Vyakarana, Valmikimunigala Hasyapravrtti, Varadahalli Sridhara Swamigalu, Sri Kamacandra (in the light of Bhasa, Kalidasa and Bhavabhuti, 1982), Suktivyapti (1991, Upanisattina Kathegalu (1993). Translated works: Valmikiramayana, Amarakosa (1970), Viduraniti (1973), the Xth Skandha of Srimad-bhagavata (1978), Srivisnupurana (1986), Vyasatatparyanirnaya, Srtisarasamuddharana of Totakacarya, Brahma-kanda of Vakyapadiyam and Pancadasi of Vidyaranya. Edited works : Bhagavan¬namavali, Subhasitamanjari and Srichamarajoktivilasaramayana.

He is noted for his translation of the entire Valmiki Ramayana into Kannada, which was published with a foreword by DVG himself.[3] He also wrote works on the Vishnu Purana, Srimad Bhagavata, Amarakosha in three kāṇḍas,[3][2] Bhartrhari[2] and Sri Shankara Sookti Muktavali.[3] He edited DVG's Marulamuniyana Kagga, a collection of poems which was published after DVG's death.[3] Mr. Sharma has authored several books in Kannada and Sanskrit. He is a recipient of the national award for Sanskrit learning and has received the Rajyotsava Award. The Karnataka Samskrit University recently conferred an honorary doctorate on him.[6] In his Laukika Nyayagalu, he explained 219 maxims in Kannada.[7]

His works in Sanskrit include the historical play Bāhubalivijayam (1981), and the mythological play Ekacakram (1990), based on the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata.[5][8] He was the author of more than 80 works,[2] over 45 in Kannada and 10 in Sanskrit.[3] He wrote Hosagannada Vyakarana which was published in the year 2010.[9]

Honors received[edit]

He is a recipient of Karnatak State Award, President’s Certificate of Honour, Chunchasri Prasasti of Âdichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana and the title Mahamahopadhyaya of Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, Tirupati.

Awards[edit]

Death[edit]

Vidwan N.Ranganatha Sharma died on 25 January 2014 at his residence at Kuvempunagar, Mysore at age 98.[13]

Further reading[edit]

  • S. Ranganath (2009), Modern Sanskrit Writings in Karnataka (PDF), New Delhi: Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, pp. 47–51

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "N. Rangnatha Sharma".
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "NOTED SANSKRIT SCHOLAR RANGANATHA SHARMA DEAD", Star of Mysore, Mysore, 25 January 2014
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Scholar Ranganatha Sharma is dead", The Hindu, Mysore, 26 January 2014
  4. ^ a b c "Ranganath Sharma to get DVG award", The Hindu, Mysore, 23 March 2013
  5. ^ a b S. Ranganath, V. N. Jha, ed., "Contribution of Karnataka to Sanskrit Drama Since Independence", Sanskrit Writings in Independent India, p. 28
  6. ^ a b c d e "DVG was a titan among Kannada writers, says Ranganatha Sharma", The Hindu, Mysore, 25 March 2013
  7. ^ T. V. V. S. (1987). Amaresh Datta, ed. Aphorisms, Maxims and Proverbs (Kannada). Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature: A-Devo. Sahitya Akademi. p. 208.
  8. ^ N. Ranganatha Sharma (1990). Ekachakram. Bangalore: Akhila Karnataka Sanskrit Parishat.. With an appreciation by K. Krishnamurthy, p. viii.
  9. ^ "Hosagannada Vyakarana".
  10. ^ ರಾಮಚಂದ್ರ ಹೆಗ್ಡೆ (26 January 2014), "ನಾಡು ಕಂಡ ಶ್ರೇಷ್ಠ ವಿದ್ವಾಂಸ ರಂಗನಾಥ ಶರ್ಮ ಸ್ಮರಣೆ", OneIndia Kannada
  11. ^ "Make Sanskrit the language of non-Brahmins: scholar", The Hindu, Bangalore, 10 November 2012
  12. ^ "Book awards", The Hindu, Karnataka, 6 March 2012
  13. ^ "Sanskrit scholar Ranganatha Sharma dead".

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