S. K. Ramachandra Rao
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|S. K. Ramachandra Rao|
S. K. Ramachandra Rao
|Born||Saligrama Krishna Ramachandra Rao
4 September 1925
|Died||2 February 2006
|Occupation||Author, Psychologist, Sanskrit scholar|
His books, most of them in Kannada and English, deal with Indian culture, philosophy, art, music, and literature. They are based on research he conducted on ancient Indian texts and rare manuscripts. He was working on a thirty-two volume project on the Rigveda in English at the time of his death.
He died on 2 February 2006 in Bangalore. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Saligrama Krishna Ramachandra Rao was born on 4 September 1925 in Hassan, a small town in south India. He spent his early childhood with his grandparents in Bangalore, where he started school. He also started learning Sanskrit from Agnihotri Yajnavitthalachar, a scholar. This training in Sanskrit would help him write numerous books later in life.
When his grandfather died, he moved to Nanjanagudu, a small town, where his parents were staying at the time. He soon moved to Mysore to finish school and graduated with a master's degree in psychology.
He first worked as a research assistant at the Indian Institute of Science, before moving to the All India Institute of Mental Health (now NIMHANS). By 1965, he had risen to become the head of the department of clinical psychology.
While at NIMHANS, he wrote a book The Development of Psychological Thought in India. He also created an Indian version of the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) cards and conducted experiments based on them. He was also instrumental in revising the syllabus that was taught at NIMHANS to include aspects of Indian philosophy that had influenced the study of psychology.
He left NIMHANS in 1965, and worked as a visiting professor in various institutions in Bangalore, lecturing and teaching courses in psychology, indology, philosophy, social work and education.
In later life, he divided his time between public speaking, writing and teaching students at home.
His books deal primarily with Indian culture, philosophy, art, music, and literature. They are based on research he conducted on ancient Indian texts and rare manuscripts.
He has also written a play in Sanskrit, a commentary in Pali on Visuddhimagga, a book by Buddhagosha. He has also written a treatise in Pali called Sumangala-gatha which was published in the journal The Light of the Dhamma.
At the time of his death, he was working on a thirty-two volume project on the Rigveda in English. Volume sixteen was published two years after his death, in 2007.
He was also a painter and sculptor. One of his works is on permanent display at Ravindra Kalashetra in Bangalore.
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