N. Ranganatha Sharma
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.
Ranganatha Sharma was born in the village of Nadahalli on 7 January 1916. He taught in Bangalore at the Chamarajendra Sanskrit College for several decades (1948 to 1976), where he was Professor of Vyākaraṇa.
His Sanskrit works include Bahubalivijayam (a Historical play, 1980) and Ekachakram (a mythological play, 1990); Guruparemitracaritam (1969) and Gommatesvarasuprabhatam (1981), and Gommatesa-panchakam.
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. He also wrote works on the Vishnu Purana, Srimad Bhagavata, Amarakosha in three kāṇḍas, Bhartrhari and Sri Shankara Sookti Muktavali. He edited DVG's Marulamuniyana Kagga, a collection of poems which was published after DVG's death. 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. In his Laukika Nyayagalu, he explained 219 maxims in Kannada.
His works in Sanskrit include the historical play Bāhubalivijayam (1981), and the mythological play Ekacakram (1990), based on the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata. He was the author of more than 80 works, over 45 in Kannada and 10 in Sanskrit. He wrote Hosagannada Vyakarana which was published in the year 2010.
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.
- Rajyotsava Award
- Best Teacher Award, at the State and National level
- First recipient of the DVG Memorial Award by the DVG Balaga
- Title of "Mahamahopadya" by the Tirupati Sanskrit University
- National award for proficiency in Sanskrit
- Honorary doctorate (Honoris Causa D. Litt. degree) from Karnataka Samskrit University, Bangalore.
- Book award for Sanskrit writing in 2010, from Karnataka Samskruta University.
Vidwan N.Ranganatha Sharma died on 25 January 2014 at his residence at Kuvempunagar, Mysore at age 98.
- S. Ranganath (2009), Modern Sanskrit Writings in Karnataka (PDF), New Delhi: Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, pp. 47–51
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- "NOTED SANSKRIT SCHOLAR RANGANATHA SHARMA DEAD", Star of Mysore, Mysore, 25 January 2014
- "Scholar Ranganatha Sharma is dead", The Hindu, Mysore, 26 January 2014
- "Ranganath Sharma to get DVG award", The Hindu, Mysore, 23 March 2013
- S. Ranganath, V. N. Jha, ed., "Contribution of Karnataka to Sanskrit Drama Since Independence", Sanskrit Writings in Independent India, p. 28
- "DVG was a titan among Kannada writers, says Ranganatha Sharma", The Hindu, Mysore, 25 March 2013
- T. V. V. S. (1987). Amaresh Datta, ed. Aphorisms, Maxims and Proverbs (Kannada). Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature: A-Devo. Sahitya Akademi. p. 208.
- N. Ranganatha Sharma (1990). Ekachakram. Bangalore: Akhila Karnataka Sanskrit Parishat.. With an appreciation by K. Krishnamurthy, p. viii.
- "Hosagannada Vyakarana".
- ರಾಮಚಂದ್ರ ಹೆಗ್ಡೆ (26 January 2014), "ನಾಡು ಕಂಡ ಶ್ರೇಷ್ಠ ವಿದ್ವಾಂಸ ರಂಗನಾಥ ಶರ್ಮ ಸ್ಮರಣೆ", OneIndia Kannada
- "Make Sanskrit the language of non-Brahmins: scholar", The Hindu, Bangalore, 10 November 2012
- "Book awards", The Hindu, Karnataka, 6 March 2012
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- Page on Ranganatha Sharma as part of Karnataka Samskrit University's "Karnataka Saaraswatopaasakaru"