Sampadananda Mishra

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Sampadananda Mishra
Born (1971-11-17) 17 November 1971 (age 52)
Odisha, India
OccupationSanskrit scholar, editor and author
LanguageSanskrit, Odia, English
Alma materUtkal University
GenreSanskrit, Indian literature

Sampadananda Mishra (Odia: ସମ୍ପଦାନନ୍ଦ ମିଶ୍ର, born 17 November 1971) is a Sanskrit scholar from Odisha, specializing in grammar.[1] Mishra was awarded the Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Award for Sanskrit in 2012 by the President of India Pratibha Patil.[2] He was conferred with Sahitya Akademi Bala Puraskar 2018 for his book Shanaih Shanaih.

Education and career[edit]

Grandson of a Sanskrit Pandit,[3] Mishra received a post-graduate degree in Sanskrit from Utkal University.[4] He received an MPhil in Sanskrit Grammar from under V. Kutumba Sastry of Pondicherry University and completed his doctorate from Utkal University on Sanskrit and the evolution of human speech.[4]

From September 1995 to March 2021, Mishra served as the director of Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Indian Culture (SAFIC), Puducherry.[4] Currently, Mishra works as Dean - Culture and Director of the Centre for Human Sciences at Rishihood University, Haryana.


Some of his books are:

  • Sampadananda Mishra. Sanskrit and the Evolution of Human Speech. Sri Aurobindo Institute of Research in Social Sciences, 2006. ISBN 978-81-7060-236-1. 171 pp.
  • Sampadananda Mishra. Stotravali: A Book of Hymns and Prayers in Sanskrit. Sri Aurobindo Institute of Research in Social Sciences, 2006. ISBN 978-81-7060-203-3. 316 pp.
  • Sampadananda Mishra (ed.). The Century of Life of Sri Aurobindo with original verses of Bhartrihari. Sri Aurobindo Institute of Research in Social Sciences, 2005. ISBN 978-81-7060-120-3. 128 pp.
  • Sampadananda Mishra. Sri Aurobindo and Sanskrit. Sri Aurobindo Institute of Research in Social Sciences, 2001. ISBN 978-81-7060-159-3. 118 pp.
  • Sampadananda Mishra and Vijay Poddar. The wonder that is Sanskrit. Mapin Publishing Gp Pty Ltd, 2001. ISBN 978-1-890206-50-5. 210 pp.
  • Sampadananda Mishra. Hasyamanjari: A book of humorous stories in Sanskrit. Sri Aurobindo Institute of Research in Social Sciences, 2001. ISBN 978-81-7060-162-3. 42 pp.
  • Sampadananda Mishra. Chandovallari: A handbook of Sanskrit prosody. Sri Aurobindo Institute of Research in Social Sciences, 1999. ISBN 978-81-7060-123-4. 147 pp.
  • Sampadananda Mishra. Shanaih Shaniah - A book of Rhyming Songs in Sanskrit, AuroPublications, Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry. ISBN 978-81-7060-381-8. 56pp

Unique initiatives[edit]

Divyavani Sanskrit Radio[edit]

In August 2013 Mishra launched the first ever 24/7 Sanskrit Radio called 'Divyavani Sanskrit Radio'.

Samskrita Balasahitya Parishad[edit]

In 2014 Mishra founded Samskrita Balasahitya Parishad for creating, evaluating and propagating qualitative children's literature in Sanskrit.

Vande Mataram Library[edit]

The library plans to publish several volumes of religious and non-religious Sanskrit texts with translations.[3] Mishra floated the idea of an indigenous effort in translating Sanskrit texts, a few days after Hindu Nationalists lodged a petition against the Murty Classical Library of India (MCLI); it was argued that the MCLI works were of a high quality but lacked in cultural understandings.[3][5] Thus, he co-founded the Vande Mataram Library Trust, an open-source project to translate almost all important scriptures available in Sanskrit.[3]


  1. ^ Tripathi, Radha Vallabh, ed. (2012). संस्कृतविद्वत्परिचायिका – Inventory of Sanskrit Scholars (PDF). New Delhi, India: Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan. p. 161. ISBN 978-93-86111-85-2. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  2. ^ "President gives away Awards to Sanskrit, Persian, Arabic, Pali/Prakrit Scholars". Press Information Bureau. 19 June 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d Chari, Mridula (8 March 2016). "'Authentic' Vande Mataram Library aims to challenge Sheldon Pollock's 'foreign' one". Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  4. ^ a b c "Dr. Sampadananda Mishra" (PDF). Sri Aurobindo Society. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  5. ^ Tripathi, Salil (24 March 2016). "A Library controversy". Mint. Retrieved 19 July 2016.