Sumitra Mangesh Katre

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Dr. Sumitra Mangesh Katre
Born (1906-04-11)April 11, 1906
Died October 21, 1998(1998-10-21) (aged 92)

Dr. Sumitra Mangesh Katre (Prof. S. M. Katre) (11 April 1906 – 21 October 1998), a lexicographer, Indo Aryan and Paninian linguist, was born at Honnavar, Karnataka and died in San Jose, California, USA. Prof. Katre initiated the gigantic Sanskrit Dictionary Project, An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Sanskrit on Historical Principles, with its 11 million slips preserved in the scriptorium.[1]

His work The Formation of Konkani is his tribute to his mother tongue Konkani. S. M. Katre’s 1966 work, The Formation of Konkani, which used the instruments of modern historical and comparative linguistics across six typical Konkani dialects, showed the formation of Konkani to be distinct from that of Marathi.[2] He was president of the 7th Session of the All India Konkani Parishad held 27–28 April 1957 at Mumbai.[3]


  1. ^ "Sumitra Mangesh Katre (11 April 1906 – 21 October 1998)". Indo-Iranian Journal. 42: 3–4. doi:10.1023/A:1003802522064. Retrieved 2015-06-26. 
  2. ^ "543 Madhavi Sardesai, Mother tongue blues". Retrieved 2015-06-26. 
  3. ^ Souvenir of the All India Konkani Parishad's 28th Session, Goa, 2012


  • A glossary of grammatical elements and operations in Aṣṭādhyāyī. Ed. Central Institute of Indian Languages, 1981
  • Aṣṭādhyāyī of Pāṇini. Ed. Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1989. ISBN 978-81-208-0521-7
  • Dictionary of Pāṇini: Gaṇapātha. Ed. Deccan College Postgraduate and Research Institute, Poona, 1971
  • Problems of Reconstruction in Indo-Aryan, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Simla, 1968
  • The Formation of Konkani, Deccan College Postgraduate and Research Institute, Poona, 1966
  • Some Problems of Historical Linguistics in Indo-Aryan, Deccan College Postgraduate and Research Institute, Poona, 1965
  • Prakrit Languages and Their Contribution to Indian Culture, Deccan College Postgraduate and Research Institute, Poona, 1964