INDIAN CULTURE: Launch of a compendium on Indian history, culture and heritage


English translation of the work Kannada Classic by Dr S. Srikanta Sastri “Bharathiya Samskruthi”

  • Title: INDIAN CULTURE – A Compendium of Indian History, Culture and Heritage
  • Original author: Dr. S. Srikanta Sastri (in Kannada as “Bharathiya Samskruthi” – 1954)
  • English translation: Prof. S. Naganath
  • Year of publication: 2021
  • Pages: 674
  • Price: Rs.800
  • Publisher: Notion Press INDIA Pvt. Ltd.

INDIAN CULTURE – A Compendium of Indian History, Culture and Heritage ”, an English translation of the work Kannada Classic by Dr S. Srikanta Sastri“ Bharathiya Samskruthi ”, was published by Professor S. Naganath (son of Dr Srikanta Sastri) .

Speaking to Star of Mysore, Professor Naganath said: “This translation is the result of three years of hard work and intellectual toil. The more than two hundred and fifty Sanskrit quotes from the original volume of Kannada have been translated into English by linguists and Sanskrit experts, Dr KL Prasannakshi (Mysuru) and TV Vishalakshi (Bengaluru). The book is filled with an exhaustive bibliography and an INDEX at the end. Around fifty detailed illustrations and tables are used to present the information in a clear and concise manner.

The original Kannada (published in 1954) saw five reprints and was a bestseller in academic circles, especially with Kannada readers. It is hoped that this English translation will introduce the book to a global readership and help them journey through the life and times of the oldest surviving civilization on the planet. Long before archaeogenetics became popular in India, Dr. Srikanta Sastri was one of the early proponents of the “Theory of Migration out of India” and vehemently opposed the “Theory of Migration from India”. Aryan invasion ”. His articles on “Harappan town planning” and “Proto-Indian religion” followed in the Indus Valley civilization remain popular to this day, said translator Prof Naganath.

The translator’s note on the book cover captures the essence of the book in one word:

The author (Dr S. Srikanta Sastri), renowned historian, confronts important questions of Indian history in this classic work. It raises questions such as “Has there been an Aryan invasion of India in the past? “,” Is the caste system a curse or a boon? “,” Did Indian women enjoy equal rights in ancient times? “,” Was democracy a stranger? concept to the Vedic Indians? “,” Why did Buddhism die out in its country of origin? “,” What is India’s lasting contribution to science, mathematics, astronomy, medicine, chemistry, metallurgy, etc. Indian culture strongly impacted by foreign religions? “,” How has India influenced its eastern and western neighboring countries? “,” Is Sanskrit only an emanation of the Indo-European Languages ​​Group? , the economic and political implosion triggered by two centuries of British colonial rule? The author answered the thorny questions above based on an intensive study of archeology, epigraphy, numismatics, original documents in different languages, and travel accounts of foreign visitors.

The book is now available on Amazon and Flipkart for online purchase.

By the way, Dr SN Bhagirath, who occasionally writes the “Mysore Memories” column in Star of Mysore, featuring literati, scholars and academics, is the grandson of Dr Srikanta Sastri. Dr Bhagirath is currently practicing medicine in the UK.

About the Translator: Professor S. Naganath is a retired English teacher and has headed the English Department at National College, Jayanagar, Bengaluru. He has taught English Literature for nearly four decades and is currently translating, editing and publishing many of the works of Dr S. Srikanta Sastri. He is often invited by centers such as the University of Mysore (Department of History), ISKCON (Bengaluru) and Gokhale Institute of Public Affairs (Bengaluru) where he has lectured on topics such as “Aryan Invasion Debate”, “Interpretation of Upanishads”, “300 Ramayanas” and “Hamlet of William Shakespeare”. He spends his time between Mysuru and Bangalore. —OSR


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