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Devadattīyam

Johannes Bronkhorst Felicitation Volume

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Edited By François Voegeli, Vincent Eltschinger, Danielle Feller, Maria Piera Candotti, Bogdan Diaconescu and Malhar Kulkarni

Johannes Bronkhorst, professor of Sanskrit and Indian Studies at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, from 1987 to 2011, undoubtedly belongs to the most talented and significant indologists of the last three decades. His abundant work testifies to an unparalleled range of interests from early Buddhism to grammar, mathematics to asceticism, philosophy to archaeology, and is characterized by the determination to challenge preconceived ideas, clichés and traditional (mis)constructs.
The present felicitation volume includes thirty-two essays by some of the finest scholars in the field of indology, which reflect Johannes Bronkhorst’s main scholarly contributions: Grammar, Philosophy, Vedic Studies, Buddhism and Jainism, Dharmaśāstra and Arthaśāstra, Epics and Purāṇas. It presents an almost complete spectrum of the intellectual and spiritual pursuits and speculations in Ancient India, and will be of inestimable value to the specialists of all fields of Indology. The volume also includes a presentation of Johannes Bronkhorst’s academic career and contribution to Indian Studies by Jan E.M. Houben, and an ongoing bibliography of his work.

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IRAWATI KULKARNI & MALHAR KULKARNI A Note on Manuscripts in the S. P. Pandit Collection∗ This paper aims to report to the world of Indologists, for the first time ever, perhaps, information related to a very small yet important and hitherto unattended manuscript collection. This collection is the S. P. Pandit collection of manuscripts preserved at the Asiatic Society of Mumbai, Mumbai. This collection assumes significance in the light of the fact that S. P. Pandit, himself was a great scholar of Sanskrit and in fact he was the editor of the first ever Indian edition of the Atharvaveda and also of other important works like Vikramorvaśīyam etc. The Asiatic Society of Mumbai1 has a collection of roughly about 3’000 manuscripts at present. A Descriptive catalogue of manuscripts was prepared and published by H. D. Velankar in 1926–1930 which re- corded information about 2’073 manuscripts. A reprint of this catalogue was brought out in 1988 under the editorship of V. M. Kulkarni and Devangana Desai. However, in this reprinted edition as well this collec- tion was not recorded. This particular manuscript collection was studied by us in a project undertaken at the Asiatic Society of Mumbai, Mumbai to prepare a descriptive catalogue of manuscripts in this collection, dur- ing the entire 2007. In fact, a descriptive catalogue of this manuscript collection is ready and awaits publication. In this paper, we record the ∗ We both feel very happy to contribute this article to this Felicitation volume, as a token of...

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