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Department of Sanskrit, University of Mumbai and Rtayana jointly organized the online seminar on ‘The contribution of Dr. Sadashiv A. Dange to Indology’, on the occasion of Dr.S.A.Dange Birth centenary year, on 23rd August 2022 at 11 a.m. An amazing range of scholars and researchers paid their respect to Prof. Dr. S. A. Dange through their talks. The program started with the Saraswati Vandana by Dr.Medha Deshpande. Dr.Shakuntala Gawde (Head, Department of Sanskrit) presented the preamble and formally welcomed the participants and speakers.

      Inaugural address was delivered by Dr.Varsha Shirgavkar. She mentioned about New National Education policy of India (Sectin-22). She stated that, the promotion of Indian arts and culture is important not only for the nation but also for the individual. Cultural awareness and expression are among the major competencies considered important to develop in children, in order to provide them with a sense of identity, belonging, as well as an appreciation of other cultures and identities. India will similarly expand its institutes and universities studying all classical languages and literature, with strong efforts to collect, preserve, translate, and study the tens of thousands of manuscripts that have not yet received their due attention. Sanskrit and all Indian language institutes and departments across the country will be significantly strengthened, with adequate training given to large new batches of students to study, in particular, the large numbers of manuscripts and their interrelations with other subjects. She highlighted the significance of Indological studies towards achieving ‘Incredible India’ in the real sense.

         Dr.Madhavi Narsalay delivered the key note address. She introduced Prof.Dr.Dange Sir’s contributions and thought process through the topics like sexual symbolism, comparative mythology or his tool box approach in an apt way. Dr. Gauri Mahulikar was the first speaker. She presented her thoughts about The Encyclopaedia of Puranic Beliefs and Practices by Prof.Dr.Dange. She discussed the concepts of Sun worship, mahanagni, Indra and Ahalya, entries like allegories, bhasmadharana, tripudradharana, snana, bees and birds and many more. She said bees and birds is the largest entry in the encyclopaedia. She talked about her immortal memories of Dange sir as her mentor. She said Dange sir always emphasized on studying the original text than the translations. She elaborated the contributions of sir through various folktales, her own experiences of studying with sir, working with him and learning by observing him.

                 The next speaker was Dr. Nirmala Kulkarni. Her topic was on the book -divine hymns and ancient thoughts. She elaborated how Dange sir takes students from Vedas to Puranas, to mythology. Dange sir explained the practical as well as theoretical aspect of Indian culture. He taught students how to study a Vedic hymn in all angles also she gave the examples of Rodasi and Kshipra while explaining Vedic literature. The next speaker was Dr.Vidya Kamat with the topic- Dr. Dange’s contribution to Mythology. She explained the words legend and myth in the title of myths from Mahabharata to the critical evaluation of towards understanding Hindu myths. She explained Dr. Dange’s tool box approach very aptly.

        Next speaker was Dr. Shakuntala Gawde with the topic- Myths from Mahabharata. Dr. Gawde nicely elaborated Dr. Dange’s thought process behind understanding Mahabharata. She explained how Dange sir used the combination of Indian and Western theories to understand Mahabharata.  She elaborated some key points of sir’s book to understand his thoughts like theories and methods, text and context, comparative approach, commentators and predecessors, scientific temperament, observance of social myth with impartial approach, structuralism and holistic approach. The last speaker was Dr. Vaishali Dabke, her topic was Hindu Dharma and Tattvadnyan. She elaborated how Dange sir used the traditional perspectives of research in presentation of that research, uddesha, lakshana, pareeksha, or poorvapaksha- uttarapaksha, samvada style of presentation. She stated his impartial approach towards Dharma through appropriate examples.

       At last Dr.Girish Jani delivered the valedictory address. He talked about some personal memories with Dange sir. He critically analysed Dange sir’s work. Dr. Mrunalini Newalkar beautifully managed the compering of the sessions. Dr. Suchitra Tajane proposed vote of thanks.

– Dr. Medha Deshpande

Department of Sanskrit, University of Mumbai organized a lecture of Dr. Pankaj Bhamburkar (Ph.d. Indology and Fine arts) on the occasion of Kalidas Din on 01st July 2022 at 3.p.m. He delivered lecture on the topic- “An Appreciation of paintings of the heroines in Malvikagnimitram and Abhidnyanshakuntalam”. Dr. Shakuntala Gawde presented the preamble. Smt.Shobha Sahasrabuddhe introduced the guest. Dr. Medha Deshpande compered the programme. Dr.Bhamburkar pointed out many essential key elements of Kalidas’s literature through the paintings.  Kalidasa was a Classical Sanskrit author who is often considered ancient India’s greatest poet and playwright. Dr. Bhamburkar explained the wonderful elements of Kalidas’s Malvikagnimitram and Abhidnyanshakuntalam with heroins of the analysis of paintings of Malavika and Shakuntala. While portraying Malavika, he has beautifully explained the term ‘Shithila Samadhi’ avastha. He pointed out the special features of Krishna mriga-mrigi, trisharta chataka, dayardra megha, Hamsa couple, Himalaya, Malini River, etc. through the paintings. He stated the Chitraprakara – Fourth, Middle and Background Chitras. He explained the motion and the constancy of pictures at the same time through the paintings of Kalidas very aptly. Mr.Ajay Pendse proposed vote of thanks.

Department of Sanskrit, University of Mumbai and Rtayana  jointly organized  Dr. S.A.Dange Birth Centenary lecture series on Manuscriptology on 25th  & 26th April 2022 at 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm . The Guest speaker was Dr. Siddharth Wakankar, Ex-Deputy Director, M.S.Oriental Institute, Vadododara, Gujrat. He delivered lectures on the topic- Importance of Manuscriptology study and Scope or contribution of Manuscriptology in research field. He pointed out many essential key elements of Manuscriptology. The science of studying the manuscripts is known as Manuscriptology.For considering a manuscript acceptable, the age of documents should be 75 years since the date of writing the document. The manuscripts are written in different languages & scripts. Manuscripts are written on different materials like palm leaf, birch bark and stone etc. Manuscripts comprise of our most precious ancient heritage as rare piece of recorded knowledge. They deserve the value and importance in the literary research field specially in Sanskrit. So study of the manuscripts is an important aspect in the present era. Dr.Wankar narrated scripts, writing tools, conservation, preservation, maintenance of manuscripts, study of literary manuscripts and its constraints along with importance and basics of manuscriptology. In his lecture he illustrated importance of Manuscriptology study and Scope or contribution of Manuscriptology in research field.

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