OPINIONS & MESSAGES

S. RADHAKRISHNAN
President of India

All lovers of Sanskrit language and Indian culture are greatly indebted to the publishers for bringing out this comprehensive Bibliography of the writings of Dr.V. Raghavan on the occasion of his 61st birthday.  A glance at this work will impress anyone of the vast learning and prodigious industry of Dr.V. Raghavan. His interests are not confined merely to Sanskrit Literature and criticism. They are as wide as Indian culture itself. His writing, manifest his well known interests in Music, Dance and Drama. I had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Raghavan direct and produce Sanskrit plays. His great work on ‘Catalogus Catalogorum’ will continue for a long time to come as an authoritative reference book of Sanskrit Literature.

I wish, along with many friends and admirers, Dr. Raghavan many years of service to Scholarship and Culture.

HON. V.V. GIRI
VICE PRESIDENT OF INDIA, NEW DELHI

……….The monumental services of Dr. Raghavan in the propagation of Sanskrit and the revival of the essence of our Scriptures form one of the brightest chapters of our history. On this occasion I send my best wishes for the success of the function and wish Dr. Raghvan a long life so that he can continue to render his service to the cause of our Culture and the Nation.

H.H. JAYA CHAMARAJA WODYAR, MAHARAJA OF MYSORE.

It gives me great pleasure to learn that the Shashtyabhdapurti Celebration of my friend Dr. Raghvan has been arranged on 21st August, 1968 at Madras.

I cannot let the occasion pass without sending my message of high sense of appreciation of Dr. Raghavan for the noble work he has turned out in the field of Sanskrit Literature. His untiring work has attracted the attention of all Sanskrit-lovers throughout the World.

MAHARAJA OF KASHI,
Fort, Ramnagar

……….May Lord Vishwanath grant you a long and happy life and help you to serve the cause of Sanskrit learning, your sole ambition of life.

H.H. RAMA VARMA
MAHARAJAH OF TRAVANCORE
ON HIS OWN & ON HIS MOTHER’S BEHALF,
Kowdiar Palace.

Trivandrum.

………Knowing Dr. Raghavan’s qualities of head and heart and his record of public service in many spheres, we have every confidence that this will be the beginning of a new chapter of greater brilliance in Dr. Raghavan’s career.

DR. C.D. DESHMUKH, FORMER UNION MINISTER AND CHAIRMAN, UNIVERSITY GRANTS COMMISSION, NEW DELHI.

Dr. V. Raghavan is a Sanskritist of rare distinction, whose scholarship is as wide and deep as is his concern for Indian culture….Apart from the high quality of Scholarship, Ubiquitous, Penetrating and Indefatigable, Dr. Raghavan is endowed with creative talent, evidenced by his Mahakavyam, Muthuswami Diskshita Charitram, and several plays and poems…..There is something elevating and stimulating in this collective expression which is as much a tribute to Dr. V. Raghavan as an homage to the cause to which he has dedicated his life-that of Sanskrit learning.

H.E. DR.P.V. CHERIAN,
GOVERNOR OF MAHARASHTRA

………..You have a nice set of children who are doing this great honour to you. I have known you for many years and I have great pleasure in congratulating you on the attainment of your Shashtiabdapurti. I pray that you may have very many years of successful life continuing to do the great work you are engaged in.

H.E. GOPALA REDDY
GOVERNOR OF UTTAR PRADESH

Having known Dr. Raghavan personally and intimately, I have great admiration for his great Scholarship, not merely in ancient Literature, but also in Music and Abhinayam.  Whereverthere are students of ancient culture and Sanskrit learning. Dr. Raghavan’s name is known. He is connected with a large number of National Institutions and Academies.

H.E. NITYANAND KANUNGO
GOVERNOR OF BIHAR

…….My contact with you ‘has inspired me to have’, some realization, - however vague it might be, of the grand intellectual and aesthetic elevation which humanity has achieved as recorded in the Sanskrit Literature in India. This has enabled to gain self-confidence and pride in being, an Indian, I am sure, many thousands have been inspired in the same way. Fortunate have been the several groups of students who have had the privilege of learning from you directly in the University, which you adorn.

SRIPRAKASA
FORMER GOVERNOR OF MADRAS AND MAHARASHTRA
VISHRANTI KUTIR
,
Rajpur (Dehradun)

………….His great work for  Sanskrit deserves to be suitably recognized by his countrymen. ….my very best Wishes for a long life and in every health and joy and in continued service of Sanskrit and all that the great and ancient language stands for.

SRI K. BISNURAM MEDHI,
FORMER GOVERNOR, ASSAM
Gauhati

……..outstanding scholar who dedicated his life and served the cause of Sanskrit learning and associated himself with all important Associations, Organizations and Institutions for the spread and development of Sanskrit learning, Art and Culture.

SHEILA KAUL
UNION MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
NEW DELHI

Dr.V. Raghavan was an outstanding scholar of our Century, a distinguished Sanskritist, an outstanding organizer and above all a Cultural Ambassador of this Century. As an illustrious student of a distinguished scholar late Kuppuswami Shastri, Dr. Raghavan delved into primary Sanskrit texts in a manner which gave a new dimension to Sanskrit textual studies. As the Chief Editor of the voluminous Catalogus Catalogorum, he brought to light the rich heritage of this century: his diligence and tenacity were a challenge to a new generation of Sanskrit Scholarship.  As a member of the Sanskrit Commission, he drew attention to the need of Sanskrit Education and its inter-linking with other disciplines. As a Founder-Member of the Music Academy, Madras he drew attention to Shastric background of Indian Music and Dance, he was responsible for bringing together the savants and the great performing artists. He was an ambassador between the North and the South and he created many bridges of communication which has facilitated understanding and appreciation of the many streams of the Indian heritage.  His voice was powerful and impressive at International forms and always brought admiration for his Country and its Culture.

DR.P.V. RAJAMANNAR
CHIEF JUSTICE OF MADRAS (Retd.)
Madras -8

I have always had the greatest regard for Dr. Raghavan’s scholarship and his outstanding contribution to the cause of Indian Thought and Culture.

PROF. UMASHANKAR JOSHI,
VICE CHANCELLOR,
GUJARAT UNIVERSITY,
Ahmedabad-9

………Dr. Raghavan who is a Savyasachi, adept in Scholarly as well as Creative Work. May God spare him for many years and may he serve the great Sanskrit language by his profound erudition and enrich it with more and more Poems and Plays.

DR.S.K. CHATTERJI,
NATIONAL PROFESSOR OF SANSKRIT AND CHAIRMAN,
SANSKRIT COMMISSION

Heartiest wishes for a long, happy and prosperous life in the service of India and maintenance of National Integration through Sanskrit.

PROF. R.N. DANDEKAR
BHANDARKAR ORIENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE,
Poona-4

Dr. Raghavan’s services to Sanskrit Studies and Research-both on the academic and the organizational sides-have been remarkably-varied and of a distinctively high order. They are also thoroughly well known and universally recognized, and to try to say anything about them would be like trying to guild-refined gold or to paint the lily or to add a perfume to the violet. It would, indeed, be no exaggeration to claim that, in recent years, there has hardly been any activity in the field of Sanskrit and allied subjects with which Dr. Raghavan has not been connected in one way or another and on which he has not left the indelible mark of his versatile personality. I have had the privilege of working with him in various capacities, and on my part, I should like to say that I regard the opportunity, which I have had of being actively associated with him as one of the most fortunate circumstances in my academic life.

DR. LOKESH CHANDRA,
DIRECTOR,
INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF INDIAN CULTURE,
New Delhi-16

The yeoman services of Dr. to Sanskrit studies are an inspiration to all. His multisided contributions to Sanskrit learning have illumined the glorious heritage of India. In particular, his Magnum Opus of the Catalogus Catalogorum when completed will be a classic reference work to boast the earmarks of constant use. Tapo Vardatam.

MULK RAJ ANAND
Veteran Writer, Journalist.

The name of Raghavan is a legend in the revival of studies into ancient Indian culture. When our country had lost its memories or the past. Dr. Raghavan brought back the original thoughts. Those of us who had no identify, because of our English education, began to “look into the Indian soul through the writings of this man” who is more than a Professor of Sanskrit, but perhaps a doyen of renewed consciousness. What has he not taught us, Classical Music, the most ancient Dances and some of the wisdom of the forest books.

SR.C.V. NARASIMHAN, CHEF DE CABINET,
United Nations Office, Newyork.

I am happy to count myself as one amongst Dr. Raghavan’s friends over the last twenty years. He is not only an outstanding Sanskrit scholar, but he is one of the best known Orientalists in the world with a high reputation amongst scholars and students alike both in and outside of India. Other scholars have specialized in particular fields of activity but Dr. Raghavan’s work has been truly encyclopaedic in scope. From his pen and has flowed a series of studies and monographs on every aspect of our ancient Literature, culture and heritage. India has reason to be proud of the outstanding achievements of Dr. Raghavan.

I must also pay tribute to Dr. Raghavan’s work as Secretary of the Madras Music Academy. In this capacity he has rendered a great service, not only in maintaining the high standards of Carnatic Music, but also in making it better understood by his writings and researches on the works of our great composers.

DR. THOMAS W. SIMONS,
DIRECTOR,
AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF INDIAN STUDIES,
DECCAN COLLEGE,
Poona-6

………….It is very fitting that your many friends are having these celebrations in your honour. I am confident that I can speak for many American scholars in wishing you many happy returns of the day.

DR. S.N. RATANJANKAR, B.A., D.MUS.,
BHATKHANDE COLLEGE OF HINDUSTANI MUSIC,
Lucknow.

Dr. Raghavan’s services to the cause of Music in India are certainly unforgettable. He has been the life and soul of the Madras Music Academy for all these years and he has been the moving spirit behind the fresh awakening, especially on the Academic side of Karnataka Music. The Journal of the Madras Music Academy is a valuable contribution to the Art and Science of Music in India, thanks to the tireless efforts of Dr. Raghavan and his associates.

SMT. T. BALASARASVATI, Bharatanatyam Exponent
From California, USA.

………..As a dancer in South Indian classical style, I would like to express my happy feelings on this occasion. I am constantly aware of and grateful for his great contributions in the field of Bharatanatyam over the past thirty years.

SWAMI BUDHANANDA,
ADVAITA ASHRAMA,
P.O. Mayavati, Almora Dt. U.P.

It gives me great joy to send from these heights of the Himalayas my heart’s felicitations to a dear friend, standing on the shores of Indian Ocean, and counting the waves yet to be crossed…..Dr.V. Raghavan.

SRI K.R. KRIPALANI,
SECRETARY, SAHITYA AKADEMI,
New Delhi.

Prof. Raghavan is one of the most eminent Sanskrit scholars of our age, as remarkable for the depth of his learning as for its range. He is a true classicist, for he is versatile and catholic in his interests and learning whose vast sweep covers the fountain head not only of Indian Literature in all its forms, but of Music, Drama and Dance as well.  The Sahaitya Akademi has had the honour and benefit of his close and active association from the Akademi’s inception and we send our warmest greetings and homage on this occasion.

MADAME SOPHIA WADIA,
THE P.E.N., Bombay.

I have the highest regard for his scholarship and for his distinguished contribution to the exposition of Indian thought and Culture and Achievements of Sanskrit Literature. I have particular pleasure, in regarding our association through his editorship of The Indian Heritage published by the Indian Institute of World Culture of which I have the honour to be the President, and also through the P.E.N. All India Centre of which Dr. Raghavan has been a respected Member for long years.

SURESH AWASTHI
SECRETARY,
SANGEET NATAK AKADEMI (NATIONAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC, DANCE AND DRAMA FOR INDIA),
New Delhi.

Dr. Raghavan has been very closely associated with the work of the Akademi for the last fifteen years or so and has greatly contributed to its growth.

Dr. Raghavan, apart from being a great Sanskrit Scholar and Academician, has made most valuable Contribution to the Development of Research and Academic Pursuits in the fields of Music, Dance and Dama. His contribution to the development of the Sanskrit Theatre is unique. His articles on various aspects of Sanskrit Drama and Theatre written during the last 30 years or so have really been the most rich reading material on the subject for all those who were interested in the classical theatre. With Sanskrit Ranga, he has during the last few years made very definite and positive contribution with his practical work to the development of Sanskrit Theatre. His constant emphasis on the values and elements of tradition in the field of arts has given the desirable perspective to our creative work in these artistic fields.

S.K. MITRA,
GENERAL SECRETARY, THE ASIATIC SOCIETY,
Calcutta – 16.

A Great Sanskritist and a distinguished Scholar. We have our highest appreciation for him.

J. DUNCAN M. DERRETT,
SCHOOL OF ORIENTAL & AFRICAN STUDIES,
UNIVERSITY OF LONDON, London W.C.I.

…..his help, given over the years to young and virtually unknown foreign Sanskritists. He has always worked upon the basis that Sanskrit was not any-the-less a world study for its being Indian, just as it was nonetheless truly Indian for its initial impetuses (in its modern phase) having been obtained from the West. Raghavan’s industry has been phenomenal and has put many to shame. But it has opened the eyes of the world to the vast range of material which is available for comparative study. It is highly desirable that the Raghavan tradition should be maintained in South India, so that the students from all parts of the world, with every kind of interest, may be sure of the welcome and detailed assistance which hitherto they have been encouraged to expect. This was in the tradition of Indian Scholarship as well as Hospitality, and though many personalities manifested these characteristics it has been Raghavan’s part to personify them. Perhaps we can speak of ‘Raghavanism in Sanskrit Scholarship, Universality of approach, confidence of manner, independence of tone and catholicity of intention.’ Sanskrit would be impoverished if this tradition were not to be maintained.

DR. D. FRIEDMAN,
READER IN INDIAN PHILOSOPHY,
SCHOOL OF ORIENTAL AND AFRICAN STUDIES,
UNIVERSITY OF LONDON, London W.C.I.

…………he is one of the truly great scholrs in the field of ancient Indian languages and Literature and their development through the ages, as well as in many other fields. His present strenuous work on the ‘New Catalogus Catalogorum’ of Sanskrit manuscripts, as well as the enormous number of his profound, scholarly publications books, articles and reviews-are the concrete manifestation of his pre-eminence as a scholar. However, Dr. Raghavan is not only a great scholar; he is also a great man, in the best sense of this expression. By his creative, leading work, based on sound convictions, as an active member of many Academic and other relevant Commissions, he is certainly a ‘pillar’ of Indian higher education and art.

I personally think that the famous passage of the Taittiriya Upanisad (1.9), B-tam ca svadhyaya pravacane ca, satyam ca svadhyaya pravacane ca, etc., so well translated by Professor Raghavan in his book ‘The Indian Heritage’ (p.73), is applicable to himself.

C. HOOYKAAS,
LITTLE BROOK, Harlow Road, Roydon/Harlow.

………..he gave me a good helper and encouraged me to visit the dramatical and musical performances in which he took such a great part-still he did neither know my work beforehand nor my person. ………..to admire his all-round scholarship in Indian culture; my feelings are mainly those of a grateful guest who felt welcomed and helped.

STANLEY SUTTON,
INDIA OFFICE LIBRARY, London.

Nearly two centuries ago my illustrious fellow-countryman Sir William Jones described Sanskrit as being of a wonderful structure, more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined than either. I am sure that if Jones were alive today he would share in the admiration and gratitude which my colleagues and in the India Office Library and indeed all Indologists feel for all that Dr. Raghavan has done to promote the knowledge and appreciation, among scholars and laymen alike, of this great language and of its Literature.

JOHN LEVY, Gloucester Square, London W.2.

Apart from his renown as a scholar in Sanskrit, Dr. Raghavan’s services to Music have been invaluable. In both these fields in connection with Vedic Chant and other matters, I have been fortunate in having had his guidance, given with great generosity and kindness.

MYLES DILLION,
DUBLIN INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES,
SCHOOL OF CELTIC STUDIES, Dublin, Ireland
.

Dr. Raghavan has given me so much help that I am conscious of a debt that I can meet only by acknowledging it. His great learning and his splendid achievement as a scholar must have won the admiration of all his fellow-workers. The austerity of his life and the high purpose that he always serves are known only to a few. These qualities are crowned by unfailing generosity to other scholars.

GIUSEPPE TUCCI,
ITALIAN INSTITUTE FOR MIDDLE & FAR EAST, Rome, Italy.

……….I will not stress the number and significance of his scholarly works, as they are too well-known, nor the importance of the numerous official organizations and cultural institutions in which he has taken part, always leaving the impress of his eminent personality, and giving strength and inspiration to all his friends and admirers.

……….I would like to stress the fact that I have the privilege of being a friend of Dr. Raghavan since many years, and that I have therefore been able to follow closely enough his learned activities, with unfailing interest and admiration. His contribution to the domain of philology is  of a truly exceptional character, and his research work in Sanskrit studies embraces so many aspects and is so far-reaching as to ensure for him a permanent and distinguished place among the few who have mastered this field of learning.

PROF. D.H.H. INGALLS,
PROFESSOR OF SANSKRIT, HARVARD UNIVERSITY, U.S.A.

…….I need not expatiate on the breadth of Dr. Raghavan’s learning, The pages that follow this Introduction furnish evidence that cannot be suspected of flattery, Poetry, Theatre, Epic, Criticism, Philosophy, Music and science: there is scarcely a field of Sanskrit studies that he has not enriched with his learned articles. Or, if the reader would see in one single work the full breadth of this scholar’s learning, let him turn to the published volumes of the New Catalogus Catalogorum.

DR. M.B. EMENEAU
PROFESSOR OF SANSKRIT,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, U.S.A.

…………His name will always be associated with his most meritorious project, the New Catalogus Catalogorum all who have occasion to work with Sanskrit manuscripts and the history of Sanskrit Literature will bless and magnify his name.

DR. LUDWIK, STERNBACH,
HONORARY PROFESSOR OF DHARMA SASTRA AND ANCIENT INDIAN CULTURE, U.N.O., New York.

I have known Professor Dr. V. Raghavan for many years and have always considered him to be one of the greatest contemporary scholars of Sanskrit and Ancient Indian Culture. He has not only distinguished himself in the field of Sanskrit research, which is particularly evident by his magnum opus, Bhoja’s Srngara Prakasa and by his major undertaking-the New Catalogus Catalogorum, for many years awaited by Sanskrit scholars all over the world, and over 700 research publications and works of literary and other cultural significance, but also as one of the main expounders and interpreters of Indian Thought and Culture in India, Europe and the United States Knowing Sanskrit and understanding Indian Culture so profoundly, as few in the whole world, he has done a unique service to Indic Studies and to India as a whole.

Professor Dr. V. Raghavan is not only a Scholar of first rank, but also a Brilliant, Distinguished, Remarkable and Noble man. Whenever he is able he is willing to help others and he does for them whatever he can.

MILTON SINGER,
PROFESSOR OF ANTHROPOLOGY,
CHAIRMAN, COMMITTEE ON SOUTHERN ASIAN STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, Chicago.

……..I first came to know Dr. Raghavan in 1954 at a scholarly conference at the Deccan College in Poona. His profound and exact knowledge of Indian culture, intellectual vitality, and personal warmth so impressed me tht I soon transferred my researches to Madras City. Here I found him a most helpful guide to a center of Indian culture so rich in tradition and yet so adaptive to modern changes that I decided to undertake a study of this intriguing example of peaceful change that does not destroy a great tradition. In this study, which has continued over fourteen years and includes three prolonged visits to Madras, Dr. Raghavan’s guidance, his encouragement and his giving of his time and knowledge have always been generous, selfless, and, to me, indispensable. From many colleagues an students, I have heard similar acknowledgment of  Dr. Raghavan’s help. On their behalf and mine, therefore, let me take this occasion to express our deep appreciation and gratitude, and to salute a learned Sanskritist who is also, in addition to being a foremost scholar, a great-souled ambassador and exemplar of Indian culture.

STELLA KRAMRISCH,
EMERITUS PROFESSOR,
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSLYVANIA, Philadelphia.

I am happy to give my congratulations to Dr. Raghavan for his contributions and for widening our knowledge of Indian Archaeology, the Arts of Sculpture, Painting and the Dance.

WILFRED CANTWELL SMITH,
PROFESSOR OF WORLD RELIGIONS AND DIRECTOR CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF WORLD RELIGIONS, HARVARD UNIVERSITY, U.S.A.

As a Sanskritist, Dr. Raghavan’s scholarship has been outstanding.
…….As a student of Comparative Religion, however, I may perhaps be allowed to offer my respects to him for his contribution also to keeping alive and strengthening in our day the glories of the Bhakti movement, whose humane, universal, vivifying spirit is so deeply needed in our sorrowing world.

HARRY M. BUCK
PROFESSOR OF RELIGION STUDIES
WILSON COLLEGE
Managing Editor
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF RELIGION CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.

No Indian scholar is better known or more widely respected in the United States than Dr. V. Raghavan, Ph.D. Professor of Sanskrit at the Madras University. His numerous publications have become standard reference works throughout this country, and his all-too-infrequent visits here have transmitted an aspect of Indian scholarship and spirituality that is unique to Dr. Raghavan.

At the same time, his generous hospitality in India has aided many American Scholars, both beginners with whom he has endless patience and mature scholars who find in him a veritable storehouse of information and understanding.

FAUBION BOWERS
VILLAGE VOICE, New York City.

……..As a person Raghavan is always generous with his knowledge. Always he is serious, even in his humor. Always he is kind. And he is one of those rarities who can actually act in Sanskrit in a Sanskrit play, “improvising the Sutradhara’s lines as intended by the original playwrights, 1,900 years ago.”

……..A testimony to Dr. Raghavan’s superlative scholarship and variety of command within the field of Sanskrit studies, it will round out the rapid and continuing succession of his recently printed works. Dr. Raghavan places India’s past in the context of the entire world’s present. As a result we are wiser and spiritually more informed.

A.L. BASHAM
PROFESSOR OF ASIAN CIVILIZATION, The Australian National University, Canberra: A.C.I.

Dr. Raghavan is undoubtedly one of the greatest Sanskrit scholars of the present day and he has made immense contributions to our knowledge of Sanskrit Literature and ancient Indian culture. All Indologists are deeply in his debt.

E. FRAUWALLNER,
PROF. OF SANSKRIT EMERITUS
University of Vienna, Austria

………..I was very glad, when you were elected a Corresponding Member of our Austria Academy of Sciences.

Kavikokila, Padma Bhushan, Sakala Kala Kalapa, Vidvat Kavindra, Vacaspati Dr. V. Raghavan (1908 – 1979)

Dr. V. Raghavan was a Sanskrit of rare distinction, whose scholarship is as wide as his concern for Indian Culture that gave him a unique identity as a scholar of National and International repute. An authority on Indian aesthetics and literary criticism, his magnum opus Bhoja’s Srngaraprakasa, the Number fo Rasa-s and some concepts of Alankara Sastra remain a perennial source of information for students and Scholars; his Sanskrit Mahakavya on Sri Muttusvami Disshita, one of the Carnatic Music Trinity, detailed study of the Bharatanatyam technique and other Dance-forms of India, his pioneering efforts in the Revival of Sanskrit Theatre, through his extensive writings, his own production of Sanskrit Plays on stage through his organization, Samskrita Ranga, are some of his multi-faceted contribution to the fields of Sanskrit, Music, Dance, Drama and aspects of Indian Culture.