ARTS & LEISURE

First Sanskrit manual in Romania

Today, starting 4:30 pm, the DimitrieCantemir Library (52, Viitorului St. –Gemeni Square) will host the launch of thefirst “Sanskrit Manual” in Romania, signedby Amita Bhose and released by the Cununide stele Publishing House.Amita Bhose (Calcutta, 1933 – Bucharest,1992), a researcher of Eminescu’s work,Doctor of Philology (1975, with the thesis“Indian Influences on Eminescu’sThought”), writer, translator and universityprofessor, acted as a mediator betweenRomanian and Indian culture. The“Sanskrit Manual” is the fruit of severalyears’ work, based on her teaching experienceat the University of Bucharest, whereshe taught optional courses of Bengali,Sanskrit and Indian Civilization.The manual, divided in three volumes,comprising nearly 600 pages in manuscript,is a pioneering work in the study ofSanskrit. In 1990 no such work existed inRomania or any other European language.Thus, the manual is a valuable instrumentfor all those interested in Sanskrit.

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