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Meghaduta: Critical Edition with Sanskrit and Tibetan Index

 
Lama Chimpa (Author) Bimalendru Kumar (Author) Jampa Samten (Author)
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 As a result of Tibet's continuous cultural interactions with India, Tibetans have produced the largest number of translations of Indian literature. Tibetan Tripitaka, known as Kanjur and Tanjur preserves over five thousand titles translated from Indian languages, mainly Sanskrit, embracing treatises on grammer, poetry, rhetoric, logic (the fundamental works on Buddhist logic by Dignaga, Dharmakirti, etc.), politics and social ethics (such as Canakyanitisastra, Nagarjuna's three works on Nitisastra, etc.), medicine (such as Astangahrdayasamhita by Vagbhata and its commentary by Candrananda), astrology (such as Svarodayarthasamhita by Harivarma and Ayurganitaphalaprakasa by Manapurusa), chemistry (such as Rasasiddhisastra by Vyadipada and Rasayanasastroddhati by Ratnasri), art and iconography (Pratibimbamanalaksana by Atreya), biographies of saints (such as Asokavadana, Kunalavadana) and of course, Buddhism and Buddhist philosophy.

The fame of the Meghaduta by Kalidasa was so popular that it was translated into cover forty-five languages. The Meghaduta attracted the scholars of Tibet in early 14th century A.D. and was translated into Tibetan language by the joint efforts of the Indian Pandit Sumanasri and the Tibetan Lo tsa ba Jangchub Tsemo (1303-1380) and Namkha Zangpo. This Sanskrit-Tibetan bilingual critical edition with the Sanskrit and Tibetan word indexes is prepared and published for the first time with the hope of benefitting the students intereseted in Indo-Tibetan classical literatures.
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Lama Chimpa

Prof. Lama Chimpa, Head of Indo-Tibetan Studies, Visvabharati University, Santiniketan, is acknowledged as one of the foremost Tibetologists in India. Dr. Mrs. Alaka Chatopadhyaya obtained her doctorate degree of the Calcutta University with her highly acclaimed work based on Tibetan sources published with the title Atisa and Tibet. By profession she was until recently the principal of the Vidyasagar College of Women, Calcutta. Her other published works include the translation (in Bengali) of the Caturasitisiddha-pravrtti - life of the 84 Siddhacaryas available hithertobefore only in its Tibetan version, besides many other Tibetan studies. She has extensively toured abroad, delivering lectures in USSR, China, Oxford, Cambridge, Budapast and other places. Debiprasad Chatopadhyaya (the editor) is M. A., D. Litt. of the Calcutta University, Honorary D. Sc. of the Moscow Academy of Science, Member of the German Academy of Science. Besides working as Visiting Professor at various universities, he is the author of a considerable number of works on Indian Philosophy and Science inclusive of many that are published abroad in Russian, Chinese, Japanese, German and other language. He has been elected National Fellow of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research, though also working in an honorary capacity as a Guest Scientist of National Institute of Science Technology and Development Studies (a constituent establishment of CSIR).

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Bibliographic information

Title Meghaduta: Critical Edition with Sanskrit and Tibetan Index
Format Hardcover
Date published: 13.07.2011
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Aditya Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 9788177421057
length viii+241p., 26cm.

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