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Translator’s Note: In this essay, Sri D.V. Gundappa recalls the lives and times of some renowned Vidwans in the Chamarajapet locality in Bangalore. The Vidwans described in this essay were his elder contemporaries with whom he had regular interactions. Sri Venkataramanayya I had earlier recalled the name of Sri Venkataramanayya who

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Dialogue-poetry was not restricted to scintillating exchanges among scholars in India. Though rare, there are instances where this form of dialogue took place with foreigners as well. The current example captures an episode that is more morose than cheerful. As India was losing its sovereignty to the British, William Bentinck, who

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निष्पिष्टापि परं पदाहतिशतैः शश्वद्बहुप्राणिनां संतप्तापि करैः सहस्रकिरणेनाग्निस्फुलिङ्गोपमैः | छागाद्यैश्च विचर्चितापि सततं मृष्टापि कुद्दालकै र्दूर्वा न म्रियते तथापि तरां धातुर्दया दुर्बले || A hundred years before India gained independence, William Bentic forced the Goḻīśrī Saṃskṛtapāṭhaśālā in Kolkata to shut down. It was an institution which had earned the appreciation of William Jones, Wilson and others. 

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Ananda Coomaraswamy remains one of the most staunch defenders of the Indian tradition in the mold of what David Frawley calls an intellectual kshatriya. Coomaraswamy wrote a series of articles about the state of (the British-imposed) Indian education and alerted Indians about its perils. Ananda Coomaraswamy mostly wrote for a scholarly

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