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The following is a transcript of the author’s Presidential Address at ‘Samskriti Naimishey,’ a cultural symposium held at Bangalore on 18.08.2017. I am glad that a new initiative Saṃskṛti Naimiṣeya has sprung up to rejuvenate the intellectual vibrancy and interplay of minds traditionally associated with the Naimiṣa forest located on the

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अत्तुमम्ब तव पाकमद्भुतं वाञ्छितं स्म करपञ्चकं मम । अश्म-केश-तृणशोधनाय य- त्ताडनार्थमुदरास्ययोरपि ॥ Dvyaṅguḻi Śrīnivāsacārya was a Sanskrit scholar who lived in the province of Mysore in the early decades of the 20th century. He was known for his strange mannerisms. He had lost all the fingers on his hands except two and had earned

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निरर्थकं जन्मगतं नलिन्या यया न दृष्टं तुहिनांशुबिम्बम् । उत्पत्तिरिन्दोरपि निष्फलैव कृता विनिद्रा नलिनी न येन ॥ Once, in the Pravarapura district of Kashmir, there lived a couple: Jyeshthakalasha and Nagaradevi. They had a son named Bilhana, who grew up to be a poet par excellence. Wanting to showcase his talents, Bilhana toured the entire country.

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