Pandurang Vaman Kane

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Pandurang Vaman Kane

Born: 7 May 1880

Died: 8 May 1972

  • He was a notable Indologist and Sanskrit scholar.
  • He received India’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna in 1963 for his scholarly work that spanned more than 40 years of active academic research that resulted in 6,500 pages of History of Dharmaśāstra.
  • The historian Ram Sharan Sharma says: “Pandurang Vaman Kane, a great Sanskritist wedded to social reform, continued the earlier tradition of scholarship.
  • His monumental work entitled the “History of the Dharmasastra”, published in five volumes in the twentieth century, is an encyclopedia of ancient social laws and customs.
  • This enables us to study the social processes in ancient India.”
  • To commemorate him, the Asiatic Society of Mumbai has established the Mm. Dr. P.V. Kane Institute for Post Graduate studies and Research in 1974 to promote, encourage and facilitate research in oriental studies.
  • Also, MM Dr. P.V. Kane Gold Medal is given once every three years to a scholar for outstanding contribution to the study of Vedic, Dharmashastra or Alankara Literature.

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