[INDOLOGY] prof. Vera Kochergina (1924-2018)

Artur Karp karp at uw.edu.pl
Fri Jan 26 10:50:12 UTC 2018

In memoriam Professor Kochergina -

Her "*Начальный курс санскрита*
<https://istina.msu.ru/publications/book/7048292/>" - was my first manual
of Sanskrit.


Artur Karp (em.)
Uniwersytet Warszawski

2018-01-26 11:29 GMT+01:00 Mārcis Gasūns via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info>:

> Namaste,
> Soon there will be no sad news from Russia - nobody will be left to tell
> them because the last Sanskrit scholar in Moscow died. The day before
> yesterday in Moscow Vera Kochergina at age 93 died at home at 3 a.m. and
> was cremated today. She taught Sanskrit at the Moscow State University
> since 1956 till 2014, for almost 60 years.
> <https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-p0nvsXGvPxQ/WmsB9lppejI/AAAAAAAAB_c/iRuBJuPtHxwK_t6SqBcK7lKfwkIzlIZbQCLcBGAs/s1600/Kochergina-diploma.jpg>She
> learned Sanskrit from Peterson in Moscow. There is a Western-parampara that
> starts with Bopp and continues with Lenz, Petrov, Fortunatoff, Peterson
> Kochergina, Likhushina and ends on me.
> Just in last four months, we have lost three biggest and most well-known
> Russian Sanskrit scholars: Ivanov, Zaliznyak, and Kochergina
> <https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%9A%D0%BE%D1%87%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%B3%D0%B8%D0%BD%D0%B0,_%D0%92%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%B0_%D0%90%D0%BB%D0%B5%D0%BA%D1%81%D0%B0%D0%BD%D0%B4%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%BD%D0%B0>.
> She printed a trilogy:
> 1) Sanskrit Manual 1956; 1994, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2015
> 2) Sanskrit-Russian Dictionary 1978, 1987, 1996, 2005, 2007
> 3) Sanskrit Textbook 2009
> The Sanskrit Manual is a bestseller for learning Sanskrit in Russia and
> V.A. Kochergina died just a week before the 6th, revised ed. of 2018 is
> planned to come out. She was the incarnation of Saraswati in Moscow for
> generations of students of linguistics.
> The Sanskrit-Russian Dictionary contains 29 000 words and is based mainly
> on XIX century Sanskrit-German dictionaries. It is the most well known
> Sanskrit Dictionary in Russia (there are three more), although it is known,
> that only an 84 000 word dictionary could serve all the purposes of a
> translator from Sanskrit (like DICCIONARI SANSCRIT-CATALA, OSCAR PUJOL).
> The Sanskrit Textbook remains almost unknown, because of many type errors
> and small, unclear Devanagari print. Nonetheless, I'm not aware of many
> other cases when the same person has shown his skills in all three genres.
> She was a scholar, writing mainly on samasas in Sanskrit, Historical
> linguistics, History of Linguistics and a teacher.
> I've got only one photo of her: http://samskrtam.ru/kochergina/
> Full bibliography: https://istina.msu.ru/profile/kocherginaVA/
> Please let me know if there is a printed journal on Sanskrit where I
> could print my Obituary.
> PhD. Mārcis Gasūns,
> Krasnodar, Russia
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