[INDOLOGY] Dr. T. N. Dharmadhikari

Witzel, Michael witzel at fas.harvard.edu
Sat Sep 4 13:48:59 UTC 2021

Dear Madhav and colleagues,

I am sorry to hear about TN Dharmadhikari's passing. I met him in April 1974 during a visit to Pune. He was most gracious in allowing me to film his then not yet published dissertation on the Maitrayani Samhita and of many Maitrayani mss that he had collected in Nandurbar (now being used for a new edition by a Japanese colleague). We have been in contact since then. His manifold contributions to our field will be remembered for long.

Best wishes,

> On Sep 3, 2021, at 12:07 PM, Madhav Deshpande via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
> Dear Colleagues,
>      Harry Spier brought to my attention the news that Dr. T.N. Dharmadhikari passed away this morning. I spoke to my sister in Pune and she confirmed this news.
>      Dharmadhikari along with V.V. Bhide and S.D. Joshi was a college classmate of my father and so I have known them all as my uncles [kaka] since my childhood. My father used to call him Dharmaraj, and for a long time I thought that this was his name.
>      Along with my father, Dharmadhikari came to see me off at the Cochin harbor as I was boarding my ship to go to New York in 1968.
>      Dharmadhikari directed the Vaidika Samshodhan Mandal of Pune, and edited many Vedic texts including the Taittirīya Saṃhitā and the Maitrāyaṇī Saṃhitā and he was among the few modern Indian scholars doing such critical work with Vedic texts. He did his Ph.D. degree under the guidance of the late Professor M. A. Mehendale.
>      Later, while I was working on the text of Vedavicāra, I used to see him once a week to read this text and with his help a number of knotty readings and passages received a good interpretation.
>      For the last several years, Dharmadhikari was not in good health, and his wife passed away a few years ago. With the passing of Dharmadhikari, almost an entire generation of eminent Sanskrit scholars of Pune has gone into history.
> Madhav M. Deshpande
> Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
> University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
> Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies
> Adjunct Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India
> [Residence: Campbell, California, USA]
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