Hello Matthew,

To the list provided by Dominik, I would like to add the following books

1. The Pandit: Traditional Scholarship in India" edited by Axel Michaels.

2. Sons of Sarasvati, Late Exemplars of the Indian Intellectual Tradition, by Chinya V. Ravishankar, SUNY, 2018

3. Vedic Voices, Intimate Narratives of a Living Andhra Tradition, by David M. Knipe, Oxford University Press, 2015

4. Embodying the Vedas - Traditional Vedic Schools of Contemporary Maharashtra, by Borayin Larios, De Gruyter, 2017

Let me also mention two of my articles:

2015. "Pune: An Emerging Center of Education in Early Modern Maharashtra", [International Journal of Hindu Studies], DOI: 10.1007/s11407-015-9172-3

2013. “Sanskrit Traditions during the Rule of the Peshwas: Role, Maintenance, and Transition,” pp. 68-80.  In Grammatica et Verba: Glamor and Verve: Studies in South Asian, historical, and Indo-European linguistics in honor of Hans Henrich Hock on the occasion of his seventy-fifth birthday, edited by Shu-Fen Chen and Benjamin Slade.  Ann Arbor, New York: Beech Stave Press.


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]

On Sun, Jun 6, 2021 at 10:05 AM Matthew Kapstein via INDOLOGY <indology@list.indology.info> wrote:
Dear friends,

Might any of you be able to point me to good sociological or anthropological studies - or sound personal testimonies - of programs of study in traditional mathas and pathasalas? Or other institutionalized settings in which Sanskrit learning was cultivated?

I am not interested in work on renunciate communities that does not engage rather precisely with the question of formal education.

with thanks in advance,

Matthew Kapstein
Directeur d'études, émérite
Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris

Numata Visiting Pro
fessor of Buddhist Studies,
The University of Chicago

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