Obit: Dr. C. S. Sundaram

Dr. C. S. Sundaram a long time resident of Mylapore passed away on July 22.

He was 85 years old.

He was a Sanskrit scholar and was an expert in many branches of Indology such as literature, language, history, religion, lexicography, arts, music, dance and epigraphy.

He received his Ph.D. from University of Madras for this thesis on “Contribution of Tamilnadu to Sanskrit” which was subsequently published and was hailed as an authoritative source of information for scholars in Tamil, Sanskrit language and History.

He joined the Dept. of Sanskrit, University of Madras as Research Asst. in 1951. He continued to serve the Department till his retirement in 1987 as Professor of Sanskrit.

His contributed to the publication of New Catalogues Catalogorum by the Sanskrit Department, University of Madras is immense.

He worked under Dr. V. Raghavan for many decades, assisting him in his publications, cataloguing and staging and acting in Sanskrit dramas in many part of India.

After his retirement, he was Hon. Professor at the Madras Sanskrit College, Mylapore from 1997 to 2004.

He was the Chairman of the Managing Committee of the College nominated by Govt. of India from 2004 to 2008. He was also the President of Samskrita Ranga, an organisation founded by Dr. V. Raghavan for staging and publishing books on Sanskrit drams.

He was a member of the governing body of the Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute for more that three decades.

He has published many books, monographs and research articles. He has also taught and helped many students and guided many local and foreign scholars in their research. He has participated in many conferences / seminars in many parts of India. He received many awards for his contribution to Sanskrit and Indian culture.

He is survived by his wife Saraswathi. She can be reached at C – 2, Sriji Apartments, 25, Rajasekharan Road, Mylapore. Ph: 2847 4649.

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