Indologist and Sanskrit scholar Sukumari Bhattacharji who had equal grasp over English and Sanskrit language died on 24 May 2014. She was 92.
Born on 12 July 1921, she began her career as a lecturer in English at Lady Brabourne College in Kolkata. She joined Jadavpur University's Comparative Literature department and later shifted to the Sanskrit department.
Her command over Sanskrit helped her to dwelve deep into the Vedas and Bhagavad Gita — and unravels the societal patterns in ancient India and evolution of culture and religion.
She wrote some 34 books such as The Gita — Its Why and How, Human & Society in Ancient India, Fatalism in Ancient India. Her book Legend of Devis in which she analysed how the Goddess Lakshami in pre-Aryan agrarian society became alakshami in the Aryan society became very popular.
Her other books include Bede Samsay O Nastikko, Bede Khuda O Khadya and Balmikir Ram.
When: 24 May 2014