Kalidas Award for city scholar Ajit Kulkarni
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Pune scholar Ajit Kulkarni has won the state-level Mahakavi Kalidas Sanskrit Sadhana Award named after classical Sanskrit poet and dramatist Kalidas.
Kulkarni, 62, a former registrar with the Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce, has been honoured in recognition of his contribution to Sanskrit literature, including his unique research on the 'Bhagavad Gita' from a sociological perspective.
"The government honour will boost my enthusiasm to study more Sanskrit literature and enhance its reach among masses," said Kulkarni, who has to his credit nine books on religion and theology.
A research guide to PhD students, his research on the 'Bhagavad Gita' a few years ago got him not only critical acclaim but also a PhD from the University of Pune.
"The whole aim of my study was to look at the Bhagavad Gita in sociological light. The original scripture being in Sanskrit, the core values in it that make it deemed as a way of life for every individual irrespective of spiritual leaning have not penetrated to the masses yet. I had written my thesis in Marathi and thereafter in English as per experts' demand with the sole aim to achieve this," Kulkarni told Newsline.
The award instituted by the Department of Higher and Technical Education of the Maharashtra government will be formally bestowed upon Kulkarni in a function to be held shortly.
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