Saraswati Sanskrit Prize
ये वै संस्कृतसाधकाः क्षििततले यूरोपदेशस्थिता वीणागीततरंगितस्वरवरा गीर्वाणवाणीचणाः ।
मात्रावर्णयतिप्रयोगपटवः शास्त्रेषु चाग्रेसरास्तान्सर्वान्समलंकरोति सततं सारस्वती भास्वती ॥
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) together with the Department of Cultural and Religious History of South Asia (Classical Indology), Heidelberg has instituted Saraswati Sanskrit Prize to recognize the contribution of bonaﬁde students in promoting the understanding of Sanskrit and to foster deeper appreciation of the Indian heritage.
The prize comprizes a ten-day visit to India, including air travel and hospitality, a citation and a silver plaque to be presented during an award ceremony in India.
The award covers writings or oral presentation including debates, in Sanskrit on literature, political, cultural or economic aspects with speciﬁc emphasis on modern issues.
Saraswati Sanskrit Prize 2016
The topic is
The Relevance of Sanskrit in the Study of Medicine
Saraswati Sanskrit Prize 2014
The topic is
The Validity of Strīdharma in Contemporary India
Saraswati Sanskrit Prize 2012
Mr. Rohana Seneviratne (Sri Lanka)
Mr. Rohana Seneviratne has been awarded the Saraswati Sanskrit Prize 2012. He is currently engaged in his D. Phil. research on philosophy of Sanskrit grammar at the University of Oxford, UK. Before coming to Oxford, Rohana completed his M. Phil. in Indian philosophy at the University of Liverpool in 2009. He holds a summa cum laude Bachelor's degree in Sanskrit from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
The oral presentations were held on 31st August 2012 at the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg on the topic:
िकमर्थं संस्कृतमधीमहे ?
Why should we study Sanskrit?
Saraswati Sanskrit Prize 2010
Mr. Gianni Pellegrini (Italy)
Mr. Gianni Pellegrini has been awarded the Saraswati Sanskrit Prize 2010. He has completed his Ph.D. at Ca'Foscari University (Venice) on 'The Concept of Dream in Advaita Vedānta'. His other major interests are Navya Nyāya, Puranic studies and the contemporary aspects and situations of the Indian schools of thought. He has spent the last 14 years in Varanasi.
Oral presentations or debates were held on 27th August 2010 at the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg.
The topic of the presentation was:
"The Relevance of Non-Violence in the contemporary Society"
Saraswati Sanskrit Prize 2008
Mr. Miquel Peralta (Spain)
Mr. Miquel Peralta has been awarded the Saraswati Sanskrit Prize 2008. Miquel Peralta studied mathematics at the University of Barcelona but later on turned towards music and the teaching of singing. In 1992 he received a Master's degree in Music, and in 1996 he received the Doctor of Musica Arts degree with a dissertation on vocal music.
In 2000, his interest for languages and for sound led him to study Sanskrit. Currently he is working on a doctoral dissertation at the Autonomous University of Barcelona on the Rig Veda hymns. He is also the Director of the Devavānī Center of Sanskrit Studies, Barcelona.