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Saraswati Sanskrit Prize 2016

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.

(PDF:)  Saraswati Prize Constitution

Saraswati Sanskrit Prize 2016

The topic is

The Relevance of Sanskrit in the Study of Medicine


  • Applications should reach us latest by 15th August 2016.
  • Oral presentations or debates will be held on 26th August 2016 at the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg.
  • For more information please contact: saraswati@uni-heidelberg.de
  • Poster

Saraswati Sanskrit Prize 2014

The topic is

The Validity of Strīdharma in Contemporary India


  • Applications should reach us latest by 15th August 2014.
  • Oral presentations or debates will be held on 29th August 2014 at the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg.
  • For more information please contact: saraswati@uni-heidelberg.de
  • Poster

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?

(PDF:)   Poster: Saraswati Sanskrit Prize 2012

Photo galleries of the oral presentations of Mr. Seneviratne and of the four candidates on 31st August 2012

Awarding Ceremony in New Delhi, March 2013

Awarding Ceremony in Heidelberg, August 2013

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:

"समकालिके समाजे अहिंसायाः प्रासंगिकता" -
"The Relevance of Non-Violence in the contemporary Society"

(PDF:)   Poster : Saraswati Sanskrit Prize 2010

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.


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