26th Gonda Lecture, by Madhav Deshpande

From Pāṇini to Patañjali and Beyond: Transformations in Grammatical Perspectives

30 November 2018 from 16:00 to 17:00 hrs
Bushuis Building / Oost-Indisch Huis, VOC-zaal, Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX Amsterdam
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The J. Gonda Fund Foundation invites you to attend the 26th Gonda Lecture by Madhav Deshpande, Professor of Sanskrit and Hindu Studies at the University of Michigan (USA).

Nataraja Shiva, Chola period bronze, 11th century, Government Museum, Chennai (Madras), India

In the 26th Gonda Lecture, Madhav Deshpande will consider the changing religious connections that developed over time within the tradition of Pāṇinian grammar. With Pāṇini's grammar being treated as a Vedāṅga-Vyākaraṇa, several religious themes permeate the works of Kātyāyana and Patañjali. Was Pāṇini an Ācārya or a R̥ṣi? Did his rules have a Veda-like status? Who are the Śiṣṭas that set the standard for Sanskrit usage?

Professor Deshpande will discuss the R̥ṣification of Pāṇini and Patañjali, and the changed status of the Śiṣṭas in the works of Bhartr̥hari. He will also focus on the emergence of the notions of Patañjali as an incarnation of Śeṣa and Pāṇini receiving his Śivasūtras from Śiva.