Prof. Roddam Narasimha releases a book on “Parasaratantra”

A book authored by Prof. R N Iyengar, Director of Centre for Disaster Mitigation & Centre for Ancient History & Culture, Jain University was released on 30 November 2013.

The book “Parasaratantra”, an ancient Sanskrit text on astronomy and natural sciences, reconstructed text with translation and notes is brought out by Jain University Press in association with The Mythic Society, Bangalore.

The book is released by noted Indian aerospace scientist and Honorary Professor at JNCASR Prof. Roddam Narasimha. Dr. B V Subbarayappa, Former President, International Union of History & Philosophy of Science (ICSU-UNESCO) received the first copy & Dr. M K.L.N Sastry, President, Mythic Society, Bangalore presided over the function.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Narasimha said, “Prof. Iyengar’s book is scholarly, logical, convincing and fascinating. I am sure it will greatly influence our thinking about our history. It answers several questions pertaining to the History of Indian Astronomy.”

Dr. Chenraj Roychand, President, Jain University Trust was the Guest of Honour. He applauded the efforts of Prof. Iyengar in bringing out Parasaratantra. “In my opinion the biggest strength of this book is its appeal for both the common man and scholars. Jain University Press intends to continue to add value to society through many more such publications,” he remarked.

About the Book
Parasaratantra - Ancient Sanskrit Text on Astronomy and Natural Sciences, a reconstructed text with translation and notes by R.N. Iyengar is divided into 21 chapters with an intellectually lettered introduction. These chapters present a compilation of Sanskrit texts by Parasara, a sage and scholar from ancient India dispersed in the commentaries of scholars such as Varahamihira, Utpala, Ballalasena and Bhaskarayogi living between 6th and 13th centuries.
Trough his book, Iyengar has thrown light on the knowledge that existed in pre-historic India on the sky, atmosphere, planets, stars, eclipses, comets, earthquakes, rainfall and even dreams. He also brings forth how people in ancient India inferred what the observed anomalies in celestial and natural events portended to the society and the common man. Parasaratantra, a Sanskrit text, combined with working translation and modern analysis by the author holds great appeal not only for scientists, historians and Sanskrit scholars but also for anyone interested in Indian history and culture.

About the Author
R. N. Iyengar is renowned for his contributions to Earthquake Engineering, Random Vibrations, Mathematical Modeling, Structural Dynamics and Nonlinear Systems. As faculty at IISc, till his retirement in 2005 as KSIDC Chair Professor, Iyengar has published nearly 200 papers and technical reports, apart from writing general articles and books. He has lectured extensively in India and abroad by invitation. Recipient of the Visvesvaraya award of the Govt. of Karnataka and several other honours, Iyengar is Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, Indian Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, India and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany. He held the Distinguished Schmidt Chair at the Florida Atlantic University in 1995. He was Director of CBRI-CSIR during 1994-2000. At present, he heads the Centre for Disaster Mitigation at Jain University with a unique Fire Engineering Laboratory. He has been instrumental in the establishment of both the Centre and the Laboratory. His findings on comets, eclipses, earthquakes, natural disasters and the Pole Star Dhruva in ancient India have attracted worldwide attention.

Brought up in a family where Sanskrit was a revered language, Iyengar received basic training in Sanskrit from a very young age. His interest in the language given its cultural importance propelled him to become an avid reader of ancient texts in the original. He has developed, combining textual evidences with modern methods, a new line of studies on ancient Indian chronology, including that of the Mahabharata.

Contact Details

Company Name: Jain University
Issued By: Jain University
Phone: 08043431000
Address: #91/2, Dr. A N Krishna Rao Road, V V Puram Bangalore Karnataka, 560004
City: Bangalore
State: Karnataka
Zip: 560004
Country: India
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