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Dr. Gauri Mahulikar

Dr. Gauri Mahulikar was the Gurudev Tagore Chair of Comparative Literature Professor and former Head of Department of Sanskrit at the Mumbai University.  She holds a Doctorate in Sanskrit on ‘Vedic Elements in Puranic Mantras and Rituals’. An author, who has published six books and over 80 research articles in English, Marathi, Hindi and Sanskrit, Dr. Mahulikar has mentored several doctoral students; sixteen of who have successfully earned their doctorates.

She was instrumental in launching courses in Manuscriptology, Bhakti Literature and Mysticism in the Sanskrit Department and has coordinated a UGC funded project on 'Digital Preservation of Palm Leaf Manuscripts' (2010-2015).

Dr. Mahulikar was awarded the Maneckji Limji Gold Medal for her dissertation on ‘Ancient Greek Dramas and Bharata’s Natyasastra’ from Mumbai University.  Some of the many awards that Dr.Mahulikar has been awarded are the ‘Ramakrishna Award’ by the Canadian Education Foundation, Ontario for the propagation of Sanskrit (2003); Guru Gaurav Puraskar by Kalasadan, Mumbai (2011); Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit Sadhana Puraskar by Maharashtra State Government (2013); Adi Sankaracarya Puraskar awarded by H.H. Sri Jayendra Saraswati Mahaswamigal, the Shankaracharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham (2014); Savitribal Phule Puraskar by Mumbai University (2015); and the Indira Behere Puraskar by Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune (2015).

Education: 

  • B.A Sanskrit and Hindi, Mumbai University (1973) (First Rank) 
  • M.A. Sanskrit (Vedanta), Mumbai University (1975) (First Rank, Gold Medalist)
  • Ph.D. in Vedic Elements in Puranic Mantras and Rituals (1992)
  • P.G. Diploma in Comparative Mythology (1993)
  • Springer Research Fellowship, Mumbai University for a project, ‘Nirukta: an in-depth Study’ (1995-97)

 Professional Experience (Research/Teaching) 

  • Over 35 years of experience in teaching and research

Interests (Research/Teaching)

  • Research: Vedic Literature | Vedanta | Classical Sanskrit Literature | Study of Manuscripts
  • Teaching: Vedic Literature | Vedanta | Classical Sanskrit Literature | Study of Manuscripts 

Research Projects:

  • Digital Preservation of Palm-leaf Manuscripts (2010-2015)
  • Book project n Facets of Femininity 
  • अभिजात संस्कृत साहित्याचा इतिहास, 
  • Governance in Ancient India
  • Animals and Birds in Sanskrit Literature
  • English Translation and Cultural study of Madhumalati, an illustrated manuscript in the Heras Institute, Mumbai
  • Translation of the Sunderakanda of Ramayana into Marathi
  • New Frontiers in Sanskrit and Indic Studies and a few more books.

Consultancy and Training:

  • Kulapati of Samskrit Samvardhan Pratishthan, an NGO in Mumbai, working for the value education of school children
  • Vice President of Itihas Sankalan Samiti, Konkan Pranta
  • Ex-president of ‘Dharma ani Tattvajnana’ section of Marathi Vishwakosha
  • Member of Advisory Committee for Marathi, IIL, Mysuru
  • Member of BoS, Academic Council of various universities in Maharashtra

Publications

  • Journals: More than 80 research articles
  • Books: 7 books
  • Book Chapters: More than 10
  • Conference Papers: More than 90

Reviewer:

Book-reviews Published in Indica, Published by Heras Institute, Mumbai and Journal of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai 

  • Articles reviewed for Indica, India, SKY Journal of Linguistics, Helsinki
  • Reviewed and evaluated many Ph.D theses submitted to various Universities in India

Guest Lectures: More than 144 talks

Papers Presentations & Conference Attendance: More than 100 

Workshops/Training Conducted:

Awards and Achievements:

  • Limaji Gold Medal and Prize for dissertation on ‘Bharata’s Natyasastra and Ancient Greek Dramas’ (1977)
  • Ph.D. thesis on ‘Vedic Elements in Puranic Mantras and Rituals’ (1992) published by Nag Publishers, Delhi (2000)
  • Sanskrit Pandit Puraskar given by Brahmana Sabha, Mumbai (2013)
  • Adi Sri Sankara Puraskara declared by Sri Sankara Mattham, Matunga for the year 2014.  Was awarded by H. H. Jayendra Saraswati, Shankaracharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham on 11 December 2014 at Matunga
  • International Ramakrishna Award in 2003, by the Canadian Education Foundation, Ontario, for the propagation of Sanskrit 
  • Savitri Bal Phule Puraskar given by the Vice Chancellor, Mumbai University on 05 September, 2015
  • Kavikulaguru Sanskrit Sadhana Puraskar by Maharashtra State Government for the year 2013. Was felicitated on 28 March 2015 at Rajbhavan, Durbar Hall by H.H Vidyasagar Rao, the Chancellor in the presence of Vinod Tawde, Minister for Technical and Higher Education
  • Indira Behere Puraskar given by Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune, in November 2015
  • Received prizes for outstanding research papers at All India Oriental Conference, Baroda, Institute for Oriental Studies, Thane and many other places.

Administrative Roles:

  • Officiating Vice Chancellor, Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth (31 May 2018-03 August 2018)
  • Dean of Faculty, CVV
  • RPC chair
  • Chair of Convocation Committee, CVV

Dr. Gauri Mahulikar

Professor and Dean

School of Vedic Knowledge Systems

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