Prof. Gauri Mahulikar was the Gurudev Tagore Chair of Comparative Literature Professor and former head of the department of Sanskrit at Mumbai University. She has 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, Prof. Mahulikar has mentored several doctoral students; sixteen of whom have successfully earned their doctorates.
She has been 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).
Prof. 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 other awards that Prof. 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); Savitribai Phule Puraskar by Mumbai University (2015); Indira Behere Puraskar by Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune (2015).