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Wed Jul 31 2013

All: Obituary: Shivaram Dattatray Joshi (1926-2013)

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Date: 31-Jul-2013
From: Paul Kiparsky <>
Subject: Obituary: Shivaram Dattatray Joshi (1926-2013)
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One of the greatest Pāṇini scholars of all time, Shivaram Dattatray Joshi,
passed away in Pune, India on July 29th 2013.

Joshi was born in Ratnāgiri in 1926 into a family of traditional Sanskrit
scholars. He studied from childhood with his uncle Maheshwar Shastri Joshi
and became a recognized teacher while still in his teens. The distinguished
Sanskritist Daniel Ingalls studied Pāṇinian grammar with him in Pune in the
early 1950s, and was so impressed with the young pandit that he brought him
to Harvard, where he completed his Ph.D. in 1960 with a dissertation on a
classic treatise of Sanskrit lexical semantics. He was appointed Professor
and Head of the University of Poona's Department of Sanskrit and Prakrit
Languages in 1970, served as Director of its Centre of Advanced Study in
Sanskrit from 1974, and led the Deccan College Sanskrit Dictionary Project
from 1987. In the sixties he embarked on a long collaboration with
J.A.F. Roodbergen, which resulted in 11 volumes of translations with
commentary of the most important parts of Patanjali's Mahābhāṣya, followed
by an edition of Pāṇini's grammar with explanatory notes and analysis, of
which 15 volumes were completed. In numerous articles Joshi addressed
central issues in the interpretation of the grammar and the commentatorial
tradition, often with remarkably original and sometimes controversial
views. His research and teaching was influential in bringing the
Aṣṭādhyāyī to the attention of theoretical linguists and relating it to
generative grammar.

Joshi is survived by his wife Kalavati ("Mai") and by his son Nandan and
his daughter Suvrata, and by their children. He will also be greatly
missed by his friends, colleagues, and former students from nearly seventy
years of teaching, who all revered him for his brilliance and profound
scholarship and loved him for his gentle wit and warmth.

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