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Bannanje Govindacharya, Sanskrit scholar and Padma Shri awardee, passes away

Apart from translating several literary works from Sanskrit to Kannada, Bannanje Govindacharya penned nearly 150 books.

By: Express Web Desk | Bangalore, Udupi | Updated: December 13, 2020 9:04:54 pm
Bannanje Govindacharya, Bannanje Govindacharya passes away, who was Bannanje Govindacharya works, Bannanje Govindacharya translations, indian expressConferred with the Padma Shri in 2009, Govindacharya was widely known for his translation of and commentaries on the complete texts of Sri Madhvacharya, a philosopher and theologian of the 13th century. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Renowned Sanskrit scholar Vidyavachaspati Bannanje Govindacharya passed away on Sunday due to age-related ailments. According to his family, the 84-year-old breathed his last at his residence at Ambalpady in Karnataka’s Udupi district.

Conferred with the Padma Shri in 2009, Govindacharya was widely known for his translation of and commentaries on the complete texts of Sri Madhvacharya, a philosopher and theologian of the 13th century. He was a propagator of the ‘Madhva’ ideology — a philosophical perspective based on ‘Tattvavada’ which means arguing from a realist viewpoint.

Apart from translating several literary works from Sanskrit to Kannada, Bannanje Govindacharya penned nearly 150 books. His works are popular among Tuluvas and Kannadigas across the world.

Among his noted translations are Kalidasa’s ‘Shakuntala’, Shudraka’s Mrichakatika’, and Bana Bhatta’s ‘Bana Bhattana Kadambari’. Govindacharya was also known for his expertise in Veda Bhashya, Upanishad Bhashya, Mahabharata, Ramayana, and Puranas.

Remembering the scholar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Govindacharya’s passion towards Sanskrit and Kannada was admirable. “His works will continue influencing future generations. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family. Om Shanti,” Modi wrote on Twitter.

Expressing grief over his demise, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said Govindacharya’s works had helped many attain religious consciousness. “His demise is a great loss to the Sanskrit, Kannada and Tulu literary sectors,” the CM added, offering condolences to his family members.

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