Nithin Ramakrishnan

M. Sudarshan Chiplunkar
Assistant Professor
School of Linguistics and Literary Studies

Dr. M. Sudarshan Chiplunkar has been teaching Sanskrit Poetics and Literature for 8 years. His research interests lie in three major areas – Sanskrit Poetics and Literature, Manuscriptology, and Contemporary Sanskrit and its pedagogy. Dr. Chiplunkar holds an Acharya degree in Sahitya from the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi. He was awarded a Ph.D. from the Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupati, for his research on the Critical Edition and Study of Nidarśana Commentary on Kāvyaprakāśa, which is a commentary by Kashmiri Scholar Rājānaka Ānanda.

Dr. Chiplunkar also holds an M.Phil. degree in the field of Manuscriptology from the Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupati. He has published several research papers and 2 Books titled ‘Mahākṣatriya’ and ‘Mahāparivrājaka’. He has also prepared study materials for Mukta Svādhyāya Pītham and for a Correspondence Course of the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi . He was a co-investigator for the ‘Science in Sanskrit’ project of the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, K J Somaiya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, Mumbai.

Dr. Chiplunkar has the knowledge of the ancient scripts Grantha, Nandināgari and Śārada. He has participated as a resource person in several teacher-training programs, workshops and Vākyārtha Sabhās. He also holds an interest in various art forms like Yakśagāna and Indian theatre. One of the plays he has acted in has been telecast on Doordarshan Chandana. A Dance-drama ballet in which he has acted has been published as a CD by Sri Sharada Peetham, Sringeri.


  • Ph.D. (Sahitya) – Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupati
  • M.Phil.(Manuscriptology and Palaeography) – Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupati
  • Acharya (Sahitya) – Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi.
  • B.Ed.- Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi.

Research Interests:

  • Sanskrit Poetics
  • Contemporary Sanskrit Literature
  • Sanskrit Language Pedagogy
  • Manuscriptology

Unless we have a definite faith in the goal of our existence, and unless we believe, work for, and actually come to experience the goal positively as an existent factor, there is no hope of any plan becoming successful. —Swami Chinmayananda
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