Naresh Keerthi

Naresh KeerthiNaresh Keerthi’s major research interest is in the intersection of Sanskrit and Deśabhāṣā linguistic, literary and artistic cultures. He has worked on the role of metaphor in the semantic behaviour of sensory vocabulary in Sanskrit, and has studied the cognitive architecture of the Kośa lexicographic literature.  

Naresh is interested in a comparative history of literary practices and poetological traditions; as well as the literary and performative genres in Sanskrit and the bhāṣā-s.   An allied area of research is the history of Indian classical music and its textual tradition – he aims to locate and characterise the complex relationship between the prescriptive grammars (lakṣaṇa) and the performance practices (lakṣya).

He also studies representations of flora and fauna in premodern literature, in an attempt to recover early notions and attitudes toward natural history from atypical textual sources.  

Naresh is actively involved in translation, and  is interested in the challenges of translating intricate kāvya literature for contemporary audiences.

Areas of specialization:

  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Semantics and Polysemy
  • Lexicography
  • Cross-linguistic studies and Translation of Kāvya literature
  • History of Biology [based on classical textual sources]


  • INSA Young Historian of Science – 2016 – Indian National Science Academy
  • CSIR-UGC Doctoral Research Fellowship  – 2010 – CSIR-UGC

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