School of Ethics, Governance, Culture and Social Systems
Ramakrishna Pejathaya has been teaching Sanskrit literature and Jyotisha for over a decade. His research interests lie in three major areas – Siddhanta Jyotisha, Contemporary Sanskrit and its pedagogy, and Arthashastra. Ramakrishna holds the Vidvat degree in Triskandha Jyotisha which he studied traditionally along with Sahitya and Siddhanta Kaumudi at SMSP Sanskrit College, Udupi. He was conferred PhD from the RSVP Tirupati for his research on the medieval text of astronomy Siddhāntaśekhara of Shripathi and its influence on later astronomers. He has published several research papers and a monograph titled Śekharavaiśiṣṭyam (2016). He has also produced study material for the texts Jātakālaṅkāra, Janmapatradīpakam and Bhāskarīya Bījagaṇitam. He is a co-investigator for the ongoing encyclopedia project Jyotiṣaviśvakoṣaḥ being undertaken by SMSP Sanskrit Research Centre, Udupi. Ramakrishna enjoys teaching Sanskrit literature and poetics, and is also keen on the contemporary use of Sanskrit. He has participated as a resource person in several teacher-training programs and workshops. Currently he is Principal Investigator in the research project “Idiomatic expressions from classical Sanskrit plays”. Ramakrishna is on the editorial board of the research journal Prācī Prajñā. Ramakrishna’s current interests are in examining the Arthashastra and texts of Dharmashastra with an eye for their contemporary relevance. At CVV he is teaching courses on Puruṣārtha-s in Mahabhārata and economic insights from Kauṭilya. Ramakrishna is one of few practitioners of the art of Aṣṭāvadhāna in Sanskrit and classical Kannada. His poems and articles in Sanskrit and Kannada have been published in prominent journals and newspapers. His transcreations of Kannada and Hindi songs into Sanskrit have been well-received on YouTube.