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Pandurang Vaman Kane

Indian Indologist and Sanskrit scholar

1880   -   1972

country of citizenship: India, British Raj
language of expression: Sanskrit, Marathi
educated at: University of Mumbai
occupation: politician
award received: Sahitya Akademi Award, Bharat Ratna
position held: Member of Rajya Sabha

Pandurang Vaman Kane (pronounced Kaa-nay) (7 May 1880 – 8 May 1972) was a notable Indologist and Sanskrit scholar. He received India's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna in 1963 for his scholarly work that spanned more than 40 years of active academic research that resulted in 6,500 pages of History of Dharmaśāstra. The historian Ram Sharan Sharma says: "Pandurang Vaman Kane, a great Sanskritist wedded to social reform, continued the earlier tradition of scholarship. His monumental work entitled the "History of the Dharmasastra", published in five volumes in the twentieth century, is an encyclopedia of ancient social laws and customs. This enables us to study the social processes in ancient India."
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