Om Prakash Pande


country of citizenship: India
language of expression: Sanskrit
occupation: writer
award received: Sahitya Akademi Award

Dr. Om Prakash Pandey is a poet who won the Sahitya Akademi Award for Sanskrit in 2008.He is a professor and head of the Sanskrit department at Lucknow University and has been visiting professor at Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris, and has also been visiting faculty in universities at Utrecht in the Netherlands, Torino in Italy, and Germany. Based on his experiences in France, he wrote a Sanskrit work Rasapriya Paris Rajadhani, published by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. He is also affiliated to Maharishi Sandipani Rashtriya Veda Vidya Prasthistan, Ujjain, and was appointed by the government on a task force to document and preserve Vedic chanting forms, under UNESCO’s World (intangible) Heritage Preservation programme. They were inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists in 2008. He has written a book on the Rudradhyaya of the Shankayana Shakha (branch) of the Rgveda.In 2006 he was the victim of an assault by a student union leader demanding admission. He is from Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, and has been writing since 1977.
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