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Pandita Kshama Rao (1890-1954)

A photo of Pandita Kshama Rao

Pandita Kshama Rao (Kshama Devi)

The author of Kathāpañcakam (1933), Śaṅkarajivanākhyānam (1939), Mīrālaharī (1944), Śrītukārāmacaritam (1950), Śrīrāmadāsacaritam (1953), Kathā Muktāvali (1955), and other works.

Leela Row Dayal (19.12.1911-?)

Leela Row Dayal

Leela Row Dayal

A daughter of Pandita Kshama Rao and Raghavendra Rao. In 1934, she became the first-ever Indian female player to win a match at Wimbledon. She adapted for stage several Sanskrit short stories written by her mother.

Shankar Pandurang Pandit

A photo of Shankar Pandurang Pandit

Shankar Pandurang Pandit

Sanskrit scholar and the father of Pandita Kshama Rao.

Elphinstone College

A 19th-century photo of the Elphinstone College in Mumbai

Elphinstone College in Mumbai where Shankar Pandurang Pandit studied. The photo from the late 19th century.

A student of the University of Madras

A photo of a student with his hair tied to the wall to prevent from falling asleep

A student of the University of Madras, with his hair tied to a nail in the wall, to prevent him from falling asleep (1905). Photography from the book East and War by Vlas Mikhailovich Doroshevich (Moscow: Sytin publisher, 1905).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kshama Rao's Śaṅkarajīvanākhyāna 3.7:

jāgṛyāmāgninirvāṇam iti rajjvā sa śaṅkaraḥ ǀ

bhittikīlāvalambinyā śikhāṃ vadhvāvatasthivān ‖

„We should be awake until the fire goes out”—Shankar tightened [his] hair to the nail in the wall with a hanging rope [and] waited.