On the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, which was celebrated in June 1978, Acharya V.P. Limaye donated to the Institute a fairly substantial amount of money to enable it to found a Lectureship memory of his severed teacher of Sanskrit in the Sangli High School, Pandit Shripad Shastri Deodhar. Accordingly, the Institute has undertaken to organize, once every two years, a series of lectures on a subject relating to Sanskrit Vyakarana, to be called “Pandit Shripad Shastri Deodhar Memorial Lectures”. The Institute is much beholden to Acharya Limaye, who, incidentally, could have hardly thought of a more fitting way of paying his gurudaksina.
The first series of the “Pandit Shripad Shastri Deodhar Memorial Lectures” was delivered by Professor George Cardona of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, U.S.A., on October 14-16, 1981. The best thanks of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute are due to Professor Cardona for having readily accepted the Institute’s invitation to deliver these lectures. It, indeed augurs well for the “Pandita Shripad Shastri Deodhar Memorial Lectures” that they were inaugurated by a scholar whose contribution to the study of Sanskrit vyakarana has been quite remarkable both in quality and quantity.
The brief biographical note about Pandit Shripad Shastri Deodhar, which follows, has been kindly supplied by Acharya V.P. Limaye.
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