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Aditya Narayan Dhairyasheel Haksar (born 3 December 1933) is a well known translator of Sanskrit classics into English.[1] Born in Gwalior, central India, he is a graduate of The Doon School, Allahabad University and Oxford University. He was a career diplomat, serving as Indian High Commissioner to Kenya and the Seychelles, Minister in the United States, Ambassador to Portugal and Yugoslavia, and he also served as Dean of India's Foreign Service Institute and President of the U.N. Environment Programme's Governing Council.[2][3]

Haksar is noted for his collection of translations from Sanskrit.[4] He has increasingly focused on the kathā or narrative Sanskrit literature, the manuscript archive of which may amount to some 40,000 volumes.[5] This is in part because many generations of orientalist scholars had overlooked this rich tradition in favor of more ancient religious texts.[6] His kathā translations include Shuka Saptati,[7] and the first ever renditions into English of Madhavanala Katha and Samaya Matrika, respectively published as Madhav & Kama[8] and The Courtesan's Keeper.[9]

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List of worksEdit

TranslationsEdit

  1. Tales from the Panchatantra (1992)[10]
  2. The Shattered Thigh & Other Plays of Bhasa (1993)[11]
  3. Dandin's Tales of the Ten Princes (1995)[12]
  4. Fables from Narayana's Hitopadesha (1998)[13]
  5. the story collection Simhasana Dvatrimsika (1998)[14]
  6. Shuka Saptati- Seventy Tales of the Parrot (2000)[15]
  7. The Jatakamala of Arya Shura (2003)[16] with a foreword by H.H. the Dalai Lama
  8. Madhav and Kama - A Love Story from Ancient India (2006)[17]
  9. the verse anthology Subhashitavali (2007)[18]
  10. The Courtesan’s Keeper - Samaya Matrika of Kshemendra (2008)[19]
  11. Three Satires from Ancient Kashmir of Kshemendra (2011)[20]
  12. Vatsyayana's Kama Sutra (2011)[21]
  13. The Seduction of Shiva - Tales of Life and Love (2014) [22]
  14. Suleiman Charitra of Kalyana Malla (2015)[23]
  15. Raghuvamsam of Kalidasa (2016)[24]
  16. The Ending of Arrogance – Darpadalanam of Kshemendra (2016)[25]
  17. Three Hundred Verses of Bhartrihari (2017)[26]
  18. Ritusamharam – A Gathering of Seasons by Kalidasa (2018)[27]
  19. A Tale of Wonder – Kathakautukam by Srivara (2019)[28]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "A.N.D Haksar". HarperCollins Publishers: World-Leading Book Publisher. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Penguin India".
  3. ^ "United Nations Environmental Programme".
  4. ^ "A.N.D. Haksar". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  5. ^ Ingalls, Dan (1980). Sanskrit and OCR (Speech). Xerox PARC. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  6. ^ "An Interview with A. N. D. Haksar". Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  7. ^ Haksar, A. N. D. (2008). Shuka Saptati. Harper Collins India. ISBN 978-8-172-23370-9.
  8. ^ Haksar, A. N. D. (2006). Madhav & Kama. Roli Books. ISBN 978-8-186-93924-6.
  9. ^ Haksar, A. N. D. (2009). The Courtesan's Keeper. Rupa & Co. ISBN 978-8-129-11336-8.
  10. ^ Haksar, A. N. D. (1992). Tales from the Panchatantra. NationalBook Trust India.
  11. ^ Haksar, A. N. D. (1993). The Shattered Thigh & Other Plays of Bhasa. Penguin Group. ISBN 978-0-143-10430-8.
  12. ^ Haksar, A. N. D. (1995). Tales of the Ten Princes. Penguin Books.
  13. ^ Haksar, A. N. D. (1998). Narayana's Hitopadesha. Penguin Classics.
  14. ^ Haksar, A. N. D. (1998). Simhasana Dvatrimsika. Penguin Classics.
  15. ^ Haksar, A.N.D. (2000). Shuka Saptati- Seventy Tales of the Parrot. HarperCollins India.
  16. ^ Haksar, A.N.D. (2003). Jatakamala of Arya Shura. HarperCollins India.
  17. ^ Haksar, A.N.D. (2006). Madhav and Kama - A Love Story from Ancient India. IndiaInk Roli Books.
  18. ^ Haksar, A. N. D. (2007). Subhashitavali. Penguin Classics.
  19. ^ Haksar, A. N. D. (2008). The Courtesan’s Keeper - Samaya Matrika. Rupa & Co.
  20. ^ Haksar, A. N. D. (2011). Three Satires from Ancient Kashmir. Penguin Classics.
  21. ^ Haksar, A. N. D. (2011). The Kama Sutra. Penguin Classics.
  22. ^ Haksar, A. N. D. (2014). The Seduction of Shiva - Tales of Life and Love. Penguin Classics.
  23. ^ Haksar, A.N.D. (2015). Suleiman Charitra of Kalyana Malla. Penguin Books India.
  24. ^ Haksar, A.N.D. (2016). Raghuvamsam. Penguin Books India.
  25. ^ Haksar, A.N.D. (2016). The Ending of Arrogance – Darpadalanam. Bangalore: Rasala Books.
  26. ^ Haksar, A.N.D. (2017). Three Hundred Verses. Penguin Books India.
  27. ^ Haksar, A.N.D. (2018). Ritusamharam - A Gathering of Seasons. Penguin India.
  28. ^ Haksar, A.N.D. (2019). A Tale of Wonder – Kathakautukam. Penguin India.
  29. ^ Haksar, A. N. D., ed. (1995). Glimpses of Sanskrit Literature. Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
  30. ^ Haksar, A. N. D. (2002). A Treasury of Sanskrit Poetry. Indian Council for Cultural Relations. ISBN 978-8-175-41116-6.