A rare blend of mastery of both Sanskrit literature and grammar, and of English Linguistics and Literature he was. Equally well-grounded in Sanskrit and English he was the fount of all knowledge. Born on 18 November 1944 and brought up in Kasargod, Kerala on traditional and orthodox lines, he joined MA English at Madras Christian College, Tambaram, and won his MA Degree with good credit in 1966. Soon, he was absorbed into the staff. His penetrating insight comparative, into both Sanskrit lore and legend, and English Language … Read More About Guru Vishnu Bhat
The articles in this website were written by Guruji (as Dr Vishnu Bhat was fondly referred to by many of his students) over a period of nearly three decades from the 1970s till almost his passing away in 2007. They were written at various points to fulfill various needs. Some were written in response to pleas from students appearing for the B.A. exam, who wanted some last minute help with a particularly difficult text. Guruji would painstakingly summarize the essential points of the text and add his own very perceptive critical comments to it. Others were products of his fertile mind, which mused over literature even as he was seated on his armchair at home or was engaged in household chores. A thought, a mere idea, would suggest itself and he would write it down in one of his numerous diaries. These articles pertain especially to Indian thought, literature and aesthetics. Often, these half-page articles contain within them complex thoughts highly compressed and can be expanded into much longer pieces of writing. These provide ample resources to the research scholar. Thus, Guruji could write to cater to the needs of the desperate student cramming for examinations while at the same time ruminate upon complex ideas which astound even an adept in the field.