Dineshchandra Sircar

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Dineshchandra Sircar
Born 1907
Krishnanagar, near Faridpur, British India (Now Bangladesh)[1]
Died 1985 (aged 77–78)[1]
India
Occupation Historian, epigraphist

Dineshchandra Sircar (1907–1985; also known as D. C. Sircar or D.C. Sarkar) was an epigraphist, historian, numismatist and folklorist, known particularly for his work deciphering inscriptions in India and Bangladesh. He was the Chief Epigraphist, Archaeological Survey of India (1949 – 1962), Carmichael Professor of Ancient Indian History and Culture, University of Calcutta, (1962–1972) and the General President of the Indian History Congress. In 1972, Sircar was awarded the Sir William Jones Memorial Plaque.

Early life and education[edit]

Sircar was born to a family of Ayurvedic physicians at Krishnanagar, he graduated with Honours in Sanskrit in 1929 and obtained a First Class in his MA Examination in 1931 in Ancient Indian History and Culture with specialisation in Epigraphy and Numismatics from the University of Calcutta.

Selected bibliography[edit]

He authors more than forty books both in English and Bengali, some of his best-known books include:

  • Select Inscriptions Bearing on Indian History and Civilisation (two volumes)
  • Indian Epigraphy (1965)
  • Indian Epigraphical Glossary
  • Inscriptions of Asoka,
  • Epigraphical Discoveries in East Pakistan
  • Studies in the Geography of Ancient and Medieval India
  • Some Epigraphical Records of the Mediaeval Period from Eastern India
  • Studies in Indian Coins
  • Journal of Ancient Indian History (Ed.

He has edited Epigraphia Indica volumes XXVIII to XXXVI, three of them jointly and others independently.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ranabir Chakravarti. "Sircar, Dineschandra". Banglapedia. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ Prominent Epigraphists, Archaeological Survey of India, http://asi.nic.in/asi_epigraphical_sans_epigraphists.asp

Further reading[edit]

  • Maity, Sachindra Kumar; Thakur, Upendra; Sircar, D.C. (1987). Indological Studies: Prof. D.C. Sircar Commemoration Volume. Abhinav Publications. ISBN 81-7017-220-9. 
  • Gouriswar Bhattacharya (1986). Deyadharma: Studies in Memory of Dr. D.C. Sircar (Sri Garib Dass Oriental Series, No 33). Orient Book Distributors. ISBN 81-7030-021-5. 

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