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Bhadriraju Krishnamurti


Professor Bhadriraju Krishnamurti (1929- )

Dr. Krishnamurti, is a great scholar and a most respected Indian linguist of his generation. He was a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Hyderabad (Central University) 1986-93 and was professor of linguistics at Osmania University, 1962-86. He is an authority on Telugu and Dravidian linguistics.


In his 1961 magnum opus, "Telugu Verbal Bases," (University of California Press) he produced a comparative and descriptive study of Telugu verbs. In 1962, he produced a pioneering dialect dictionary of occupational terms in Telugu in the field of Agriculture. He followed it up with a dictionary for handloom industry. He later became the general editor of a monumental series of such dictionaries, "mAnDalika vRttipada kOSam." He edited a volume on the "Studies in Indian Linguistics," in 1968. In 1969 he published a comprehensive grammar of the South-Central Dravidian language, known as konDa or Ku:bi. In 1974 he edited a scholarly volume on the history of the Telugu language, "telugu BhAShAcaritra," (5th Ed. 1996). In 1985, he and J. P. L. Gwynn produced a very well received "A Grammar of Modern Telugu."


Dr. Krishnamurti edited with Aditi Mukherji, "Modernisation of Indian Languages in News Media," (Dept. of Linguistics, Osmania Univ., Hyderabad, 1984). Earlier he co-edited a concordance of tikkana in three volumes. This is perhaps the only major concordance (certainly the most notable) for any classical writer in Telugu. In addition, he has published over 100 research papers on Telugu and other Dravidian languages and linguistics, e.g., "Comparative Davidian Studies," (Seboek, Thomas.A. 1969. "Current Trends in Linguistics," Vol. V, Mouton, The Hague). At present, he is reportedly working on a Modern Telugu-English Dictionary and a Comparative Dravidian Grammar. Sage India Pvt. Ltd. is bringing out his essays in socio-linguistics in June 1998 entitled "Language, Education and Society." His essays in Telugu are being published in June 1998 on the occasion of his saptati, under the title "BhASha, samAjam, saMskRti." He is also bringing out a collection of the poems he wrote before he was 24 (cinnanATi padyAlu).


Dr. Krishnamurti has been associated with the study of South Indian languages in many western institutions. He has been a visiting professor of linguistics at several universities: California (Berkeley), Cornell, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois (Urbana), Hawaii, Texas (Arlington), Australian National Univ. (Canberra), Tokyo Univ., and Kumamoto Univ. between 1960 and 96. He was the first Asian Fellow at ANU (1974), a Resident Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford (1975-76), and Rama Watumaull Distinguished Indian Scholar at the Univ. of Hawaii (1995). He is an elected Honorary Member of the Linguistic Society of America (1985-). Currently he is an Executive Member of the Central Sahitya Academy, New Delhi and Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Hyderabad (1993-).


Prof. Krishnamurti is connected via e-mail at: <bhk@hd1.vsnl.net.in>


Seshu Madhava Rao Adluri
Corrections including typos, suggestions, and additions to the above will be gratefully appreciated-March 1998

Kindly contact: adluri@engr.mun.ca.

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