Born in 1936 in Allahabad, Uttar
Pradesh, Professor Kamalesh
Datta Tripathi is an eminent
Sanskrit scholar who has played
a pivotal role in rejuvenating
Sanskrit theatre in the postmodern
His exploration of the world of Sanskrit theatre began early with Pandit Mathura Prasad Diksit. He subsequently took lead roles in a number of Sanskrit plays such as Abhijnanashakuntalam, Malavikagnimitram, Mudrarakshasam, Uttararamacharitam, and Venisamharam. He obtained a DPhil, and was later awarded the title of Acharya at the Sampurnananda Sanskrit University, Varanasi. At the same time, he learnt Tabla under Pandit Chhotelal Malviya.
Professor Emeritus in the Department of Religions and Agamic Studies at Banaras Hindu University, Shri Tripathi has been an adviser at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts since 2007. As Director of Kalidasa Akademi, Ujjain, for two terms, he shaped up the institution as an international centre for Sanskrit studies and theatre. Professor Tripathi has also taught as visiting faculty at reputed universities and institutions in Europe such as the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris, and universities at Copenhagen and Barcelona. Many of his students are now professors in various universities in India, Austria, Japan and France. Professor Tripathi frequently contributes to national and international journals of philosophy, aesthetics, theatre, literature and languages. He has edited and translated the Amarusatakam into Hindi, and compiled many other books from Sanskrit sources.
For his service to the Sanskrit theatre, Professor Tripathi has received honours such as the Certificate of Merit in 2007 from the President of India, the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2006 for translation from Sanskrit and contribution to Sanskrit literary studies, the Swami Hariharananda Saraswati Sammana in 2008, and the Mahamahopadhyaya (Sanskrit) title from the Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, Prayag.
For his outstanding contribution in the field of Sanskrit theatre, Professor Kamalesh Datta Tripathi is elected Fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi