Saturday, December 4, 2021

P R Ramachander, a writer of Hindu Epics and Stotras

An 81-year-old man has given a great gift to the mankind. The goodness of ancient scriptures has been translated into English and offered free of cost to the present world. This is phenomenal work of P.R. Ramachander, a native of Trichur. 

P.R. Ramachander was born on January 10, 1940, in Chelakkara, Trichur District, Kerala to Sri. P.R. Rama Iyer, who belonged to Kerala’s Iyer sect,

Ramachander passed M.A in Mathematics and got a Post Doctoral Diploma in Agricultural Statistics. He worked as the Head of the Department of Statistics in several ICAR institutes. After serving for 36 years, he retired as the Head of Division of Economics and Statistics of Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore in the year 2000.

Top scientist of the millennium

Ramachander published around 150 research papers and four books on his subject. One of the institutions in England recognized him as one of the top scientists of the Millennium. Ramachander is a multi-linguist. He can read, write and speak English, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi; can read Sanskrit and can speak Telugu and Kannada. He loves astrology and historical studies. He kept himself busy with blogging, writing religious articles. He keeps writing and publishing poetry in English. His wife Jayalakshmi supports him all through. And his son Ramesh lives in Florida. His daughter Meera Priya lives in Bangalore. Ramachander has two granddaughters and a grandson. Currently settled in Bangalore, Ramachander is a member of the Kerala Iyer Trust. 

On the day of his retirement, Ramachander took a resolution. He decided himself to translate all the Hindu stotras written in Tamil, Malayalam, Sanskrit, Telugu, Kannada into English. 

P R Ramachander has undertook another marathon translation activity by writing three magnum opus “Ramayanas” of great writers Valmiki and Kamba besides translating Adhyathma Ramayana. These are not easy tasks at all. He has, to his wonderful credit, translated21 Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Devi

Mahatmyam, Narayaneeyam,  Jnanapana, Krishna  Karnamrutham, 21  Vedic Sukthas,  including Chamakam, Rudram and 65 out of 80 known Stotra  compositions of Adhi Sankara.

Aiming to preserve Carnatic Kritis in English he has translated 1950Kritis, which include  writings of Vaggeyakaras such asThyagaraja, about 100 Kritis each of Purandaradasa , Oothukadu Venkatasubba Iyer and many other. Ramachander is a selfless writer. He has kept all his works to be accessed free of cost on his website. All these translations are now available in PDF format on: http://www.hindupedia.com/en/User:P.R.Ramachander 

His Parampara: YajurVedis with Apasthambha Suthra, Koundinya Gothra

Subjects of His Study 

  • Translation in to English of Stotras
  • Astrology
  • History of communities

Hobbies & Interests: Telling & Writing stories

Hindupedia Areas of Focus are Stotra and Temples of Kerala

Other Socio Cultural Associations & Activities: Member of Kerala Iyer Trust

Other Interests & Activities

Here is the list of his fund of Translations 

This simple looking website is fund of Epic knowledge in English created by one single individual in his post retirement period. Unbelievable. The above is extracted from main page of his website. A click on each sentence red in colour will lead the onlooker to another fund of knowledge. He sought this to be publicised so that this wisdom is accessible to maximum possible number of people in the world. The website makers also sought support. His Contact: [email protected]

Prof. M. Sridhar Acharyulu
Author is Dean, Professor of law at Mahindra University at Hyderabad and former Central Information Commissioner. He published a number books in English and Telugu.

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