Book : RAMAKATHA AND OTHER ESAYS
Author : FATHER Dr. CAMILLE BULCKE, S.J.
Editor : Dr. DINESHWAR PRASAD
Publisher : Vani Prakashan
Total Pages : 220
ISBN : 978-93-5000-107-3(HB)
Price : `350(HB)
Size (Inches) : 5.75X8.75
First Edition : 2010
Category : COLLECTION OF ESSAYS
"Ramakatha; Utpatti aur Vikas" , originally written in Hindi, has been translated into Marathi and Malayalam. Its English translation prepared by Dr. Richard Barz of the
( University of Canberra ) is perhaps
still under publication. The book in a way is the first of its kind. It is the
first complete detailed account of the various literary compositions based on
the Rama-Story available. besides in the languages of India, in those of
Ceylone, Burma, Tibet, Malayasia, Thailand, Indonesia etc. It is also the first
account of the genesis and development of each and every incident and character
of the story. Its range is simply astounding and kaleidoscopic. It underscores,
for the first time, the immense international popularity of the story. Its
range is simply astounding and kaleidoscopic. It underscores, for the first
time, the immense international popularity of the story and its deep influence
of Australia and India South-East
Asia. It is in a way a homage to the genius of Valmiki who gave
a definitive form of the story and brought out the enduring ideals and values
inherent in it and raised it to enviable and everlasting literary heights. Dr.
Bulcke explodes the theory that Ramakatha has its roots in the Vedas. on the
basis of internal and external evidences, he arrivals at the conclusion that
the story is basically historical and dates back to the 7th-8th Century B.C.
1. About Valmiki
2. More About Valmiki
3. The Ramayana : Its History and Character
4. The Genesis of the Valmiki Ramayana Recensions
5. The Genesis of the Balakanda
6. Alberuni and the Ramakatha
7. The Birth Story of Sita
8. Sita's Friend Trijata
9. The Repudiation of Sita
10. The Characterization of Hanuman
11. An Indonesian Birth-Story of Hanuman
12. The Faith of a Christian: Devotion to Hindi and to Tulsi
13. Tulsi- A Poet of Humanity
14. The Wonder that is Tulsidasa
15. A Note on a Stanza of the Mahimastotra
17. Ethics and Avataravada
18. Avatar and Incarnation
19. Tulsidas and Incarnation
20. The Future of Hindi
Father Dr. Camille Bulcke, S.J.
Flanders, on Belgium 1-9-1909, Father Bulcke, who came over
to in 1935 as
a Jesuit missionary, was a versatile genius. He was B.Sc. (Engineering), India ; M.A.
University, Belgium , Gregorian University ; M.A.
(Hindi) & D. Phil, Rome . The
D.Phil. thesis on the Genesis and Development of Rāmakathā (Rāma-story)
established him as a great Indologist and international authority on the
subject. Allahabad University
Dr. Bulcke was Head of the Deptt. of Hindi and Sanskrit (1950-1977), St. Xavier’s College,
. He was
awarded Padma Bhushan by the President of Ranchi in 1974.
He died on India 17-8-1982.
His famous works include : The Saviour, The Theism in Nyaya-Vaisheshika, Rāmakathā : Utpatti aur Vikās, A Technical English- Hindi Dictionary, English-Hindi Dictionary, Nayā Vidhān (New Testament in Hindi), Rāmakathā aur Tulsidāsa and, Pavitra Bible (Hindi Bible).
His English articles, published in book-form for the first time, deal with Rāmakathā, Vālmiki, Tulsidāsa and comparative theological themes and are among his major contributions to Indian studies.
Dr. Dineshwar Prasad
The present collection of Dr. Bulcke’s English articles has been edited by Dr. Dineshwar Prasad, formerly Professor and HOD of Hindi and Dean, Faculty of Humanities,
. He was
Dr. Bulcke’s close associate and collaborator, whose contributions have been
acknowledged by the great Indologist in a number of his works. Ranchi University
Dr. Dineshwar Prasad collaborated with Dr. Bulcke in 'Mānas-Kaumudi' and 'Pavitra Bible'. He has also edited Dr. Bulcke Commemoration Volume in Hindi.
Dr. Prasad’s other works include : Loksāhitya aur Sanskriti, Prasad Ki Vichāradhāra, Hoffmann on Mundari Poetry, Aaj Ke Pratinidhi Kavi Prasad, Mundari Shabdāvali : Akhil Bharatiya Sandarbh and a monograph on Dr. Bulcke (Sahitya Academy, Delhi), and Mithak, Prateek aur Kavita.