Soma Basu, Associate Professor, School of Vedic Studies, Rabindra Bharati University has had a uniform academic career (Ist class / division in all examinations) up to Ph. D., the title of her doctoral dissertation is 'Defence, Fortification and War Strategy : Ancient Indian Perspective
She has been credited with the UGC Major Research Project in Sanskrit entitled 'Critical Edition of a Few Unpublished Vedic Texts Related to Phonetics and Domestic Rituals' (2011-12).
She has worked for research institutions in Murnbai and Kolkata, has. given lectures for undergraduate, post graduate and M.Phil courses of Rabindra Bharati University and imparted instructions in the Dept. of Sanskrit of Calcutta University in Refreshers Course.
She has been participating in national and international seminars and conferences for last 22 years,. where she presented research papers relating to Vedic studies, ancient Indian science and history, rites and rituals, Smriti and Dharmashastra, Buddhistic studies, etc., and has been since imparting instructions in workshops and advance level courses across the country.
She has to her credit a text-critical edition entitled Supriya Sarthavaha Jataka of Bhadrakalpavadana published by The Asiatic Society of Kolkata in 2010 in the prestigious Bibliotheca Indica Series (no. 335) and 15 papers published in reputed journals and books. Presently she is engaged in the preparation of another critical edition of a Grihya-prayoga text from manuscript sources and also in the English translation of the text edited by her and has finished the English rendering of a monograph entitled Scepticism and Atheism in the Veda of Vede Samsay o Ndstikya by Prof. Sukumari Bhattacharya (Paschimbanga Bangla Akademy, 2000).
Her recent prestigious publications include 'Concept of Agni in the Rigveda in the Light of the Physical Sciences' in Science and Technology in Ancient Indian Texts, D.K. Printworld, New Delhi 2012. (Proceedings of the International Seminar on the theme entitled the same, organized by the Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, January 2010) and 'How Did Everything Begin : A Note on Scepticism from the Rigvedic Perspective' in Creation and Existence in Indian Tradition in the series Ancient Indian Literary Heritage - 3, Pratibha Prakashan, Delhi 2011 (Proceedings of the 13th India Conference of the Wider Association for Vedic Studies (WAVES) organized on the theme of 'Creation and Existence in Indian Perspective' in association with the Dept. of Sanskrit, South Campus, Delhi University, New Delhi, December 2009).
Apart from her proficiency in Sanskrit, she has knowledge of Russian language (Certificate Course from the Kolkata Branch of All India Institute for Russian Language, New Delhi) and also of German language (pursuing from School of Language and Culture, Rabindra Bharati University). She is an avid reader of world literature and literature of Tagore with an ear for
Tagore songs and Indian classical music.
She is attached to the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Golpark,. Kolkata in its projects and activities and is a member of the Pracya-manisa-gavesana Mandiram of New Delhi and Sanskrita Sahitya Parishat of Kolkata.
a) English translation of vede samsay o nastikya (Scepticism and Atheism in the Veda) by Prof Sukumari Bhattacharya (Paschimbanga Bangla Akademy, 2000)
b) English translation of SupriyaSarthavaha Jataka of Bhadrakalpavadana
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