GIPA Study Circle: Booklist

[The legendary polymath D V Gundappa was not just a great littérateur, art critic, and connoisseur but an enthusiastic social worker and uplifter of the masses. Starting from 1949 until his death in 1975, DVG regularly conducted a 'study circle' every Sunday at the Gokhale Institute of Public Affairs, Bangalore. This group consisted of around fifteen people including S R Ramaswamy, D R Venkataramanan, and T S Padmanabhan in the early days and over the years, the number of participants slowly increased, reaching a crescendo when DVG discussed the Bhagavad-gītā. Typically, someone from the group would read out a passage from a chosen book and DVG would explain it in detail before moving on to the next passage. In the Public Affairs magazine brought out by GIPA every month, DVG would give a short update about the progress of the GIPA Study Circle. Here is a list of all the works studied in the GIPA Study Circle from 1949 to 1975 compiled by Nadoja Dr. S R Ramaswamy. We at Prekshaa are extremely grateful to him for providing this list for the benefit of our readers. The cover image for this post is taken from one such study circle session. —Editor]

English

1. On Liberty – John Stuart Mill
2. Representative Government – John Stuart Mill
3. Plato and his Dialogues – G. Lowes Dickinson
4. Republic – Plato (Translation: Benjamin Jowett)
5. Indian Citizen: His Rights and Duties – V. S. Srinivasa Sastri
6. Lectures on Political Science – Annie Besant
7. A Government by the People: Constitution of the U.S.A.
8. Man, the Unknown – Dr. Alexis Carrel
9. Saint Joan – George Bernard Shaw
10. Meaning and Purpose – Dr. Kenneth Walker
11. House of Commons at Work – Eric Taylor
12. Sesame and Lilies – John Ruskin
13. On Compromise – John Morley
14. Ancient Law – Sir Henry Maine
15. Selections from Edmund Burke – Edmund Burke
16. Queen’s Government – Sir Ivor Jennings
17. Mahadev Govind Ranade – James Kellock
18. Duties of Man – Joseph Mazzini
19. Unto This Last – John Ruskin
20. Abraham Lincoln – Lord Charnwood
21. Adventures of Ideas – A. N. Whitehead
22. Principles of Social and Political Theory – Ernest Barker
23. Politics – Aristotle
24. History of Europe – H. A. L. Fisher
25. Magna Carta – Sir Ivor Jennings
26. The British Constitution  – Sir Ivor Jennings
27. English Constitution – Walter Bagehot
28. A History of Economic Thought – Eric Roll
29. Sanatana Dharma
30. The Life of William Ewart Gladstone (in 3 volumes) – John Morley
31. Recollections – John Morley
32. Lectures on Modern History – Lord John Acton
33. The Challenge of World Poverty – Gunnar Myrdal

Sanskrit and Kannada

1. Rāmāyaṇa (Selections) of Vālmīki
2. Mahābhārata (Selections) of Vyāsa
3. Śānti-parva – Vyāsa
4. Śākuntala – Kālidāsa
5. Śākuntala (Kannada) – Basavappa Sastri
6. Nīti-śataka – Bhartṛhari
7. Nīti-śataka (Kannada) – Basavappa Sastri
8. Vairāgya-śataka – Bhartṛhari
9. Vairāgya-śataka (Kannada) – Basavappa Sastri
10. Manu-dharma-śāstra of Manu
11. Manu-smṛti (Kannada)
12. Īśa-upaniṣad
13. Kena-upaniṣad
14. Kaṭha-upaniṣad
15. Praśna-upaniṣad
16. Muṇḍaka-upaniṣad
17. Māṇḍūkya-upaniṣad
18. Taittirīya-upaniṣad
19. Aitareya-upaniṣad
20. Chāndogya-upaniṣad
21. Bṛhadāraṇyaka-upaniṣad
22. Uttara-rāma-carita of Bhavabhūti
23. Uttara-rāma-carita (Kannada) – Basavappa Sastri
24. Bhagavad-gītā
25. Viṣṇu-sahasra-nāma
26. Aryan Prayer Book (Parabrahma Stutih) compiled by M. B. Srinivasa Iyengar
27. Bhakti-candrikā (Nārada Bhakti Sūtras) – H. H. Sri Satchidanandendra Saraswati
28. Śiva-mahimnaḥ-stotra – Puṣpadanta
29. Śivānanda-laharī – Śaṅkarācārya
30. Campū-Rāmāyaṇa – Bhoja

Author(s)

About:

Nadoja Dr. S R Ramaswamy is a renowned journalist, writer, art critic, environmentalist, and social activist. He has authored over fifty books and thousands of articles. He was a close associate of stalwarts like D. V. Gundappa, Rallapalli Anantakrishna Sharma, V Sitaramaiah, and others. He is currently the honorary Editor-in-Chief of Utthana and served as the Honorary Secretary of the Gokhale Institute of Public Affairs for many years.

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Yaugandharam

इदं किञ्चिद्यामलं काव्यं द्वयोः खण्डकाव्ययोः सङ्कलनरूपम्। रामानुरागानलं हि सीतापरित्यागाल्लक्ष्मणवियोगाच्च श्रीरामेणानुभूतं हृदयसङ्क्षोभं वर्णयति । वात्सल्यगोपालकं तु कदाचिद्भानूपरागसमये घटितं यशोदाश्रीकृष्णयोर्मेलनं वर्णयति । इदम्प्रथमतया संस्कृतसाहित्ये सम्पूर्णं काव्यं...

Vanitakavitotsavah

इदं खण्डकाव्यमान्तं मालिनीछन्दसोपनिबद्धं विलसति। मेनकाविश्वामित्रयोः समागमः, तत्फलतया शकुन्तलाया जननम्, मातापितृभ्यां त्यक्तस्य शिशोः कण्वमहर्षिणा परिपालनं चेति काव्यस्यास्येतिवृत्तसङ्क्षेपः।

Vaiphalyaphalam

इदं खण्डकाव्यमान्तं मालिनीछन्दसोपनिबद्धं विलसति। मेनकाविश्वामित्रयोः समागमः, तत्फलतया शकुन्तलाया जननम्, मातापितृभ्यां त्यक्तस्य शिशोः कण्वमहर्षिणा परिपालनं चेति काव्यस्यास्येतिवृत्तसङ्क्षेपः।

Nipunapraghunakam

इयं रचना दशसु रूपकेष्वन्यतमस्य भाणस्य निदर्शनतामुपैति। एकाङ्करूपकेऽस्मिन् शेखरकनामा चित्रोद्यमलेखकः केनापि हेतुना वियोगम् अनुभवतोश्चित्रलेखामिलिन्दकयोः समागमं सिसाधयिषुः कथामाकाशभाषणरूपेण निर्वहति।

Bharavatarastavah

अस्मिन् स्तोत्रकाव्ये भगवन्तं शिवं कविरभिष्टौति। वसन्ततिलकयोपनिबद्धस्य काव्यस्यास्य कविकृतम् उल्लाघनाभिधं व्याख्यानं च वर्तते।

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