Prof. Nachiketa Tiwari
Shiksha, in Vaidik Sanskrit, is the science of letters. In contemporary parlance it may be loosely translated as phonetics. Panini’s shiksha-sutras inform us in detail as to how different phonemes get created. These sutras also explain mathematical relationships between different consonants. Using these recipes or mathematical relationships, consonants (or in Panini’s parlance, vyanjans) may be created. In my presentation, I will share some of these mathematical relationships and subject them to the scrutiny of modern scientific tools for validation purposes. I will also explain as to why the rules of Panini are not applicable to just Indic languages, but to world’s languages, and how these rules can benefit us in diverse areas.
The presenter is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Indian Institute of Kanpur. His areas of research include acoustics (including phonetics), vibrations, defense systems, and new product design. He has guided several M. Tech. theses focused on the area of phonetics of Indic consonants. Prior to joining IIT Kanpur, he worked at Bose Corporation, Massachusetts, USA, for over 13+ years in senior management positions. He earned his PhD degree from Virginia Tech, and M. Tech. degree from IIT Kanpur. He has served as a member of BHU’s Governing Council. He is also on the Governing Board of Nagpur University. He has several patents and publications in his name.
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