Dr RN Iyengar

More than a decade ago I got into touch with this fantastic master of many branches of knowledge, Dr R N Iyengar, to clear some doubts I had in the the geography of  Bharatavarsha as depicted in Valmiki Ramayana. I have since had plenty of learning experiences, both through attending seminars in which he was taking part and through reading his stellar publications which he was kind enough to share with me. Those of you who would like to get some idea of his achievements can read the following Wikipedia account.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rangachar_Narayana_Iyengar

This brilliant and hardworking Professor also combines a rare friendliness and humility both of which indeed sit well on his impressive persona. I sincerely hope that this civil and structural engineer, research scientist as well as administrator, science historian, expert on earthquakes, archeo-astronomer, Sanskrit scholar and Indologist, this teacher of teachers, who appears quite young now in his late eighties, is able to complete and surpass his century on this planet in good health and undiminished capacity to create new knowledge. We are happy to reproduce here a you tube depicting a recent interview he had with a non resident Indian. It manages to give in a single frame some idea of most things which interest Professor Iyengar.

Partha Desikan


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