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Indo-Aryan Philology

About the department

The Department of Indian Philology was founded in 1858 and soon became one of the leading centers of ancient Indian studies in Europe. The teaching of Indian languages ​​and literature at St. Petersburg University began in 1836, when R. Kh. Lenz (1808–1836) was invited to give lectures on Sanskrit and comparative linguistics. In the 20s. XX century At the University, the active teaching of new Indo-Aryan languages ​​began, one of which was Bengali, and then Hindi, now the state language (along with English) of the Republic of India. The first teacher of the Hindi language was M. I. Tubyansky. In 1921, A. P. Barannikov (1890–1952) became one of the teachers of the institute, who was destined to become the founder of New Indian philology. Currently, the languages ​​\ u200b \ u200bSanskrit, Pali, Hindi, as well as other New Indian (Bengali, Marathi,

Leading teachers in this specialty

All leading teachers of the Department of Indian Philology are involved in the preparation of students of the Indo-Aryan Philology profile. The course “Introduction to the specialty” is read by Assoc. Yu. G. Kokova, the Hindi language is taught by Assoc. A. V. Chelnokova, Assoc. S.O. Tsvetkova, Art. Rev. E. A. Kostina and other teachers.

Simultaneously with the Hindi language, students begin to study the Sanskrit language, which is taught by Assoc. S. S. Tavastsherna, Assoc. Yu. G. Kokova, Art. Rev. E. A. Kostina, the Pali language (associate professor S. S. Tavastsherna) and medieval New Indian languages ​​(associate professor S. O. Tsvetkova). As the second oriental language at the department of “Indo-Aryan Philology”, the Bengali language is studied (associate professor E. K. Brosalina, senior teacher E. A. Kostina, senior teacher S. S. Donchenko), or Urdu (state language Pakistan, ass. D. P. Antonenko) or the Dravidian Telugu language (ass. D. V. Sobolev).

SO Tsvetkova – Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Indian Philology. Author of over 30 scientific publications in Russian and English, specialist in modern Hindi and its medieval dialects. He has been working at the Department of Indian Philology for more than 25 years, reads author’s special courses on the history of Hindi literature from the Middle Ages to the present day, poetry of the bhakti era, Indian poetics and aesthetics.

S. S. Tavastsherna – Associate Professor, Director of the Indian Information Center. Leading teacher of Sanskrit, specialist in linguistics and ancient Indian poetics. In 2009 he defended his Ph.D. thesis on the topic “The origin and development of the linguistic tradition in India.” He developed three textbooks on metrics, poetics, tenses and moods of Sanskrit, as well as an introductory Sanskrit language course used for teaching freshmen of the department. She is also engaged in the Pali language and general linguistic problems.

EK Brosalina – Associate Professor of the Department of Indian Philology, a leading teacher of the Bengali language. Prepared the basic textbook “Bengali language. Initial course ”, the author of numerous scientific publications and literary translations. In 2011 she headed the Department of Indian Philology. She teaches the Bengali language course, the main course in the history of Bengali literature, as well as a number of special courses on various aspects of Bengali literature.

Yu. G. Kokova , Associate Professor of the Department of Indian Philology, Academic Secretary of the Faculty of Oriental Studies of St. Petersburg State University, a leading teacher of Sanskrit, Hindi languages, the disciplines “Introduction to Indian Philology”, “Ancient Indian and Medieval Literature of India” and a number of special courses on Sanskrit hymn poetry , Sanskrit Puranic texts, etc.

SS Donchenko – Senior Lecturer at the Department of Indian Philology. In 2011 he defended his Ph.D. thesis on the theme “Poetic Tradition of Folk Singers of Bengal: the Art of the Bauls”. She teaches a Bengali language course, as well as a number of special courses on Bengali poetry and folklore.

EA Kostina – Senior Lecturer at the Department of Indian Philology. He teaches classes in the main languages ​​of the profile (Bengali, Sanskrit, Hindi), teaches a course in theoretical grammar of the Hindi language, Bengali, as well as special courses in business translation, the history of Bengali cinema, etc.

D.V.Soboleva , assistant of the Department of Indian Philology, a unique specialist in the Telugu language and literature in our country, one of the authors of the Telugu language textbook (the only one in Russia), as well as a number of works on Telugu literature. Teaches courses in Telugu language and literature, as well as Hindi language.

DP Antonenko , Assistant of the Department of Indian Philology, Post-Graduate Student. Teaches modern (including spoken) Hindi, Urdu, and aspects of Sanskrit. Specialist in modern (XX century) Hindi and Urdu poetry.

Languages ​​learned

Students of the Indo-Aryan philology profile study Hindi and Sanskrit as the main oriental languages, Bengali, or Telugu or Urdu as the second oriental.

As a rule, they also listen to special courses in the medieval languages ​​of Braj and Avadhi, Nepali or Urdu, as well as Pali prakrit (the number and volume of special courses read vary according to the wishes of a particular group of students).

Main courses

Students of the Indo-Aryan philology profile for four years of study attend about 40 basic and special courses, the main of which, in addition to language and introductory courses, are courses in the first (English) and second European languages, courses in the history and theory of literature, comparative historical linguistics , history, ethnography, mythology, religions and geography of India, geopolitical and socio-economic situation of India, Indian etiquette, etc.

Professional career

Graduates who have completed their studies in the Indo-Aryan philology profile can make a professional career in the following areas: research, diplomatic, museum affairs, tourism, translator at industrial and military facilities, etc.

about country

India is a country with the most ancient history and culture, currently possessing the highest political and economic potential. Ranking 7th in terms of territory, possessing colossal human resources, possessing nuclear weapons and having stable economic growth, India is a “heavyweight” in world politics and economics.

Hindi is spoken not only in India, it is also the official language of Fiji and the spoken language of a number of countries (Suriname, Trinidad and Mauritius). The Soviet Union took an active part in the industrial and technological development of Indian state enterprises. At present, there is also a “breakthrough” in the activity of cooperation with India in various industries (military, nuclear energy, textile, medical, etc.).

India is one of the main strategic partners of Russia, which means that our country needs specialists in this region.

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