The Lenināmṛta, a Poetic Biography of Lenin in Sanskrit

I recently stumbled upon a fascinating piece of modern Sanskrit literary history in a library, the Lenināmṛta, a poetic biography of Lenin in Sanskrit.  It garnered a lot of interest when I wrote about it on Twitter, so I thought I should maybe just put the whole thing out here to generate more conversation.

Vladimir-Illyich-Lenin

The work is dedicated to “Sarasvati, the Divine Spirit of the ever-progressive and ever-unfordable eternal stream of knowledge and her sincere devotees of all time and all climes.”

I will probably write more on this in the future.

Thanks to IS for the pdf.

Leninamrta_1973

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Tatānikeyam, or the Titanic

Finally the tale of mechanical hubris versus uncaring nature played out on the cold North Atlantic seas is available in Sanskrit verse (with English translation).

I first stumbled across this gem years ago.  I am sorry to say the mahākāvya-in-progress still only is available up to the second sarga.  The links are here:

First Sarga

Second Sarga

A CALL TO ACTION!  A professor of statistics in Florida has started the gargantuan labor himself.  I personally call upon all my Sanskrit nerd friends to translate their favorite moment in Titanic history into Sanskrit verse.  Post it here.  I’m serious.