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Title Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute
Document Type Journal
Language English
Publisher Name Dr. R.N. Dandekar
Publisher Region Poona


The Annals of the Bhandarkar Institute, or Annals as it is better known, was (and continues to be) published under the aegis of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Poona and was first published in 1920. The Annals published articles and essays on ‘Sanskrit studies, philology, ancient and middle Indian history, archaeology in all its branches, philosophy of ancient and middle India and allied subjects’. From its very first volume the Annals also solicited essays relating to ‘Avestan, Persian and Arabic studies’. While the journal started out as the Annals of the Bhandarkar Institute, the title had been changed to Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Poona by the early 1930s.

From the publication of its very first volume in 1920, the Annals was well subscribed. Some of the societies that had started exchanging their publications with the Annals in 1920 were ‘The Journal of the Mythic Society, Bangalore; Revue Historique de L’ Inde Franciase, Pondicherry; The Philosophical Review, Baroda; The Journal of the United Provinces Historical Society, Allahabad; The Arya, Pondicherry; The journal of the Anthropological Society, Bombay; The Journal of the Indian Research Society, Calcutta; The Indian Thought, Benaras and The Journal of the Philosophical Society, Amalner’.

Some of the articles published in the Annals over time include ‘Chronology of the Later Imperial Guptas’ (R.D. Banerjee, 1920, Vol. I, Part I), ‘Pusyamitras in the Gupta Period’ (H.R. Divekar, 1920, Vol. I, Part I), ‘The Organism of the Muslim State under the Caliphs’ (S. Khuda Baksh, 1920, Vol. I, Part II), ‘The Social Life of the Ancient Iranians, as Presented by the Avesta by Shams-ul-Ulama-Jivanji’ (Jamshedji Modi, 1924, Vol. V, Part II), ‘Practice and Theory of Music’ (P. Srinivasa Iyer, 1935, Vol. XVI).

While in the first decade of publication, the names of editors were not printed on the title page of the journal; this practice had started by the early 1930s. Volume XVI published in 1935 was edited by A.B. Gajendragadkar, Professor of Sanskrit at Elphinstone College Bombay and V.G.

The journal continues to promote Oriental scholarship and is published four times a year.

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