Dr. Kamil Vaclav Zvelebil
Prof. Zvelebil was born in Prague (Czechoslovakia) on 17-11-1927. He studied at the Charles University in Prague from 1946 to 1952. He read Indology, English language, literature and philosophy. He was awarded his Ph.D in 1952 in Sanskrit, English and Philosophy. In 1959 he obtained a second Ph.D in Dravidian philology. Prof. Zvelebil died in France on 17-01-2009.
From 1952 to 1970 he was a research fellow and senior research fellow in Tamil and Dravidian linguistics and literature at the Oriental Institute of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. His many field trips included those to South India and in 1965-66 he was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, USA, and 1967-68 at the University of Heidelberg.
He held the position of associate professor of Tamil and Dravidian at Charles University in Prague until 1968 when he and his family had to leave their native Czechoslovakia in 1968 after the Soviet-led invasion of the country. He subsequently obtained the chair in Dravidian studies at the University of Chicago, USA.
In 1970 he left the USA and was a visiting professor at the College de France, Paris, then visiting professor of the Sudasien Institute, University of Heidelberg, senior research fellow, Unversity of Leiden and settled as a professor of Dravidian liguistics and South Indian literature/culture at the University of Utrecht till his retirement in 1992.
During his career he had the oppurtunity not only to travel on his field trips but also to teach in various cities including, Delhi, Madras, Tokyo, Philadelphia, Rochester, Moscow, Leningrad, Uppsala and Lund.
He is the author of more that 500 bibliographic items including books, articles, revies and translations.
Translations include those of ancient and modern poetry and prose from Sanskrit, Tamil, Malayam, Kannada and Telugu into Czech, Slovak, English and German. Works cover the fields of descriptive and historical Tamil linguistics and dialectology, Tamil literature, Tamil Prosody, Dravidian comparative linguistics, Tribal languages and cultures of the Nilgiries (South India: in partucular Irula - described for the first time by Zvelebil), South Indian cultural and religious history, Hinduism, Sanskrit ritual texts, comparative Sanskrit and Tamil literature, Tamil Folklore Tamil Siddha movement.
Karttikeya in ancient Cambodia
Karttikeya in ancient China
Skanda in Chinese Buddhism
Index of research articles on Skanda-Murukan