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Q1. What is Panini famous for?

 

Panini is the name of a famous Sanskrit grammarian and revered scholar of the 6th century BCE. In the 19th century, he was labeled as the “Father of Linguistics” by European scholars. Panini is especially known for his text Ashtadhyayi which is a Sanskrit treatise on grammar written between the 6th and 5th century BCE. It consists of 3,996 verses on linguistics, syntax, and semantics that are organized into eight chapters. These eight chapters are further subdivided into four sections or Padas. His work greatly influenced many scholars from different religions such as Buddhism to write commentaries on it.

 

Q2. Who is known as the Father of Sanskrit?

 

Panini, a great Sanskrit scholar and grammarian, is known as the “Father of Sanskrit” and is revered as the earliest known Linguist. He is renowned for his extraordinary work called “Ashtadhyayi”, a Sanskrit treatise on grammar, which contains eight chapters which are further divided into four sections. The Ashtadhyayi is a generative grammar that defines the Sanskrit language in detail. It is considered one of the oldest texts explaining intricate and sophisticated Sanskrit grammatical traditions.

 

Q3. Who wrote the book Ashtadhyayi?

 

The famous Sanskrit book Ashtadhyayi was written by a renowned Sanskrit scholar, philologist, and grammarian, Panini between the 6th and 5th century BCE. It is one of the most important works of Panini which is a Sutra-style treatise on Sanskrit grammar. It is the most intricate and detailed grammar work in the Sanskrit language that is structured into eight chapters and 3,996 verses. Panini came to be known in the 19th century after European scholars discovered his extraordinary work. Since then, he has been given the title of the “Father of Linguistics”.


Q4. What script did Panini use?

 

Panini was a Sanskrit scholar and grammarian, and one of his most renowned works is the Ashtadhyayi which is a Sutra-style treatise on Sanskrit grammar. Sanskrit is the oldest known language and is written in the Devanagari script. It is not certain whether Panini’s works used writing for their composition. However, since the works of Panini were based in the Sanskrit language, it is believed that he used the Devanagari script.