SMÉKAL, Odolen

SMÉKAL, Odolen. Olomouc 18.8.1928 — Prague 17.6.1998 (or 13.6.). Czech Indologist (Hindi Scholar). Son of Václav Martin Smékal and Anežka Smičková. Matriculated from gymnasium in Kroměříž.Studies at Charles University in Prague (Pořízka), matriculated 1952. Ph.D. in Hindi. From 1954 taught Hindi at Charles University. In 1993-96 diplomat in New Delhi. Married with Helena Cassinelli, children.

Publications: A Hindi grammar and textbooks in Czech and English, several Czech translations from Hindi (e.g. Godan of Premcand, with M. Navrátil, 1957).

– “On the Question in Periodisation of Modern Hindi Literature”, O. Král, Rise and Development of Modern Literatures in Asia. 1. Dissertationes Orientales 4. 1965.

– “A Contribution to the Study of the Hindi Village Novel”, Acta Universitatis Carolinae 1965; “Classification of Hindi Onomatopoeic Verbal Bases”, Acta Univ. Car. 1971:4, 73-102; “Notes on the Conception of Tradition in Hindi poetry”, Literaturen Asiens und Africas 1981.

Poetry in Hindi.

Sources:; * (in Czech); Kdo byl kdo – čeští a slovenští orientalisté; *Sv. Kostić, Nový Orient 53, 1998, 312-314.

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