Prof. Gaya Charan Tripathi, born at Agra in 1939 in a family of traditional Sanskrit scholars, studied at Agra, Moradabad, Pune, Varanasi, Freiburg; M.A. Sanskrit, Agra 1959; Ph.D. on Vedic deities, Agra 1962. German Academic Exchange Service Fellow to the University of the Freiburg 1962-66; Dr. Phil. Freiburg 1966; D. Litt. in Ancient Indian History, Allahabad 1986. Taught at the Universities of Freiburg (twice), Aligarh, Udaipur; Principal, G.N. Jha Research Institute (Kendriya Sanskrit Vidyapith), Allahabad 1977-2001, Visiting Professor to the Universities of Heidelburg, Tubingen (twice), British Columbia of Vancouver (twice), Berlin, Leipzig. Presently Professor at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and Head of its Kalakosha Division. Publications: 20 books and 80 research articles in Hindi, Sanskrit, English and German. Fields of specialization: Vedic studies, Puranic literature, Agama, Sahitya, Manuscriptology.