We glad to record our honour for Dr. Rishiraj Pathak who achieved so many awards from national and state level in the field of Sanskrit. He has been as a speaker by various universities and institutions for lectures and demonstrations on Vedas, Music, Drama and Poetry. Also he has composed various original compositions in Sanskrit, Hindi and Brajbhasha for various Indian classical dance forms. You are a best social personality, outstanding performance and dedication to hard work.
Magic Book of Record conferred Dr. Rishiraj Pathak is awarded "Best Achiever Award - 2021" as the title of “BEST POET, MUSICOLOGIST AND A DANCE LITTERATEUR” on April 22, 2021.
Dr. Rishiraj Pathak (born 8th March 1989, Delhi) is a noted Sanskrit Scholar, proficient in the Vedas. He is a Poet, Musician and a Dance Litterateur, renowned for his knowledge in Ṣaḍaṅgaveda, Rhetorics (Sāhityaśāstra), Dramaturgy (Nāṭyaśastra) and Musicology (Saṅgītaśastra).
Dr. Pathak has been the University topper and Gold Medallist both in his Bachelor's Degree in Sanskrit ‘Honours’ (2009) and Master’s Degree in Sanskrit (2011). Thereafter, he attained the Doctor of Philosophy from the Sanskrit Department, Delhi University, for his thesis subject ‘A Comprehensive Study on the Phonology, Semantics and Musicology of the Sāmavedic Accents’ (2015).
Dr. Pathak had the great fortune of having learnt the recitation of the popular forms of all the four vedas through Guru Mukh Parampara. He has received recitation training from Shri Guru Gangeshwaranand Chaturved Shodh Sansthan, Ved Mandir, Nasik, Maharashtra and Kotkasim, Rajasthan. He has had the opportunity to receive the training of the recitation of Sāman chants of the Kauthumaśākhā from Shri Nandan Mishra and Dr. Lambodar Mishra. He has learnt the Preliminary hymns of the Śākalaśākhā of the Ṛgveda under the apprenticeship of Shri R. Ramesh Bhatt, and the Śaunakaśākhā of the first canto of Atharvaveda from Shri Atmaram Pondel, during the period 1997- 1999. Dr. Pathak hails from the lineage of the Mādhyandinīya tradition of the Śukla Yajurveda, hence, has received its knowledge and instructions from the eminent Vedic Scholar, Acharya Shri Rameshwar Dayal Sharma (1999-2004) and at present, is learning the KāṇvaŚākhā of the ŚuklaYajurveda from Dr. Chandan Kumar Mishra.
Dr. Pathak, following his intrinsic interest in Music, received its initial training from his father Shri Narayan Pathak in the Rasiya folk tradition which belongs to the Braj region, the land of Lord Krishna. Thereafter, he was trained in Indian Classical music by Smt. Rita Bokil, Padmashree Pandit Madhup Mudgal and Shri Rajendra Sharma at Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Delhi, which is one of the foremost school of Indian Music. He has also received training on the percussion instrument, Tabla, from Ustad Abdullah Khan and Shri Tansen Srivastava (2000-2005). Owing to his interest in Music and other classical art forms, Dr. Pathak, also received preliminary training of Kathak from the renowned Kathak Dancer Smt. Monisha Nayak (2011-2013). Dr. Pathak has been awarded various degrees in different musical disciplines. These are -
Sangeet Shiromani (Hindustani Classical Vocal) Delhi university, Delhi, in the year 2013.
Senior Diploma (Light Music Vocal) Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad, UP , year 2015.
Junior Diploma (Harmonium) Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad, UP, year 2016.
Junior Diploma (Tabla) Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad, UP, year 2016.
Junior Diploma (Kathak) Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad, UP, year 2018.
Junior Diploma (Pakhawaj) Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad, UP, year 2019 .
Dr. Pathak has a keen interest in unfathomed areas of Sanskrit and Music that are often not compiled in the University syllabi. He has conducted a special study of some of these texts, which he has learnt through Guru Shishya Parampara or self-cultivation. Some of the prominent ones are:
Sāmaveda Saṁhitā, Śukla Yajurvda Saṁhitā (Mādhyandinīya and Kāṇva), Vāsiṣṭhī Dhanurveda Saṁhitā, Pāṇinīya-śikṣā, Āpiśala-śikṣā, Candragomī-śikṣā, Yājñavalkya-śikṣā, Nāradīya-śikṣā, Gautamī-śikṣā, Lomaśī-śikṣā, Ṛk-prātiśākhyam, Vājasaneyi-prātiśakhyam, Aṣṭādhyāyī, Amarakośaḥ, Ārcikalakṣaṇam, Avagrahasūtram, Hitavākyam, Mātrālakṣaṇam, Pratijñāsūtram, Kātyāyana-trikaṇḍikā-snānasūtram, Bṛhaddevatā, Nāṭyaśāstram, Tāṇḍava-lakṣaṇam, Aumāpatam, Bṛhaddeśī, Saṅgīta-ratnākaraḥ, Śivasvarodayaḥ. etc.
Dr. Pathak is an indomitable talent, in the field of Sanskrit Poetry. Two of his poetry texts named Ādyonmeṣaḥ (2016) and śrīmadūdhamasiṁhacaritam (2019) have been published from Devavani Parishad, Delhi. In addition, He has also edited four sections śrīhīrakaprābhṛtam and five sections of Nārāyaṇa-racanāvalī. More than 30 of his research papers and articles have been published in various journals. His articles on ‘Vedādhyayanakevibhinnapāṭha-prakāra’, a comprehensive study on the various traditions of Vedic Studies and ‘Sāmaveda-śikṣaṇameṁkūṭākṣara’, a decoding text of the code letters used in Sāmaveda learning, are some his most notable entries in the ‘Mind, Morality and Motives: Learning’s from Indian Traditions’ a Responsive Research Project undertaken by the Indian Council for Social Sciences Research under the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Dr. Pathak has presented papers at various international and national research seminars on various subjects related to the Vedas and Indian Classical Music.
Dr. Pathak has been invited as a speaker by various universities and institutions for lectures and demonstrations on Vedas, Music, Drama and Poetry. He has also had the opportunity of preparing the syllabus and text for the subject, ‘Sanskrit Meters and Music’ for the Under Graduate Course (CBCS) of the Delhi University and was invited as an examiner of Sāmaveda by the Maharishi Sandipani Rashtriya Ved Vidya Pratishthan, Ujjain.
Dr. Pathak has been invited to various forums for Sāmagāna to present the Sāmavedic Chants, of which the most notable ones are Sangeet Natak Akademi, Delhi Sanskrit Academy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India Habitat Centre, Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan etc.
Dr.Pathak has composed various original compositions in Sanskrit, Hindi and Brajbhasha for various Indian classical dance forms. Some of these are - Svadeśaṁbhajāmaḥ - Vocal for local (Smt. VaniMadhav, Odissi :NrityaDhara, Gurugram), Prārthanā (Shri Sanjib Bhattacharya, Manipuri : Hritaal Dance Centre, Kolkata, West Bengal), Candrapraveśam (Payal Ramchandani, Kuchipudi : Bloomsbury Festival, London, UK), Ritusatram, (Smt. Nandini Mandal, Bharatnatyam : Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US),
Dr.Pathak has been invited to various national forums for Sanskrit poetry recitation. Some them are – Sahitya Akademi, Delhi, Delhi Sanskrit Academy, Delhi, Uttarakhand Sanskrit Academy, Uttarakhand and AIR, Prasar Bharti Delhi etc.
Dr. Pathak has independently and with Shri K. S. Rajendran, the former theatrical director, of National School of Drama, Delhi, directed and counselled music and expressions for various Hindi and Sanskrit plays. Some of them are - Dūtaghaṭotkacam (Shri Ram Centre, Delhi), Abhijñanaśakuntalā (Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi), Priyadarśikā (National School of Drama, Delhi). Agni aurbarkha, (Shri Ram Centre, Delhi), etc.
Dr. Pathak has been teaching in various colleges of the University of Delhi since 2012 viz. :
Shyama Prasad Mukherji College For Women 29.07.2015 to till date.
St. Stephen’s College 20.03.2014-22.05.2015
Hindu College 07.02.2014-28.02.2014
Indraprastha College For Women 23.07.2012 – 14.12.2013
He has been working as casual News Editor and Anchor at DDNews, Delhi since 2012.
Dr. Pathak has offered honorary academic and cultural services to various institutions. These are -
General Secretary, Devavani Parishad, Delhi.
Secretary, Bhartiya Sanskrit Patra Kar Sangh, Delhi
Secretary, Sangeet Sarita (Affiliated to the Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Mumbai) Delhi
Member of Governing body, Agrima (Society of Arts), Delhi
Medals, Awards and Honors –
• Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar 2020
• Pandit Pratap Narayan Mishra Smriti Yuva Sahityakar Samman 2018 from Bhaurao Deoras Seva Nyas, Lucknow.
• Svargiya Mrs. Kusum Sharma Memorial Award 2018 from the Wider Association for Vedic Studies (Waves).
• Certificate of Merit 2017 by Suramya (An Institution of Performing Arts), Delhi.
• Svargiya Shri Rameshwar Das Gupta Memorial Award 2017 from the Wider Association for Vedic Studies (Waves).
• Sanskrit Samaradhak Samman 2016 from the Delhi Sanskrit Academy, Delhi Government.
• Svargiya Smt. Dhanno Devi Memorial Award 2015 from the Wider Association for Vedic Studies (Waves).
• Smt. Kasturi Devi Memorial Award 2012 from the Wider Association for Vedic Studies (Waves).
• Honored by former Finance Minister of India and Senior Advocate Shri Arun Jaitley in 2012.
• Dr. CD Deshmukh Memorial Gold Medal 2011 from the University of Delhi.
• Dr. Radhakrishnan Medal 2011 from the University of Delhi.
• Award of Excellence 2011 from Delhi University Students Union.
• Sanskrit PratibhaPuraskar2007-2011 from the Delhi Sanskrit Academy Delhi Government.
• Honored from Former President of India, scientist and engineer A.P.J. Awarded by Abdul Kalam in 2011.
• M.K. Rastogi Prize from Hindu College, University of Delhi in 2010.
• Post Graduate Merit Scholarship Honors 2009-2010 from University Grants Commission.
● His Holiness Shankaracharya Swanandashram Hari Prize 2009 from Delhi University.
● Best Student Award 2009 by the Department of Sanskrit, Hindu College, University of Delhi.
● Honored by Former Chief Minister of Delhi Smt. Sheila Dikshit in 2009
● Honored by Indian Scientist, Educator and Educationist Professor Yash Pal in 2008
● Honored by Indian economist and Member of parliament Shri Jairam Ramesh in 2007
● Honored by JyotishpeethaadheeshvarJagadguruShankaracharyaVasudevanandSaraswati in 1998.
● Honored by former Education Minister of Rajsthan Smt. Ujla Arora in 1998.