Robert Zydenbos

Region of Interest

South Asia

Primary Country of Residence





Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich


Mailing Address

Institut für Indologie und Iranistik
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
D-80539 München

Phone/Fax Number(s)

phone: 49/89-2180-5782
Fax: 49/89-2180-5827

Countries of Specialization



Two doctorandus degrees (Indian philosophy and Dravidian studies)
followed by a D.Litt. from the University of Utrecht (the Netherlands).
Further studies in Indian religions and languages at the South Asia
Institute, Univ. of Heidelberg (Germany). Taught Sanskrit at the Univ. of
Heidelberg; later taught Jaina philosophy at the Univ. of Madras (India);
later taught Sanskrit, Buddhism and South Asian religions at the Univ. of
Toronto (Canada). First Westerner (binational: Canadian / Dutch) to
write a doctoral thesis on contemporary Kannada fiction.

Research Interests

- Kannada language and literature; Sanskrit, Prakrit; Tulu, Tamil
- religion and philosophy in India, particularly southern India
- intercultural and religious psychology; intercultural communications
- Jainism (esp. southern Digambara Jainism); Buddhism
- Dvaita Vedanta, i.e., the tradition of Madhva
- Virasaivism
- contemporary Indian literature

Present activities:

Writing the first comprehensive Western history of Kannada literature;
translating Kannada literature into German and English. Also translating
Dvaitin, Virasaiva and Jaina writings from Sanskrit. Has lived in India
(Mysore) for 16 years.


None on file.


Kannada language ; literature ; Sanskrit ; Prakrit ; religion ; philosophy ; Jainism ; Virasaivism ;