Dineshchandra Sircar

Dineschandra Sircar (1907–1985; also known as D. C. Sircar or D.C. Sarkar) was an epigraphist, historian, numismatist and folklorist, known particularly in India and Bangladesh for his work deciphering inscriptions. He was the Chief Epigraphist of the Archaeological Survey of India (1949-1962), Carmichael Professor of Ancient Indian History and Culture at the University of Calcutta (1962–1972) and the General President of the Indian History Congress. In 1972, Sircar was awarded the Sir William Jones Memorial Plaque.

Dineschandra Sircar
Krishnanagar, near Faridpur, British India (now Bangladesh)[1]
Died1985 (aged 77–78)[1]
OccupationHistorian, epigraphist

Early life and educationEdit

Sircar was born to a family of Ayurvedic physicians at Krishnanagar.[citation needed] He graduated with Honours in Sanskrit in 1929 and obtained a First Class in his MA Examination in 1931 in Ancient Indian History and Culture with specialisation in Epigraphy and Numismatics from the University of Calcutta.[citation needed]

Selected bibliographyEdit

He authors more than forty books both in Bengali and English. Some of his best-known books include:

  • Select Inscriptions Bearing on Indian History and Civilisation (two volumes)
  • Indian Epigraphy (1965)
  • Indian Epigraphical Glossary
  • Inscriptions of Asoka,
  • Epigraphical Discoveries in East Pakistan
  • Studies in the Geography of Ancient and Medieval India
  • Some Epigraphical Records of the Mediaeval Period from Eastern India
  • Studies in Indian Coins
  • Journal of Ancient Indian History (Ed.

He has edited Epigraphia Indica volumes XXVIII to XXXVI, three of them jointly and the others independently.[2]


  1. ^ a b Ranabir Chakravarti. "Sircar, Dineschandra". Banglapedia. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  2. ^ Prominent Epigraphists, Archaeological Survey of India, http://asi.nic.in/asi_epigraphical_sans_epigraphists.asp

Further readingEdit

  • Maity, Sachindra Kumar; Thakur, Upendra; Sircar, D.C. (1987). Indological Studies: Prof. D.C. Sircar Commemoration Volume. Abhinav Publications. ISBN 81-7017-220-9.
  • Gouriswar Bhattacharya (1986). Deyadharma: Studies in Memory of Dr. D.C. Sircar (Sri Garib Dass Oriental Series, No 33). Orient Book Distributors. ISBN 81-7030-021-5.

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