Devi Dutt Sharma
Born (1924-10-23) 23 October 1924 (age 96)
Kumaon, Uttarakhand, India
OccupationScholar, writer
AwardsPadma Shri
Life Time Achievement Award
All India Vidvat Samman
Sanskrit Vidvat Samman
IBC International Man of the Millennium Award
Millenium Sanskrit Samman
President of India Certificate of Honour
WebsiteOfficial web site

Devi Dutt Sharma (born 23 October 1924) is an Indian scholar and writer of Dogri literature,[1][2] best known for his writings on Himalayan dialects, culture and ethnic history.[3] The Government of India honored Sharma in 2011, with the fourth highest civilian award of Padma Shri.[4]


Devi Dutt Sharma was born on 23 October 1924 in the Kumaon district[5] of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. After passing his master's degree (MA) from Agra University, he secured two doctoral degrees, a PhD from Banares Hindu University and a DLitt from Panjab University, Chandigarh.[6] He is credited with 28 books, 200 research papers and contributions to 56 research volumes.[3] and is best known for his eight volume work, Socio-Cultural History of Uttarakhand.[7][8] He has completed a three volume encyclopedia, Gyan Kosh which is awaiting publication.[5]

A former Sanskrit professor of Panjab University, Chandigarh,[6] Sharma has been honored with several awards such as the Life Time Achievement Award by the Garhwal University, Srinagar.[3] All India Vidvat Samman by the Gyan Kalyan Datvya Nyas, New Delhi,[6] Sanskrit Vidvat Samman (1999) by the Sampurnanand Sanskrit University,[6] International Man of the Millennium Award (2000) from the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, UK,[5] Millenium Sanskrit Samman (2001) by the Government of India,[6] and the Certificate of Honour (2001) from the President of India.[6] In 2011, the Government of India included Sharma in the Republic day honours for the award of Padma Shri.[4]


  1. ^ "Rediff". Rediff. 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Times Now". Times Now. 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Tribune India". Tribune India. 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Padma Shri" (PDF). Padma Shri. 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "Innocent Sapney". Innocent Sapney. 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d e f DD Sharma (2003). Munda: Sub-stratum of Tibeto-Himalayan Languages, Volume 7. Mittal Publications. p. 102. ISBN 9788170998600.
  7. ^ D D Sharma (2002). Uttarākhaṇḍa kā sāmājika evaṃ sāṃskr̥tika itihāsa. Haldvānī : Uttarāyaṇa Prakāśana. OCLC 263065466.
  8. ^ D. D. Sharma (2009). Cultural History of Uttarakhand. Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. p. 418. ISBN 978-8124604342.

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