Panini, the Sanskrit Grammarian
Panini, father of Sanskrit Grammar:
Panini is a famous Indian Sanskrit grammarian and the founder of phonetic theory. He was born in Shalatula, which was on the Indus river and is in Pakistan. His date of birth is perfectly unknown, but some historians believe that he lived from the 4th to the 7th century BCE. He was one of the excellent knowledge developed among many Indian personalities. During his time, people thought that the Sanskrit language was treated as the language of the divine.
Panini’s Contribution to the Sanskrit Language:
He worked on the grammar of the Sanskrit language, and present historians believe that he is one of the fathers of the language. The Grammarian wrote the book entitled Astadhyayi, which contains eight chapters. In this book, he discussed the speech of sacred texts and the commoner’s language. He also brought nouns, vowels, verbs and consonants to understand the Sanskrit language. He also got many rules and language theories to understand sacred texts.
His efforts and structures for understanding the Sanskrit language caused me to understand the characters of mathematical and scientific literature. In ancient Greece, the philosopher’s thoughts caused to increase in the skills of Mathematics, as the same in India, Panini’s linguistic development caused to improvement in the skills of learning mathematical skills in ancient texts. Especially the numbers by words in Algebra are linked with the old structure of the Sanskrit language.
The Period of Panini:
Historians have very difficulty knowing the period of Panini. They deeply observed his works to know his life period. Panini mentioned nearly ten scholars in his works. However, Historians didn’t come to find his date of time. Even though some scholars gave some references to the period of Panini. But the conclusions and the evidence has been not matching with each other. So to us, it is difficult to say about the actual period of Panini, and it left a question mark in History.