Irawati Karve Biography | Mahabharata | Books | Works

Born: – 15 December, 1905 Burma
Died: – August 11, 1970
Occupation: – anthropologist

Irawati Karve was an Indian anthropologist, educationist, and an author from Maharashtra, India. She was India’s first women anthropologist, at a time when anthropology and sociology were immobile rising as university disciplines.

She was born in 1905 and named behind the Irawaddy River in Burma where her father, Ganesh Hari Karmar-kar, worked in the Burma Cotton Corporation. At seven she was send to the Huzur Paga boarding school for girls in Pune. One of her colleagues at the school was Shakuntala Paranjapye, daughter of R.P.Paranjapye, Principal of Fergusson College. Shakuntala’s mother, so the relations narrative goes, saw Irawati at the school and required to transport her home as a second child. Shakuntala’s mother takes Iravati to live with her family, where she was introduced to anthropology by moderator Balakram.

Karve conventional a master’s degree in sociology from Mumbai University in 1928 and a doctorate in anthropology from a university in Berlin, Germany in 1930. Karve serve for several years as the leader of the subdivision of Sociology and Anthropology at Deccan College, Pune.She presided over the Anthropology partition of the National Science Congress detained in New Delhi in 1947.

She writes in equally Marathi and English on topic pertaining to sociology and anthropology, as well as on nonscientific topics.

Karve was the daughter-in-law of Maharshi Dhondo Keshav Karve. Her partner Dinkar was a teacher and a Principal of Fergusson College. A son, Ānand, of Dinkar and Irawati, run an NGO in Pune called Arti. Irawati Karve books are available on online stores around the world

The following are some of Karve’s Works –
1. Hindu Society – an interpretation (1961)
2. Kinship Organization in India (1953)
3. Maharashtra -Land and People (1968)
4. Yuganta
5. Paripurti (in Marathi)
6. Bhovara (in Marathi)
7. Amachi Samskruti (in Marathi)
8. Samskruti (in Marathi)
9. Gangajal (in Marathi)

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