Pune: Fr Noel Kantilal Sheth, a Sanskrit scholar and philosopher, died of a heart attack while attending a conference in Bogota, the capital of the South American country of Columbia, on July 8. He was 74.
The funeral will be held in Mumbai later this week.
The Jesuit priest taught Indian Philosophies and Religions at Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth (JDV), Pontifical Institute of Philosophy and Religion in the city, for about 35 years.
Fr George Pattery, leader of the Jesuits in India, hailed Father Sheth as ‘an erudite scholar in Sanskrit literature, which enabled him to be thorough in his research. He could authoritatively speak on Hindu literature, which won him friends among scholars.
Fr Sheth’s name is in the who’s who of Sanskrit scholars of India, as he was a savant in Sanskrit and Pali, the ancient languages of India.
Pune Bishop Thomas Dabre led a special Mass at the Papal Seminary on June 10 to honour the scholar.
Sheth’s book ‘The Divinity of Krishna’ was well appreciated by the scholarly world. He had studied eleven languages, including Latin and Greek.