Soma Sahai-Srivastava, M.D.

Professor of Clinical Neurology at USC

B. Kumar

Consultant, South East Asian Studies, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi

Dr. B.K. Mishra

Assistant Professor, Ancient Indian and
Asian Studies, PLS College, Patna, India

Dr. Manjil Hazarika

Assistant Professor, Head of Department of
Archaeology, Cotton University, Assam

Dr. Dean Myers

Retired Lecturer of  Southeast Asian History at the Jesuit Sophia University in Tokyo in 2001

William Van de Bogart

Formerly Professor at Bangkok University,Bangkok, is an expert of Asian Cosmology

Chirapat  Prapandvidya

Eminent  scholar and teacher of Sanskrit  at Silpakorn University, Bangkok.
Recipient of the President of India Award

Dr. Ganga Natha Jha

Former professor and chairperson of Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Jawaharlala Nehru University, New Delhi 


Dr. Sachchidanand Sahai

Author and Professor

Late Dr. Sudha Verma, PhD

Author and Professor

Sudha Verma was born on September 17th 1941 in a small city of northern Bihar, Bhagalpur. She was advised not to go to school by a famous eye doctor, due to congenital squint, but with her indomitable spirit, studied at home and topped in all her examinations. She received a gold medal in 1962 for Masters in Hindi Literature from Bhagalpur University by the same Eye doctor who had declared her unfit to study and. At the time of her passing on January 29th 1988, she was an associate professor of Hindi at Gautam Buddha Mahila (Women’s) College, Gaya, Bihar. Besides being a scholar of Hindi literature, she was devoted to the study of the Tulsi Ramayana and authored two books on this subject; Maanas ke Patra (1987) and Agneya Asia mein Ramakatha (1982) for which the Hanuman Mandir Nyas, Calcutta, awarded her a special honor. She was a passionate womens’rights advocate, well ahead of her time, a fiery poetess, linguist and writer, who lived a life of simplicity, honesty and conviction.

The purpose of the trust is to honor the life and memory of Dr Sudha Verma and continue her passion for the Hindi Language arts and to encourage higher education among Indian Women.

The South East Asian Review

Beginning in the 1970s, the South East Asian Review is an interdisciplinary research journal which  welcomes  articles from social-science, humanitites, traditional medicine, flora and fauna of the Southeast Asian region. 


Dr. Sachchidanand Sahai is the Chair of Asian Studies at Thammasat University and the advisor to Apsara Authority Siem Riep, Cambodia. He is also a former National Professor of Epigraphy at the Institute of Archaeology for the Government of India.

Prof. Sahai, as the founder and editor of the South East Asian Review, has brought out forty-two volumes of this journal since 1976 to disseminate knowledge about the common cultural heritage of India and Southeast Asia. Fluent in French, English, Laotian, Thai, and Khmer and with good groundings in Sanskrit and Sanskrit-based Indo-Aryan languages, Prof. Sahai maintains a rigorous international standard of research in the study of Asian cultural tradition with direct access to the sources of Southeast Asian Civilization.

Professor Sachchidaanand Sahai is an internationally acclaimed expert on Indian and Asian cultural relations with the rest of the world. Over the past five decades through his teaching, research and public activities, Prof. Sahai has brought to public notice many forgotten aspects of Asian cultural traditions and the impact of pluralistic Indian World view in the formation of Asian ethos.

Born on March 6, 1941, Prof. Sahai received M.A. degree in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology in 1962 from Banares Hindu University, and doctorate degree for his thesis "Les Institutions Politiques et l'organization administration du Cambodge ancient. His five volumes on the Lao Ramayana, his pioneering researches on King Chulalongorn's visit to India in 1872 and his monagraph "The Mekong River: Space and Social Theory" (2005) offer a historic backdrop for the Mekong Ganga Cooperation and enhance public awareness and interest in this initiative.

Awards and Honors

President Pratibha Patil of India on Monday, January 9, 2012, conferred the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman award to Dr. Sachchidanand Sahai for his outstanding contribution in enhancing India's image globally. President Patil said: "Overseas Indians, who number over 27 million, are symbols of India in their adopted countries. They have done extremely well in their chosen fields and have done us proud. We always look forward to meeting with them and learning from their rich experiences."

Dr. Sahai was awarded the Padma Shri award in 2012 for his recent writing on Angkor and for his contributions to strengthening India's relations with Cambodia as Advisor to APSARA Authority, a Royal Cambodian Government Agency for the Safeguard of Angkor. Padma Awards, the country's highest civilian award. The award is an honor bestowed by the President of India and symbolizes the recognition of the talent and contribution of the recipients. 

Professor Sachchidanand Sahai who works and lives in Cambodia has written books that not only helped people in his country but also help South East Asia understand India and its culture. He was an advisor to the government of Cambodia for the restoration of the great temple of Angkor Wat. He has written 5 volumes on the Ramayana.

Prof. Sahai has been the ICCR visiting Professor of Asian Civilization in Laos (1970-72); Fulbright Fellow at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1981; Research Professor at Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts (1988-1990); Chairperson, Department Ancient Indian and Asian Studies, Magadh Uiversity, Bodh Gaya (1990-2010; Fellow, Indian Institute Advanced Studies, Shimla (2003-2006) and Distinguished Visitor of Indian Council for Cultural Relation to ASEAN Countries. In the course of his ICCR lecture tour in Chile (2011-2012), Prof. Sahai has enlarged the scope of Asian Relations and good will for India.

Prof Sahai is the recipient of several awards and honors including A.S. Altekar Gold Medal for his outstanding performance in M.A.level study at Barnaras Hindu University in 1962; V.K.V. Rao Memorial Life Time Achievement Award from Indian Association of Social Science in 2003; He is also the recipient of the French Government scholarship in Paris (1965-69).

Dr. Sahai also received the award of the rank of Chevalier and medal with the title of saha-maitri by APSARA National Authority under the Royal Government of Cambodia for valuable writings on Angkor, 5th December 2018.



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