Dr. Edward Yazijian has been interested in South Asian religion and culture for more than 40 years. As a teen, he planned a short excursion to India but stayed for nine years. While there, he traveled extensively, learned modern and premodern Bengali and Hindi, including various regional dialects, and studied Sanskrit at a traditional school in Navadvip, West Bengal.
Dr. Yazijian is interested in premodern vernacular literature of North India and is currently working on a translation of the 16th century Bengali classic, Chandimangal, which will be published by Penguin India in 2015.
Experience in Asia
Yazijian lived in India for nine years, six of them in West Bengal. Additionally, he has lived and performed research in Bangladesh.