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Asko Parpola : biography

1941 -

Asko Parpola (born 1941) is a Finnish Indologist and Sindhologist, current professor emeritus of Indology and South Asian Studies at the University of Helsinki. He specializes in the Indus script. Two significant contributions of Parpola to the field of decipherment of the Indus script are creation of the (now) universally used classification of Indus valley seals and the proposed (much-debated) decipherment of the language of the script He is brother of the Akkadian language epigrapher Simo Parpola.

Asko Parpola, received the Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi Classical Tamil Award for 2009 on June 23, 2010 at World Classical Tamil Conference at Coimbatore.

In broad terms, his research and teaching interests fall within the following topics:

  • Indus Civilization / Indus script and religion / Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions
  • Veda / Vedic ritual / Samaveda / Jaiminiya Samaveda texts and rituals / Purva-Mimamsa
  • South Asian religions / Hinduism / Saiva and Sakta tradition / Goddess Durga
  • South India / Kerala / Tamil Nadu / Karnataka
  • Sanskrit / Malayalam / Tamil / Prehistory of Indian languages
  • Prehistoric archaeology of South Asia and (in broad sense) Central Asia / Coming of the Aryans


Books and Edited Volumes: Articles:

  • 2008 Is the Indus script indeed not a writing system? In Airāvati: Felicitation volume in honour of Iravatham Mahadevan, edited by : 111-31. VARALAARU.COM, Chennai.
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