Mrinal Kaul

Assistant Professor

Manipal Centre for Humanities


    Mrinal Kaul is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Centre for Religious Studies in Manipal Centre for Humanities. He is also a PhD Guide at MCH.


Subject Subject code Semester
Pre-modern Literary Traditions
Texts and Traditions
Truth and Knowledge in Indian Philosophy
Major Thinkers: Abhinavagupta
Philosophy of Indian Aesthetics
Classical Indian Metaphysics and Epistemology
Critical Issues in Indian Philosophy
History of Indian Philosophy
Traditions of Indian Philosophy


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
PhD Religion/South Asian Studies Concordia University, Montréal 2016
M.St Oriental Studies / Classical Indology University of Oxford 2007
MA Sanskrit Studies St Stephen’s College, University of Delhi 2006
B.A. Hons Sanskrit Studies St Stephen’s College, Delhi 2003


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”, Italy Lectures Lecturer in Indian languages 2012-2015
Stage de recherche Québec-Inde, Ministere de l’Education, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS), Fonds de la recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies, Gouvernement du Québec Research Fellow 2015
Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, Canada Research Assistant 2009-2013
Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, Canada Teaching Assistant 2010-2012


Area of Interest

Pre-modern South Asian Intellectual History, History of Ideas and Literary Cultures, Classical South Asian philosophical literature, Early and post-scriptural Śaiva literature, Indian Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art, Sanskrit language and literature

Area of Expertise

Philosophy of Abhinavagupta, Hermeneutics and Indian Philosophical Texts, Tantric and Cultic Philosophies, Philosophy of Religion, Sanskrit Textual Criticism, Philology, Codicology/Manuscriptology, South Asian Manuscript Cultures

Area of Research

Philosophical hermeneutics of Abhinavagupta, Non-dual Śaiva philosophy, Trika Śaivism, Kashmirian Tantric literature (particularly the Tantrāloka), Pratyabhijñā Philosophy

Is this Universe a Refected Image in Consciousness ?An Analysis of Abhinavagupta’s Philosophy of Refection,


Journal of Indian Philosophy.

A Preliminary Note on the Manuscripts of the Tantrāloka-viveka


Series Minor of the Istituto Orientale di Napoli, Italy

The Svātantryadīpikā


An unpublished text of the Trika Śaivism of Kashmir by Mansārām Mongā, Critically Edited Text, Translation, Notes and Annotations.

The Light of Freedom - Minor Śaiva Texts From Kashmir

Forthcoming Mrinal Kaul. Francesco Sferra

Edited and Translated with Francesco Sferra. Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale" Series Minor, Napoli, Italia

Don Quixote of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra


(chapters 1.45, 1.46, 1.50, 2.6, 2.12) An edition of a Kashmiri Translation of the (edited from a single manuscript preserved in Houghton Library, Harvard University) (to be published in the Marburg-Pune Indological Series) (edited with Dragomir Dimitrov in a project funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)

Is there a ‘South Asian Poetics’?


In the Proceedings of ‘A National Seminar on The Literary Across Cultures: Cultural Poetics of Bhasha Literatures in Theory and Practice organised by Centre for Contemporary Theory, Baroda.

Is there a Śaiva Theory of Festivity? Abhinavagupta’s Reply


In the Proceedings of the “Four Day International Seminar on Festivals of India: Gleanings from Literature, Ritual and Traditions” organised by the Department of Sanskrit Sahitya in Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady.

Lakshman Joo Raina (1907-1991)


in Bloomsbury Encyclopaedia of Philosophers (India 1500-2000), Ed. John R. Shook, Bloomsbury, UK.

Review of “Stainton, Hamsa. Poetry as Prayer in the Sanskrit Hymns of Kashmir. AAR Religion in Translation. Oxford 2019”


in International Journal of Hindu Studies, Springer

‘Abhinavagupta on Refection (Pratibimba) in the Tantrāloka’,


Journal of Indian Philosophy, 48, 161–189 (2020).

Causal Reasoning in the Trika Philosophy of Abhinavagupta


in Springer Handbook of Logical Thought in India, Ed. Sundar Sarukkai and Mihir Chakraborty, Springer, New Delhi.

“Forward” to ‘Explorations in Indian Philosophy’ by C. Rajendran


DK Printworld, New Delhi, pp. v-xxx

Ontological Hierarchy in the Tantrāloka of Abhinavagupta


In the Tantrapuṣpāñjali: Tantric Traditions and Philosophy of Kashmir - Studies in Memory of Pandit H.N. Chakravarty, Indira Gandhi Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, Eds. Bettina Bäumer & Hamsa Stainton, pp. 240-270.

A Reflection on some Transformational Encounters Between the Śaiva and the Buddhist Philosophers of Kashmir


in the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai, Mumbai, Volume 85 for 2011-2012. pp. 80-95.

Linguistic Traditions of Kashmir (Essays in Honour of Pandit Dinanath Yaksha)

2008 Mrinal Kaul. Ashok Aklujkar

Edited with Ashok Aklujkar. D.K. Printworld, New Delhi / HSIRI, J&K.