Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Aditya K

Assistant Professor

  Research Interest

  • Mathematics in India
  • Astronomy in India
  • Scientific Literature in Sanskrit
  • Manuscriptology

  Office Location

  • Room no – HSB 254
  • E-mail : aditya[at]iitm[.]ac[.]in
  • Phone : +91 (44) 22574544
  • IIT Madras
  • IIT Bombay
  • BITS Hyderabad
  • Procter & Gamble
  • William J. Clinton Foundation
  • Bain & Company

Edited Collection:

  •  Aditya Kolachana, K. Mahesh and K. Ramasubramanian, eds (2019). “Studies in Indian Mathematics and Astronomy”, Culture and History of Mathematics 12, New Delhi: Hindustan Book Agency and Springer. 742 pages.
  • Aditya Kolachana (2024). “Mādhava’s sophisticated spherical trigonometry in verse”, Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Francisco, USA.
  • Aditya Kolachana (2023). “The saṃyoga-meru: A combinatorial tool in the Saṅgīta-ratnākara”, 2nd Conference of the International Academy of History of Science, Athens, Greece.
  • Aditya Kolachana (2022). “The pedagogical significance of the Līlāvatī”, 88th Annual Conference of the Indian Mathematical Society: An International Meet, BIT Mesra, Ranchi, India.
  • Aditya Kolachana (2022). “Extant manuscripts of Pṛthūdaka’s commentary on Brāhmasphuṭasiddhānta”, International Conference on History of Mathematics, IIT Madras, Chennai, India.
  • Aditya Kolachana (2022). “An overview of Mādhava’s Lagnaprakaraṇa”, International Conference on Puranic and Siddhantic Cosmology, Govardhan Eco Village, Mumbai, India.
  • Aditya Kolachana (2022). “The līlā of the Līlāvatī”, International Conference on Indian Contribution to Mathematics — Ancient & Modern, Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai, India.
  • Aditya Kolachana (2021). “Mādhava’s Lagnaprakaraṇa and its influence on the Kerala school”, 26th International Congress of History of Science and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Aditya Kolachana (2020). “An in-depth look at the first method of udayalagna computation in the Lagnaprakaraṇa”, International Web-Conference on History of Mathematics, Indian Society for History of Mathematics.
  • Aditya Kolachana (2020). “The Indian luni-solar calendar”, Workshop on Ancient Indian Mathematics and Astronomy, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India.
  • Aditya Kolachana (2019). “The Āryabhaṭasiddhānta: Prof. Shukla’s reconstruction and study of Āryabhaṭa’s lost work”, International Symposium on Astral Sciences in Asia, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Maharashtra, India.
  • Aditya Kolachana and K. Mahesh (2018). “Determination of kālalagna in the Lagnaprakaraṇa”, Conference on History and Development of Mathematics, Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Viswa Mahavidyalaya, Enathur, India.
  • Aditya Kolachana (2018). “Novel relations for the ascensional difference in Mādhava’s Lagnaprakaraṇa”, Seminar on Contributions of Prof. K. V. Sarma to the Study of Indian Astronomy and Mathematics, Prof. K. V. Sarma Research Foundation, Chennai, India.
  • Aditya Kolachana and K. Mahesh (2017). “Novel mathematical modelling of prāṇakalāntara by Mādhava”, International Conference on Exploring the History of Indian Mathematics, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India.
  • K. Mahesh and Aditya Kolachana (2017). “Contributions of lesser known mathematicians brought forth by Munīśvara”, International Conference on Exploring the History of Indian Mathematics, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India.
  • Aditya Kolachana (2017). “Determination of the ascendant in the Kerala school of Indian astronomy”, 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Aditya Kolachana (2017). “Evolution of udayalagna calculations in India”, International Symposium on History of Science in India, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ.
  • Aditya Kolachana (2016). “Some interesting mathematical proofs in the Nisṛṣṭārthadūtī”, Conference on History of Mathematical Sciences, National Institute of Technology Imphal, Manipur, India.
  • Aditya Kolachana (2015). “Lessons from ancient lore: Rights, duties, and governance”, 16th World Sanskrit Conference, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • K. Ramasubramanian and Aditya Kolachana (2014). “Siddhantic period: Calculation of eclipses in India”, Workshop on Ancient and Medieval Eclipses, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Best Teacher Award, IIT Madras
  • Young Historian of Science Award, Indian National Science Academy
  • Award for Excellence in Ph.D. Research, IIT Bombay
  • Member, Executive Council, Indian Society for History of Mathematics
  • Member, Editorial Board, History of Science in South Asia
  • Led the design and development of the free, open-source, Unicode compliant, Open Type ‘Shobhika’ font with support for Devanagari, Latin, and Cyrillic scripts. The font has been adopted by many in the scholarly community across the world and is also included in the TEX archive.