Naresh Keerthi is Assistant Professor of Sanskrit at Ashoka University. Formerly, he has taught Sanskrit at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, Kerala. He conducted doctoral research on the semantics of colour in Sanskrit, at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore.
Naresh is interested in the kāvya and nāṭya literature of Sanskrit, Prakrit and their mutual interactions with the literary cultures of South India. He studies topics at the intersection of the lexicon, grammar and poetics, and is investigating the development of poetic topoi in kāvya literature. Naresh is also interested in the history of classical music and musicology in South India in the Early Modern period.
He is currently working on a Sanskrit text on aesthetic emotions–the Bhāvaviveka by Divākara.