`All India Sanskrit Students Talent Festival' off to colourful start
4-day festival conducted on RSVP premisesConcern over growing vices in society
TIRUPATI: The `All India Sanskrit Students Talent Festival' began on a traditional, yet colourful, note on Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha (RSVP) premises here on Wednesday. The four-day event is conducted by the varsity's Vagvardhini Parishad.
Students from the Rashtriya Sanskrit Samsthan's Mumbai, Guruvayoor, Bhopal, Sringeri and Puri campuses, apart from reputed institutes such as Jagannatha Sanskrit Viswa Vidyalaya (Puri), Chandrasekharendra Viswa Maha Vidyalaya (Kanchipuram), Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Sanskrit University (Jaipur), Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek (Nagpur), Benaras Hindu University, Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, New Delhi and Kameshwar Singh Sanskrit Viswa Vidyalaya, Dharbhanga (Bihar) have converged here for the occasion.
Speaking after inaugurating the festival, the Vidyapeetha's former chancellor Ramaranjan Mukherji explained how imbibing the essence of Sanskrit literature would ensure a society's spiritual and moral well-being. Expressing concern over the growing vices, Prof. Mukherji said that it was high time the world turned to the divine language for cleansing hearts and purification of thoughts.
Regretting the shabby status accorded to Sanskrit, both as a language and a subject of study as well, TTD Chairman B. Karunakar Reddy felt that it was not getting the due attention it deserved. He criticised the self-styled intellectuals for declaring Sanskrit as a `dead language' out of ignorance, without even attempting to study the treasure trove of knowledge, citing the fact that 80 per cent of valuable literature available in the country was in Sanskrit.
Maintaining that the roots for the modern science lay in Vedas, Mr. Reddy called Sanskrit as the universally-valid elixir that had a cure for scores of societal maladies. He said it was a pity that the Western world was teaching the essence of Vedas to Indians and asked the university to take up advanced research in more relevant areas.
Vice-Chancellor Hare Krishna Satapathy spoke on `Brahmacharyashrama', the age of monastic living, and appealed to the students to use the opportunity, which was the right age for pursuing education. He assured to conduct such massive student meets every year to enable convergence of ideas. Academic Dean K.E.Govindan and event convenor M.S. Subrahmanya Sarma also took part.