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“Make Sanskrit attractive to younger generation”

Second from right) E.S.L. Narasimhan, Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, unveils the portrait of B. Madhavan, former secretary of KSRI. Also seen are T.S. Krishnamurthy, Swami Athapriyanandaji Maharaj, R.V. Easwaran and V. Kameswari. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam   | Photo Credit: B_JOTHI RAMALINGAM

Speakers at the 70th anniversary celebration – Bhimaratha Mahotsava – of Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute, held at Music Academy recently, stressed the need to keep Sanskrit alive by teaching the language to the younger generation.

Delivering the keynote address, Swami Atmapriyanandaji Maharaj, Vice-Chancellor, R.K. Mission Vivekananda University, Belur, said it was possible to awaken the intelligence of a person by “brahmacvarchas and tremendous tapas.”

With anecdotes from the life of Swami Vivekananda, he said Gayatri mantra must be imprinted in everyone’s mind.

“The younger generation must learn to speak and write Sanskrit fluently,” he added.

Four Sanskrit books were released by E.S.L. Narasimhan, Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Speaking about the glory of the language, Mr. Narasimhan said the beauty of Sanskrit lay in its ability to adapt to any region as most languages had borrowed words from Sanskrit. He also appealed to the youth to study the language.

Mr. Narasimhan also unveiled the portrait of B. Madhavan, former secretary, KSIR.

R.V. Easwaran, former Judge, Delhi High Court, gave various examples to show how the history of the Indian legal system was also outlined by Sanskrit. He said mimamsa continued to be a treasure house for Indian law.

T.S. Krishnamurthy, president, and V. Kameswari, director-secretary, KSRI, spoke about the growth of the institute in the last 70 years including how it brought out several works on research and tied up with renowned institutions.

V. Kameswari announced the institution of three chairs in honour of Anna Subramaniam, S.S. Janaki and B. Madhavan.

R. Kalidas, vice-president, gave the vote of thanks.

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