History & Culture

Sanskrit as a way of life

Chief Guests at Samskrita Balotsava conducted recently - (From left): Dr. Padmakumar (Samskrita Bharati, USA), Dr. Venkataraman (Principal, DG Vaishnav College), Joe De Cruz (president of Samskrita Bharati Tamil Nadu), N. Ravi (Director, Kasturi & Sons) and Sri Haridas (Secretary, DG Vaishnav College).  

Samskrita Bharati was founded in 1981 by a group of students graduating from Tirupati University. The aim was to spread awareness of Sanskrit as a functional language including the aspect of speaking it. Registered as Speak Samkrit Movement in Bangalore, it was rechristened as Samkrita Bharati and registered as a Trust at New Delhi. The goal is being achieved steadily with people across the country from all walks of life using the various opportunities offered by the organisation to learn the language or improve knowledge as the case may be. The class room methodology adopted to reach the language to the learners has become a huge hit, early students including celebrities such as L.K. Advani and Balram Jakhar.

Young and old benefit from the 20-hour capsule classes conducted by the dedicated volunteers of Samskrita Bharati. “It is possible to make them speak the language and they are so happy about it. There is absolutely no divide in terms of cast and community. Interest is the only criterion,” observe the organisers. Teaching at an advanced level is available too in the form of intensives.

Those who cannot attend classes can avail themselves of long distance learning. The languages include Hindi, English, Marathi, Gujarati and all South Indian languages. Sanskrit as a foreign language (SAFL) is offered in schools in the U.S. Bhaashaa Vyutpatti Yojana trains young aspirants in correct and good use of the language.

HIGHLIGHTS

In 1993, 1,008 classes were conducted in New Delhi, Varanasi and Chennai.

The activities have spread to more than 2,000 places in the country and 29 countries.

Samvad Shaala in Delhi trains candidates in fluent speech. Participants come from States across the country and 18 countries including the U.S., Russia, Germany,China, Poland Ukraine, Trinidad and Cambodia.

Saraswati Sevaa Yoganaa aims to translate important books into Sanskrit. Already 1,000 books have been translated.

Naipunya Vargaa gives students specialised training in chosen fields.

Sanskrit Wikipedia collaborates with Samskrita Bharati, since 2010.

CONTACT

9443722009, 9840564704 and 28272632. samskritabharatichngana@gmail.com and sbuttaratamilnadu@gmail.com

Three-day Conference

Samskrita Bharati, in association with Meenakshi College for Women, Vivekananda Educaitonal Society and SASTRA University, is conducting Samkritam for Samanya, a three-day conference - September 11-13, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., - at Meenakshi College for Women, Chennai. From exhibitions to seminars, the meet offers something for Sanskrit learners of all levels. It will showcase the relevance of Sanskrit in the contemporary milieu. “This is an occasion to bring all those inclined towards Sanskrit – students, scholars, authors and even those who have not learnt but have love and respect for the language – to come together,” explain the volunteers.

Highlights of the conference

Science exhibition by SASTRA University, Thanjavur

Ayurveda by The Ayurveda College, Nazarethpet

All-India Book Fair




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