A few months ago a video of a Sanskrit scholar cum singer singing a popular rap Hindi song in Sanskrit went viral. If not anything else, it proved that any language if used in a relatable context could be popularized. Sanskrit is the parent language of many languages in India. All our religious texts, shlokas, and some eternal literary works are in Sanskrit. However, even though the merit of Sanskrit is recognized, it is mostly kept in a pedestal, seldom used.
One of the Oldest Languages
Sanskrit, Tamil, and Kannada are oldest languages in India. While the other two are still prevalent, why is Sanskrit dying? One could reason because it was restricted to the educated people and stopped being the language of the “masses.” A language like anything else also lives and spreads based on its “commercial value”.
Sanskrit is now mostly restricted to mandatory language class in schools. Needless to say, its usage is purely academic, and in most cases forgotten as quickly as it is imparted to the students.
Sanskrit workshop for spreading the love
But all hope is not lost. There are private institutions that have stepped forward and conduct workshops to promote Sanskrit and unveil the beauty of the language in a creative and fun way to curious minds.
Raageshree Foundation is organizing a Spoken Sanskrit Workshop, for all ages, as part of their Summer special workshops. In this workshop, you can learn spoken Sanskrit and have fun interacting with people in your class using songs, skits, and performances.
The facilitator, Uday says, “
Sanskrit, as a language, has eternally been mystical.
For the expanse of fields that have been explored in it, today it remains limited to textbooks and temples.
Despite a towering list of praise, Sanskrit is attributed with, for its versatility of use and richness of expression, current means of teaching render it almost useless but to score marks and be forgotten with time.
Our objective in conducting a Spoken Sanskrit workshop is to introduce a language, while savoring it, to immerse students in an environment of Sanskrit speakers, to experience what it is like to be thinking in Sanskrit.”
The workshop constitutes basic exercises to start a conversation, continuing to explore and learn through quizzes and to find expression in songs and skits.
The 4-day beginner workshop aims to dispel false-set notions of difficulty in Sanskrit learning, to relish the language of gods and to open avenues for further exploration of literary works.
Dates: 26th – 29th May
Time: 6:30AM – 9:30AM
Venue: Phoenix Arena, Hitec City
This is a great initiative in promoting the language. We laud founder Harini Rao and Raageshree Foundation for their efforts in promoting Sanskrit and making it sound cool. So what are you waiting for? Hurry up and register!
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