Posted On Monday, July 30, 2012 at 09:49:41 AM
Sanskrit aficionados in the city have come up with an attempt to propagate the language among the masses. Their objective is to erase the notion that it is confined only to the scriptures. A group of academicians and Sanskrit lovers, led by Prof Vinay Hardikar, Prof Sadanand More and Ram Kolhatkar started an initiative called Sanskrit Bahujan Sukhay.
It will take off with a lecture by scientist Dr Jayant Narlikar and industrialist Ravindra Godbole, titled ‘The enjoyment I get from Sanskrit’. These programmes will be held on August 1 that is Sanskrit Day. Ram Kolhatkar, the man behind the initiative and director of Ayurved Sumshodhanalaya (Pune) Pvt Ltd, said, “A majority of people are afraid of the language as they think it is difficult.
Others think it is fit for scriptures and can’t be used in modern society.” The idea behind the initiative came from Prof Hardikar, who is well-versed in six languages and is an author of four books. He said, “Sanskrit is probably the most-developed language. It is thought of as a dead language which is not true.
Now, most activities in Sanskrit are limited to those who either earn their bread through it or researchers. We want to change this.” Hardikar said the reason Sanskrit was relegated to oblivion was because it had to be accurate.
Another thing was that it was the language of books like Manusmriti which divided society. Attempts will be made to apprise the beauty of the language through plays, poetry recitation and a joke telling. “Emphasis will be understanding,” he said. The idea has been lapped up by institutes as well.
► Most activities in Sanskrit are limited to those who earn their bread through it or researchers. We want to change this
- Prof Vinay Hardikar, who's leading the initiative