- Date: Feb 2013
Vishwa Hindu Parishad Aust. Inc (VHP) organized 20 hour spoken Sanskrit course from 22nd January onwards. The event took place in two cities, namely Parramatta and Blacktown. Mr. Vasuvaj is a dedicated volunteer and Sanskrit teacher from a well-known Sanskrit institution in India (Bharat) known as Samskrita Bharathi undertook this course. The purpose of the course was to understand the ease in learning, understanding and conversing in this ancient, scientific language.
This ten-day course was thoroughly enjoyed by one and all, who attended and were able to successfully engage in conversations with fellow participants as well as the teacher, Mr. Vasuvaj. The essence of this language was soon endorsed as that which can be progressive in years to come. The younger attendeesof this course felt that Sanskrit can be easily spoken when the language itself can be translated to their mother tongue or the language, which is spoken at home. Sanskrit was made easy to follow by the diverse use of resources. Mr. Vasuvaj also encouraged all participants to think diversely and contribute to class discussions by involving several aspects of one’s life whether it maybe Bharathiya Carnatic music, or traditional classical dance Bharathanatyam, other hobbies, one’s likes, dislikes, work, schooling etc. Perhaps engaging the audience to personal conversation would make learning easier, as this was witnessed throughout the course.
Following this, a 25 hours teacher’s training course was also held for those who are current teachers as well as future teachers of Bala Samskar Kendra (BSK/SVP). In this teacher’s training course, the participants learnt the necessity to uphold the credibility of this ancient language, by abiding the rules already set and practiced by predecessors. The importance of retaining the values and authenticity was emphasized strongly by Mr. Vasuvaj. Through dance, music, drama and other group activities, Sanskrit was made easy to learn, and even more easier to teach.
Overall, the course and the teacher’s training were very well appreciated. In their best interests and the best interest of others, VHP will be likely to hold more spoken Sanskrit course in the future to enhance participation and to engage one and all to begin conversing in this language. The current participants have requested and shown keen interest in advancing this course by taking part in the correspondence course hosted by Samskrita Bharathi.
On a lighter note, many of these participants are keen on becoming Samskritam/Sanskrit teachers, and spreading the beauty and authenticity of the language.
Report on the fun afternoon
“Kreeda, Khood and Kul
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