This beginner course on the ancient language Sanskrit will have an efficient curriculum that will have a very detailed breakdown. The term 'Sanskrit' is derived from the conjoining of the prefix 'Sam' meaning 'samyak' which indicates 'entirely', and 'krit'. The name indicates perfectly or entirely done in terms of communication, reading, hearing, and the use of vocabulary to transcend and express emotion. Sanskrit in terms of its literary association is classified into two different periods, the Vedic and Classical. Vedic Sanskrit is found in the Vedas sacred texts, especially the Rig Veda, the Puranas, and the Upanishads where the most original form of the language was used. The Sanskrit language has been the traditional means of communication in Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. Sanskrit literature holds the privilege of being used in ancient poetry, drama, and sciences, as well as religious and philosophical texts. In this beginner course by Vishal V Desai which will span for 40 weeks (10 months), students will be introduced to the following chapters:
- Introduction to Varnamala,
- Maheshwara sutras,
- Pratipadikas and Namapada introduction,
- Subanta Prakarana for Rama, Seeta and Vanam Shabda,
- Vyavaharika Samskrita basics, Kathabhaaga and Sahitya,
- Vyakarana introduction with Subantha and Tigantha Prakarana,
- Amrakosha intro and parts of Svargavarga.
About the instructor: Vishal V Desai is an IITian, who is currently pursuing his masters at IISC. Spirituality and Sanskrit cum vocal and instrumental music has been his keen interest and so he went on to pursue Sanskrit and music education too. He strikes a fine balance and is quite dedicated and sincere at his teaching work. He has completed Kovida in Sanskrit and pursuing Acharya in Sanskrit Grammar(MA equivalent). He has taught students of almost all age groups since 7 years and has a very unique way of teaching the concepts in a story format wherever appropriate.
Learning to read and write Sanskrit helps you to appreciate these writings in their original form and also gets readers closer than ever before to the context. This course includes flexibility, the vocabulary of dialogue, pronunciation of words, and a verified level of education in proofreading.
Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their student's progress in-depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since this course is detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.
As a course designed to accommodate beginners, there are no prerequisites required before enrolling. Students will need pen and paper for taking notes, but no other materials are required to complete this course. Those enrolling will also need to ensure they have the time not only to commit to the online sessions, but to dedicate to independent practice between lessons too. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to advance to the next level of their Sanskrit education and may enroll in the course again if they wish to pursue the language further.