India’s past is remarkable for
Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Indian Culture (SAFIC)
Sri Aurobindo observes, “Indian civilisation has been the form and expression of a culture as great as any of the historic civilisations of mankind, great in religion, great in philosophy, great in science, great in thought of many kinds, great in literature, art and poetry, great in the organisation of society and politics, great in craft and trade and commerce.”
SAFIC strives to rediscover this truth and genius of Indian culture and how it can be applied dynamically to life and all its activities. It aspires to evoke among the youth, a great love for India, pride in its heritage and an aspiration and will to create an even greater future.
Sanskrit has been the language of India’s very soul, the language through which India has expressed herself in every field through the ages. If India is to rise again, Sanskrit must play its true role in education and in national life. One of the most ancient, most perfect and most beautiful of languages, Sanskrit has much to give, not only to India but to the whole world. SAFIC has taken up projects on several aspects of Sanskrit in the context of Indian culture and on popularising spoken Sanskrit.
SAFIC produces inspiring books and audio-visuals on various aspects of Indian culture, revealing their deeper spiritual dimensions and relevance to modern times. It seeks to create new forms of philosophy, literature, art, science, dance, architecture, mathematics, etc., based on a synthesis of the East and West.
Some of the projects undertaken by SAFIC are:
- Radio Divyavani is a 24-hour online Sanskrit Radio that was started on August 15, 2013 with the aim of taking Sanskrit to all as a living language. The first of its kind in the world, Radio Divyavani globally broadcasts a variety of programmes in Sanskrit – talks, interviews, poem recitations, songs of various types, shlokas and mantras, jokes, stories and nursery rhymes for children, reports of various programmes and so on.
- Samskrita Bala-Sahitya Parishad, inaugurated on 15 August 2014, is a unique initiative established as a part of SAFIC’s ‘Sanskrit for Children’ project. The Parishad focuses on all possible activities related to creation, evaluation, preservation and propagation of qualitative children’s literature in Sanskrit.
- SAFIC is collaborating with the VANDE MATARAM LIBRARY TRUST (VMLT) in a pioneering project that aims to set up an indigenously developed library having verified and authentic English translations of almost all important scriptures available in Sanskrit. Furthermore, a website, along with apps, on the Bhagavad Gita has been jointly produced by the Sri Aurobindo Society and VMLT.
- Over the past years, SAFIC has conducted intensive study camps and workshops that cater towards learning the Sanskrit language as well as gaining an in-depth understanding of the Indian scriptures.
- Besides the above-mentioned activities, SAFIC also organizes exhibitions, seminars, special lectures, cultural programs as well as orientation and training programmes.
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