A pictorial report of the meeting
Samskrita Balasahitya Parishad was established on August 15, 2014, as a part of the Sanskrit for Children Project taken up by Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Indian Culture (SAFIC), Puducherry, with the aim of working towards creating, evaluating and propagating children’s literature. This Parishad includes many Sanskrit lovers and scholars at national level as its core group members. On October 5–6, 2014, the first meeting of the core group members took place in Puducherry to discuss the following issues:
- What should be nature and paribhasha of baalasaahitya (children’s literature) in Sanskrit?
- What guidelines should we follow in evaluating children’s literature, while also analysing and evaluating the literary element s as well as illustrations in the children’s literature?
- How should the evaluation of existing children’s literature be taken up?
- Record how children respond to the literature made available to them.
- Preparing a shabdakosha (dictionary) containing words specific to the world of children.
- Defining the various types of children’s literature.
- Translating children’s literature from other Indian/foreign languages to Sanskrit and the principles of translation.
- Reproducing ancient children’s literature and the principles of reproduction.
- A concrete action plan for the functioning of the Parishad.
- Compiling quality children’s literature from various published and unpublished sources.
- Providing library services to the children and ways to create classroom libraries.
- Creating groups of children using the literature regularly for feedback and evaluation.
- Extending learning through Internet and using technology to spread awareness.
The participating members had fruitful discussions on these issues, and as a result the members could arrive at an immediate action plan of the Parishad. The members who participated included:
• Dr Narayan Dash from Kolkata • Dr Sweta Prajapati from Baroda • Dr M. Jayaraman from Chennai • Dr Varalakshmi from Hyderabad • Vidwan Udayan Hegde from Bangalore • Acharya Dhananjay Shastri from Delhi • Dr Sampadananda Mishra from Pondicherry
The meeting ended on October 6, with a lot of fruitful discussions about the working out of the Parishad’s vision and mission. The members present at the meeting felt that with the active participation of all members of the Parishad, the work can become a national movement. SAFIC and Samskrita Balasahitya Parishad seek active participation from all interested organizations and individuals to volunteer, contribute or be involved in this noble cause.