Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Indian Culture (SAFIC), Puducherry, organized a day-long Sanskrit Workshop, conducted by Dr. Y.N. Rao, a famous linguist, at the premises of Veenapaani Samskruta Pathshala, Malkajgiri, Hyderabad (Telangana), on February 7, 2016.
The Workshop was attended by 14 participants from the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
The Workshop comprised of six sessions of one hour each. The first session started with the chanting of ‘OM’ mantra, followed by observance of silence for one minute. During this session, after the self-introduction by the participants, Dr. Y.N. Rao conducted the ‘Mantrayoga’ session comprising of ‘Chakra purification mantra’ through a few devotional verses.
In the second session Dr. Rao explained various scientific aspects of the Devanagari script.
The third and fourth sessions comprised of ‘Basics of Sanskrit Grammar’, wherein some Verbs along with their roots and Sanskrit vocabulary were introduced.
The fifth session was a lot of fun in which a few nursery rhymes, songs besides a story in Sanskrit were covered.
Mr. D. Ramakrishnan, a Sanskrit scholar from Hyderabad, was the Chief Guest and he joined the participants for the sixth and concluding session of the Workshop. He entertained the participants with some unique aspects of the spoken Sanskrit. Later, he handed over the course certificates to the participants. This was preceded by valuable feedback by the participants, wherein they all expressed their happiness and satisfaction all the aspects of the Workshop.
The Workshop concluded as it had started, with the chanting of ‘OM’ mantra followed by observance of silence for a minute.
“It’s a great pleasure to have a Workshop like this. Every alternate month a workshop with different topics is highly requested.” —Mr. KDLAV Prasad
“Enjoyed like a child. Each Session is a ‘WOW’ factor for me. Want and wish for more such workshops.” —Ms. S. Manju Bhargavi
“A very good attempt is made to spread the Sanskrit language and I am happy. Such contact classes should be conducted at frequent intervals.” —Mr. Sanjay Kalle
“Felt happy to be among the co-learners. Effectively conducted.” —Mr. K. Raghavendra Prasad
“The Workshop was excellent. I enjoyed and learned many things. The recitation/singing of nursery rhymes and songs was very nice.” —Mrs. D. Seetha Maha Lakshmi
“A very interactive and useful Workshop especially for beginners like me. The topics covered help one to get an understanding of Sanskrit grammar and usage of Sanskrit daily as well.” —Mr. B. Chaitanya Krishna
“It is a very good Workshop to learn the basics of Sanskrit and also to develop interest in learning a new language like Sanskrit.” —Mrs. B. Surya Tejaswini
“The Workshop gave me immense pleasure and happiness. I have learnt a lot including the OM mantra, chakra purification mantra, devotional songs, basics of Sanskrit grammar, vocabulary, etc. I feel fortunate to get trained under Dr. Y.N. Rao. I was happy as I could interact with my co-learners. Everything was well-organized and no inconvenience was caused to any of the participants.” —Mrs. V. Jhansi Padmaja