Sanskrit Month 2023 Celebrated at CVV

The School of Linguistics and Literary Studies (LLS) celebrated Sanskrit month 2023 beginnign with a week-long online Sanskrit Quiz culminating on 11th September. On the same day a crash course for six days on Spoken Sanskrit was also launched. It was mainly conducted to instill confidence in the minds of the students to learn Sanskrit communication.

On 18th September, Sloka Recitation, Sanskrit Song, and Sanskrit Oratorical competitions were conducted for the students from 8th standard to PG level. Many students enthusiastically participated in all the events.

The Valedictory session took place on 18th September 12023, at the CEG campus. The event was skilfully hosted by Ms. Neha Dattatraya Adak (First year, M.A. Sanskrit) and Mr. Alok Kumar (Third year, B.A. Sanskrit).

The occasion was graced by the presence of Swami Advayananda, President, Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF), along with other dignitaries including Hon’ble Vice Chancellor Prof. Ajay Kapoor and Assistant Professor Dr. L. Sampath Kumar (Head, School of LLS). Faculty members and students from the School of LLS, School of Ethics, Governance, Culture and Social Systems, and CVV Institute of Science and Technology attended the event.

The programme commenced with the lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries and a melodious Mangalacaranam and the singing of the CVV Kulagitam by Ms. Vinamra Herle (Third year B.A. Sanskrit), Ms. Induja M. (Third year B.A. Sanskrit), Ms. Sneha Gomathy (Second year B.A. Sanskrit), and Ms. Gayathri G. (First year B.A.).

Dr. L. Sampath Kumar delivered the welcome address in both Sanskrit and English. He extended a warm welcome to everyone and providing an overview of the competitions and activities held during the Sanskrit month celebration. He expressed his delight at the enthusiastic participation of both junior and senior students in these events, highlighting that 10 juniors and 18 college-level students achieved 100/100 in the challenging Sanskrit Quiz Competition.

Subsequently, participants of the Spoken Sanskrit Shibiram (camp)—Ms. Gayathri G., Ms. Poornashri Pradeep, Ms. Shivangi Tiwari, and Mr. Amrit Kumar (First year B.A. Sanskrit students) shared their experiences. They spoke about gaining the confidence to converse in Sanskrit, crediting Mr. Narayan Baban Shete (Asst. Professor, School of LLS) for conducting the Spoken Sanskrit camp.

The winners of various competitions were announced by Prof. Ajay Kapoor, who commended the students for expressing their thoughts in Sanskrit. In the Sloka Recitation competition, S. Pavana and S. Chaitanya emerged as winners in the junior category, while Ms. Sneha Gomathy, Mr. Arjun Deshpande, and Mr. Pavan Mohan secured top three positions in the senior category. In the Sanskrit Song competition, Ms. Sneha Gomathy and Ms. Induja M. claimed the first and second prizes, while the third prize was shared by Ms. Vinamra Herle and Ms. Gayathri G. In the Sanskrit Speech competition, Mr. Alok Kumar, Ms. Induja M., and Ms. Aishwarya Khaparde clinched the first, second, and third prizes, respectively.

Swami Advayananda addressed the audience, emphasizing the importance of studying the Sanskrit language. He highlighted the significance of acquiring the right knowledge and learning languages as a means to enrich one’s experiences. He pointed out the stability of Sanskrit’s grammatical structure and the unique opportunity it provides to delve into the wisdom of great scholars like Adi Sankaracharya, Aryabhatta etc. Swamiji stressed that learning Sanskrit is vital for enhancing intellectual prowess and preserving the open-mindedness of India’s rich culture.

Dr. Anil Narayanan N. (Asst. Professor, School of LLS, CVV) delivered a formal vote of thanks, expressing gratitude to the dignitaries, staff, faculty members, media support, and students. The program concluded with the Shantipatha, aiming to inspire and motivate students to embrace the beauty of Sanskrit.