Sanskrit Month 2021 Celebrations


Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth (CVV) in association with Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF) and CIFSS launched Sanskrit Month 2021 celebrations on 9 August 2021. Professor Shrikant S. Bahulkar, Adjunct Professor, Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, Savitribai Phule Pune University was the Chief Guest.

Dr. L. Sampath Kumar (Assistant Professor & Head, School of Literary and Linguistic Studies) introduced the Chief Guest. Prof. Bahulkar enlightened the audience with the Ramayana traditions in the regions of Thailand, China and Indonesia.

Prof. Gauri Mahulikar (Dean of Faculty, CVV) explained how Sanskrit is rich and simple at the same time.  She also stressed the importance of bringing the values of Sanskrit literature into practice.

The programme concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr. L. Sampath Kumar.     

Harikatha by Aradhana Anand 

Harikatha, a unique form of musical discourse, was rendered by CVV student Aradhana Anand (second-year IM Vyakarana) on 18 August 2021 on the theme ‘The Greatness of Sanskrit’.

Aradhana highlighted the Mathematical and Scientific treasures available in Sanskrit literature.  She also demonstrated how the ‘Knight’s Problem’ is easily solved by the two slokas in a Kavya named Paduka Sahasram composed by Sri Vedanta Desika in 14 Century CE. The programme was well received and appreciated by the audience.

Dr. L. Sampath Kumar (Assistant Professor & Head, School of Linguistics and Literary Studies) moderated the programme and delivered the vote of thanks.

Sanskrit Month 2021 Quizzes

What was Bhishma’s birth name? Do you know who performed cataract surgery in ancient India? Which three canonical texts constitute the Prasthanatraya of Vedanta?

These are a few of the questions that tested the grey cells of the participants of the Sanskrit Month 2021 quizzes organised by Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth (CVV). There were two level-differentiated online quizzes, each with 20 questions and worth a total of 100 points. The junior-level quiz was open to school and junior college students, while the senior-level quiz was for college and university students.  All participants who scored 50 per cent or more in either quiz were awarded certificates.

Both quizzes were quite successful with nearly 500 participants for the junior-level quiz, and nearly 700 for the senior-level quiz. Around 400 people qualified for a certificate in each of the quizzes. It was particularly heartening to see that 39 participants scored 100 percent in the junior-level quiz, while 60 did the same in the senior-level quiz. This goes to show the level of interest in Sanskrit and ancient Indian culture and the capability of the participants who attempted these quizzes. We look forward to seeing their continued participation in all such events.

Samskrita Sangita Sandhya – A Musical Evening of Sanskrit Compositions

On the evening of 20 August 2021, as the sun painted the sky a golden ochre, the soulful voice of Dr. P. N. Prabhavathy (Assistant Professor, School of Kalayoga)’s filled the air, as she left the audience enthralled with her mellifluous rendition of the Carnatic kritis of Swami Muthuswami Dikshitar and other popular composers. 

Dr. Prabhavathy was singing at the ‘Samskrita Sangita Sandhya’, a musical evening of Sanskrit compositions organised as a part of the Sanskrit Month 2021 celebration. 

Dr. L. Sampath Kumar (Assistant Professor and Head, School of Linguistics and Literary Studies) highlighted the association of Sanskrit and sangita.  He also brought out the uniqueness of each kriti that was being sung.

The programme was streamed live on YouTube for the benefit of enthusiastic rasikas who thronged online for a soulful, musical experience.

Essay Writing Competition

An Essay Writing competition was organised as a part of the Sanskrit Month 2021 celebrations. 

In the Senior category eleven students (UG and PG) submitted their essays in Sanskrit on the topic ‘भारतीयज्ञानपरम्परायाः महत्त्वम्’ – The Greatness of Indian Knowledge Traditions. The winners are:

  • First Prize Gopika Ramaprasad, BSc Psychology, Shri Shankarlal Sundarbai Shasun Jain College, Chennai
  • Second Prize – K. R. Subramanyan, MA Sanskrit, SASTRA Deemed to be University, Tirumalaisamudram, Thanjavur

In the Junior category 36 students studying in classes 8 to 12 participated. They submitted their essays in English on the topic ‘जननी  जन्मभूमिश्च स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी’ – Mother and Motherland are greater than Heaven. The winners are:

  • First Prize Ananya Jain, Class 12, Standard,Rajkeey Aadarsh Varishth Upadhyay Sanskrit Vidyalaya, Udaipur, Rajasthan
  • Second Prize – Atharv Tikare, Class 10, SBOA Public School, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Third Prize Sangeetha Venkatesh, Class 10, Vels Vidyashram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Recitation Competition

One of the events organised as a part of Sanskrit Month 2021 celebration was the Recitation Competition for school and college students. 

Junior and Sub-Junior Category

In these categories, the students had to recite a specific number of verses from the Amarakosha. The winners in the various categories are:

Sub-Junior Category

  • First Prize –  K. E. Sriramadesikan, Bharatiya Vidya Peedam Higher Secondary School, Thrissur, Kerala
  • Second Prize –  Manojna V. Bhat, Darshini Composite High School Sringeri, Karnataka
  • Third Prize – Balamani Ayilur Yougesh, The Indian School, Bahrain
  • Third Prize – Janani B., Jaigopal Garodia Rashtrotthana Vidya Kendra, Bengaluru

Junior Category

  • First Prize – Kuppa Lakshmi Mahati, Allen Institute, Bengaluru

There are no second and third prizes in this category.

Senior Category

In this category, the participants had to recite a specific number of verses from Soundaryalaharī . The winner was: 

  • First Prize – Mudita Pandey Shashtri, Sampurnanand Sanskrit University, Varanasi

There are no second and third prizes in this category.