Sanskrit, considered to be a difficult language, is losing its relevance today. But the language was brought centre stage by a New Delhi based organisation called NectarLand with the launch of Re-discovering Sanskrit, Volume 1 on February 14 at India Habitat Centre. The event was attended by over 65 participants from across the world with different walks of life.
The book is an approach towards Sanskrit, loaded with artwork of international quality - with English to Sanskrit translation and transliteration accompanied with noteworthy facts and developments related to Sanskrit across the world.
The book was launched by an esteemed panel of guests including Girish Jha, (Associate Professor, Special Centre of Sanskrit Studies, JNU), Lalit Das, (Ex-head, Industrial Design, IIT Delhi), Rajeshwari V Pandharipande, (Professor Emerita of Sanskrit, Linguistics, at the University of Illinois, Chicago, USA). We have tried to integrate ‘Design’ and ‘Sanskrit’ to make the learning process interesting so that the youth can connect with the language”, said Arya, Director, NectarLand.
“This initiative is a much awaited direction to introduce innovative and attractive language teaching tools for Sanskrit language. Popularising of Sanskrit calls for more initiatives to integrate technology like e-learning platforms, animations and digitisation of Sanskrit scriptures,” said Dr Girish Jha, Associate Professor, Special Centre of Sanskrit Studies, JNU. “Through beautiful illustrations, this book has really kept me engrossed. As Sanskrit is perceived to be a difficult language to learn, it becomes imperative to integrate such methods so as to keep the learners and tutors excited about it,” Das said.