2014-2015 Silver Jubilee Year  
   
Shree Ganesh Vasudev Karandikar , the ardent lover and the eminent scholar of Sanskrit , is the founder of Sanskrit Bhasha Sanstha. Having considered that Sanskrit is very difficult and the grammar based language, to learn the grammar seems to be very difficult task for people, as well as it is a daunting task to understand basic grammatical terms , remembering a lot of rules and exceptions etc .people run away from this language. Having kept all this considerations in mind, honourable Mr. Ganesh Vasudev Karandikar started Sanskrit Bhasha Sanstha with the motto ‘Learn Sanskrit in 72 hours” for the lovers of Sanskrit language in 1987……………….
Sanskrit Bhasha Sanstha conducts many courses to learn Sanskrit.

Among them the following two are most popular among the Sanskrit lovers.


1. Sanskrit Bhasha Sadhana.
2. Sanskrit Sahitya Sadhana.


Our Educational Courses :

  • The “Sanskrit Bhasha Sadhana Varga” (6-month course) is conducted once a week for 3 hours. The teaching in this course is usually complete within 72 hours, hence this course is also called the “72-Hours’ Basic Course”. The teaching is done initially using the English, Hindi and Marathi languages for making it easier for the students to grasp the Sanskrit language. After the initial 36 hours, the teachers slowly switch onto teaching through the Sanskrit language itself, clarifying doubts in other languages as and when necessary.
The style of teaching is partly by lecture-method and partly using interactive method. With this teaching and some self-study, the student develops the ability to speak, listen and understand, and write and read the basic language. For this the entire 72-hour program is systematically planned out and includes

    1. Reading and explanation of text-books written by our own Institute.
    2. Listening to spoken Sanskrit on audiocassettes, again prepared by our own Institute.
    3. Teaching the students  crisp and accurate pronunciation of Sanskrit words.
    4. Our courses are open to all students regardless of caste creed and sex. Mostly, however we cater largely to adult students, although occasionally older school-going and college-going students have been accommodated.
    5. Previous knowledge of the language is not necessary.
    6. The examination consists of two written papers of 3-hour duration each, and one oral examination of 20 minutes per student. The students are examined partly by internal and partly by external examiners.
    7. The successful students are the awarded certificates during the Annual Prize Distribution Day which is a gala affair with cultural events including plays, music orchestra, dance recitals, puppet shows and so on.
    8. Currently this course is available in all our branches.
  • The “Saayam Mahavidyalaya” (1-year course) is conducted over 2 semesters of 6 months each.
    1. The syllabus consists of Banabhatt’s  “Kadambarikatha”, Bhartruhari’s “Nitishatakam” and parts of “Vairagyashatakam”, Kalidas’s “Meghadoot”, Bhaskavi’s “Karnabharam” play and of course the Bhagavad Gita. In addition the more complex nuances of the language are dealt with and discussed with the students – the characteristic styles of each author, word-building idiosyncrasies, figures of speech, advanced grammatical rules and , of course,  conversation.
    2. The medium of instruction is strictly Sanskrit. The students are encouraged to interact with the teachers and with one another are far as possible only in Sanskrit.
    3. An examination is conducted at the end of each semester, which consists of two written papers of 3-hour duration each, and one oral examination of 20 minutes per student. The students are examined partly by internal and partly by external examiners.
    4. The successful students are the awarded certificates during the Annual Prize Distribution Day along with the students of the 72-Hour Course.
    5. At the end of this course the student can confidently read, write and compose poetry in Sanskrit.
    6. Currently this course is available in our Dadar and Dahisar branches
  • Competitive Sanskrit Scholarship Examinations
This endeavor was launched in 1998. students of the 5th, 6th and 7th standards appear for this examinations. The textbooks for this examination have been written and published by our own Institute and students are asked to answer question papers based on the syllabus covered in these textbooks. Meritorious students from each standard are then awarded scholarships and cash prizes. Over 500 students from Mumbai, Pune and other parts of Maharashtra participate in this scholastic exercise.
  • Development and Publication of Sanskrit Books:
The Institute houses a modest Sanskrit book library at its main branch, Dadar. The library contains rare classics, old publications collected since the past 40-50 years and people from our own Institute as well as outsiders browse through our library and borrow books from the same. These include our own students as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students studying Sanskrit through various universities in Mumbai.
  • Cultural Activities:
Recently the Institute has been exploring the realm of “Sanskrit beyond the classroom”. This means:
  • Composing original songs and teaching them to our students
  • Encouraging students to translate Hindi, Marathi and recently even English songs into Sanskrit – the first step towards “fusion music”.
  • Writing, acting and directing plays in Sanskrit. Within a span of 1 ½ years one comedy skit and one 45-minute murder mystery one-act play (both original stories) have been written and performed. The latter also won the Best Actress Award at the Maharashtra State Rajya Natya Spardha in January 2002.
  • Train our students to participate in cultural events organized by other Sanskrit Institutes.

     
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