All India Sanskrit convention organised at Udupi2 min read
Udupi: The All India Sanskrit Convention was organised by Samskrita Bharati, at Rajangana Bhavan, Shri Krishna Mutt, at Udupi, where Sumitra Mahajan, speaker of the Lok Sabha, addressed office bearers from across the country on the study of Sanskrit and its effect on character building.
After inaugurating the event along with Shri Vishwateerh Pejawar, the head priest of Shri Krishna Mutt, she also spoke about the efforts taken by the organisation to revive the ancient Indian language and praised the volunteers gathered from almost every district of the country. She stated that the Samskrita Bharati is working on a three dimensional motto of revival of a language, rejuvenation of a culture and rebuilding of a nation i.e Bharat.
The speaker who is also one of the students of the organisation, said “Despite having a number of languages in India, Sanskrit is the only language which unites us and defines our ancient culture.” Adding that Sanskrit is the need of the hour, she explained how modern scientists are trying to analyse and understand the secrets of the universe with the help of old Indian scriptures like Vedas and Shastras. The organisation was founded in 1981 by Prof. Chamu Krishna Shastry, a Sanskrit scholar along with some of his colleagues in order to spread the language to the maximum number of people. Prof. Shastry has also given his classes in the Parliament of the country. “Many of the MPs take nice interest in this language. L.K. Advani and Anantha Hegde have been the most dedicated students among all the parliamentarians.” he added.
An exhibition of ancient Indian scriptures and modern Indian scientific achievements was held such as the successful missions by The Indian Space Research Organisation. The event witnessed a huge gathering of more than 2500 Sanskrit speaking people from each part of the country and included dance performances by children as well as Sanskrit Shlokas recitation.
On being asked about the cultural shift in the country, she said “This always happens. If someone likes Western things they follow it. Western people like Indian things, that mixing is always there. We have to see whatever is good and Indian youth is always connected to its culture.”
Photographs by Anany Khare
Edited by Shriya Ramakrishnan
With inputs from Takshak Pai