The Sanskrit Department of Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram organized a Sanskrit seminar on the topic, ‘Practical Application of Simple Sanskrit’ and ‘Strategies for developing interest in Sanskrit amongst youth’, on 27 August 2014. The panel was chaired by Prof. K.C. Tripathi, NCERT; Prof. Shashi Tewari, Head of Sanskrit Department, Maitreyi College(Retd.)and Dr. Pravesh Saxena, an accomplished Sanskrit scholar and a poetess of Sanskrit language.
The Principal, Dr.D.R. Saini and Dr. Asha Lata Pandey, Head of Department of Sanskrit welcomed the guests. Also present were Sanskrit teachers from DPS East of Kailash and DPS Vasant Vihar; and Ms. Tarini Awasthi, an alumnus of the school, who presented a paper. Sanskrit students of the school formed the audience.
The programme commenced with the traditional ‘Ganesh Vandana’ followed by the felicitation of the guests. The Indian choir sang a ‘kajri ‘composed by Prof. K.C. Tripathi. The Principal addressed the gathering and emphasized upon the importance of propagating Sanskrit and Indian culture, reiterating that Sanskrit is the mother of all languages. Dr Saxena tried to link Sanskrit with modern technology and trends. Ms Awasthi focused on the problems that have led to the decline in interest in Sanskrit and put forward valuable suggestions for its upliftment. Prof. Tewari focused on how there is unfathomable knowledge in Sanskrit. He made the session even more interesting by telling stories with meaningful morals and reciting shlokas.
The seminar ended on a perfect note with an interactive question-answer round followed by the vote of thanks by Dr.Asha Lata Pandey, who elaborated upon the importance of bringing the traditional knowledge system of Sanskrit into the mainstream. In the end, keeping in mind the Vedic Verse, ‘Sanjachchadhvam Samvadadhvan’, everyone sang the ‘shanti path’ together and declared the week-long celebration and the Sanskrit seminar close.