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Workshop on Sanskrit Literature from Feb 5

The Department of Sanskrit Sahitya, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, will organise a three-day national-level workshop on ‘Myth, History and Sanskrit Literature’ from February 5 to 7.

Published: 13th January 2014 10:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th January 2014 10:57 AM   |  A+A-

The Department of Sanskrit Sahitya, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, will organise a three-day national-level workshop on ‘Myth, History and Sanskrit Literature’ from February 5 to 7.

Highlighting the importance of the national-level workshop, Sangamesan K M, coordinator of the workshop, said that the mission of

understanding of the cultural heritage of a country cannot be complete without knowing its ancient literature.

“As far as India is concerned, the country’s ancient past is closely associated with Sanskrit language and its literature. Hence, a real comprehension of India’s ancient history would be possible only when the knowledge embedded in Sanskrit literature is studied well,” he said.

“Myths, which can be viewed as narrative codified in the early stages of history of any civilisation, are basically the world-view prevailing in a particular society at any given time. These myths  comprise of religious elements as well as the concept of the supernatural. At the same time, myths reflect the attitude of the people towards reality. So, they play a significant role in the study  and assessment of the social, cultural, political and also the scientific history of ancient civilisations. Thus, the study of myths contained within the works of Sanskrit literature is of high importance in the task of re-constructing the comprehensive history of the country,” he said.

The three-day national workshop at the university will focus on a multi-pronged approach towards the study of ancient Indian history by analysing the myths in Sanskrit literature.

The perspectives of Anthropology, Sociology, Linguistics and Cultural Studies would be of help for an effective study in this area.

A collaboration of scholars from different disciplines is highly important in gaining a better understanding of the multiple elements in the field.

Scholars and researchers who can enrich the knowledge in this area can take part in this academic event, Sangamesan said.

Admission is limited to first 50 persons who register for the event. Registration is free. For further details about the seminar, contact 094958 18688 or email: sangamesan@gmail.com



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