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My Sanskrit Speech

07-05-2019published_dt 2019-05-07T00:00:00.000Z07-05-2019 05:30:00 IST
Updated On 07-05-2019 17:42:54 ISTmodified_dt 2019-05-07T12:12:54.079ZUpdated On 07-05-20192019-05-07T00:00:00.000Z07-05-2019 2019-05-07T00:00:00.000Z - 2019-05-07T12:12:54.079Z - 07-05-2019

I have always loved Sanskrit and wanted to learn to speak.

But I have not had an opportunity. Many words in Telugu are from Sanskrit. Therefore, Sanskrit vocabulary is not altogether unfamiliar to me. When I heard someone speak Sanskrit, I could always get the drift of the speech. Most of the sentences made sense to me. But I was completely ignorant of the grammar of the language. And grammar is almost everything in sanskrit. Linga, Purusha, Vibhakti make a lot of difference. This I got to know once I started learning the language systematically. 

In the third week of January I was invited to a meeting to mark the conclusion of a short training programme for Sanskrit trainers. I attended and spoke there in Telugu. The attendees were Telugu speaking volunteers who were helping the spread of the Sanksrit language, particularly the simple conversational language. 

I was on the dais along with Acharya Dorbala Prabhakara Sarma and Sri Devapujari. Both of them spoke in Sanskrit. Prabhakara Sarma is a renowned scholar and teacher of Sanskrit. I met him earlier too when I went to the Sanskrit College in Kovvur, West Godavari District. He was its former Principal. 



Attending that meeting strengthened my resolve to take a plunge and learn Sanskrit. I have asked Sanjiva, the person who looks after the work of Samskrita Bharati in Telangana to help me. Of course, this was not the first time that I approached Sanjiva. He sent a teacher to me earlier too. But the teaching did not continue beyond a fortnight. I was those days shuttling between Amaravati and Hyderabad. I was unable to be regular. And the teacher also had some domestic issues and he could not make to the classes regularly. 

After this false start, finally Sanjiva sent a teacher, Rupesh Rudrakar, a native of Nagpur who was then in Hyderabad for attending a short term course. I started off within a few days after the Samskrita Bharati meeting. 

Rupesh is one of the best teachers I have come across. Very learned, and extremely dedicated to the language and its teaching. He has a gift for teaching. His love for Sanskrit language infects you if you sit in his presence. He has a very pleasant disposition and is unbelievably patient.

He was in Hyderabad only for a little over two months from the day he started his classes for me. After we started, we both had to travel in between and I was unwell for a few days. We probably had just over thirty days of classes in those two months. But my interest and love for the language has grown tremendously. My desire to learn it fully has intensified. 

With that little teaching and exposure, I could speak a few lines extempore at the concluding session of a ten day Sambhashana Sibira. Of course, I made mistakes. I realised the errors that I was making as I was speaking. But Rupesh always told me not to worry about making mistakes. So I dared and went ahead. This video gives an idea of the small progress that I could make in a few days. 

My learning continues.