Samskrita Bharati - the people who revived the Sanskrit Language
Sanskrit has been used as a spoken language in India on a large scale until some centuries ago. In the last 500-800 years it's use in day to day life has diminished until it became almost extinct during the British rule - who targeted it's suppression as a part of it's divide and rule policy.
The revival of Sanskrit as a spoken language was brought about a few decades ago by an organization that started from a handful of people and expanded to hundreds or even thousands of people.
This organization, by the name of "Samskrita-Bharati", has been doing tremendous work in all areas for the purpose of popularizing Sanskrit. It is due to their efforts that the use of Sanskrit in daily life is spreading and growing.
The dedication of the devoted people of Samskrita-Bharati is something truly remarkable. Their focus and untiring efforts are indeed admirable.
For many years they have structured and taught various types of courses, printed books, translated many texts (to and from Sanskrit), promoted proper teaching method in schools and universities, and inspired many many people from all walks of life to use Sanskrit in their lives and to help promote it everywhere.
The results of their efforts are very substantial and can be seen as the growing popularity and use of Sanskrit all over India. Some major points should be mentioned in this regard:
- Every day the news are broadcasted in Sanskrit on India's national TV as well as radio channels.
- At least two Sanskrit magazines are being published monthly in India.
- There is a small Sanskrit newspaper printed and published daily in Mysore, in south India, covering national and international news.
- Hundreds of Sanskrit books have been printed - novels and short stories, grammar books, children books, comics, study books in various fields, and books containing technical terminology of all areas of science technology and comers.
- Many thousands of people went through basic short coursed in spoken Sanskrit.
- Many schools and universities started teaching Sanskrit through Sanskrit - not by what they call as "grammar translation method" but in a direct way through conversations, as a living spoken language as well as the language of ancient scriptures
The activities of Samskrita-Bharati are going on continuously all over India and in some western counties as well. Many of their courses are being offered free of charge. The people of Samskrita-Bharati are always ready to help anyone who is interested in studying Sanskrit and they are always ready to support any initiative in the direction of promoting Sanskrit anywhere.