The first course will be on how to write simple sentences, but I could teach
much more advanced courses. Then we could have a steady stream of students
reading the philosophy, culture of India in the original form.
What do you think of the quality of local students?
It’s very discouraging. At the JNU, we used to get 180,000 applicants for a
mere 30 seats in our MCA (Masters in Computer Applications) program. We used
to get the best brains in the country; they were ahead of their teachers. It
was a real pleasure to teach them.
Are people in India taking interest in Sanskrit?
I believe so. Jewish scholars have helped revive Hebrew, which was almost
dying, so why not Sanskrit in which we have all our original texts? Our
tutor is a little lamp for Sanskrit and its aim is to provide a leisurely
introduction to the language.
Gita then you must know Sanskrit. You should be able to read the original
scripture, original texts and documents to enjoy them. Today I am in a happy
position to read the Gita and Ramayana [
It gives me so much pleasure; I thought this should be communicated.
What are the results of your efforts to teach Sanskrit through the
Over 12,000 people have downloaded Sanskrita-Pradipika. I get calls all the
time from people across the world who would like to learn Sanskrit on the
IF a Chinese student, Maureen Chiang, who has been learning from me for
over two years. She can now recite shlokas beautifully. Twice a week, we
connect on Skype and spend three hours on it. I have students from Germany
two students from India, all learning Sanskrit on the Internet.
Toronto University used to have Sanskrit classes, but they were
discontinued. Do you believe there will be interest in the classes now?
I believe there will be interest, as I make Sanskrit so much easier and fun
for students; the tutorial is user friendly. We have gone to a couple of
Hindu temples here and sought help from the priests to make announcements
about the classes.
WE have to learn from this NEWS for teaching TELUGU,and implement,
SanskritaPradipika in e-tutorial. The idea was to make Sanskrit easier
for even people who don’t know an alphabet of the Devanagari script. One of
my JNU students, Jayant Shekhar, who is now an associate professor, computer
science, at Vivekananda University, Meerut, helped me write the tutorial. It
took us almost four years, 12 hours a day without a break, to write the
program. But it doesn’t have the pronunciation.
I thought we could use the principles of Sanskrit grammar to devise a new
computer programming language, but that initiative didn’t proceed the way I
had hoped it would. Since we had learnt so much of Sanskrit, we thought why
not write a tutorial to teach it.
Nehru came to Toronto’s Sheridan College to continue teaching the same subject.
But the move made his dream come true. The Sheridan College has agreed to
introduce a Sanskrit course from September 14. Kaicker, who had developed an
e-tutorial for the language, has been asked to take the classes.
It’s a dream come true. We are starting a basic course from September 14
that will introduce the Devanagari alphabet and script as well as the
formation of simple sentences. Depending on audience interest, advanced
courses will be introduced.
We have one campus in Oakville and one in Brampton. I teach in both, but the
Sanskrit courses will be in Brampton, where the South Asian community is
Perini Shivatandavam or Perini Thandavam is an ancient dance form from South India which has been revived in recent times. It originated and prospered in Andhra Pradesh during the Kakatiya dynasty.Perini is performed by males and it is believed that in ancient times this was performed before the soldiers set to war. Nataraja Ramakrishna was the person who revived this art form recently.
The Perini Thandavam is a dance form usually performed by males. It is called ‘Dance of Warriors’. Warriors before leaving to the battlefield enact this dance before the idol of Lord Shiva. The dance form, Perini, reached its pinnacle during the rule of the ‘Kakatiyas’ who established their dynasty at Warangal and ruled for almost two centuries.
The Perini Thandavam, Andhra Pradesh It is believed that this dance form invokes ‘Prerana’ (inspiration) and is dedicated to supreme dancer, Lord Shiva. One can find evidence of this dance in the sculptures of the Ramappa Temple at Warangal.
Perini is a vigorous dance done to the resounding beats of drums. Dancers drive themselves to a state of mental abstraction where they feel the power of Shiva in their body. While dancing they invoke Shiva to come into him and dance through him. The Perini Thandavam is indeed believed to be the most invigorating and intoxicating male dance form.
Perini dance form almost disappeared after the decline of the Kakatiya dynasty but Dr. Nataraja Ramakrishna father of Andhra Natyam brought renaissance in Perini dance, which was on verge of extinction.