Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Spoken Sanskrit

Sadananda Das
  • This is the 17th consecutive year that this course is being organized in Heidelberg under the guidance of Dr. Sadananda Das, who is a speaker and experienced teacher of spoken Sanskrit. Since its beginning it is attracting students and scholars of Indology from all over the world. This is a unique opportunity to learn and practice spoken Sanskrit in a dynamic fashion.
  • The course

    (6 ECTS points) The course teaches students how to converse in simple Sanskrit on the topics of daily life. The necessary grammar will be introduced and returned to repeatedly to help students internalise it. The students' participation in the strong interactive element of the course will be supported by the use of multimedia aids. The course concludes with the performance of a small play in Sanskrit.
  • The teacher

    Dr. Sadananda Das received a PhD from the Centre of Advanced Study in Sanskrit, University of Pune. From 1993 to 2005 he worked as a research fellow in India. He has taught summer schools in spoken Sanskrit in several universities in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Australia. Since 2005 he has been working as a lecturer in Sanskrit at the University of Leipzig.
  • Timetable

    Classes from 9:00 to 17:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 9:00 to 12:30 on Wednesday and Saturday.
  • Prerequisites

    Knowledge of English and basic knowledge of Sanskrit, as well as the ability to read Devanāgarī script. The course will be conducted in Sanskrit medium.
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