The language of ancient India as well as the primary liturgical language of Hinduism, Sanskrit has a documented history going back to more than 3,000 years making it one of the oldest in the family of Indo-European languages. Sanskrit, derived from root saṃskṛ, meaning that which has been made perfect, is the predominant language of most works of Hindu philosophy as well as some of the principal texts of Buddhism and Jainism. 

Levels Taught: L1, L2, L3, L4, GCSE, A-Level

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Dipak Shah

"By teaching in a structured way, I have endeavoured to dispel the myth that Sanskrit is a difficult language to learn or that Sanskrit has to be learned by rote."

Dipak Shah, an ardent student of Sanskrit and a teacher for over 30 years, conducts classes for beginners, IGCSE, AS, A levels and Devanāgarī calligraphy. His teaching of Sanskrit adopts the ancient Indian method of teaching in an analytical way, by introducing the students to comprehend the interrelations of words in a sentence or verse, using grammar rules of sandhi, padapāṭha, kāraka, samāsa and verbal cognition. Through verbal cognition principles of ākāṅkṣā (expectancy of sense completion), yogyatā (consistency), sannidhi(proximity) and tātparya (purport), he enables the students to learn the poetic harmony and aesthetic charm of this sublime language in the texts of the repository of highest wisdom in dharma, philosophy, literature, music, yoga and science.

Dr Radha Bhat

My objective in life is to promote Sanskrit as a vibrant, lively and a perfect language and inspire all to enjoy the beauty, spirituality and fun aspects embedded in it’.

A medical practitioner and educator in the National Health Service, Dr. Bhat has dedicated her services to The Bhavan on a voluntary basis, helping to establish Sanskrit studies at Bhavan for well over 35 years.

During this time, she has taught over 200 students to progress from the basics of reading and writing the language, to learning conversational skills, as well as chants and songs, advancing to the ability to translate short stories, interpret the deeper meaning of lines from ancient texts like the Vedas, Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita, and understand classical Sanskrit plays, both prose and poetry. She has also guided many students through the formal syllabus set by GCSE and A-Level examination boards. She also assists in conducting the regular Ramayana classes at Bhavan.

Dr. M.N. Nandakumara 


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