Samskritam

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Hours: 3:00 to 4:00 on Saturdays and from 9:30 to 1:00 on Sundays.

Saturdays 3:00 – 4:00/4:30: Classes for children – all levels.

Sundays 9:30 – 1:00: Two sessions – Classes for children and adults – all levels

Ages: Open to all ages

Objective: To inspire a love for Samskritam. This is accomplished by teaching Samskritam songs and šlokas. As the students progress, they develop the skill to understand simple šlokas and engage in simply conversation in Samskritam. This encourages them to continue learning this ancient and rich language.

Samskritam classes are conducted on Saturdays and Sundays at the Temple in collaboration with Samskrita Bharati USA, whose mission is to “Promote Samskritam as an everyday language.” Samskritam is taught in a highly interactive method where there is an emphasis on conversation. The teachers have all learned Samskritam through Samskrita Bharati and have received various levels of teachers’ training.

The children and adults who attend these classes learn the richness and importance of Samskritam. There is the Amarakosha (A Thesaurus – collection of nouns) šloka chanting event as well as the Višwa Samskrita Dinam (World Sanskrit Day) where the students go on stage to exhibit their love and knowledge of Samskritam by chanting šlokas, enacting short skits and singing inspiring songs in Samskritam.

The classes are taught in different levels – for both adults and children. Samskritam is taught and learned the way a child learns from those around him/her – by just listening, understanding and talking. Reading and writing comes only as a second step.