Projects

“Sanskrit – the language of the Vedas and yoga…the language that formed the numerals, the language that transmitted the knowledge of the science of meditation and Ayurveda, is regarded as a divine language.

The Sydney Sanskrit School under the auspices  of  School of Vedic Sciences (Aust) Inc.is a prominent organisation in Australia, dedicated to the teaching and promoting of the Sanskrit language. Apart from the regular classes on Thursday and Sundays for the members of the community in New South Wales, through various activities such as the annual Samskrutotsavam festivals, the children’s camps every season, competitions and through the annual magazine ‘Medha’, Sydney Sanskrit School has been ardently involved in uniting the Australian community.

School of Vedic Sciences (Aust) Inc is engaged in various community projects to foster multiicultural values in New South Wales through preservation and promotion of Sanskrit language. In 2012 the organisation has embarked upon the following projects

  • Bilingual CD in Dharawal and Sanskrit language 2013
  • Sanskrit for fun 2013
  • Samskrutotsavam 2012

Bilingual CD in Dharawal and Sanskrit language – 2013

Carry Along Bilingual CD in Dharawal (Aboriginal Language) and Sanskrit sponsored by the government through the NSW Community Relations Commission was conceptualised to promote intercultural understanding between Sanskrit language speaking community and the native Dharawal community. This is aimed to be achieved through identification and translation of the commonly sung cultural songs/hymns available in Dharawal language into Sanskrit.

This project aims to formulate and adapt a fun based teaching approach for imparting two community languages – Dharawal and Sanskrit. This project will be delivered through the following streams of work:

 

  • Identification of the commonly sung cultural songs/hymns in Dharawal language
  • Translation of the identified songs/hymns into Sanskrit
  • Record the songs in an audio format that can be transmitted through CD, website etc.
  • Create a booklet with the song lyrics in English(transliteration), Dharawal and Sanskrit
  • Release the CD and booklet in a major cultural event organised by School of Vedic Sciences.

Dr Meenakshi, as the subject matter expert in Sanskrit has been the creative source in translating the Dharawal songs into Sanskrit. As part of this project, she has also written the ‘Ode to Australia’ song that has been well acclaimed by the community in and around Sydney.

In Samskrutotsavam 2012, an Indian classical performance by Smt Aruna Gandhimathinathan depicted ‘Dharawal – The story of the Dharawal speaking people of Southern Sydney’. This unique concept conceived by Dr Lakshmi Satyanarayana was very well received by the audience. The performance can be viewed in the below video:

Samskrutotsavam 2013

Samskrutotsavam2013

‘Samskrutotsavam’ is an annual event organised by Sydney Sanskrit School under the auspices of School of Vedic Sciences (Aust) Inc that celebrates Sanskrit language. The main objectives of the event is to bring together like-minded people to share ideas and thoughts,provide an opportunity to nurture talent in arts, e.g. music, dance and drama in Sanskrit encourage children to participate in extra curricular activities that builds confidence and promotes unity in diversity foster communal understanding and harmony.

The event ‘Samskrutotsavam 2013’ was held on Sunday, 17 November at Redgum Function Centre, Wenworthville. The event was proudly sponsored by the NSW Government through the NSW Community Relations Commission for a multicultural New South Wales.

It was an event at which history was truly in the making. The SSS is the world’s first school to produce and launch a bilingual CD titled, Yabun Matra (‘In rhythm’ in Dharawal/Sanskrit), a carry along CD in the Dharawal language and in Sanskrit, also containing a songbook. The CD was created to embrace the Australian Indigenous culture with respect and reverence as SSS believes that we have a responsibility to our children and families to maintain a sense of belonging and connection to this land. Sharing Aboriginal history and culture and actively embracing reconciliation are key to achieving this.

It was an outstanding success. Delegates, community members and the local media applauded the event and appreciated the efforts made by School of Vedic Sciences (Aust) Inc in promoting multicultural values in New South wales.

View Samskrutotsavam 2013 post event report.

Sanskrit with fun – 2013

At Sydney Sanskrit School the teachers are continuously striving towards improving the learning approaches for the students to assimilate and apply the Sanskrit language. They are involved in professional inquiry to understand the needs of the students in learning this community language which informs them in improvising the method and approaches to imparting the language. One of the approaches that have been well received by the students is learning the language through fun activities such as constructing rhymes or singing songs. In the various educational camps held in each term last year, both the students and their parents have expressed their appreciation of the approach used in teaching the language which seems to assist in longer retention.

The teachers are now keen to formalise this approach for teaching a community language and therefore the formulation of the project ‘Sanskrit with fun’. This project will be run in phases to cater for the requirements of various groups of learners starting from school entrant to adult learners. Within each phase, the learning approach will be further refined and align with the modern technological advancements.

Sanskrit with fun – Phase 1’ sponsored by the government through the NSW Department of Education and Communities is a project that aims to formulate and adapt a fun based teaching approach for imparting a community language. The ‘Sanskrit with fun’ project will be delivered through the following streams of work

  • Research into existing practices of teaching a community language of smaller communities such as but not limited to Kannada and Marathi
  • Review of currently available Sanskrit teaching materials
  • Create following learning materials for teaching beginner and intermediate students of Sanskrit language
    • Text book ‘Rahasya Anveshanam’ a story adapted from the book ‘Shweta and the Mystery of the missing letters’ written by Sam and Andy McKeena. (See Appendix E for sample chapter)
    • Phonic program based on the ‘Ants in the Apple’ program
    • Create multimedia learning aid that accompanies the text book
  • Pilot the use of learning materials and undertake post implementation review.

The post implementation review will determine the running of subsequent phases of this project.

Samskrutotsavam 2012

Samskrutotsavam post event report 2012

‘Samskrutotsavam’ is an annual event organised by Sydney Sanskrit School under the auspices of School of Vedic Sciences (Aust) Inc that celebrates Sanskrit language. The main objectives of the event is to

  • bring together like-minded people to share ideas and thoughts,
  • provide an opportunity to nurture talent in arts, e.g. music, dance and drama in Sanskrit
  • encourage children to participate in extra curricular activities that builds confidence and promotes unity in diversity
  • foster communal understanding and harmony.

In 2012 year the event was  organised on Saturday 13 October. To an audience of 200 and more the event sponsored by the government through NSW Community Relations Commission presented a spectrum of a truly multicultural society.

View Samskrutotsavam 2012 post event report [PDF 1.8MB].