Need for Children’s Literature in Sanskrit
Currently, in the field of Sanskrit, there is very limited material available which introduces Sanskrit to the children of various age groups in a systematic as well as fascinating manner. We hardly find a book of rhymes in Sanskrit, a book or any other material introducing Sanskrit alphabets with a scientific approach, a book of puzzles, a set of games or flash cards introducing various aspects of the language or well-illustrated colorful books of stories in Sanskrit. There is a dearth of audio-visual materials which children can listen to and watch, neither are there any Sanskrit children’s magazines with a wide readership.
Due to the limited availability of Sanskrit reading material meant for children in the Indian market, there is a great need to bring out good quality children’s literature that can be easily available to children of all ages. Essential qualities of qualitative literature encompass the following:
It is with this need in mind that the Samskrita Balasahitya Parishad is endeavoring to prepare materials to bring Sanskrit to children in various innovative ways.
Scope of Children’s Literature in Sanskrit
The scope of this mammoth task includes, but is not limited to, the following:
SAFIC had received a grant of Rupees Seven Lakhs from Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan for publishing 10 Sanskrit books for children.
SAFIC is currently working on completing 4 books. These will be published and available in market by Aug 2019. Work is also going on for 6 more books, which should be available by August 2020. All these books include specially commissioned literary work and artwork. Because these books are meant for children, special attention is given to include artwork and illustrations which are not only attractive for the children but are also elevating.
Four books ready to be published are: