Date: 6 March 2020
Venue: Indian Institute of Sceinces, Bangalore
Topic: Sanskrit – An ‘Ever-creative Language’
Dr. Sampadananda Mishra, Director, SAFIC was invited to deliver a talk on Sansrit – An Ever-creative Language at the Center for Society and Policy, IISC on 6th March.
The content of the talk was based on the premise that the transparent system of formation of words from the root-sounds follows a natural process and is one of the important factors that makes Sanskrit an ‘Ever-creative Language’. Dr. Mishra, addressing the gathering said that one of the most fascinating aspects of Sanskrit is that each and every word here is conscious of its origin and always refers back to the root from which it is derived. Therefore there is a perfect relationship between the word and the sense. Sanskrit, in fact, is very highly structured language and follows a rigorous logic. It is theoretically possible to explain the meaning of the words according to the combined sense of the relative letters, syllables and roots. Therefore in Sanskrit the meaning of any word is not derived by chance or from any convention but from its own depth, the system of root-sounds, sound-ideas. It is because of this transparency of the system of root-sounds and clear semantics that Sanskrit has the ability to discover its own history, and eventually it may lead us to the origin of human speech. A proper investigation of many Sanskrit words shows that in Sanskrit a word is not a conventional symbol for an idea, but itself the parent and the creator of ideas.
The talk was attended by a good number of students, professors and other young and old Sanskrit enthusiasts. Among the dignitaries present were: Professor Anurag Kumar, Director, IISC, Dr. Shankara Rajaram, a highly renowned Sanskrit poet, Prof. Anjul Gurtoo, Chairperson – Centre for Society and Policy, Prof. Ramachandra Guha, a famous Indian historian and economist, and Dr. Lakshmi Saripalli, a scientist at Ramana Research Institute.
The program ended with a question and answer session. Professor, Anurag Kumar, Director IISC feleicitated Dr. Mishra with a token of gratitude on behalf of the institute.