Events - Past

Parishad organized following activities

The Parishad will focus on all possible activities related to creation, evaluation, preservation and propagation of qualitative children's literature in Sanskrit.

1. POETS' MEET

When : September 29, 2015
Where : Sri Ramakrishna Mission Residential Autonomous College, Kolkata

It was for the first time in India that a Poets' Meet was organized in which the poets were asked to recite only children's poems composed by them. The programme was organized at the Sri Ramakrishna Mission Residential Autonomous College, Narendra Pur, Kolkata, on September 29 by Samskrita Balasahitya Parishad.

Padmashri Ramakanta Shukla, President Devavani Parishad, New Delhi, presided over the programme and Professor Radhavallabha Tripathi, Former Vice Chancellor, Rashtriya Samskrit Sansthan, New Delhi, was the Chief Guest. The entire programme was coordinated and compered by Dr. Sampadananda Mishra, Founder Director, Samskrita Balasahitya Parishad.

Poets such as Dr. Banamali Biswal from Allahabad, Dr. Ashok Shatapathy from Lucknow, Sushri Paramba Yogamaya from Balasore, Dr. Narayan Dash from Kolkata, Dr, Purnachandra Upadhyaya from Rajasthan, Sunita Barman from Kolakata, Dr. Ajay Mishra from New Delhi, Dr. Narayanji Jha from Kanchipuram, Pradnya Dharbe from Thane presented their poems. Padmashri Ramakanta Shukla and Professor Radhavallabh Tripathi also recited their compositions meant for children. Dr. Sampadananda Mishra presented a few of his compositions to exemplify what Samaskrita Balasahitya Parishad mean by qualitative children's literature. The whole programme was extremely enjoyable and unique in its approach and audience. The Parishad also has taken a decision to honour the best poem at every occasion organized to develop children's literature, and this year the poems of Paramba Yogamaya from Balasore was selected by the committee to be honoured.



2. Release of Children's Storybook 'Saptavarna Chitrapatanga'

When :September 29, 2015
Where :Sri Ramakrishna Mission Residential Autonomous College, Kolkata

An illustrated storybook for children, titled 'Saptavarna Chitrapatanga', by Dr. Sampadananda Mishra, was released on this occasion. This book has one story created by a group of school children from Puducherry. Saptavarna Chitrapatanga is the Sanskrit version of the story originally in English. The beautiful illustrations are created by Lesley from United States. The quality of the content, presentation and printing was highly appreciated by all those who were present during the programme.



3. Second Annual Meeting of the Samskrita Balasahitya Parishad

When :October 1, 2015
Where :Kolkata

The Second Annual Meeting of the Samskrita Balasahitya Parishad was held on October 1, 2015, at Kolkata. In this meeting, Dr. Sampadananda Mishra, the founder Director of the Parishad gave an elaborate account of the Parishad’s vision, mission, activities and the plan for the future. The proceedings of the previous meeting held at Puducherry in October 2014 were reviewed.

It was decided that all members will actively contribute towards the activities of the Parishad in all possible manner that they can. The Parishad will also release worldwide two Sanskrit books: Saptavarna Chitrapatanga—an illustrated storybook for the children of age group 9 and above and Shanaih Shanaih -a book of rhymes and songs meant for children of various age groups. Both the books are being compiled by Dr. Sampadananda Mishra. The Parishad also is collecting poems, stories, plays and other creative writings for the children which will be edited and published in the due course. New members were also added to the existing members of the Parishad.



4. Balakavita Pathotsava - Poets' Meet

When :December 10, 2015
Where :Akshardham Mandir, New Delhi

The second Poets' Meet for Children—BALAKAVITA PATHOTSAVA—was organized on December 10, 2015, by Samskrita Balasahitya Parishad. This special programme to propagate children's literature was arranged as a part of a two-day seminar on 'Sanskrit in Social Media', in which the poets were asked to recite only children's poems composed by them.

Padma Shri Ramakanta Shukla, General Secretary, Devavani Parishad, New Delhi, presided over the programme and Dr. Jeet Ram Bhatt, Director, Delhi Sanskrit Academy was the Chief Guest. The programme was facilitated by Dr. Sampadananda Mishra, Founder Director of the Samskrita Balasahitya Parishad.

The special attraction of this poet's meet was recital of self-compositions by a few children. The whole programme was extremely enjoyable. Dr. Buddhadev Sharma's poem 'Taata Nayatu Maam Nainiitaalam' of was selected as the best poem by the Parishad. Special prizes were given to the children poets.



5. Samskrita Balasahitya Parishad—First Meeting of the Core Group Members

When :October 5-6, 2014
Where :Puducherry

Samskrita Balasahitya Parishad was established by Dr. Sampadananda Mishra on August 15, 2014 with the aim of working towards creating, evaluating and propagating children's literature. This Parishad includes many Sanskrit lovers and scholars at national level as its core group members. On October 5-6, 2014, the first meeting of the core group members took place in Puducherry to discuss the following issues:

  • What should be nature and paribhasha of baalasaahitya (children's literature) in Sanskrit?
  • What guidelines should we follow in evaluating children's literature, while also analysing and evaluating the literary element s as well as illustrations in the children's literature?
  • How should the evaluation of existing children's literature be taken up?
  • Record how children respond to the literature made available to them.
  • Preparing a shabdakosha (dictionary) containing words specific to the world of children.
  • Defining the various types of childrens literature.
  • Translating children's literature from other Indian/foreign languages to Sanskrit and the principles of translation.
  • Reproducing ancient children's literature and the principles of reproduction.
  • A concrete action plan for the functioning of the Parishad.
  • Compiling quality children's literature from various published and unpublished sources.
  • Providing library services to the children and ways to create classroom libraries.
  • Creating groups of children using the literature regularly for feedback and evaluation.
  • Extending learning through Internet and using technology to spread awareness.
The participating members had fruitful discussions on these issues, and as a result the members could arrive at an immediate action plan of the Parishad. The members who participated included:
  • Dr Narayan Dash from Kolkata
  • Dr Sweta Prajapati from Baroda
  • Dr M. Jayaraman from Chennai
  • Dr Varalakshmi from Hyderabad
  • Vidwan Udayan Hegde from Bangalore
  • Acharya Dhananjay Shastri from Delhi
  • Dr Sampadananda Mishra from Pondicherry.
The meeting ended on October 6, with a lot of fruitful discussions about the working out of the Parishad's vision and mission. The members present at the meeting felt that with the active participation of all members of the Parishad, the work can become a national movement. Samskrita Balasahitya Parishad seeks active participation from all interested organizations and individuals to volunteer, contribute or be involved in this noble cause.



6. 'SANSKRIT FOR CHILDREN' Workshop

When :Nov 9—10 & 12—20, 2013
Where :Kolkata, West Bengal, and Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Samskrita Balasahitya Parishad in collaboration with Bharatiya Samskriti Parishad, Kolkata, organized a workshop and seminar on Sanskrit for children, held on November 9th and 10th, 2013. Dr Sampadananda Mishra, Founder Director of the Parishad facilitated the workshop for the children on November 9. The workshop was attended by 25 children in the age group of 5 to 15, to learn basic Sanskrit with fun. The children enjoyed learning body parts in Sanskrit, some sentences for day-to-day use, singing and playacting on songs in Sanskrit, playing memory and other games in Sanskrit.

In the Seminar on the next day (10th November), there were 11 invited speakers who spoke on various topics related to teaching Sanskrit to the children of various age groups.

After the formal inauguration of the Seminar by lighting lamps and invocation, the welcome address was given by Sri Rajgopal of Bharatiya Samskriti Parishad. Dr Sampadananda Mishra provided the introduction to the seminar in which he explained the need for teaching Sanskrit at the primary level and the Parishad's programmes on creating innovative Sanskrit learning materials for children. Dr Mishra highlighted that Sanskrit has immense potential in developing the inner faculties of learning, and therefore it is always beneficial if it can be taught to the children from nursery level. He expressed his disappointment that in India barring one or two there are no mainstream schools that provide Sanskrit at the nursery and primary level.

At the inaugural session, a panellist spoke on the importance of Sanskrit in achieving the objectives of True Education. In his talk he stressed upon teaching of Sanskrit at all levels, especially in the former classes, keeping the aim of holistic education in mind. It was followed by a fabulous PowerPoint presentation in which he highlighted the necessity of Sanskrit in a child’s education. The presentation was highly informative and was well received by the participants. Another panellist spoke elaborately on the difficulties and problems in teaching Sanskrit at the primary level and provided many solutions for making Sanskrit teaching practical and effective. In the next session, emphasis was laid on the usefulness of retelling the Puranic stories in a simple Sanskrit to facilitate Sanskrit learning at the primary levels. The next expert spoke on the contemporary Sanskrit education for the children in the present scenario. In his talk he mentioned about the contributions of organizations such as Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Seth MR Jaipuria School, Samskrita Bharati, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chinmay Mission and Sri Ramakrishna Mission in bringing Sanskrit to the children. Next a paper was presented on making Sanskrit relevant to children in the present times, and the important contribution of some of the westerners in teaching Sanskrit to the children in the foreign lands. The last speaker of this session spoke on the Sanskrit education in the ancient times. In his talk he highlighted the importance of educating a girl child as it was prevalent in ancient India.

A panellist from West Bengal State University spoke on Sanskrit usage in multiple value education sayings and quotes in India. The last speaker of the seminar spoke on various poetic devices used by the modern poets in creating children's literature in Sanskrit.

In the concluding session, Dr Sampadananda Mishra thanked the participants on behalf of the Parishad for their efforts to attend and contribute to the growth of Sanskrit with their thoughts and ideas. He also thanked the members of Bharatiya Samskriti Parishad for hosting the workshop and the seminar. As a concluding remark, Dr Mishra pointed out the need for a greater collaboration of dedicated Sanskrit educationists and experts for bringing Sanskrit to every child of India. He also pointed out that it is this language that can connect the Indian children with the glorious past of their country.

The exhibition materials prepared by Dr. Mishra on 'Sanskrit & Science' and 'Why Children Should Learn Sanskrit' were exhibited at the venue on both the days. This was viewed by all those who came to participate and visit Bharatiya Samskriti Parishad.

In a related though independent workshop, Dr Sampadananda Mishra was in Lucknow from November 12 to 20 to help the Sanskrit teachers of Seth MR Jaipuria School in teaching Sanskrit to the children from nursery to class eight. This is the one of the very few mainstream schools in India that has Sanskrit as a compulsory language for all children up to class eight.

The exhibition materials prepared by Dr. Mishra on 'Sanskrit & Science' and 'Why Children Should Learn Sanskrit' were exhibited in the School too as a part of their exhibition-day celebration. Hundreds of visitors, including the students and their parents, came to the various exhibitions put up by the students of the school. The set of exhibition materials prepared by Dr. Mishra was one of the main attractions on that day.



7. Release of a Set of Eight Sanskrit Books Titled 'Devabhasha'

When :Nov 11, 2014
Where :Seth M.R. Jaipuria School, Lucknow

Dr Sampadananda Mishra, Founder Director, Samskrita Balasahitya Parishad, was invited as the guest of honor to address a symposium titled 'Value Education through Sanskrit', organized by Seth M.R. Jaipuria School, Lucknow. Jaipuria is the ONLY mainstream English medium school in India where Sanskrit education is being imparted right from LKG to Class VIII, ensuring the holistic development of a child.

On this occasion, a set of eight books, titled 'Devabhasha', prepared by Dr Mishra was released. This set is a part of the curriculum at Jaipuria School from Class I to VIII. These books have been edited by Dr Sampadananda Mishra (an Indian President-awarded Sanskrit trainer, teacher and scholar), and he regularly trains the Sanskrit teachers of this school to teach Sanskrit in a manner which is easy, natural and innovative. Dr Mishra, in his address on the symposium spoke on the relevance of introducing Sanskrit at primary level and explained the practical value of learning Sanskrit. Through Sanskrit learning, students of Jaipuria School have imbibed love for their culture, coupled with a reverence for their country—thanks to the magical touch of the pristine language, Sanskrit. Their reasoning power, diction, memory and holistic growth—especially in mathematics—have seen a positive upward trend. An unprecedented depth has also been noticed in their poetic compositions. The student council, parents and teachers also shared their journey of Sanskrit Education in Jaipuria School through the formative years of their wards and its beautiful influence on their lives at the occasion.

An exhibition on the Sanskrit terms used for articles used in daily life was also organized at the occasion. The objective of teaching Sanskrit across the primer, primary and middle school is neither to turn the students into 'Shloka'- or 'Mantra-reciting 'parrots' nor to turn them into Sanskrit scholars or pandits, but to help them garner a lucidity and fluency in what is undoubtedly the most perfect language of all ages and the genesis of many languages across the world.