What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think — ‘Sanskrit’? An ancient Indian language that has formed the base for many languages including German? Or the liturgical language of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism?
How about hit Bollywood songs like Papa kehte hain and Tum paas aayeee translated into India’s classical language?
Well, that’s exactly what a group of students from the University of Maryland, USA, have done as an initiative to promote Sanskrit in today’s day and age — all via cyberspace. Their website speaksanskrit.org is their way of popularising the language. So, where and how did it all begin?
It all started with a group of Indian students called DESI from the University of Maryland, who joined hands with Sanskrit promotion group Samskrita-Bharati in February 2005. (full text).