15-DAY WORKSHOP ON
PALI LANGUAGE AND BUDDHIST CULTURES
16-30 December 2015
Organized jointly by:
DEPARTMENTS OF PHILOSOPHY, SANSKRIT SAHITHYA AND SANSKRIT VYAKARANA
SREE SANKARACHARYA UNIVESITY OF SANSKRIT, KALADY.
This may be for the first time that a training programme in Pali language is being conducted in in South India. Training in the linguistic structures of the Pali and Prakrit, including the Brahmi script in which these languages were written originally, is the main objective of this workshop. The above languages and script seem to be the major source of almost all languages prevailing in India today.
Training in the basics of the above would provide greater scope for comparative studies of different Pakrit languages. It would also be helpful for the study of evolutionary history of the ancient Indian languages such as Pali, Prakrit, Paisachi, Maharashtri, Gharoshti, Tamil, and Sanskrit. It might be shedding new lights into the cultural dimensions of different linguistic formations in India.
Knowledge in Pali, Prakrit and Brahmi are essential for authentic studies related to Buddhist, Jain and ancient Sankrit literatures. Moreover, those who study the history of India cannot ignore the methodical significance of the above. The Pali was originally a popular tongue of the regions of Ancient Magadha, Kosala, and Kalinga. However, now its remnants are only available as the derivatives retained by the regional spoken languages in India. Researchers have already noted the fact that the presence of the Pali is more apparent in the South Indian languages, especially in Malayalam. This seems to remain a curious factor for scholars and researchers of history, linguistics and culture.
In addition, the linguistic and literary training, public lectures in topics related to Buddhist cultures, field trips, book exhibition, art-show, cultural performance, associated regional meetings etc. could also be part of this cultural endeavor.
Advance registration is required for the participants and observers of the 15-day training programme.