[INDOLOGY] training in poetic composition in traditional Sanskrit education?

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at umich.edu
Sat Aug 29 08:34:39 EDT 2015


While many Sanskritists from Pune have been writing in Sanskrit (prose and
poetry), some of the more noteworthy writers are (Late) K. S. Arjunwadkar
(poetry: Kaṇṭakāñjali), (Late) G.B. Palsule (many Sanskrit dramas,
translations from Marathi, and the epic poem Vīravaināyakam on the life of
Savarkar), (late) P.S. Joshi (Bhīmāyanam, epic poem on the life of
Ambedkar), (late) S.D. Joshi (Sanskrit translation of Hamlet).

Madhav Deshpande

On Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 6:46 PM, Madhav Deshpande <mmdesh at umich.edu> wrote:

> Dear Allen,
>
>      In Pune, we were positively encouraged to compose verses in
> Sanskrit.  My highschool Sanskrit teacher, Pandit N. N. Bhide, routinely
> asked us to translate from Marathi into Sanskrit verse.  The Tilak
> Maharashtra Vidyapith used to hold various annual competitions on the
> occasion of Vyāsapūjā including story-telling, verse-composition, quick
> memorization, Sanskrit debate etc.  So, composing verses in Sanskrit was
> encouraged in Pune, not only in the more traditional institutions, but also
> in modern institutions like the S. P. College and Fergusson College.
> Several of our teachers used to compose poems in Sanskrit and publish them
> in the local Sanskrit journals like Śāradā and Bhāratavāṇī, and also in the
> annual magazines of Fergusson College etc.  I am describing my historical
> experience, but some of these activities are continuing into modern times
> as well.
>
> Madhav
>
> On Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 6:30 PM, Allen Thrasher via INDOLOGY <
> indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
>
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>> Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:27:22 +0000 (UTC)
>> Subject: training in poetic composition in traditional Sanskrit education?
>> From reading about traditional (Early Modern and Modern) Western training
>> in Latin and Greek, in which composition was an important part, I am led to
>> wonder if it was standard in traditional Sanskritic education for students
>> to be assigned to compose verse, either the basic Zloka for expository
>> works or more elaborate kavya.  Any thoughts or evidence.
>>
>> Allen
>>
>>
>
>
> --
> Madhav M. Deshpande
> Professor of Sanskrit and Linguistics
> Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
> 202 South Thayer Street, Suite 6111
> The University of Michigan
> Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608, USA
>



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Madhav M. Deshpande
Professor of Sanskrit and Linguistics
Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
202 South Thayer Street, Suite 6111
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608, USA
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