[INDOLOGY] Fwd: New Version Episode 1: Imagining Sanskrit Land

patrick mccartney psdmccartney at gmail.com
Mon Jun 6 23:36:03 UTC 2016

Dear Friends,

I would like to share with you a new version of the short film *Episode 1:
Imagining Sanskrit Land.*

This is the first episode of several short films I am making about the
'Sanskrit village' Jhiri, which is located in Madhya Pradesh, India. This
ethnographic documentary series is titled 'Imagining Sanskrit Land'. It is
a visual complement to the post-doctoral project I intend to work on.

 Across India there are rumours of rural communities where 'everyone speaks
fluent Sanskrit'. I spent one month in Jhiri during the summer of 2015
documenting the linguistic vitality of vernacular Sanskrit and the
aspirations of this community to transition to only speak Sanskrit and
forego their mother tongue, Malvi. It must be said that the linguistic
reality is very different to what the media presents it as. Less than 10
percent of the village speak any Sanskrit at all.

This film is about the effort it took to actually find the village and
includes some of the original audio/video of the first mention I came
across that inspired this project. There are several villages called
'Jhiri' in this district of MP. We drove around for several hours,
sometimes in circles, while my driver pleaded with me to just turn around
and go home. Finally, around dusk we found it.

The film is embedded in my academia site:

or you can view it directly from YouTube: https://youtu.be/jMi7tkPBbJ4

You can find other films and information about my research into spoken
Sanskrit at:

   - *https://anu-au.academia.edu/patrickmccartney

or follow me @psdmccartney

I hope you enjoy it.

All the best,

Patrick McCartney, PhD
School of Culture, History & Language
College of the Asia-Pacific
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia, 0200

Skype - psdmccartney
Phone + Whatsapp:  +61 414 954 748
Twitter - @psdmccartney

#yogabodyANU2016 symposium

   - *https://anu-au.academia.edu/patrickmccartney
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