Mysuru, March 6:- “Kannada literature and culture have been inspired by Sanskrit,” said Sanskrit professor of Bangalore University, Prof M Shivakumar Swamy here on Tuesday.
He was speaking after inaugurating a one-day seminar on Sanskrit literature at JSS College for Women, Saraswathipuram here, organised in association with Sanskrit Department and International Sanskrit Research Centre.
“Sanskrit has come a long way in Karnataka. Though Sanskrit is not a spoken language of Karnataka, the study of Sanskrit prevails for a long time. Kannada scholars used to call themselves as knowers of both the languages. Sanskrit has made all the languages rich with its contributions. Students are learning Sanskrit as a second language in many colleges. May this seminar help Sanskrit grow further,” he said.
“Sanskrit Chandrika, Sahrudaya and other Sanskrit magazines have contributed to the language. Many have continued the legacy of Sanskrit. The implementation of Mekale education system has come as a shocker for Sanskrit in India. There are many who oppose Sanskrit in the society. We should understand the importance of the language first,” he said.
Prof Ramachandra Jois of Guruvayur Sanskrit Samsthanam, Shankarappa of JSS Mahavidyapeetha, Principal Dr K V Suresh, Dean Dr H B Suresh and others were present. (MR/GK).