Donnerstag, 11. Dezember 2014, 17:30 - 19:00 iCal

Media in Sanskrit

Past, Present and Future.

Ein Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Chandra Bhushan Jha
(Department of Sanskrit, St. Stephens College, Delhi)

Seminarraum 1 des Instituts für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2.7, 1090 Wien


Sanskrit’s first exposure to media dates back to around one and a half century ago. The Kashividyasudhanidhi, which enjoys the reputation of being the first journal of Sanskrit language, was published on 1st of June in 1866 from Varanasi. It was a monthly magazine, devoted to the publication of ancient Sanskrit texts and continued to be published till 1917. It was more popular by its other name „The Pandit“. It heralded the publication of a plethora of Sanskrit journals. Several journals of all kinds and forms, i.e., weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly, halfyearly etc. started getting published from almost all the directions of Indian peninsula. Some of them died midway, others survived and served greatly for a reasonable amount of time and several other new journals in Sanskrit have been sprouting every now and then. By a rough calculation, there are around five to six dozen of Sanskrit journals being published, presently. Some of them are available on Web too. For the sake of record, there is even a daily newspaper published in Sanskrit in both the formats hardcopy as well as softcopy .


There were more than a hundred Sanskrit journals published by the completion of a hundred years of publication of Sanskrit journals. They all made a good mark and as a result of that the Government of India-controlled All India Radio services started a news bulletin in Sanskrit on 30th of June in 1974 . Soon it was expanded to twice a day news broadcast in Sanskrit. The success of Sanskrit news bulletins on radio prompted the Sanskrit-lovers to demand for a news bulletin in Sanskrit, on television too. Subsequently, the government of India-controlled television services „Doordarshan“ started a weekly Sanskrit news bulletin on Sundays that very soon turned to be a daily news bulletin. In order to further the cause of Sanskrit journalism, Sanskrit journalists formed five years ago an association called „Bharatiya Sanskrit Patrakar Sangh“. This association is reasonably active and trying presently to pursue the Government of India to launch a round the clock Sanskrit channel on television which will cater to programmes only in Sanskrit, i.e., news, debates, recitation, dramas, poems etc.

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