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Summer School in Spoken Sanskrit 2021

August 2nd to 27th 2021

The Summer School in Spoken Sanskrit will take place online (videoconference).

In this course, the students will learn how to converse in Sanskrit on topics of daily life by using classical and modern vocabulary. Active participation of the students and modern multi-media tools will facilitate the learning process in the interactively designed course. Thus, the students and scholars will be able to overcome the perception of Sanskrit as a written-only, “dead” language, and increase their confidence in actively using this language. The study of Sanskrit will become a lively and creative experience for the students and will also contribute to their understanding of the written language. The course is a unique opportunity to learn and practice spoken Sanskrit in a dynamic environment.

Organized by:

- Spracheninstitut an der Universität Leipzig e.V.,
- Ritterstr. 12,
- D-04109 Leipzig,
- Germany,
- Tel.: +49(0)341-9730281
- Mail:


  • Leipzig University
  • Institute of Indology and Central Asian Studies
  • Schillerstr. 6
  • D-04109 Leipzig
  • Germany



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Dr. Sadananda Das is widely known as an excellent speaker and experienced teacher of spoken Sanskrit. He has taught seventeen summer school courses in spoken Sanskrit at Heidelberg University, three at Lausanne University, and three at the Australian National University, besides five courses in advanced spoken Sanskrit at Florence University, at the Centre of Sanskrit Studies in Barcelona, at the Jñāna Pravāha Centre for Cultural Studies in Varanasi and at the Śādvala Centre for Sanskrit Studies in Goa. This year’s course will take place at Leipzig University for the fifth time. In the past eighteen years the course has attracted students and scholars of Indology and related fields from across the globe.

The Summer School will take place online because of Corona. You will work together with Dr. Das with the help of video conferences and Moodle (learning management system). For the video conferences you will need a microphone and loudspeakers or a headset. You will also need a fast internet connection.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of English and basic knowledge of Sanskrit (at least 4 semesters) as well as the ability to read Devanāgarī script. The course will be taught in Sanskrit.

Timetable: Classes from 10:00 to 16:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10:00 to 13:00 on Wednesday and Saturday. Please note: The time table is based on local (german) time.

Application: Please download the application form.

Number of participants limited to 20. 

Deadline: 30th of June.

Course fee: 390.00 EUR. This includes 82 units  (45 minutes each) of instruction and the teaching materials.

The course fee must be paid in full by 11st of June 2021, by bank transfer to the following account:

  • Bank: DKB
  • IBAN: DE97 1203 0000 1005 3728 32
  • BIC: BYLADEM1001


  • After you have applied for the course, the instructor, Dr. Sadananda Das, will inform you whether you are accepted.
  • You transfer the course fee to our account.
  • Please note that your registration is valid only when we have received your payment by 31st of May.
  • You'll be informed by 7th June whether the course will take place.
  • Should we have to cancel the course for lack of participants, we'll refund the course fee by 30th of June 2021.


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