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Gurgaon makes an effort to save Sanskrit language
If you had thought of Gurgaon only as a commercial hub, think again. The city is playing an active role in saving and promoting art and culture as well. The recent seminar on Sanskrit, held for the first time in the city is an example.

THE SEMINAR held on December 2, was jointly organised by the Haryana Sanskrit Academy and the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT).

In order to support the dying language, the seminar detailed the value and importance of Sanskrit, which is believed to be the mother language of many other languages in India and abroad.

The language these days is facing a great fall in its popularity and usage. To rejuvenate and remind people about the importance of the language, Haryana Sanskrit Academy and the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) came together for the cause.

In the presence of around 80 Sanskrit scholars, the event happened and 20 research papers on the language and its involvement in the domestic and public spheres, were presented.

It was found that Sanskrit had some life left and was still away from the worst condition, which many other languages and even communities like Parsi and Bo language, are facing. 'Bo' is an extinct great Andamanese language, which died after the death of its last speaker on January 26, 2010.

"Today, there are only five villages in the whole country where Sanskrit is spoken. In total, less than 50,000 people in the world are among those who speak the language. So it would be fair to say that the fate of this language depends how popular it gets," Dr Shreyansh Dwivedi, a Sanskrit specialist with the SCERT, told The Times of India.

Sanskrit, which is a historical Indo-Aryan language, the primary liturgical language of Hinduism and a literary and scholarly language in Buddhism and Jainism, holding a prominent position in Indo-European studies, is somewhere lacking behind and needs a serious support for its survival.

And to save Sanskrit, Dwivedi hoped that these kind of seminars will be held more regularly in Gurgaon in coming years. "This was the first time that a national seminar on Sanskrit was held here. And the academy has committed that it will sponsor similar gatherings in future," Dwivedi informed.

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