Amrita Darshanam, International Centre for Spiritual Studies, will organize a one-day National Symposium on Story-telling Tradition of Sanskrit on October 20, 2018.
Storytelling was resolved as a means to take the truth to the masses. Through the form of verses and prose and music in the Trayi, the Vedas, Storytelling later moved through the form of much refined language and in poetry in Vālmīki’s Rāmāyaṇa, VedaVyāsa’s Mahābhārata and Śuka’s Śrīmadbhāgavatam, thus completing the triumvirate of Indian Culture. On the graph of storytelling tradition of Sanskrit, Ugraśravas (Sūta Muni) occupies the highest point and is second to none in the art of storytelling. The contribution of Vyāsa and Sūta forms the firm foundation on which the later works were built upon.
The famous trinity of prose literature — Subandhu, Danḍin and Bāṇa — solidified the stance of storytelling in Sanskrit literature. No wonder that the purpose of the all literary forms of teaching and guiding mankind in the path of righteousness was supremely brought out through the likes of Bṛhatkathā, Pañcatantra and Hitopadeśa by eminent scholars such as Gunāḍhya, Viṣṇu Śarma and many more in the storytelling tradition of Sanskrit. Works like Kathāsaritsāgara and Vetālapañcavimśatiḥ are few amongst the many feathers in the shining cap of story-telling tradition in Sanskrit.
Many ideas were borrowed from this pool of classic storytelling tradition in the later centuries by many languages all over the globe. Through the form of short stories, the tradition of story-telling in Sanskrit still prevails. The social, political, economic impact of Sanskrit story-telling tradition on world literature is evident in the form of Aesop’s tales and other stories.
This symposium is an attempt at thoroughly understanding the evolution of story-telling in Sanskrit and to analyze the creativity in bringing truth through the form of story. The Pratibhā has many faces and expressions. All forms of literature generally are the results of Pratibhā. A proper study of Pratibhā and its contributions towards literary manifestations will only prompt us to have a deep understanding of the tradition of Sanskrit tradition and the mysterious ways of Pratibhā. The study of Sanskrit story-telling tradition on world literature is another dimension of this symposium.
Venue: Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Mysuru Campus
Who Can Attend: All those who are interested in studies related to the story-telling tradition of Sanskrit are welcome.