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.

Purposes of the Symposium

  • To get a complete overview of the evolution of storytelling tradition in Sanskrit in India
  • To analyze the impact Pratibha on the storytelling tradition
  • To study the overall influence of Sanskrit storytelling tradition on world literature


  • Stories and story-telling in Sanskrit literature
  • Comparative analysis of Padya & Gadya
  • Influence of story-telling tradition of Sanskrit on other Indian literature, including the regional language literature
  • Contributions of story-telling tradition of Sanskrit to Indian culture
  • Sanskrit story-telling tradition and world literature

Itinerary (English Version)       Itinerary (Sanskrit Version)

  • Prof ‘Abhiraj’ Rajendra Mishra, Former Vice Chancellor, Sampurnanda Sanskrit University, Varanasi
  • Prof. Prabhunath Dwivedi, Former Professor, Dept. of Sanskrit, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Hindu Vidyapeeth, Varanasi
  • Prof. Kaushalendra Pandey, Former Head, Dept. of Sahitya, Faculty of SVDV, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  • Prof. C Rajendran, Dean, Former Professor and Head, Department of Sanskrit, University of Calicut
  • Dr. K S Kannan, Academic Director, Swadeshi Indology
  • Shatavadhani Dr. R Ganesh, Sanskrit scholar, Honorary Director – KM Munshi Centre for Art Appreciation, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bangalore
  • Dr. Balaram Shukla, University of Delhi, New Delhi
  • Dr. N K Sundareshwaran, Professor and Head, Dept. of Sanskrit, University of Calicut, Kerala
  • Dr. S R Leela, Sanskrit Scholar, former MLC, Karnataka

Fee: Rs.750/- (per person)

Registration fee covers food and seminar materials. All participants will be awarded a certificate.

Last Date for Registration: October 15, 2018

Instructions for Registration

  • Participants are required to make the payment through our ACRD (Amrita Centre for Research and Development) portal.
  • Please note down your Reference no/ Transaction id / Payment id whichever is applicable after the payment.
  • On successful completion of online payment, fill the online registration form and submit. You will receive the registration confirmation mail within 2-3 days.

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About Amrita Darshanam

Amrita Darshanam, International Centre for Spiritual Studies has been established under the guidance of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma), one of the prominent spiritual leaders of our times. The Centre serves as an academic platform for study and research in the domains of philosophy, culture, arts, literature, and society under the broad canopy of India Studies. It offers various Ph.D. and post-graduate programs in Indian knowledge systems, humanities courses, seminars, conferences and workshops to facilitate scholarly exchange and integrated education for students. It also works with other national and international organizations on manuscript preservation, projects and collaborations, and researches of the highest standard.

About Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi

Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Academy of Letters, was established in 1954 by the Government of India. As India’s Premier literary institution, the Akademi works actively for the development of Indian letters and to set high literary standards, to foster and co-ordinate literary activities in all the Indian languages and to promote through them all the cultural unity of the country. The Akademi preserves and promotes literature contained in twenty four Indian languages recognized by it through awards, fellowships, grants, publications, literary programmes, workshops and exhibitions. The Akedemi also undertakes literary exchange programmes with various countries across the globe to promote Indian literature beyond the shores of India.

For more details, please contact:

Dr. Vishwanath M. V. (Convener of National Symposium)
Assistant Professor, Amrita Darshanam (ICSS), Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Mysuru Campus
+91 90355 00108

Event Details
2018-10-20 09:00 to 17:00
Spiritual Studies
NIRF 2018