International Sanskrit online Lecture series – National Institute of Advanced Studies

International Sanskrit online Lecture series titled “Sanskrit Language and Its Traditions: A Journey through its History and Contemporaneity”, from 20 January to 28 April 2021, organised by the National Institute of Advanced Studies.

SPEAKERS: Prof Madhav Deshpande, Prof David Shulman, Prof Patrick Olivelle, Prof Richard Salomon, Prof Dominik Wujastyk, Prof Diwakar Acharya, Prof Mark McClish, Prof Amba Kulkarni, Prof Stephen Philips & Prof Arindam Chakrabarti.

Lecture Series Concept and Design: Prof Sangeetha Menon
Series Coordinator: Niharika Sharma

The series of 14 lectures starts on 20 January 2021, and thereafter every Wednesday (except 14 April) until 28 April 2021. Since this is an International Lecture series, the time for each lecture will vary according to the location of the Speaker. Please check the schedule for each lecture to know the specific time HERE

Due to the unprecedented number of responses received, there will be live streaming of the lectures via CSP YouTube and CSP Facebook page apart from Zoom.

Please find the live streaming links below for the lectures:


Facebook – NIASConsciousnessStudies 

ABOUT THE LECTURE SERIES: This Lecture series will present 14 lectures with each lecture roughly of 2 hour duration including discussion and Q&A – on Sanskrit language and its traditions. The series will be free, with no course fees, considering the pandemic times, offered as a community service during these challenging phases of life, in sharing knowledge and scholarship. The Online lectures will be open to students, researchers and public around the world with focus on Sanskrit – its history, philosophy. socio-linguistics, semiotic and semantic interpretational frameworks, considering selections from different Sanskrit literature, poetry, arts, health, and other traditions. The Series will be extremely helpful to scholars and researchers from across disciplines to get a holistic view of the Sanskrit language and its various traditions. The lectures will be delivered by renowned scholars from across the world, and such a collection of engagements are intended to generate accurate information about its antiquity, contemporary relevance, and the beauty of Sanskrit as a language which is living. These set of lectures will be beneficial for students, Sanskrit lovers, lovers of our Darshana tradition, across the world to enjoy and benefit from, particularly during these pandemic times, when it is important to reflect upon contemplative traditions and philosophy of the ancient past of India towards bridging inclusive and interconnected spaces of existence and ecologies.

If you have a question or suggestion please email to: