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  • Introductory Sanskrit I.
    • US101.
    • This course aims to provide a linguistically rich study of the world's most fascinating language equivalent to a first semester university course. Exercises introduce the extensive literature, profound philosophy and rich mythology of ancient India which has and continues to influence over a quarter of the world’s population today. After introducing the Devanāgarī script and Sanskrit phonology, the course surveys the intricate and highly organized structure of the grammar with the aim of enabling a student to begin reading original materials in the second semester. Readings in the first semester are adapted from Sanskrit literature.
    • Instructor: Peter M. Scharf
    • Schedule: 11 September – 23 December 2020.
    • Course meeting times: Tuesday and Friday 9:30-10:30am U.S. Central Time (IST 8:00-9:00pm/9pm-10:00pm after 1 November 2020 when CST changes to CDT).
    • Course fee: $2,500.
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  • Introductory Sanskrit II.
    • US102.
    • After completing a survey of Sanskrit grammar with readings adapted from ancient Indian narratives, students read original selections from the great Indian epic {m}ahABArata.
    • Instructor: Peter M. Scharf
    • Prerequisite: US101 or equivalent introduction to Sanskrit.
    • Schedule: 1 February – 14 May 2021.
    • Course fee: $2,500.
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  • Unfolding the secrets of {A}yurveda: learning Sanskrit with the {a}zwANgahfdaya.
    • US103.
    • This course offers students the opportunity to learn Sanskrit specifically to read {A}yurveda texts in Sanskrit. It starts with training basic pronunciation of Sanskrit sounds, and proceeds in sequence to teach nominal declension, verbal conjugation, sanDi and kAraka so that students can identify forms in the verse, dissolve sandhi and construe the verse. The course aims to make students independent in understanding the basic Sanskrit texts of {A}yurveda. The text selected for this course is the {a}zwANgahfdaya.
    • Instructor: Tanuja P. Ajotikar.
    • Schedule: To be announced.
    • Course fee: $1,500.
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  • {r}AmopAKyAna: the story of {r}Ama in the {m}ahABArata.
    • US111.
    • The story of {r}Ama is the most popular story in all of India and a masterpiece of world literature. While in its most ancient extant version, it is told in about 25,000 verses in {v}Almiki's large epic poem {r}AmAyaRa, it is summarized in 705 verses in eighteen aDyAyas in the {r}AmopAKyAna in the great epic {m}ahABArata. There it is told to {y}uDizWira who is dejected over the recent abduction of his wife and the exile of his family to the forest. This course reads several chapters of the {r}AmopAKyAna to give intermediate Sanskrit students a firm grounding in the precise understanding of every detail of each verse including sandhi, morphology, and syntax.
    • Instructor: Peter M. Scharf.
    • Prerequisite: US101–102 or equivalent introduction to Sanskrit.
    • Schedule: To be announced.
    • Course fee: $2,500.
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  • {k}irAtArjunIya sarga 1.
    • UP113.
    • The {k}irAtArjunIya by {B}Aravi is one of the Sanskrit {m}ahakAvyas. This great poem is a part of the traditional syllabus of learning Sanskrit. Applying the traditional methods to learn a text is important to gain independence in reading and understanding Sanskrit. So herewith we propose a course reading the first canto of the {k}irAtArjunIya thoroughly with sandi analysis, verbal conjugation, nominal declension, identificaiton of {s}amAsas, indentification of voice, changing the voice (vAcyaviparivartana), anvaya of the verse and provision of Sanskrit synonyms for each word in the verse.
    • Instructor: Tanuja P. Ajotikar.
    • Prerequisite: US101–102 or equivalent introduction to Sanskrit.
    • Schedule: To be announced.
    • Course fee: $1,500.
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      The {k}irAtArjunIya of {B}Aravi with the commentary {G}aRwApaTa of {m}allinATa and various readings, ed. by Pandit Durgaprasad and Kashinath Pandurang Parab. Third revised edition. Bombay: Nirnaysagar Press, 1895.
  • {s}idDAntakOmudI {v}iBaktyarTaprakaraRa.
    • US200.
    • The {s}idDAntakOmudI is a 16th CE commentary on the {a}zwADyAyI. It is widely used by beginners in the study of {p}ARinian grammar to understand rules in the {a}zwADyAyI. The {v}iBaktyarTa section is important from the point of view of learning the syntax and semantics of Sanskrit. This course presents reading of the {v}iBaktyarTa section of the {s}idDAntakOmudI (114 rules nos. 532–646). Rules are analyzed word by word and line by line, presenting the principles of the {p}ARinian tradition reflected in the commentary.
    • Instructor: Tanuja P. Ajotikar.
    • Prerequisite: US101–102 or equivalent introduction to Sanskrit, and CG20 Introduction to the {p}ARinian tradition, or equivalent.
    • Schedule: To be announced.
    • Course fee: $1,500.
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