Four eminent Sanskrit scholars were felicitated by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar at the Ramkrishna Jaidayal Dalmia Shreevani Alankaran (RJDSA) Awards 2009 and 2010 for their pioneering work in contemporary Sanskrit literature.
While Pandit Mohan Lal Pandey received the award for 2009,Professor Hare Krishna Satapathy received the honour for 2010. The foundations Yuva Alankaran awards given to eminent young scholars went to Professor Piyushkant Dixit for 2009 and Dr Dhanurdhar Jha for 2010.
Several eminent scholars voiced their concerns over the growing apathy for the language at the ceremony. Sanjay Dalmiya,trustee of RJDSA,said,We have a long way to go if Sanskrit has to regain its old glory in disciplines like science and medicine,and be seen as a mass language at the same time.
Kumar agreed,saying: Like the attitude towards women,this country has put the language on a pedestal. This makes its functional utilisation extremely tough, she said.
For Professor Hare Krishna Satapathy,Vice-Chancellor of the Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth at Tirupati,being felicitated by Kumar over three decades after he was handed the first prize at a school shloka recital competition by her father Babu Jagjivan Ram,was a moment of nostalgia. He received the honour for his book Bharatayanam.
Pandit Pandey dedicated his award to the beauty of the language. Sanskrit has the power to unite the world in peace. It is the language of the Devas,and the mother of several languages. This award is my salutation to the language I worship, he said. The maestros,who received cheques worth Rs 2 lakh each,said the money would be dedicated to activities to spread the language among the masses.
Professor Dixit,who was awarded for his book Panchalakshani,said: It is not that the youth are not working on the language. There is a dire lack of a platform to showcase their work. It is important to constitute more such functions to generate awareness on the excellent works being produced by contemporary scholars of Sanskrit.