(पुनरावर्तनेन अष्टाध्याय्याः कण्ठपाठं कुरुत)
Our Bharatiya Parampara lays emphasis on learning from the Guru through uccharana and anuccharana. This shruti parampara is extended to vedanga and shastra texts like Ashtadhyayi. Every household in Bharata had at least one person who had memorized Ashtadhyayi and Amarakosha, claims Hiuen Tsang in his travel diary in the 6th century CE. Even today few scholars are following this tradition of memorizing Ashtadhyayi to gain mastery over Vyakarana texts. Vyoma Linguistic Labs Foundation has attempted to revive this tradition by starting an online course to chant Ashtadhyayi. In order to supplement the memorization process for its students and many others who are engaged in Ashtadhyayi memorization, researchers from IIT Kanpur have joined hands with the Vyoma team and developed and interesting and interactive tool which aids/enhances the memorization process. This course presents the sutras along with the embedded tool inside it.
What will you gain from this course? (Key Benefits / Learning Outcomes)
• A tool which gives you the ability to revise the sutras daily as per your capability and time.
What are the materials/support you get?
• Audio aligned with text-highlighter.
• Looping feature to repeat a set of sutras over and over to help memorise.
What are the prerequisites to get the best out of this course? (Eligibility)
• Learning Ashtadhyayi from a Guru or our Vyoma course is preferred.
• Use the tool regularly for maximum benefit.
Arnab Bhattacharya is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur to which he is affiliated since December 2007. He received his MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA in 2007. His current research interests include databases, data mining, natural language processing, information retrieval and artificial intelligence. Arnab holds multiple patents in databases and has several publications in reputed journals and conferences.
Hrishikesh Terdalkar is a research scholar at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Kanpur working under the supervision of Prof. Arnab Bhattacharya. He completed his B.Sc. (Hons.) in Mathematics and Computer Science (2010) and M.Sc. in Computer Science (2013) from Chennai Mathematical Institute.
His current research interests include Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics, Information Retrieval, Data Mining and Artificial Intelligence. He is particularly interested in the Sanskrit language and several other Indian languages. He can read, write and speak Marathi, Sanskrit, Hindi and English. He likes building user-friendly GUIs and CLIs for academic and non-academic purposes.