The Samskrita Bala-Sahitya Parishad, an initiative of the Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Indian Culture (SAFIC), held the second ‘Art in Sanskrit’ workshop with the students of the Mirambika—Free Progress School, New Delhi, on September 12, 2016. The aim of this series of ‘Art in Sanskrit’ workshops is to inspire children’s interest in the Sanskrit language through Art and to explore how children can be encouraged to create artwork for various kinds of children’s literature.
The workshop started at 8:30 am for some of the older students (totalling 12 in number), in the age group of 11–12 years, with the recitation of a Sanskrit poem on the Sanskrit alphabet composed by a teacher from the Sri Aurobindo Ashram School, Puducherry. Each child was assigned one line of the poem, which was translated and explained to them. They were then asked to draw and colour whatever image came to their mind with regards to that specific line of the poem.
A similar exercise was carried a little later with another batch of 30 younger students in the same school, ranging between the ages of 8 and 10 years. Whatever artwork the students created was then collected, and will be looked at by the designers and artists at the Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry, so as to select among them the artwork that can be eventually published in an upcoming book for children.