The Campūrāmāyaṇa of Bhoja is one of the most popular kāvya-s of the Campū type, known for the beauty of expressions. The Bālakāṇḍa of this poem is prescribed for study in many examinations at the graduate level, including the Shastri examination of the Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha Tirupati, Karnataka Sanskrit University, Samartha (4th Level) of Chittoor Bhasha Pracharini Sabha, etc.
In this course, the Bālakāṇḍa is studied in detail following the traditional method. Students can learn to read the padya and gadya portions, do the padaccheda (splitting of words), understand the meaning of each word (prati-padaartha), relate them to each other (anvaya using aakaankshaa), and understand their import. We will also examine the grammatical (sandhi, samaasa, subantas, tinantas, etc) and poetic (alankara, chandas, etc) aspects.
This course in almost entirely in Sanskrit, and would be of immense help to students who are attempting higher leverl examinations like the graduate and post graduate courses in Snaskrit.
Benefits – Thorough understanding of the text, Appreciation of poetry, Improvement of grammar, Understanding the methodology of studying kāvya.
This course is now complete. All materials (video and audio recordings, presentations) are available below.
The lecturer has nicely formatted the lecture content in terms of first explaining the shloka in question-answer form, then giving in text form the full meaning of the shloka, followed by the inner message driven by the shloka and finally vyakarana i.e., the grammar part of words in the shloka. Thus the full spectrum of shloka has been exhibited. Therefore the lecturer has done full justice for each shloka thereby satisfying the curiosity of the audience. This is how a presentation of a kavya should be.
Very enjoyable course, with pointers to all aspects of the Kavya. Especially enjoyed the linking to valmiki Ramayana slokas wherever appropriate.
One of the best classes I have attended ever. Combination of Lucid explanations in sanskrit and English( wherever needed) along with diligently prepared power point presentations was awesome. Extremely helpful in scoring very good marks in my samartha examination of chittoor Board. Eagerly awaiting for the start of Sundarakandam by Madam Sowmya which would be helpful for Kovida exam later. This course has enhanced my appetite for sanskrit learning.
Incredibly perfect course: beautiful complex text explained in very nice and clear way by magnificent teacher.