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Q 1 – Why promote Sanskrit?
Ans: The language holds a treasure of knowledge and if we do not do anything for its preservation, promotion and research, this treasure will be lost.
Q 2 – Who is intended by “we”?
Ans: We here may be expanded to include the world, but for the present, we means Indians or people of Indian origin for whom the language is a heritage and an ancestral legacy.
Q 3 – Why a TV series? (as opposed to a single show)
Ans: In our opinion, a TV series is needed to ensure a continuous presence before the viewers. The series will showcase the good institutes and experts on Sanskrit from all over the world. The programming will appeal to the viewer in different ways. Most people may see the TV program for entertainment. Some will like it for the information it provides about the great source of knowledge. Some will learn Sanskrit through it and some will be equipped to do research. Some will come forward to help the program by contributing their money, ideas and Time. Each will come forward to the extent of her or his emotional need and expertise.
Q 4 – Have you identified the key features of the series?
Ans: Yes. An editorial board of Sanskrit scholars will oversee the production of the series. The producers will ensure that the programme is engaging by seeing to it that
  • It will be informative – both about the hidden treasure of knowledge and about the experts and the institutes working to uncover the treasure.
  • It will be educative – giving lessons for learning Sanskrit in a creative and entertaining way.
  • It will be archival – containing lots of recitals which people are fond of listening to.
  • It will give information about career avenues associated with the study of Sanskrit.
  • It will give research ideas and information about laboratories to work on these research projects (e.g. Ayurved), and identify sources of funding for such research.
Q 5 – Broadly what will be the items in a typical episode?
Ans: Each episode will be divided into 4 segments of 4-6 minutes each: Dharohar (Heritage),
Janen Sanskrit, Padhen Sanskrit (learning Sanskrit),
Jeevika-Vritti (Career opportunities) and
Vritta-Manch (news and events and future announcements).
Q 6 – Will this be a stand-alone series or are there plans for supporting activities too?
Ans:The TV series will be supported by a Radio series (At a cost of Rs 60,000 or $1000 per episode), a web-portal, a magazine, academic program and events.
Q 7 – Where should these programs lead to?
Ans: The programming is expected to
- lead to a spread in general familiarity with Sanskrit among the viewers (through awareness and learning) and
- promote the collaboration between researchers in fields of science, technology and humanities with Sanskrit experts, drawing from the knowledge available in Sanskrit texts.
Q 8 – What is the legal status of Kaushalam Trust?
Ans: The Kaushalam Trust has been registered on the 2nd of April, 2008 at the office of Charity Commissioner of Pune. (No E-5134). Its founder is Hrishikesh Mehendale , and the trustees are Vrinda Gupte , Dr. Rohini Kulkarni , and Kshitij Korde . The Chief Patron is Leena Mehendale .
Q 9 – Are there other players partnering with Kaushalam Trust in this effort?
Ans: Presently, IGNOU is actively considering a proposal for collaboration with Kaushalam. After the outcome is known, Kaushalam Trust will approach others for collaboration and membership.
Q 10 – Who can become a member?
Ans: Anyone who is emotionally attached to the idea of promoting Sanskrit, networking for it and pursuing research may become a member. Kaushalam Trust will approach Sanskrit institutes for Institutional support and schools, libraries, teachers and housewives for their help to organize events. Individuals offering their help – either monetary or physical, will be offered membership.