Sanskrit is a classical language of South Asia belonging to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European languages.
It arose in South Asia after its predecessor languages had diffused there from the northwest in the late Bronze Age.
Sanskrit is the sacred language of Hinduism, the language of classical Hindu philosophy, and of historical texts of Buddhism and Jainism.
It was a link language in ancient and medieval South Asia, and upon transmission of Hindu and Buddhist culture to Southeast Asia, East Asia and Central Asia in the early medieval era, it became a language of religion and high culture, and of the political elites in some of these regions.
As a result, Sanskrit had a lasting impact on the languages of South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia, especially in their formal and learned vocabularies.
Do you know Sanskrit, our ancient Indian language?
Well, we all ‘know of it’… schools pushed Sanskrit, till they could, and some of us still remember bits of it; but there are people like Dr. Sampadananda Misra Ji a president awardee, who have decided to save and secure Sanskrit and make it relevant again.
Here’s ‘Happy Birthday to You’ in the tune we all know, made simple enough for all of us to sing, in Sanskrit.