6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (UTC+5.5)
An Introduction to the Magnificent Indian Thesaurus AMARAKOŚA
INDICA’s Center for Bharatiya Languages presents a conversation with Dr Sivaja Nair on the 16th of December 2022 at IST 1800 hrs in which she will introduce the magnificent Indian thesaurus: the Amarakośa. Dr Nair earned her PhD with a thesis titled The Knowledge Structure in Amarakośa. The Amarakośa, according to Dr Nair, is the most celebrated and authoritative ancient thesaurus of Sanskrit and is a book that an Indian child, one who learns from a traditional education system, memorizes as early as the first year of formal learning. She highlights the fact that though it might appear as a linear list of words, upon closer inspection, it shows a rich organisation of words expressing various relations a word bears with other words, and therefore, when the student of the traditional system studies further, the linear list of words unfolds into a knowledge web. Join us in this conversation to dive deeper into this recitable thesaurus, composed by Amarasiṃha, which truly is a landmark in the history of the Sanskrit language.