London: Sanskrit may be resource starved and may find fewer pupils in India, but there are schools and universities in the UK where the language is thriving.
At the St James Junior School in London, the number of students wanting to learn the language has grown by leaps and bounds.
This chain of schools has been teaching Sanskrit since 1975. Over the years, to their surprise, they have found an increasing number of children keen on learning the ancient language, even though the script and pronunciation is difficult for English speakers.
As young students here recite Sanskrit verses from the Upanishads at the Annual Sanskrit Speech Competition, proud parents and teachers applauding their efforts.
“It gives them brilliant linguistic training. Sanskrit scriptures are inspiring and full of philosophical concepts, which are why we teach it,” said Warwick, the head of the school’s Sanskrit department.