Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Alejandro Gutman from Buenos Aires, Argentina has developed El Portal de la India Antigua, dedicated to diffuse the achievements of the ancient Indian civilization in the Spanish speaking world. (English translation using Babelfish.yahoo.com.) The site provides many links to books (about 300) and articles (150, and more coming) related to ancient India and those freely available on the web, commented briefly in order to orient people in an increasingly confusing forest of publications. Alejandro has written a few articles on the topics such as cosmogony and eschatology in the Rigveda and translation of several complete hymns. One section intends to be a step by step Sanskrit course based on his own experiences and difficulties with the language. An extensive number of lessons, downloadable in pdf format, are planned and will be presented soon.

Other site related to teaching Sanskrit online through Spanish, English, and Portugese is Gabriel Pradīpaka & Andrés Muni's A Sun of Sanskrit Knowledge http://www.sanskrit-sanscrito.com.ar/

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sanskrit lessons, exercises, and solutions built by Alois Payer with help from Margarete. (The original German site is at http://www.payer.de/skrtlink.htm and the link here is translated through babelfish). The collection includes i) Indian history with information on inscriptions, coins, inheritances, and sources from Chinese, Tibetan, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, European records; ii) Sixty detailed Sanskrit lessons with exercises and solutions; iii) Notes on sandhi, roots, tenses, upasarga, suffixes etc.; iv) Apte's student's guide to Sanskrit compositions; v) Selected translations of charakasaMhitA, kAmasUtra, kauTilIya arthashAstra, dharmashAstra, manusmriti, nAradasmriti, shaivagamaparibhAShAmanjarI, and somadeva's kathAsaritasAgara; and vi) compilation of notes on Carnatic music. The individual pages in HTML format are made more interesting with excellent photographs and information interspersed throughout. The collection is part of department of Sanskrit of Tüpfli's global Village Library that addresses other topics. They offer it as "Free information for free citizens."

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