Learn Sanskrit at City Lit in London

Sanskrit is one of the oldest languages in existence, dating back over 2,500 years. It is the classical language of ancient India and features in religious texts of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

Sanskrit is part of the Indo-European language family, meaning that it has influenced several western languages including English. Some words of Sanskrit origin that appear in English conversation include avatar, cheetah and karma.

Learn Sanskrit at City Lit in Covent Garden. Our courses will give you an overview of Sanskrit grammar and develop your skills for translating ancient Sanskrit texts. Our courses range from beginner to advanced levels and you can further expand your knowledge with courses in Vedic chanting.

Photo: Wellcome Library, London [cropped]

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  1. Sanskrit level 3: module 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 23 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    By the end of this module you will be able to read and write fairly complex sentences in Sanskrit using the entire present system, the past imperfect and past perfect. You will be ready to approach original Sanskrit texts such as the Hitopadesha, the Bhagvad Gita and the Sanskrit epics.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  2. Sanskrit Level 1: module 1

    Course Date: Mon 23 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    By the end of this module you will be able to read and write in the Devanagari script; understand and

    apply commonly used noun declensions; identify frequently used verb conjugations; and construct simple sentences in

    the present tense.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  3. Sanskrit Vedic chanting beginners: module 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 25 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Vac (speech) has been deified in Sanskrit culture since the time of the Rigveda. Properly articulated, Vedic scriptures are considered mystical and liberating. In this class we will learn Vedic recitation (mantroccarana) techniques from the Taittiriya school of the Yajurveda. Purifying pronunciation (uccarana-shuddhi) being the first step, texts for chanting will be taken from Vedic samhitas, brahmanas and upanisads. Bhakti literature and yoga mantras will be part of the corpus.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  4. Introduction to Patanjali's Yoga Sutras

    Course Date: Thu 26 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The understanding of yoga today seems to be limited to postures, flexibility and the physical and mental tenacity they are said to bestow. The philosophical fundament is largely unknown to modern practitioners. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the foundational text of yoga, provides a blueprint for liberation. It sets out an ontology, epistemology, praxis - a soteriological pathway to the ultimate goal. This course is an introduction to the philosophical foundation of yoga.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  5. Sanskrit level 2: module 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 26 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    By the end of this module you will be able to read and write fairly complex sentences in the present and imperfect

    tense; understand and apply a range of noun declensions; thematic and athematic verb conjugations in the present

    system including at least two moods; introduction to sandhi.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  6. Sanskrit Vedic chanting intermediate: module 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 27 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Vac (speech) has been deified in Sanskrit culture since the time of the Rigveda. Properly articulated, Vedic scriptures are considered mystical and liberating. In this class we will learn Vedic recitation (mantroccarana) techniques from the Taittiriya school of the Yajurveda. Purifying pronunciation (uccarana-shuddhi) being the first step, texts for chanting will be taken from Vedic samhitas, brahmanas and upanisads. Bhakti literature and yoga mantras will be part of the corpus.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  7. Sanskrit level 3: module 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    This information will be provided soon. Please keep checking our website.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  8. Sanskrit Level 1: module 2

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This information will be provided soon. Please keep checking our website.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  9. Sanskrit Vedic chanting beginners: module 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    This information will be provided soon. Please keep checking our website.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  10. Sanskrit level 2: module 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    This information will be provided soon. Please keep checking our website.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  11. Classical Sanskrit poetry in translation

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 17 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and discover some of the masterpieces of classical Sanskrit poetry (kavya) in English.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £36.00

  12. Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita

    Course Date: Fri 17 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the importance of the Bhagvad Gita and learn why it continues to be one of the most important and most widely read ancient Hindu text.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  13. Sanskrit Vedic chanting intermediate: module 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 17 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This information will be provided soon. Please keep checking our website.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  14. Sanskrit: an introduction for absolute beginners at the British Museum

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 14 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: The British Museum
    This four-week course, presented in partnership between the British Museum and City Lit, uses British Museum objects related to ancient South Asia to provide a foundation in the sacred language of Sanskrit. The class will be held at the British Museum.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. Introduction to Sanskrit

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 4 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    This information will be provided soon. Please keep checking our website.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

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