Learn Sanskrit at City Lit in London and Online

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.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Browse our Sanskrit courses below and enrol today!

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  1. Sanskrit Vedic chanting beginners: module 1
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    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
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  2. Discover Sanskrit
    Course Date:  Wed 23 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Get a taste of one of the most ancient Indo-European languages in the world.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00

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