Sanskrit Vedic chanting
Time: 18:00 - 19:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: RS570
Available start dates
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course is aimed at obtaining the correct pronunciation of Sanskrit syllables and words with a view to enabling students to approach Vedic texts for chanting. It is a hands-on practical course using Vedic material.
What will we cover?
We will cover Sanskrit phonetics, points of articulation in the vocal apparatus, methods of chanting, breath control and other disciplines related to chanting.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
By the end of the course you should be able to pronounce Sanskrit words and chant mantras appropriate to this level correctly and accurately.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginners’ course. No previous knowledge of Sanskrit or the Devanagari script is required. Some exposure to Sanskrit would be advantageous.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is a practical course focusing on vocal performance. Instruction will be in the classroom. Work outside of classroom will be voluntary, focusing on breathing exercises and listening to audio recommended by the instructor.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Although relevant study material will be provided by the instructor in roman script, students are encouraged to invest in Mantrapushpam (ISBN 0874812542, available on Amazon) and learn the Devanagari script.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can progress to module 2 of Sanskrit Vedic chanting in Term 2, which will expand your exposure to Vedic texts, introduce prosody and work on perfecting your chanting technique.
Rohini Bakshi has an M.A in Hindu Studies from SOAS, University of London. She teaches Sanskrit, Hindi, Vedic Chanting, and introductory courses on the Upanishads, Patanjali's yoga sutras, and the Bhagavad Gita. Oxford alumna, columnist and blogger, Rohini has been teaching Sanskrit on social media for years and has published an independent reader for Sanskrit students based on this work. She is currently teaching Katha Upanishad at the advanced level.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.