Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit
The chanting of Samaveda in the Jaiminiya tradition is peculiar to Kerala and has been practiced among certain renowned Namboodiri families. However, it has become a fast disappearing tradition in the context of the changing social and intellectual climate.
As part of the preservation of this oral tradition, Sree Sankaracharya University has taken the initiative to record the chanting of the Samaveda by traditional scholars in the village of Panjal in Thrissur District.
Koodiyattom is a traditional art form (Theatre) of Kerala. Sree Sankaracharya Sanskrit University has successfully completed the audio-video documentation of Koodiyattom with financial assistance from Union Ministry for Human Resource Development. The documentary was taken by the Kerala State Film Development Corporation.
The Koodiyattom Documentation comprises 100 hours of documentation with 75 hours dedicated to showcase the Koodiyattom performance and 25 hours for interviews and performances by famous artistes. It has been covered in 10 episodes as a comprehensive documentary on Koodiyattom.
There are nine episodes each of 25 minutes duration and one 50-minute long episode. All aspects of the classical Sanskrit Theatre form of Kerala have been documented under the project. The performances of all major Koodiyattom artists and their interviews have been recorded.
The documentary was taken at Kerala Kalamandalam in Cheruthuruthy, Vyloppilly Sanskriti Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram, Chitranjali Studio and the Koothambalam on the University Campus at Kalady.
The documentation is the only one of its kind, a unique visual experience created for academic references and to facilitate further research in the field.
The Head of the Department of Dance, Mr. C. Venugopal, achieved an enviable position in the Indian Classical Dance by getting a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. He choreographed 10001 gestures to visualize the word-by-word version of the Synonyms of the Mother Goddess.
Sree Sankaracharya University is the nodal agency for the implementation of the scheme financed by the Central Government for the strengthening of Sanskrit Studies in the State.
Under this Scheme, the University implements projects like Documentation of Koodiyattom, Model Sanskrit School, Collection of Palm Leaf Manuscripts, Manuscript Library etc.
Recently the University has introduced Sanskrit Propagation Program through 1000 Schools in the State.
The University is the Nodal Agency for implementing the Gandhi Darshan Program to mobilize Gandhian values in the State of Kerala at the School level under a State Project.
The Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit launched a manuscript collection drive as part of its efforts to set up a manuscript library with financial assistance from the State and Central Governments. This collection drive is a scheme under the Human Resources Ministry to strengthen Sanskrit studies in the state.
A survey was conducted to locate manuscripts available with individuals, families and institutions. Many families came forward to surrender their collections since it would be preserved well at the University. Moreover, these collections would help in further academic research in the field, especially for students pursuing the M. Phil course in Manuscriptology.
The University also plans to record such scripts digitally in microfilms and preserve them in Malayalam, Sanskrit and Hindi.