Read Delhi's Belly | Sanskrit-vanskrit, a popular article about the Sanskrit news from All India Radio. Here are some excerpts from the article written by Mayank Austen Soofi email@example.com
AIR's daily Sanskrit news bulletins are more than just headlines. They keep the ancient language alive
"If you were to round up all the Sanskrit speakers in Delhi, or even the country, they might not fill up even one-fourth of the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium. According to the 2001 census, the latest figures available, they number 14,135. More Indians speak regional languages like Dogri and Bodo than Sanskrit, one of the 22 official languages listed in the Constitution."
the motto of the public service broadcaster in Sanskrit is: "Bahujan hitaya, bahujan sukhaya (the welfare of many, the happiness of many)"
The service has more to do with the preservation of a rich linguistic heritage than with making money.
An attempt to keep alive the spirit of ancient India
The first Sanskrit bulletin on AIR was broadcast in 1974, at 9am on 30 June, almost four decades after the national radio service started in 1936.
"One of the characteristics of our country is that we take note of our rich talents and traditions only after they are recognized in the West."
"The AIR bulletin began after seven years of lobbying in Parliament."
Sanskrit was the last language to be taken up by AIR's news service division.
The AIR bulletins do more than just provide psychological comfort to those who care about Sanskrit.
The people behind Akashvani's Sanskrit news are battling to make the language relevant today. They have day jobs as Sanskrit teachers; the money they earn from a 2-hour shift at the AIR is a paltry Rs.340. "We don't read the bulletin to pay our bills. We do it because this work at AIR has taken us to the forefront of how Sanskrit is being shaped and spread in today's world. This gives us immense satisfaction."
Listen to the podcast and
audio archive from Sanskrit Bharati. Audios include many stories in Sanskrit as well (Balamodini children stories, short stories, vocabulary for everyday conversation, Gita class.)