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Sanskrit Reading Circle 1

Duration: One year course of 3 terms, 10 weeks per term, 2 hours per


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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

This course is intended as a post-Beginners introduction to Sanskrit literature, presupposing an ability to understand basic Sanskrit grammar and to read the devanāgarī script without any difficulty.

The Sanskrit Reading Circle 1 course aims to develop confidence in the ability to analyse and to critically appreciate selected texts from various phases and genres of Sanskrit. These are studied within their historical and literary contexts.

Students will be asked to undertake translation of extracts from original Sanskrit texts and to discuss their literary merits in class. Students will also be expected to give presentations on the issues arising from the texts studied in class.


It is important to note that the Sanskrit Reading Circle 1 will primarily be composed of those who have already studies the language at SOAS.  For applicants who are not currently students of Sanskrit through the Language Centre, entry to the course is by assessment only. Applicants must contact the Language Centre to arrange for an assessment at least two weeks before the start of the course.


Texts to be studied:

Term 1: Sāvitri Upākhyāna, Vanaparvan, Mahābhārata.

Term 2: Mṛicchakaṭikam, Śūdraka, Act 1.

Term 3: Īśāvāsya Upaniṣad.



In-house materials are provided for this course.


The course is taught in a group with a maximum of 15 students. Classes will be held at the Bloomsbury or Kings Cross Campus of SOAS in central London. Participants receive 20 hours of tuition over a 10-week period (with additional weeks where public holidays displace a session).

See our online store to book a place on this course.

Language Centre How To Apply

You can enrol:

Not a complete beginner?

If you are not a complete beginner, you will need to complete an assessment for course placement, allowing us to decide which course is right for you.

To apply for an assessment please complete our Needs Analysis Form (pdf; 187kb) and send to the relevant email inbox where a Course Officer will contact you for scheduling.

Course Fees and Discounted Rates

An overview of our Short Course Fees and Discounted Rates.

If you are eligible for a discount, you will not be able to complete your transaction on the Online Store. You will need to bring a paper Application Form (pdf; 35kb) , including your Staff/Student card for us to make a copy of, after which we can process your application at the discounted rate.

Returning students

If you are a returning student, you will have received a letter informing you of the procedures for rejoining prior to the start of the registration period. You can pay using any method indicated above. Returning students, if they are continuing onto the course indicated as the progression course, do not need to be assessed.