Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2017-01-25 20:14 Bengaluru: Educationist Chamu Krishna Shastry will be awarded Padma Shri on Republic Day. Born in 1956, Shastry modernised Sanskrit pedagogy through three decades of consistent efforts. He believes that Sanskrit is also the unique glue for social harmony in the society. Shastry is a trailblazer in teaching Sanskrit as an active conversational language rather than a grammatical language of the past. Shastry said the award was a way of showing "respect towards Karnataka and Sankrit" as the mission started in Bengaluru. "This award shows the concern of the government towards preserving the language and spreading it," said Shastry, adding that the award belonged to all volunteers working with him. Shastry and friends started an organisation more than three decades ago to promote Sanskrit as a spoken language. Now, ‘Samskrita Bharati’ spans all corners of the country and has presence in many major countries such as the US, Canada, the UK, Australia and Middle East. Shastry’s efforts led to the development of the very popular 10-day Spoken Sanskrit Camps of Samskrita Bharati. These camps have now trained more than 90 lakh people in Conversational Sanskrit. Thousands of people learn Samskrit through various courses offered through Samskrita Bharati. In USA, SAFL (Samskrit as a Foreign Language) is a popular course among the children of Indian origin. He has authored 13 books in Sanskrit. “Saraswati Seva” is project through which hundreds of books from other Indian and foreign Languages are translated into Sanskrit. To promote young authors and modern books in Sanskrit, he conceived events like ‘Samskrit Book Fair’ and ‘Sahityotsava’. His extensive experience in education and teaching methods has led to his being on the Board of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan and many other universities. He was also a member of the Central Government constituted Sanskrit Committee that developed the “Road Map for the Development of Sanskrit – Ten Year Perspective Plan” document in 2016. Shastry believes in the dictum of the Bhagavadgita to work towards a goal without expectations and has taken a personal vow of not accepting honours and awards.