Today I tried to listen to as much Sanskrit as I could, imagining that this a chance I will not easily get back again in a close future. Unfortunately, I missed a lot, but fortunately no one really read his or her paper (I miss almost everything if people read in Sanskrit). Plus, the discussions were lively and relatively easier to follow.
One of the points of debate was the future of Sanskrit studies. Some speakers have been courageous enough as to say that one has to include new fields of study in the old tradition, which seems to me to be a brave statement. In fact, the faculty to add more topics and to make sense of them within one's own tradition testifies of how much alive the tradition is. An intriguing remark has been that the present one is not the first parivarta (turning point) in the history of Sanskrit śāstras. Bhartṛhari has been a parivarta after Pāṇini, Kātyāyana and Patañjali and the same could be said of so many innovative authors.
By contrast, one can easily see how much endangered is the Sanskrit heritage. It is easy to imagine that the relatively few people who are its representatives might be reluctant to undertake further studies about (seemingly) alien subjects and might prefer to focus on the preservation of such an important lore.
I am inclined to think that hybridization is the only way to survival, but I see their point.
What do you think?
For an instance of a field of Sanskrit tradition which grew up including more and more (namely the dharmaśāstra), see this post.
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