MORE than 10,000 Sanskrit Scholars from across the world and over 150 publishers from 14 countries will participate in the World Samskrit Book Fair to be held at Bangaluru Karnataka from January 7 to 10, 2011. Samskruta Bharati, an RSS affiliated organisation for Samskrit speaking-learning activities will be organising this mega event.
Sanskrit Promotion Foundation spokesperson Srinivas announced that the fair to be organised jointly by various Sanskrit organisations and Karnataka government was the first of its kind.
More than 500 new publications would be released, he said.
He stated that conferences and workshops would also be held to provide a platform for discussion on translations, new vocabulary and the role of Sanskrit, management and leadership principles in its literature.
Srinivas said the event was a joint initiative by several major Sanskrit institutions in the country and around the world to showcase and stimulate new innovations enabled by the language and its rich knowledge base.
The fair will be more than a marketplace for Sanskrit books
It will be a festival to celebrate Sanskrit as the vehicle of a rich culture, he said.
He said former President A P J Abdul Kalam will inaugurate the event in which representatives of more than 290 Sanskrit universities are slated to participate.
He said during the event, donations of old Sanskrit books would be accepted and everyday publishers would give away free books on each day of the Fair.
Cultural programmes, including concerts of Sanskrit songs by renowned artists, Sanskrit dramas, music and dances will also be held during the course of the event. (VSK)