Sanskrit as a modern language to popularize and stimulate innovation enabled by Sanskrit and its rich knowledge base: this is the main object of the 1st World Sanskrit Book Fair, which will be held in Bangalore, India, on January 7-11, 2011. The fair is expected to promote modern Sanskrit Literature and showcase the learning of the language based on new methods and approaches.
The Sanskrit Book Fair is sponsored by th The Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan and the goverment of Karnataka. This is an interview on the initiative by Mallepuram G. Venkatesh, vice-chancellor of Karnataka Sanskrit University. Here two articles on the event from the Deccan Herald and The Hindu.
“Scholars from about 20 countries, including Britain and Germany, are expected to participate in the four-day World Sanskrit Book Fair beginning January 7, 2011″, said M.N. Venkatachalaiah, former chief justice of India and president of the fair’s Advisory Board.
Participants will include Sanskrit universities, oriental research institutes, Sanskrit academies and some 10,000 delegates from India and abroad. About 100 publishers from India will display their books.
It will also be held a three-day national conference of Sanskrit scholars and an exhibition entitled “Knowledge Heritage of India”. Everything to read the primary sources of one of the most important literatures of India and one of the richest of the world.