From 7th to 10th January, Bangalore will host the world’s first ever book fair dedicated solely to Samskrit. With over 100 exhibitors from India and abroad and an thousands of participants, the event is set to give both the language and its literature a huge boost. The book fair’s objective is to create a market for Samskrit publications, both classic works and contemporary writing, and to help popularise the language.
Organised by several national bodies, including Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, the National Manuscript Mission, the Karnataka state government and Samskrita Bharati, the book fair has been organised on a grand scale. Delegates from universities and institutes around the world will convene in Bangalore for the fair and for a Sanskrit conference that is being held at the same time.
The fair will see the release of over 500 new publications in Sanskrit and visitors will also be able to browse and buy the books of the 80 odd publishers exhibiting at the fair, including a dedicated children’s section. Every visitor is entitled to a free second hand book.
Exhibits include an exposition of the śalāka-parīkṣa, the traditional method of examination using a needle, an introduction to India’s manuscript wealth and a Samskrit market. The fair will also offer performances of Samskrit dramas, concerts and dance programmes.
For more details about the fair visit www.samskritbookfair.org.