BANGALORE, INDIA, September 20, 2010: “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. Though titled World Sanskrit Book Fair, it will have books in all Indian languages on Sanskrit literature. “People are longing to go back to the roots and access primary sources of knowledge. Hence the fair is being held to make Sanskrit literature available in all Indian languages to the public. The popularity of Yoga, Ayurveda, Vedanta ancient Hindu religious texts and the Bhagavad Gita has brought about renewed interest the world over to learn Sanskrit,” said Venkatachalaiah.
Participants will include The Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Sanskrit universities, oriental research institutes and Sanskrit academies. About 100 publishers from India will display their books and they are expecting 10,000 delegates from India and abroad. Additionally, there will be a three-day national conference of Sanskrit scholars and an exhibition entitled “Knowledge Heritage of India.