Monday, January 3, 2011


INDIA ( - Bangalore is getting ready for a major Sanskrit event in January 2011 where scholars, enthusiasts and well wishers meet for a first ever World Sanskrit Book Fair (WSBF) at National College Grounds, Basavanagudi, Bangalore, India, from 6th to 10th January. This is a famous festival to celebrate Samskrit in its multiple facets as a language of the future: Exhibits to showcase the knowledge heritage of India. Book Sale Event: Over 300 new Samskrit Books released, 100 Samskrit-related publishers participating. Cultural Programs: Concerts, dramas, puppet shows, model homes, marketplaces – all in Simple Samskrit. Seminars and Sammelans of various focus groups.

The chief architect of this Book Fair is Samskrita Bharati, an NGO established in 1981 for the promotion and propagation of Sanskrit language and literature. The organization has made giant strides in the last three decades by organizing “Ten day camps on Speaking Sanskrit” all over India. As a result more than one Crore (ten millions) Indians are speaking in simple Sanskrit now. The movement started in 1981 in a small hall in Bangalore and led by Cha Mu Krishna Shastry who had just graduated from Tirupati Sanskrit University. Bangalore hosted the tenth World Sanskrit Conference in January 1997, which gave a big boost to Sanskrit activities worldwide. Students and elders can enroll as delegates for the entire fair for a symbolic fee.

This year’s All India Samskrit Conference is co-located with the World Samskrit Book Fair in Bangalore. As such, the conference is open to all the visitors of the Samskrit book fair to attend as spectators. There are four aspects to the program of Events: Book Sale Event including new book releases, Exhibition, Samskrit Conference and Workshop, and Cultural Programs. Sanskrit is called the language of the gods. Śrīla B. V. Tripurari Swami Mahārāja says that Krishna expresses himself in the vernacular of the young gopis of Vraja, in Sanskrit to the respectful Indra, and in the colloquial dialect to the animals, the people of Kashmir, and the parrots. According to each situation, He spoke the particular suitable language.

The earliest written script for the Hindu scriptures was the Vedic Sanskrit Brahmi. Classical Sanskrit, which is also associated with the proto-Indo-European languages and is considered the mother of many - Indian as well as European - languages came to become prominent in fourth century CE. It adapted the present Devnagri script in the tenth century CE. It is said that Sanskrit is phonetically the most accurate language. Its grammar is also most correctly built. Its constitution was so perfect that no word could have any variation of pronunciation or meaning and denotation. Each syllable (akshara) in the Vedas is endowed with significance and purpose, imparting to it a cosmic energy in a spiritual manner. Many experts suggest that it would be the most ideal language for computer technology. ... In the absence of paper, the ancient Hindu scriptures were originally written on dried palm leaves. Sir William Jones first established its relationship with other European languages in 1789.

Dr. Hiro Badlani :
“Hinduism - Path of the Ancient Wisdom”
Chapter 5: “Ancient Hindu Scriptures”
“An Ever-flowing River Of Knowledge”

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