Varanasi to host first ever National Sanskrit Book Fair

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New Delhi: The Union government has been taking a slew of measures to promote Sanskrit in the country. Now it plans to organise a nine-day National Sanskrit Book Fair in the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi — Varanasi. The National Book Trust (NBT), an autonomous body under the HRD, is organising the programme.

Varanasi is also known for its passion for Sanskrit. It is also known as the cultural capital of the country; so the organisers chose it as the venue. Sources in the Union Human Resource Development Ministry informed सिर्फ़ News that the book fair would start on 9 September and go on for nine days. A number of programmes will be held during this nine-day event to make it a memorable experience. The event is aimed at developing further interest in Sanskrit among the people. Around 150 publishers from across the country are expected to participate in this event, which would include books from other Indian languages as well.

The first and the only Sanskrit book that is published by the NBT is on Gandhi; it’s titled Gandhi Tattva Shatakam. It will be released here in Varanasi.

To promote the ancient language of the country, antakshari in Sanskrit, a conference to promote Sanskrit, seminars, chanting of Sanskrit hymns and discussions and debates on the importance of Sanskrit from Vedic period to its utility in computers in the present time would be conducted in this fair in the presence of experts.

The book fair will also see the enactment of several ancient plays in Sanskrit. The role of Sanskrit in the awakening of national consciousness will be discussed in one of the seminars. Sanskrit scholars from across the country are expected to participate in the event. The programme will be inaugurated by Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik. The chief guest of the programme will be Union minister of State for Human Resource Development Mahendra Nath Pandey.

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