Welcome to the First ever World Samskrit Book Fair 2011!
A festival to celebrate Samskrit in its multiple facets (संस्कृतस्य विराट्-रूपम्) 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.
- All India Samskrit Conference: Vaak spardhaa, Seminars, Sammelans of various focus groups.
Samskrit language is very much thriving. See it, Believe it, Embrace it!
2011 World Samskrit Book Fair: Statistics at a Glance
Here are the statistics.
- 128 publishers – a first time ever (100 publishers expected)
- 154 stalls – all sold out (136 originally planned)
- 12 Lakh (1.2 million) books sold – (5 lakh book sales expected)
- > 4 lakh (0.4 million) visitors ( 1 to 1.5 lakh visitors expected)
- Rs. 4 crores (Rs. 40 million) worth of Book Sales (2 crores targeted)
- 1.5 lakh (150,000) books given away free as ‘Pustaka Prasada’ – a first!
- 308 New Samskrit Titles + CD/VCD/Audio books released at the Book Release Functions – a record!
National Samskrit Conference:
- 1300 volunteers for the entire book fair event
- 7146 registered participants, more than 1500 local participants
- Delegates from 23 states & 2 Union territories of India
- Participants from 15 countries
- Delegates from 500 districts and 2100 Towns and Villages
Some Interesting Facts:
- Dignitaries included..
- Vice Chancellors of all Samskrit Universities
- Ministers & State representatives from 6 States – Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttarkhand, MHRD (Central Government), Karnataka
- Spiritual leaders, Polititicians, IAS & IPS officers
- More than 200 Schools & Colleges came to the Exhibition
- 44 Schools participated in cultural events & competitions
- 3 publishers sold off all their books on the very first day!
- 50 stalls became empty by the third day
- Largest number of books sold were in the Modern and Simple Samskrit literature category.
- Live coverage by Sri Sankara TV Channel
- Live Web cast of the event worldwide
Here are the messages conveyed loud and clear from these numbers:
- Samskrit language is very much thriving and has a bright future.
- People are not merely curious about Samskrit. They are thirsty for Samskrit literature – especially modern works.
- The interest in Samskrit is widespread – not just among a scholarly few!
Please view our announcement of detailed statistics of the entire event.
Information at a Glance
|What is it?||Read all about the Book Fair: its objectives, organizers and attractions|
|When?||January 7-10, 2011.|
|Where?||National College Basavanagudi, BANGALORE, INDIA (click for directions).|
|Who can attend? Fee?||Free access to the general public of all ages and Samskrit backgrounds.|
|Any Brochure?||Download the PDF brochure in English and Kannada. Spread the word!|
|Which Events?||Activities of all kinds: scholarly, cultural and fun. View the Event Schedule.|
|Which Publishers?||View the list of 100+ participating publishers of Samskrit-related books.|
|How can I help?||Donate your time and money for Samskrit. Visit our Support Us page.|
- A Samskrit confluence with a difference: of Samskrit scholars, students and Samskrit lovers at one venue.
- A collective effort of Central and State Governments of India, all Samskrit Universities and Research Institutes, and the International Association for Samskrit Studies.
- About 100 prominent publishers of material in Samskrit and Samskrit-related topics.
- 10000 delegates visiting from 2000 places in 500 districts of 25 states of India.
- A memorable festival for Samskrit scholars and lovers alike of all backgrounds:
- Yuva sammelanam
- mahilaa sammelanam
- kavi sammelanam
- shikShaa sammelanam