World Sanskrit Conference announcement (reformatted repost)

Dominik Wujastyk ucgadkw at
Mon Aug 12 15:26:42 UTC 1996

When I received the following posting from Dr Shivamurthy Swamiji, I had
trouble with paragraphs and line-endings generally.  (I think Dr S S
composes his email using an editor that uses narrow fonts, and does its
own line-wrapping, so paragraphs are saved as single, long lines.)

Here is a reformatted version for those of you who, like me, have a
basic 80 column, non-graphics terminal.

I am also posting a copy of this announcement to the INDOLOGY web page,
under "World Sanskrit Conference Announcements". (See



Date: Fri, 19 Jul 1996 22:11:48 +-5-30
From: Dr Shivamurthy Swamiji <swamiji at>
To: '2745 Dominik' <d.wujastyk at>
Subject: CIRCULAR - Xth World Sanskrit Conference - 1997, Bangalore, India

Xth WORLD SANSKRIT CONFERENCE - 1997    (Silver Jubilee Year)
Taralabalu Kendra, Bangalore   [ INDIA ]
(3-9 January 1997)


Dear Participants,

Welcome to the garden city of Bangalore!

The conference is hardly six months away from now.  We want to give you
the following information to facilitate you to plan your visit to India
more fruitfully.


Bangalore is the capital of Karnataka, the Kannada-speaking state of
India (the eighth largest state in the country).  Once described as the
"Paradise of the Retired People",  Bangalore is known for its salubrious
climate.  Located 1000 m above the sea level, Bangalore has a moderate
climate throughout the year. In the 'coldest' month of January, it is 18
degree Celsius and the maximum temperature during the day rarely exceeds
25 degree Celsius.  This bustling capital city of Karnataka, has a
perpetual holiday atmosphere.

The city abounds in picturesque sight-seeing places.  The cubbon park
with extensive stretch of green land and beautifully laid out lawns and
enchanting botonical garden with Glass House in the midst of Lal Bagh
lend all the charming grandeur to the city.  Bangalore is well connected
by air and land with all major cities in India and directly connected by
air with a few coutries.

Founded in 1537 by a local cheiftan Kempe Gowda, Bangalore is the firth
largest city in the country and one of the fastest growing in the world.
Rapid industrial growth has not taken away from Bangalore the old charm
of the city.  Bangalore offers more than a day or two of sightseeing.
Daily, there is something going on here - music and dance concerts,
dramas, exhibitions etc.

As a citadel of learning, Bangalore has some outstanding technical,
scientific and research institutions.  The Indian Institute of Science
is one of the foremost scientific institutes in the country.  In
addition, Bangalore University, National Institute of Mental Health and
Neuro Sciences, Raman Research Institute and numerous professional and
general colleges, give necessary impetus for educational progress.

With many Computer Software development companies coming up in recent
times,  young skilful software engineers here, have earned for this
"village of boiled beans" (BENGALURU) a world reputation of "The Silicon
Valley of India".

As a well planned modern city, it has many imposing structures
conveniently located. The majestic Vidhana Soudha, a magnificient
post-independence structure houses the Secretariat of the Karanataka
Government and the State's legislature.  It is a sheer delight to see
the illuminated building during nights, especially on Sundays and
holidays. It is here that the organizing committee is planning to hold
the inaugural session of the Xth World Sanskrit Conference.


Regular academic sessions will be held at Taralabalu Kendra, another
important building of a Centre that has come up in recent times in the
Rabindranath Tagore Nagar area (abbreviated as R T Nagar)  of  Bangalore
to promote Indian cultural heritage and academic research.  In the words
of a common man on the street, it is a miniature of Vidhan Soudha in its
architectural splendor. The magnificent 5-storey building of this Kendra
with modern facilties like computers and e-mail communications, has an
auditorium of 1000 seating capacity, a large community hall, conference
hall, prayer hall,  dining hall, guest rooms, dormitories etc.  It is
here and in the neighbouring educational institutions that all the
academic sessions and cultural programmes will be held on all the days
of the conference.

*Venue:  Taralabalu Kendra, R T Nagar, Bangalore
3.1.1997 Fri                            Arrival
                        11am - 6pm      Registration at Taralabalu Kendra
                        6pm - 8pm       Get-together/ Dinner
4.1.1997 Sat    10am            Inaugural Session at Vidhana Soudha
                        2pm - 5pm       Academic Sessions
5.1.1997 Sun    9am - 5pm       Academic Sessions
6.1.1997  Mon   Full Day        In-conference Tours (four options):
                                1. Srirangapatna/Mysore
                                2. Sravanabelagola/Belur-Halebeed
                                3. Tirupati and
                                4. City Tour
7.1.1997  Tue   9am - 5pm       Academic Sessions
8.1.1997  Wed   9am - 5pm       Academic Sessions
                6pm - 9pm       Closing Session/Cultural programmes/Dinner
9.1.1997  Thu                           Departure
* Special Panels and Pandit-Parishads are also being planned


The broad subject areas mentioned  in the  first announcement  are
classified into 20 sections as given below. Scholars whose  papers are
accepted get 20 minutes for the presentation of their  papers followed
by 10 minutes discussions.  Rescheduling  of papers  will not be done if
for any reason the  paper presenter  does not  show up.

1    Agamas and Tantras
2    Art, Architecture and Archaeology
3    Buddhist Studies
4    Classical Sanskrit Literature
5    Dharma Shastra and Artha Shastra
6    Epics and Puranas
7    Hindu Studies
8    Jaina Studies
9    Manuscripts and Historical Resources
10  Modern Sanskrit Literature
11  Music and Performing Arts
12  Philosophies (Darshanas)
13  Poetics and Aesthetics
14  Sanskrit and Regional Languages
15  Sanskrit Scientific Literature
16  Sanskrit Medical Literature
17  Sanskrit and the Environment
18  Sanskrit and Computer
19  Veda and Vedangas
20  Vyakarana and Linguistics


The Registration Fee is US $ 100 if it is paid before 31st August. If it
is paid after this date, it would be  US $  125.   (Students and  the
scholars  retired  from   service  are   allowed  50 % concession.)
The  bank  draft, drawn  in favour  of "Xth  World Sanskrit  Conference,
Bangalore".   (Account No.:  SB A/c  11953, Syndicate Bank, RT Nagar
Branch, Bangalore), should be mailed  to the address of the conference


Indian vegetarian food and soft drinks  will be  provided free  of cost
at the conference venue. M/s GAIN  NET is  appointed as  the official
travel agent for the Xth World Sanskrit Conference and is entrusted with
the  responsibility  of  taking   care  of   the requirements  like
Hotel accommodation,  Transportation from  the airport to the hotel,
in-conference tours, pre/post-conference  tours, domestic  &
international   bookings,  reconfirmations,   Foreign Exchange
requirements, etc.   Printed booklet  containing all  the necessary
information  about hotel  tariff, in-conference  tours, pre-post
conference tours etc., is being mailed separately.   He may  be
contacted  directly  for all  such needs.   His  address is  given
below.   The  last  date for  booking hotel  accommodation is  31
October 1996.


Raheja Plaza
Ground Floor
Richmond Road
Bangalore - 560 025
Karnataka (India)

E-mail: gainwell.gainnet at

Tel:      + 91-80-551 2631
          + 91-80-551 2651
          + 91-80-551 2507
          + 91-80-557 7549

Fax:      + 91-80-559 3451
          + 91-80-558 7769

Tlx:    0845-3218 GAIN IN


The following rates are the specially negotiated rates for the Xth World
Sanskrit Conference. The rates quoted below are for single/double
occupancy rooms (exclusive of taxes) and are subject to periodical
revisions, if any.  Distance from the conference venue is given against
each name of the hotel.  Free transportation facility is provided by the
organizing committee, from the hotel to the conference venue and back.
For further details, please contact the travel agent. The  last  date
for  booking hotel  accommodation is  31 October 1996.

        Hotel           Category    Single  Double  Tax1+Tax2**     Distance

1  Taj Residency        5 Star      $125    $135    15.75%+10%      9 Kms
2  The Oberoi*          5 Star      $189    $207    15.75%+10%      9 Kms
3  Taj West End         5 Star      $200    $225    15.75%+10%      6 Kms
4  Windsor Manor*       5 Star      $150    $160    15.75%+10%      4 Kms
                                    $200    $210
5  Holiday Inn*         5 Star      $110    $120    15.75%+10%      4 Kms
                                    $140    $160
6  Ashoka Hotel*        5 Star      $110    $110    15.75%+10%      5 Kms
7  Gateway Hotel        4 Star      $80     $95     15.75%+10%      8 Kms
8  Kensington Terrace*  4 Star      $46     $58     16%     NA      9 Kms
9  The Capitol*         4 Star      $63     $71     15.75%+10%      6 Kms
10 The Atria*           4 Star      $50     $61     15.75%*10%      6 Kms
11 Harsha Hotel*        3 Star      $29     $34     15.75%  NA      7 Kms
                                    $32     $37
12  Vijaya Residency*   3 Star      $35     $43     18%     NA      7 Kms

* Rates include breakfast
** Tax1 = Luxury Tax    Tax2 = Hotel Exp Tax


The following four optional tours (one full day) are planned for 6th
January 1997.  Participants are requested to select any one of them and
register their names with the official travel agent of the conference.

1.      MYSORE/SRIRANGAPATNAM: ($ 7 per person)

The city of Mysore, 140 kms from Bangalore, was once the capital of the
kings Wodeyars.  It still retains a quaint charm that never fails to
enchant.  The Mysore Palace, once the residence of the Wodeyar kings, is
one of the largest of its kind in India and one of the most splendid.
This Indo-Saracenic building has among other things - a carved silver
door, a solid gold throne and gallery of exquisite paintings.

Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery is a palace transformed into an art
gallery with paintings dating from 1875.  The collection includes
paintings by Raja Ravi Varma, the Russian Svetoslav Roerich and the
traditional Mysore 'gold leaf' style of painting.

St. Philomena's Church, in the Gothic style, is one of the largest
churches in the country and has beautiful stained glass windows.

Chamundi Hills are 13 kms off Mysore City.  Halfway-up is the Nandi
Bull, a 4.8 m monolith.  This Nandi Bull is the emblem selected for the
Xth World Sanskrit Conference.

About 19 kms north-west of Mysore is the KRS Dam. The adjoing Brindavan
Garden attracts thousands of visitors with its ornamental terraced
gardens, the swirling fountains dancing to the rhythm of soft music and
the colourful fairy lights.

Srirangapatna is 14 kms north-east of Mysore on the Bangalore-Mysore
Highway. The island fortres that was once the capital of the
Warrior-kings Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan, the Tiger of Mysore.
Tipu's summer palace, Daria Daulat, built in 1784, was his favourite
retreat.  It is now a museum and tells eloquently of his valour and his
losing battle against British.  It has ornate and beautiful frescoes.


Shravanabelagola is 158 kms from Bangalore.  This is one of the most
important Jaina pilgrim centres with the 17 m. high monolith of Lord
Bahubali - said to be the world's tallest monolithic statue.  Thousands
of devotees congregate here to perform the 'Mahamastakabhisheka', a
spectacular ceremony held once in 12 years when the 1000-year-old statue
is anointed with milk, curds, ghee, saffron and gold coins. The last
'Mahamastakabhisheka' was held in the year 1993.

Belur and Halebeed with their exquisite temples are about 220 kms from
Bangalore. The Chennakeshava Temple is one of the finest examples of
Hoysala architecture. It took 103 years to complete.  The facade of the
temple is filled with intricate sculptures and friezes - with no portion
lef blank.  Elephants, episodes from the epics, sensuous dancers ... -
awe-inspiring in their intricate workmanship.  Inside are
hand-lathe-turned filigreed pillars.

What astounds one about the Hoysaleswara Temple in Halebeed is the
wealth of sculptural details.  The walls of the temple are covered with
an endless variety of gods and goddesses, animals, birds and dancing
girls.  Yet no two facets of the temple are the same.  This magnificent
temple - guarded by a Nandi Bull - was never completed, despite 86 years
of labour. .

3       TIRUPATHI:  ($ 16 per person)

Tirupathi, about 250 kms from Bangalore, is in the neighbouring Telugu
speaking state of Andhra Pradesh. The famous Venkateswara Temple here,
attracts thousands of Hindu devotees from all over the country.  A day's
offerings made by its ardent devotees, as reported in the news papers
recently, were Rs 30 lakhs (approximately 85 thousand US dollars)

4       CITY TOUR: ($ 2 per person)

The Vidhana Soudha, housing the State Legislature and Secretariat, was
conceived and executed by Kengal Hanumanthaiya, the then Chief Minister
of Karnataka, in the year 1956.  It is built entirely of Bangalore
granite in the Neo-Dravidian style.

Directly opposite to it, stands the Gothic structure of the Attara
Kacheri which houses the State Hight Court.  Within the walking distance
are the Public Library, the Government Museum, the Visvesvaraya
Industrial and Technological Museum and the Venkatappa Art Galery.  The
High Court building was completed in 1868 and stands in the green
splendour of the Cubbon Park laid out in 1864 by Lieutenant General Sir
Mark Cubbon.  Bangalore's other sprawling park is in the South of the
city, the Lalbagh Gardens, laid out in 1760 by Hyder Ali, has an area of
240 acres.  The Glass House, inspired by the Crystal Palace in London,
is a favourite spot in Lalbagh.

The Bangalore Palace, built in 1887 by a Wodyar king, is today a
favourite spot for picnickers and film-makers, with its vast grounds and
Tudor-style architecture.

At Basavanagudi is one of Bangalore's oldest temples, the Bull Temple.
Nandi, the Sacred Bull, has been carved out of a single boulder and is
4.6 m tall.


The following tours are conducted by the travel agent, GAIN NET,  for
those who intend to do sightseeing in India before/after the conference.
The rates will be furnished by him on request.

1  Mystical Caves       4 Nts/5 Days    Aurangabad, Ajanta & Ellora Caves
2  Beaches & Palms      4 Nts/5 Days    Mangeshi Temple, Vagator, Calangute,                                    Anjuna Churches & Cathedrals of Goa,                                    Miramar, Dona Paula, Colva and Dudhsagar                               
3  Exotic Temple Tour   5 Nts/6 Days    Madras, Kanchipuram, Pakshitirtham and                                  Tirupati.
4  The Tiger Trail      4 Nts/5 Days    Nainital, Corbett National Park and
5  The Golden Triangle  5 Nts/6 Days    Mysore, Ooty, Coonoor, Kadaikanal
6  Desert Wonders       10 Nts/11 Days  Udaipur, Mount abu, Jaipur and Delhi
7  Backwaters and the sea 5 Nts/6 Days  Cochin, Spice Village, Periyar and
8  Heritage Tour         4 Nts/5 Days   Delhi, Agra and Jaipur
9  The Palace on Wheels  7 Nts/8 Days   Delhi, Jaipur, Chittaurgarh, Udaipur,
                                        Sawai Madhopur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur,
                                        Bharathpur and Agra.
10 The Royal Orient                     Chittaurgarh, Udaipur, Palitana,
                                        Somnath, Ahmedpur-Mandvi, Diu,
                                        Junagadh-Sasan, Gir, Ahmedabad and
11 Scintillating Nepal  9 Nts/10 Days   Kathmandu, Shambhunath,                                         Pashupatinath,  Dhulikhel, Pokhara, Tiger top,
                                        Chitwan National Park
12 Beautiful Maldives   3 Nts/4 Days    Male.


Several airlines operate daily between Bangalore and other important
cities in India.  The following are the flight details from the four
major cities having international airports: Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta and

IC   =  Indian Airlines                 *       1 = Sun
D2  =  Damania                          *       2 = Mon
9W =  Jet Airways                       *       3 = Tue
M9 =  Modiluft                          *       4 = Wed
S2  =  Sahara                           *       5 = Thu
4S  =  East-West Airlines               *       6 = Fri
D5  =  NEPC Airlines                    *       7 = Sat


        IC - 105        0615    0745    1,3
        IC - 105        0615    0745    2,4,5,6,7
        IC - 109        1040    1210    Daily
        IC - 107        1800    1930    Daily
        D2- 203         1745    1945    Daily
        D2- 201         0630    0800    Daily
        9W- 411         0625    0755    Daily
        9W- 441         1725    1900    Daily
        M9- 429         1700    1830    Daily
        S2- 901         0625    0755    Daily (Except Sat)


        IC  - 803       0645    0915    Daily
        IC  - 403       1630    1900    Daily
        9W- 811         1655    1930    Daily
        M9 - 501        0605    0845    Daily
        4S - 903        0615    0845    Daily
        4S - 905        1720    1950    Daily
        S2 - 502        0650    0925    Daily (Except Sun)


        IC  - 771       0600    0825    Daily
        9W- 511         1410    1745
        M9- 429         1700    1830    Daily (Except Sat)


        IC  - 911       1750    1835    Daily
        IC  - 929       0925    1010    1,2,4,6
        IC  - 917       1015    1100    1,3,5,7
        IC  - 951       1145    1230    3,5,7
        IC  - 923       1145    1230    2,4,6
        D2 - 811        1130    1230    2,4,6
        D2 - 811        1130    1230    2,4,6
        D5 - 409        1700    1800    1,3,5
        D5 - 205        0945    1045    2,4,6


Xth World Sanskrit Conference
3rd Main, 2nd Block, RT Nagar
BANGALORE - 560 032
Karnataka,  [ India ]

Tel:   +91-(0)80-3430017
Fax:   +91-(0)80-3334541
E-mail: swamiji at


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