The Embassy of India in partnership with Nepal Sanskrit University, Dang, today organised a one-day international seminar on 'Sanskrit: Source of Eastern Culture' on the occasion of World Sanskrit Day.

The seminar was inaugurated by Ambassador of India to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra in Kathmandu. The seminar was held in hybrid mode - physically and virtually - taking into consideration the COVID-19 pandemic. Luminaries like Vangmaya Shatabdi Purush and great scholar of Nepal Satya Mohan Joshi, Padmashri awardee Chamukrishna Shastri and eminent scholars from India, Nepal, the US, the UK and Italy participated in the event.

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba delivered a video message on the occasion. In another video message, President of Indian Council for Cultural Relations Vinay Sahasrabudhe conveyed his best wishes for the event.

According to the embassy, 15 Sanskrit scholars from Nepal presented their research papers and more than 30 scholars from India and abroad presented their papers and views virtually on different topics, including Sanskrit language, literature, culture, tantra, grammar ayurveda, jyotishi and yoga during the seminar.

Vice-chancellors of Nepal Academy, Kathmandu University, Pokhara University and Lumbini Buddhist University presented their views on the occasion. Likewise, Rector from Nepal Sanskrit University and Deans from Tribhuvan University and Lumbini University along with several Sanskrit scholars exchanged views in the seminar.

A total of 45 professors from Nepal, India and abroad presented papers and participated in academic interactions.

Thousands of enthusiasts also joined the seminar virtually on Facebook Live.

A book titled Sanskrit: The Common Treasure of India and Nepal was launched during the seminar. The book was launched by Indian Ambassador Vinay Mohan Kwatra along with Satya Mohan Joshi, Padma Shri Chamukrishna Shastri and Prof Bhim Prasad Khatiwada.

A version of this article appears in the print on August 25 2021, of The Himalayan Times.