GUWAHATI, Jan 3 � The 47th biennial session of the All India Oriental Conference, which began yesterday at the Gauhati University (GU) Stadium here with a three-day programme, has emerged as a meeting point of over 1,500 scholars from across the country.
Two foreign scholars � one each from Sri Lanka and Japan � have also been taking part in the event. The session is planned to bring about a cohesion in the research activities on Oriental studies.
According to Prof Nalini Devi Mishra of the Gauhati University Sanskrit Department, who is the local secretary of the Conference, the new section has been added on the literature, culture and ethnicity of the North-eastern region of India. This is the 22nd section of the session.
Scholars in Hindi, Sanskrit, Arabic, Persian, Islamic studies, history, archaeology, manuscriptology, philosophy, South East and South West Asian Studies, etc., are taking part and discussions on all these subjects are also being held in the session.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Sanskrit version of Kokadeuta Aru Nati Lora, the famous book of fables penned by Sahityarathi Lakshminath Bezbaroa, was released at the inaugural function of the session yesterday. Prof Devi Mishra translated the stories of the book into Sanskrit.
The session, which was inaugurated by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi yesterday, had a Kavi Sanmelan on Saturday, in which several poets read out their poems written in Sanskrit and other languages.