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International conference on Greek Indologist Demetrios Galanos begins in New Delhi

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An International Conference on Demetrios Galanos (1760–1833), wh was the earliest recorded Greek Indologist, was inaugurated at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) here today.
 
Ambassador of Greece Panas Kalogoripoulos, noted Sanskrit scholar Satyavrat Shastri, IGNCA Trustee Bharat Gupt and Member Secretary Sachchidanand Joshi were present at the inaugural session of the conference.
 
Several senior scholars and young researchers from Greece as well as from India are attending the conference titled "Demetrios Galanos and His Legacy".
 
The eight-day conference has been organised by IGNCA in New Delhi and Varanasi. An exhibition and a programme on folk music of Greece will also be held, an official press release said.
 
Mr Gupt said Galanos has a special place among the foreign scholars who came to India to study in the 19th century. He was the only one who stayed in India for 47 years, and except for the first seven years when he lived in Calcutta, he lived in the city of Varanasi for 40 years.
 
He translated the Bhagavad Gita into Greek among many other Sanskrit texts. His major contribution was the compilation of a Sanskrit-English-Greek lexicon of about 9000 words.
 
Mr Joshi said, “India and Greece share great traditions of philosophy, architecture and music. In fact, all the arts are regarded as civilizations that have enormously impacted the East and the West.
 
“Galanos can be seen as a symbol of coming together of these two great civilizations, as he embraced and enriched both these cultures by his immense knowledge and deep insight. For the last one and a half year, we have started a new project called ‘Bharat Vidya Prayojana’ and we are trying to reconceive Indology from Bharat perspective. Bharat Vidya Prayojana is the principal host of this conference,” he added.
 
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