National Conference on

Pali and Indian Culture




DATE: 22nd – 23rd March 2014
Convention Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi
Phone no: 011-26704130, 91-9818969756, 09868964007

A National Conference on the theme “Pali and Indian culture” is being organised by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) in collaboration of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi during 22nd and 23rd of March, 2014 at the Convention Centre, JNU, New Delhi, India from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Pali plays a vital role in the history and culture of India. The elements of Indian culture are preserved in Pali literatures. Hence, Indian culture can be understood properly through Pali literature. In fact, Pali is an important media of understanding Indian culture. People from different countries visited India to learn Pali. In ancient Indian universities, Pali language and literatures were vibrantly used.

Pali is also important for understanding Buddhism. Buddha’s unparalleled teachings are preserved in Pali and hence the entire canonical early Buddhist literature is available in Pali language. Teachers of Mahayana Buddhism in later period accepted the Sanskrit for their philosophical and logical Buddhist expositions, but Pali remains the actual basis for understanding the Buddhism.

The sub themes of the Conference are as follows:

Pali language and its characteristics
Influence of Pali language on Indian languages
Indian history in Pali literature
Indian culture and Pali
Polity in Pali literature
Poetics in Pali literature
Pali canonical, non canonical literature
Science in Pali literature
Ethics in Pali literature
Philosophical views in Pali literature
Ancient Indian economics in Pali literature
Folk lore in Pali literature
Pali and Sanskrit
Pali and Prakrit
Pali and Tibetan language and literature
Pali literature in Theravada countries (Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand etc)
Pali in the west.
Fine arts in Pali literature
Pali grammar and Pali translations
Pali Vamsa literature
Pali inscriptions
Dictionaries in Pali

Programme: Registration will be started at 8.45 AM on 22nd March, 2014 in JNU Convention Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Venue: Registration, Inaugural and Valedictory will be held in auditorium 1, Convention Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

DR. BACHCHAN KUMAR, IGNCA, Tel: 91-9868964007 (Mobile) 91-11-23388241 (Office)
PROF. C. UPENDER RAO, JNU, Tel: 91-9818969756 (Mobile) 91-11-26704130 (Office)