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Exhibition invitation Sanskrit – Across Asia and Beyond

Thursday 18 May 2017
University Library
Witte Singel 27
2311 BG Leiden
Vossius Conference Room

Kurt De Belder, Librarian of Leiden University, has the pleasure to invite you to the opening of the exhibition Sanskrit – Across Asia and Beyond  on Thursday 18 May at 5.00 pm. The opening will take place in the Vossius Conference Room in the University Library, Witte Singel 27 in Leiden.



Did you know that Sanskrit is one of the oldest surviving members of the Indo-European language family? And that Sanskrit left its traces all over Asia and beyond? Sanskrit is a vehicle through which ideas and tales have been conserved and passed on. Leiden University shows this summer the rich heritage of Sanskrit: Buddhist scriptures on twelfth-century palm leaves, luxuriously illuminated manuscripts of the Ramayana epic, next to an instruction manual for yoga and some spectacular loans from the Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen. The exhibition is the second of three in the Leiden Asia Year. Leiden University holds one of the oldest and richest Sanskrit collections.

Programme (in English)



17.00-17.10       Welcome by Kurt De Belder (Librarian of Leiden University)
17.10-17.30         Interview with the author Thomas Rosenboom
(Publieke Werken; Exotische liefde) by Peter Bisschop
(Professor of Sanskrit and Ancient Cultures of South Asia)
17.30-17.50       Presentation of Classical Indian Dance by Jolanda Boejharat
17.50-18.00       Introduction to the exhibition by Elizabeth Cecil
(Gonda Fellow at the IIAS)
18.00-19.00       Viewing and drinks



We hope to see you at the opening on May 18. Please let us know if you’re joining us by sending us an email: aanmelding@library.leidenuniv.nl (subject: Exhibition Sanskrit) or by phone: 071-5272832.

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