Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Princess of Thailand, on 21 November 2016 was conferred with the first World Sanskrit Award. She was honoured for her exemplary contribution for the promotion of Sanskrit language for the year 2015.
On the other hand, American linguist and Indologist Professor George Cardona was also honoured with the award for the year 2016.
Princess Sirindhorn and Professor Cardona were bestowed with the award by Vice President Hamid Ansari at a function held in New Delhi.
The World Sanskrit Award was instituted by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).
About Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
• Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is the second daughter of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
• She was bestowed with the ceremonial title on 5 December 1977.
• She holds degrees in history and a doctorate in educational development.
• She teaches at the history department of the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy.
• She speaks fluent Thai, English, French and Mandarin Chinese. She is currently studying German and Latin.
• She is also a skilled performer and avid promoter of Thai traditional music.
• In 2004, she was awarded the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development Award.
• She was also the Royal Patron of the 16th World Sanskrit Conference, which was held in Bangkok in 2015.
Where: New Delhi
When: 21 November 2016