Greek Language Day Celebration in New Delhi

International Greek Language Day 2023 will be celebrated with two separate events on February 8 and 9 in New Delhi.

The Embassy of Greece in India is organizing a talk by popular Indian authors Dr Devdutt Pattanaik and Mayank Austen Soofi, “the Delhiwalla” who will speak about how they relate to Greek culture and what are their main sources of inspiration.

Mrs. Aude Priya Wacziarg Engel, PhD in Ancient Greek Linguistics and Specialist in ancient poetry (Greek rhapsody) will recite verses in ancient Greek.

Date: Wednesday 8 February 2023 at 7 pm
Venue: India International Centre Multipurpose Hall,
(40, Max Mueller Marg New Delhi, Entrance through Gate 1)

About the speakers

Devdutt Pattanaik, is an Indian author and mythologist who has highlighted the importance of myths in modern life. Known for his TED talk and his TV shows such as Devlok and Business Sutra, he is a regular columnist for Times of India and Dainik Bhaskar. His unique retelling of the greek myths in his book “Olympus” in 2016 constitutes a landmark in-depth comparative analysis of the connections between Greek and Indian myths and aims at breaking the stereotype that mythos (myth) is inferior to logos (reason). Dr Pattanaik’s books will be available for sale in the margins of the event.

Mayank Austen Soofi, the “Delhiwalla”, is an Indian writer, blogger and photographer. He is “roaming’ the streets of Delhi day and night, offering unique poetic glimpses of the everyday life of the vast metropolis through his Instagram page and articles in Hindustan Times. His poetic gems, inter alia, include inspirations from Greek poet Konstantine Kavafy from Alexandria of Egypt, and Homer.

Please register to attend the talk at gremb.del@mfa.gr

Looking forward to your presence!


The Chair of Greek Studies, School of Language Literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) organizes an event with free entry for students and friends of the Greek language.

Date: Thursday 9 February 2023 at 10.30am
Venue: Committee Room 212, SLL&Cs-1, JNU


10:30 Tea
11:00 AM:- Welcome Address by Prof. Shoba Sivashankarn, Dean, School of Language Literature and Culture Studies, JNU
11:10:- Introductory Note by Prof. Vasileios Syros, Greek Chair, JNU
11:20:- H. E. Mr. Dimtrios Iannou, Ambassador of Greece
11:30:- H.E. Mr. Agis Loizou, High Commissioner of Cyprus
11:40:- Prof. Nikos Mavrelos, University of Thrace, Greece
12:20:- Prof. Bharat Gupt, Trustee, IGNCA, New Delhi & President, IHFL, India
12:30:- Colleagues & Students at SLL&CS
12:50:- Vote of thanks by Dr. Anil Kumar Singh, Assistant Professor, Greek Chair, JNU

Dionysios Solomos 

International Greek Language Day, observed on February 9th, highlights the extraordinary role that the Greek language has played in the global development of literacy, science, philosophy and culture.

Officially launched in 2017 to coincide with the annual commemoration of Greece’s national poet, Dionysios Solomos (April 8, 1798 – February 9, 1857), author of the “Hymn to Liberty” – Greece’s national anthem – International Greek Language Day aims to promote awareness of the language’s unparalleled influence on other languages around the world.

How to write the Greek alphabet (uppercase and lowercase), the Greek name and their Latin script