Mauritius President Rajkeswur Purryag will be the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of the Global Ayurveda Festival-2014 (GAF), which will begin in Kochi on February 20.
Purryag, who is the fifth President of Mauritius, has ancestral roots in Bihar. His forefathers had sailed to Mauritius some 150 years ago. The GAF-2014 will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.
GAF organising secretary C Suresh Kumar said the event will play host to speakers from other countries, like Mahiepala Herath, Chief Minister, Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council, Sri Lanka; Salinda Dissanayake MP, Minister of Indigenous Medicine, Sri Lanka; and B S B Yalegama, Sri Lankan Minister of health and Indigenous Medicine, Kandy, Sri Lanka.
Around 350 invited speakers from countries such as Sri Lanka, Brazil, France, Japan, Malaysia, Switzerland, Germany, Argentina, the USA, Hungary, Nepal and Australia will attend the conference.
Among the international speakers who have confirmed their participation are UK researcher Gerry Bodekar, adviser on international policy on traditional, complementary and alternative medicine (TCAM); Marc Cohen, Australia’s foremost pioneer in complementary medicine; Antonio Morandi, director of Ayurvedic Point in Milan, Italy, and also the president of Ayurvedic Medical Association of Italy; Alex Hankey, professor of yoga and physical science; Mark Rosenberg, member of the board of directors of International Ayurveda Foundation and also president of Europe’s largest professional association of Ayurveda practitioners.Edwin Cooper, professor at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), will also participate.
Other leading international dignitaries who have confirmed participation include Hari Shankar Sharma, Japan-based leading Ayurveda legend; Gopal K Basisht, who has been pioneering new research in the field of complementary medicine in the US with a special interest in Ayurveda, and Vaidya Ashvin Barot, researcher in ayurveda in the UK.