The 3rd edition of Global Ayurveda Festival (GAF) shall be held at Kozhikode, Kerala from January 31 to Feb 4 2016. Chief Minister of Kerala, Oommen Chandy will inaugurate the five-day Festival and Arogya Expo at Swapna Nagari, Kozhikode. The GAF is considered to be largest biennial get-together of the ayurveda fraternity. The preceding conferences organised in Thiruvananthapuram in 2012 and Kochi in 2014 had made the GAF into an internationally recognised event for ayurveda patrons. Prior to the main programme, a Grant Kerala Ayurveda Fair will be held throughout the State from January 14 to January 28 2016. Minister for Health V.S. Sivakumar inaugurated the fair in Thiruvananthapuram at the Government Ayurveda College on Thursday, January 13th 2016. In connection with the GAF, such fairs will be held in all districts from January 14 to 28. The fair in Kozhikode will be held on the beach from Friday afternoon. Noted Kathakali artiste Guru Chemmencherry Kunhiraman Nair will inaugurate the fair.
The GAF is being organised by the Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action in association with the State government, Department of ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, unani, siddha and homoeopathy (AYUSH), Ayurvedic Medicine Manufacturers Organisations of India, Ayurveda Drug Manufactures Association and Kerala State Indian Systems of Medicine of Medicine Self Financing Management Association, State Department of AYUSH, Department of Tourism and Department of Industry.
About 5,000 delegates including leading Ayurveda hospitals in Kerala, practitioners and students, manufactures, medical plant growers, government and non-government agencies, service organisations, and civil society organisations from 50 countries will take part in the conference.
The festival includes Solidarity, cultural & political meets, Cultural meets, Media briefing sessions, Pre-conference workshops and workshops on different facets of ayurvedic treatments like Psychotherapy, therapeutic yoga, Uttarabasti & seminars.
For more details on the agenda of the festival, check out http://www.gaf.co.in/