[INDOLOGY] Manuscripts in India
hspier.muktabodha at gmail.com
Tue Jan 6 09:58:07 EST 2015
Dear list members,
The Muktabodha Indological Research Institute ( www.muktabodha.org ) has
two Indian manuscript collections on-line with manuscripts downloadable
(subject to the copyright restrictions described on the website) in both
PDF and DjVu formats for free .
These collections are:
1) The Paper Transcripts of the French Institute of Pondicherry (comprising
1044 manuscripts of about 4000 texts of mainly Saiva-Siddhanta texts.
2) The Vedic manuscripts of the Joglekar, Kodlekere and Samba-Diksita
families of Gokarna
In addition we have made searchable e-texts of selected manuscripts from
the following collections in South Asia.
1. Nepal German Manuscript Cataloguing Project: 45 selected manuscripts
2. French Institute in Pondicherry: 61 selected manuscripts
3. Research and Publications Dept. Jammu and Kashmir: 8 selected manuscripts
4. Oriental Research Library, University Campus, Hazarbal, Srinagar: 1
Manager, Muktabodha Digital Library
Muktabodha Indological Research Institute
On Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 5:32 AM, Dominik Wujastyk <wujastyk at gmail.com> wrote:
> Like Patrick, I started collecting MSS in India in the 1970s (but only
> 1978, so you beat me there, Patrick :-). I echo everything that has been
> said by Adheesh and others about tact, patience, and etiquette. These,
> more than money, more than authority, are key elements in successful MS
> If you are able to take digital photos, always take a CD burner with you
> and give the librarian a copy of the photos you have taken. If you publish
> a book or article using the MS, remember to send a copy to the library.
> Where I think I would differ a little from Patrick and Adheesh is in
> saying that there was an early golden age that has turned sour in the
> 2000s. Even back in the day, there were intransigent libraries and
> librarians. I remember in about 1980, a close colleague sitting in the
> library at Thanjavur, day after day for over two weeks, until the librarian
> asked, "when are you leaving?" My colleague answered, "when I have read
> the manuscript." It was produced the next day.
> A counter-example. The largest MS library in the world is the Gyan Tirth
> at Koba <http://kobatirth.org/jainlibrary.aspx>, just on the outskirts of
> Ahmedabad. Yes, I mean it. 250k MSS, making it four times larger than the
> Vatican library or the BN in Paris. I was there in late 2011. The faculty
> and staff could not have been kinder or more helpful. Everything
> computerized and efficient. I was given PDFs on my data plug within half
> an hour of asking. No money. And I was told, "next time, no need to come
> so far; just send email, we'll send PDF as attachment." Utterly amazing.
> So, it goes both ways. Government institutions are commonly problematic:
> slow, rule-bound, often expensive (Baroda!). Private institutions can go
> both ways - some are impossible (Bikaner) others are fabulous (Koba). As
> the recent filming in J&K by Chetan Pandey
> <https://www.scribd.com/indicmanuscripts> demonstrates, local knowledge
> and language skills can be hugely enabling.
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