[INDOLOGY] Manuscript from Vīrasvāmī Aiyaṅgār's collection in Sivaganga
wujastyk at gmail.com
Mon May 1 16:43:23 UTC 2023
My experience with the libraries that Oppert listed is that one has to
actually go to the locations and ask local families if any of the
manuscripts are still extant. Some may have been folded into the TMSSML in
Thanjavur, but you have to go there too, in practice, to see any
manuscripts. Copies of MSS in the TMSSML are only given with the
permission of the District Collector, usually a busy, non-academic
political appointee. There can be a bit of bias too about Sanskrit (rather
than Tamil) materials, so diplomacy is advised. Some family collections
may also have been absorbed by other major cultural centres such as
Kumbakonam, though I don't have any info on that.
See some of the papers in
- Rath, S., ed. (2012) Aspects of Manuscript Culture in South India
(Brill’s Indological Library). Leiden: Brill.
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