‘Very poor preservation of manuscripts in India’

ST Correspondent
Friday, 22 February 2019

“India has the largest collection of manuscripts in the world. It has almost five million manuscripts and in that, half of them are in an acute condition. They need to be digitised in order to preserve them, although it is a race against time and there are a lot of them,” he added.

Pune: Preservation of manuscripts in India is very poor and a lot of them are exposed to dust and humidity, said Dr David Shulman, an Indologist and Philologist, during a session ‘Introduction to Indology’ held at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Auditorium at Ghole Road.

“India has the largest collection of manuscripts in the world. It has almost five million manuscripts and in that, half of them are in an acute condition. They need to be digitised in order to preserve them, although it is a race against time and there are a lot of them,” he added.

“A manuscript is an important piece of information and if not preserved on time, we might lose the information as well. The best way to preserve it is to digitise it,” he added.

During the interaction, Dr Shulman showed inter est in learning Marathi as he wants to read literary works on Pandharpur.

The session was organised by Heritage India Communications Private Limited for the Pune Smart Week, which is held from February 14 to 24.

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