xvi, 252p., Col. Plts., B/W Figs., Tables, Index, 23 cm. (Samraksika Series No. 1)
CONTENTS:- 1. Learning and Aphasia: Reflections on India's Oral Traditions/G.N. Devy; 2. The Sacred Thread/Heather Brown; 3. An Introduction to the Traditional Practices for the Control of Bio-Deterioration of Manuscripts/K.K. Gupta; 4. Indigenous Conservation Practices for Palm-leaf Manuscripts in India/C.N.K. Alahakoon; 5. Traditional Method of Sancipat Making and Preparation of Ink in Ancient Assam/Bhupen Gowsamee; 6. Sancipat Tradition: A study in the Majuli Island of Assam/Utpal Das; 7. Scientific Analysis of Traditional Indigenous Methods of Manuscript Preservation/Sudhendu Mandal, Sanjay Kumar Maiti; 8. The Use of Turmeric in the Preservation of Manuscripts/S. Subbaraman; 9. Traditional Methods of Conservation of Paper Manuscripts: As Gleaned from two Persian Texts/Imtiaz Ahmad; 10. Awareness and Practices of Manuscript Preservation in Ancient an Medieval Inia: A Review of Literary Evidence/Shreenand L. Bapat; 11. Traditional Practices and Palm-leaf Manuscripts in Tamil Nadu/V. Jeyaraj; 12. Manuscript Conservation in the Saivite Mathas of the Erode District of Tamil Nadu/C. Maheswaran; 13. Indigenous Practices and Materials for Conservation of Manuscripts in Libraries/S.K. Das; 14. Palm-leaf Manuscripts and Indigenous Conservation Practices at the Saraswati Mahal Library, Thanjavur/P. Perumal; 15. The Manuscripts of the Tawang Monastery/Maltesh Motebennur, Nawang Phuntso; 16. Manuscript Conservation Methods Employed at the Rampur Raza Library/W.H. Siddiqui; 17. Paper Making at Sanganer: Changes Over Time/Ritu Jain; 18. The Jain Approach to the Conservation of Manucripts/Jitendra B. Shah; 19. Jadata of Karnataka: An Introduction/Usha Suresh; 20. Indigenous Methods of Conservation of Manuscripts in Manipur/K. Sushila Devi; 21. Decline and Revival of Forgotten Manuscript Traditions/Anupam Sah.
The National Mission for Manuscripts was established as a five-year project in February 2003 by the Department of Culture, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Government of India. Its purpose is to locate, document, preserve and disseminate the knowledge content of Indian manuscripts. The Mission, through its nation-wide network and documentation efforts, is engaged in preserving and rendering accessible India's knowledge cultures, seeking to link the ideas and visions of the past with the future. The Mission's Seminar Series, 'Samraksika', began with a Seminar in February 2005 on Oral Traditions and Indigenous Methods of Preservation and Conservation of Manuscripts. Papers presented during this Seminar deal with the various regional and local practices employed in the creation and preservation of manuscripts. They provide valuable information on old and indigenous techniques which, over the years, have been relegated to the margins of contemporary conservation practices and deserve a revival.