About the Book:
India has the largest collection of manuscripts in the world.
Millions of manuscripts are lying in libraries, museums and private collections
in all over India. All are the valuable sources of knowledge especially of ancient
Indian history and culture. Various type of scripts have been used for writing
the manuscripts which are - Devanagari, Tiglari, Sarada, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam,
Grantha, Tamil, Nandinagari, old Newari, Persian and Arabic etc.
In the second half of the 18th century, a few British officers
such as Sir William Jones (1746-1794), Sir Robert Chambers (1774-1779), Colin
Mackenzie (1782–1806) took a deep interest for studying the Indian culture.
They started collecting manuscripts, inscriptions and others antiquities for
preserving, cataloguing and research. Later, in the last half of the 19th century,
the Government of India deputed few scholars for collecting the manuscripts
in different parts of India. Since that time, the mission was started for collecting,
preserving, cataloguing and editing the manuscripts on in and outside India.
The book is a collection of thoughtful articles from scholars
and writers enumerates the different aspects of the Manuscript as well as the
Great Indian Culture. This book will give some thoughtful insight to the reader
in various aspects.
About the Author:
Projit Kumar Palit is working as a Professor
& Head of the Department of History, Assam University, (A Central University),
Silchar, Assam. He obtained his PhD degree from Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan,
West Bengal. He specializes in various aspects of Art and Religion History of
North East India. He is engaged in teaching and research of this field for twenty
years. Presently he is Director, Centre for Indological Studies, Department
of History, Assam University, Silchar.
Susmita Palit Saha has been working at Central
Library, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan since 1997. She obtained her
MA degree from Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan and BLIS & BEd degree
from the University of Burdawn, West Bengal. Presently she is working as in-charge
Librarian at Patha-Bhavana Library, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan.