Aspects of Manuscript Culture in South India

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Saraju Rath
BRILL, Jul 20, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 324 pages
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This volume, the outcome of a seminar organized at the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden, marks an important advancement in the study of South Indian Sanskrit manuscripts which are predominantly on palm leaf and rarely older than three to four centuries. Nevertheless, they continued a manuscript culture for around two millennia and had a profound impact on traditions of knowledge and culture. After an introductory essay (by J.E.M. Houben and S. Rath) addressing theoretical and historical issues of text transmission in manuscripts and in India s remarkably strong oral memory culture, it contains twelve contributions dealing with South Indian manuscript collections in India and Europe (mainly of Vedic and Sanskrit texts) and with problems related to the scripts, the dating of manuscripts and India's literary and intellectual history. Contributors include: G. Colas, A.A. Esposito, M. Fujii, C. Galewicz, J.E.M. Houben, H. Moser, P. Perumal, K. Plofker, S. Rath, S.R. Sarma, D. Wujastyk, K.G. Zysk
 

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Contents

Introduction Manuscript Culture and its impact in India Contours and Parameters
1
On the Johan van Manen collection Its origin and background
55
A cultural encounter in the early 18th century The collection of South Indian manuscripts by the French Jesuit fathers of the Carnatic Mission
69
The South Indian Drama Manuscripts
81
The Jaiminīya Sāmaveda Traditions and Manuscripts in South India
99
Texts and communities The manuscripts of the lost YāmalāṢṬakatantra
119
From palmleaves to a multimedia databank A note on the Bhāsaproject
139
The sanskrit manuscripts in tamilnadu
157
Indian exact sciences in Sanskrit manuscripts and their colophons
173
Varieties of Grantha Script The date and place of origin of manuscripts
187
From my Grandfathers Chest of Palm Leaf Books
207
Rāmasubrahmaṇyas Manuscripts Intellectual Networks in the Kaveri Delta 16931922
235
The use of manuscript catalogues as sources of regional intellectual history in Indias early modern period
253
Index
289
ILLUSTRATION SECTION
305
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Saraju Rath, Ph.D. (1991) in Sanskrit Grammar, Pune University, has extensive research experience in Indian manuscripts since 1987. She has been teaching and lecturing on manuscriptology and on the history and development of ancient Indian scripts in India and Europe.

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