Wisdom Frozen in Time In Search of Treasure…Chennai, Mysore & Melukote - Volume 2 (DVD)

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R. Bharathadri, Script: Dr. Gautam ChatterjeeIndira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi88:49 Minutes
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Government Oriental Manuscript Library, Madras University, Chennai: This heritage Manuscript library was established in 1869. It has a huge collection of 70,000, mainly on palm and paper Manuscripts, well catalogued on scientific lines. It preserves a host of Manuscripts on subjects like Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani schools of medicines, Vedas, Shastras, Bhasha, Jyotishshastra, Vastukala etc. Captured in the film are texts like: Ganapati Mantra; Soolini Mantra in the shape of Yantra; Manuscript on human anatomy; Choduranga (chess); poetry of Nuruddin Tehrani 1695.

Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute, Chennai: This institute was established in 1944 in the memory of Prof. S. Kuppuswami Sastri, who is acclaimed as the founder of South Indian Sanskrit Research. The institute has great collections of manuscripts, enveloping subjects of ancient Indian philosophy, medicines, tantras with diagrams of Yantras, Vedic and classical literature. Some of the manuscripts shown in the film are, Bhagavata, life of Krishna. Manuscripts of Samaveda chanting, yantra, medicine, etc.

Oriental Research Institute, Mysore : The film landscapes Mysore city with highlights of the Manuscripts heritage of Oriental Research Institute, a 110 year old first public library of Mysore. This heritage library has 70,000 manuscripts. It has published 201 books out of unpublished manuscripts with a focus on Vedas, Astrology, Astronomy, Natyashastra, Rasa Siddhanta, Dhwani Siddhanta and Medicines etc. the film glances through some of the rare manuscripts like: five hundred year old Kautilya’s Arthashastra; Valmiki Ramayana of 230 leaves, Veeramaheshwara Sangraha poet Naganatha; Pratipada Panchika; Govindocharya’s Ayurvedic Manuscript, dealing with fechniques for preserving medicines for long duration etc.

Academy of Sanskrit Research, Melukote: Major holdings of the Academy of Sanskrit Research are on science and technology. Some 10500 in number in 10 different scripts, including the Tibetan scripts, the manuscripts pertains to Ayurveda, four Vedas, then Vedangas including Shiksha, Vyakarana, Chhanda. Some of the Manuscripts shown are: Upanishad in Telugue Script, Ramayana in Grantha script; Krishnakathasara Sangraha in 18th century Kannada script; deer skin Manuscripts used for official communications.

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