Calcutta University Manuscript Library: The Manuscript Library of Calcutta University has a
huge collection of paper manuscripts. The curators in this library use time tested herbal
methods. The film traces how the collections were built up over time and highlights some
texts. Sapta Ratna-7 holy Buddhist Symbols; Ashta Sahasrika Prajna Paramita; Tibetan
Manuscripts on Medicine; 250 year old Oriya text on Chaitanya Charitamrita; 300 year old
Vedanta text etc.
Asiatic Society, Kolkata: The Asiatic Society was founded in 1783 by Sir William
Jones. Today, it has 47,000 manuscripts in 26 languages. The prime movers behind the
collection of these manuscripts were Raja Rajendra Lal Mitra and Hara Prasad Shastri.
Asiatic Society remains a gold mine for scholars. Some of the Manuscripts shown in the film
are Aim-I-Akbari, Kubjikamatam, Tarjuma-I-Mahabharata, View of Calcutta, 1848 etc.
Bangiya Sahitya Parishad: The film then covers Bangiya Sahitya Parishad which has a
great number of old Sanskrit and Bengali Manuscripts. Some of the Manuscripts shown are
Pancharaksha Buddhist text in the 15th century Newari script and Sri Krishna Kirtana, a 600
year old Manuscript.
Sanskrit Sahitya Parishad: Sanskrit Sahitya Parishad was the next halt. Netaji
Subhash Chandra Bose, as Mayor of Calcutta, gave it land to preserve heritage manuscripts.
The camera captures rare glimpses of Manuscripts like Mahabharata and Bhagavat Mahapurana on
palm leaf and bark.
Guwahati University Library: The film highlights the various aspects of Guwahati
with special reference to Shaktipeetha and surveys the huge collection of illustrated
manuscripts from 13th century, inscribed in various scripts on the insect repellent bark of
Agaru tree. The film incorporates sound bytes of historians, covers aspects of traditional
system of upkeep, and captures rare glimpses of Manuscripts like ‘Lava Kusha Yuddha, a 17th
century illustrated Manuscript, Uddhava Samvad (colours used are of plant extracts, gamutra
or cow urine); 16th century Bhagavata etc.
Kamarupa Anusandhan Samiti: The IGNCA’s camera team visited Kamarupa Anusandhan
Samiti, which was established in 1912. it has a rare collection of 300 Manuscripts. Some of
the Manuscripts showcased are: poet Harihara Bipra’s Lavakusha Yuddha; Adiparva of
Mahabharata on sanchi patra. Geetagovinda in Assamese Script; illustrated Ananda Lahari by
Ananta Acharya; Sachitra Sundara Kanda, a 17th century Manuscripts.
Narayani Handiqui Historical Institute: This institute has illustrated Agaru bark
manuscripts. Manuscripts captured in the film are Shalya Parva, a 17th century manuscript;
Hasti Vidyaranya (Manuscript on the Medicinal treatment of elephant); Batuka Bhairava, a
tantrik text; Ankiya Nat; Lanka Kanda, by Madhava Kandali.
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