This project continues the earlier pilot project EAP643. The district of Nadia in India has a long history of urban settlements since at least the 11th century: Nabadwip was the capital of of the Sena dynasty during the 11th and 12th century, and also the birth place of Shri Chaitanyadeva, founder of the Vaishnav religion. Santipur has a long medieval cultural history and was the cultural hub of Bengal before the intellectual focus shifted to Calcutta: the Rashotsav is a Vaishnvait festival famous since the 15th century and Santipur is also well-known for a special traditional handloom and community of weavers. Krishnanagar was a small Hindu kingdom under the Nababs of Murshidabad, from the 17th to 18th century. All three settlements were once places of traditional Indian learning with schools for Sanskrit learning and teaching.
This project will document the sources of history writing in the area, based on the survey findings of pilot project EAP643, and will digitise approximately 370 printed books; 500 paintings and photographs of Lalit Mohan Sen; resolution books, annual reports, colonial maps and town planning reports from the record room of the Santipur Municipality; and 2,000 manuscripts in Bengali and Sanskrit languages on palm-leaf, birch bark and paper. These are held in institutional and private collections in Santipur and the nearby village of Phulia. The core project team consists of the Principle Investigator, Mr Abhijit Bhattacharya, and Dr Rajarshi Ghose as the Co-investigator, responsible for most of the academic input into the project.
The digital copies will be deposited with the Archives of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta and with the British Library.
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|Scope and Content:||"This text is believed to be a khila (appendix or supplement) to the Mahabharata and is traditionally ascribed to Veda Vyasa. It is divided into three parvans (chapters) namely Harivaṁśaparvan, Viṣṇuparvan and Bhaviṣyaparvan. This ms begins with a folio numbered as 7. Therefore, 1st to 6th folios are missing. 61st folio is again erroneously numbered as 60 and folios after it are numbered after 60. Thus each folio after the first 60 bears one mark less than its original number. Following this pagination folio no. 112 is again erroneously numbered as 111. Thus each folio after the first 111 bears two marks less than its original number. Following this pagination folio no. 123 is again erroneously numbered as 122. Thus each folio after the first 122 bears three marks less than its original number. Following this pagination folio no. 140 is marked as 130. 148th and 149th folios are missing. Date of original material: 2nd-5th century CE (probable). Extent and format of original and physical characteristics: 145 Folios; Incomplete MS. No colophon found.; Extremely fragile. The original size of the folios are 49X12 cm. Author: Kṛṣṇa Dvaipāyana Vedavyāsa"|
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