Safeguarding for Posterity Two Private Collections of Palm-Leaf Manuscripts from the Tamil Country (EAP1294)

Aims and objectives

This project aims to clean, digitise and catalogue at least a part of two palm-leaf manuscript collections (the Kalliṭaikuṟicci and the Villiampākkam ones), made up of around 183 bundles. Some of their specimens are as old as 1849, with a few that might prove to be older. These manuscripts contain texts of various genres, in Tamil, Sanskrit and Manipravalam, and use the Tamil and Grantha scripts. These hitherto-neglected manuscripts, especially those of the Kalliṭaikuṟicci collection, will give us an insight into the reading habits of an erudite, Tamil Brahmin family from the mid- to the end of 19th century.