About the CD
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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;