ManuscriptS form a very important part of our rich cultural heritage and therefore conservation of these manuscripts is extremely important, said noted Sanakrit scholar, Dr BPT Vagish Shashtri.
He was addressing the inaugural function of a three-day workshop on ‘Conservation and Treatment of Manuscripts’ at Jnana-Pravaha, Centre for Cultural Studies and Research, in Samne Ghat area here in Varanasi on Friday.
Jnana-Pravaha in collaboration with National Museum (New Delhi) and Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (Lucknow) has organised the workshop. Dr. Shashtri observed that bringing these manuscripts to one’s use was also equally important. He said that a scientific approach should be adopted in editing these large number of manuscripts.
In the second session of the workshop, participants were acquainted with the manuscripts and other objects, the elements responsible for their destruction and decay and their correct diagnosis etc. Mamta Mishra and Ashok Kumar Upadhyay demonstrated the technique of making paper, palm-leaf etc and explained the factors that affect their longevity. Earlier, Dr. Vagish Shashtri and Mamta Mishra performed Ganga Kalash Pujan. Senior member and trustee of Jnana-Pravaha, Prof YK Mishra introduced the institution to the audience.