|WORKSHOP ON EPIGRAPHY AND MANUSCRIPTOLOGY OF WESTERN INDIA
(With Special Reference to Devanagari and Modi)
2nd to 11th May 2017
Jointly organized by
Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute,
Deemed University, Pune 411 006
Indian Council of Historical Research
(Western Regional Centre, Pune)
The Western region of India is a big repository of inscriptions and manuscripts. Since the beginning of Epigraphic studies in India, the pioneers such as George Bühler, Bhagwanlal Indraji, James Burges, R.G. Bhandarkar and D.R. Bhandarkar, Bhau Daji Lad and so on and in the later period scholars such as Ajay Mitra Shastri, S.M. Katre V.V. Mirashi, V.B. Kolte, S.G. Tulpule, Brahmanand Deshpande, Shobhana Gokhale contributed immensely to the study of Epigraphy and Manuscriptology. Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune brought of the critical edition of Mahabharata and the editors V.S. Sukathankar and S.K. Belvalkar set a model for preparation of critical editions and studies in manuscriptology.
Deccan College Deemed University has a long tradition of epigraphic and manuscript studies. Deccan College housed the earliest collection of manuscript collected by the colonial rulers under the leadership of George Bühler in the nineteenth century. Prof. R.G. Bhandarkar, one of the pioneering personalities in Oriental studies, was a professor at the Deccan College. V.K. Rajwade, the founder of the medieval history of Western India, was an alumnus of Deccan College. This tradition continued even after a small break of five years when the Institute was revived as the Post-Graduate and Research Institute in 1939. Under the stewardship of Prof. S.M. Katre the new team of scholars such as Prof. H.D. Sankalia, Dr. M.G. Dikshit, Prof. M.A. Mehendale, Prof. S.B. Deo, Prof. M.K. Dhavalikar, Dr. Sumati Mulay, Dr. Shobhana Gokhale and Dr. S.J. Mangalam along with their students such as A.V. Naik contributed immensely in the field of epigraphy. This tradition is still kept alive by the present faculty of the Deccan College. Deccan College also functions a resource centre for the manuscript studies as it houses valuable collection of some rare manuscripts and medieval Modi documents.
It is always lamented by the academic world that in the present times the studies in Epigraphy and Manuscriptology have received setback owing to the dearth of scholars and experts both in scripts and languages. In such a scenario, Deccan College Deemed University wishes to come forth and contribute towards strengthening this area of research. Hence, Deccan College Deemed University in collaboration with the Indian Council of Historical Research proposes to conduct a workshop to train young scholars in the methodology of epigraphic and manuscript studies. The focus of the workshop will be on Western region, i.e. modern states of Maharashtra and Gujarat. The Brahmi script in this region developed into Nagari and subsequently developed into Nandinagari and Devanagari scripts. A third script, Modi, was also in vogue from 14th century onwards which was mostly used in documents for official correspondence. The earliest epigraphic records in this region are in Prakrit which was replaced by Sanskrit in later period. By the early medieval period one notices use of regional languages. Thus, the study of Epigraphy and Manuscriptology in this region itself becomes a vast area of research which is in dire need of scholars. Hence, this workshop aims at concentrating in training the young scholars and encourage them to carry out research in the fields of Epigraphy and Manuscriptology of Western India.Number of participants: 25