Two-day meet on manuscripts

MANGALORE NOV. 13. Mangalore is all set to host the two-day State-level conference on manuscripts under the chairmanship of the veteran Kannada scholar, T.V. Venkatachala Shastry, from Friday.

Organised by the Manuscript Sciences Department of Kannada University, Hampi, in association with the Karnataka Theological Research Centre, the conference is intended to shed light on the history of printing and manuscripts in Karnataka. The venue of the conference is significant since Mangalore is regarded as the birthplace of Kannada journalism as Herman Moegling published the first Kannada newspaper from here in the 19th Century. The workshop will trace these and other historical developments.

The Head of the Department of Manuscript Research, Veeresh Badigera, admits that archiving of manuscripts has taken a new dimension with the introduction of electronic interfacing and digitisation in research. He says that with the available software, it is possible to restore soiled and mutilated manuscripts. But they will be available only in the digitised format and researchers can study them using computers while the original manuscript will remain in the archives.

A number of scholars headed by Mr. Shastry will participate in the conference.