Wednesday, October 8, 2014

South Asia books - New for Summer 2014, 80 titles

New for Summer in August 2014 – 80 South Asia titles or books received at the University of Virginia. Sections – A. History – India, 1-8. B. History – Pakistan, 9-13. C. General with cultural, social and political, 14-27. D. Religion, 28-38. E. Literature, 39-41. F. Food, 42-47. G. Art, architecture, and design, 48-66. H. Comics and graphics, 67-73. I. Childrens' and music, 74-80.
[Click a title to see its details in WorldCat. 
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What are these amazing titles? 1. Frog Hymns and Rain Babies 
2.  Chairman Meow and the Protectors of the Proletariat

The complete list of 80 English titles https://www.worldcat.org/profiles/uvalibrary/lists/3458064
Also see 11 non-English titles new for summer 2014 https://www.worldcat.org/profiles/uvalibrary/lists/3458458

    A. History - India
  1. Lall, J. S. Begam Samru: Fading Portrait in a Gilded Frame. New Delhi: Lotus Collection, 2012.
  2. Thapar, Romila. Readings in Early Indian History. 2013.
  3. Chandra, Bipan. History of Modern India. 2012.
  4. Garg, Sanjay. The Sikka and the Raj: A History of Currency Legislations of the East India Company, 1772-1835. 2013.
  5. Pandey, R. G. Scindias of Gwalior. 2013.
  6. Chatterji, Rakhahari. Gandhi and the Ali Brothers: Biography of a Friendship. 2013.
  7. Kosambi, Meera. Mahatma Gandhi and Prema Kantak: Exploring a Relationship, Exploring History. 2013.
  8. Atkinson, George Francklin. The Campaign in India. New Delhi: Niyogi Books, 2012.   
  9.   B. History - Pakistan
  10. Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. Pakistan on the Edge. 2013.
  11. Adeel, Narmeel, Noorzadeh Raja, Saad Idress, Sara pervaiz Amjad, and Zoia Michelle Pervez. The History Project. 2013.
  12. Khan, Fazle Karim. The Oxford School Atlas for Pakistan. Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  13. Imperial Gazetteer of India. 2013.
  14. Hussain, Ejaz. Military Agency, Politics and the State in Pakistan. New Delhi: Saṁskr̥iti, 2013.
  15. C. General - social, sultural, political
  16. Joshi, Shubhada A. Perspectives on Maharashtra: Cultural-Intellectual Contributions. New Delhi: Project of History of Indian Science, Philosophy and Culture, Centre for Studies in Civilizations, 2013.
  17. Trautmann, Thomas R. Does India Have History?: Does History Have India? 2012.
  18. Devaṛā, Ji. Esa. Ela. Environmental Crisis and Social Dismemberment in Northwest India: During the Pre-Colonial Period. 2012.
  19. Gupta, Charu. Representing Dalit Bodies in Colonial North India. 2012.
  20. Bhukya, Bhangya. Colonialism and Its Nomads in South India. 2012.
  21. Rangachari, Devika. Exploring Spaces for Women in Early Medieval Kashmir. 2012.
  22. Datta, Partho. Patrick Geddes and the Metropolis. 2012.
  23. Howes, Stephen, and M. Govinda Rao. Federal Reform Strategies: Lessons from Asia and Australia. 2013.
  24. Bajpai, Kanti P., and Harsh V. Pant. India's Foreign Policy: A Reader. 2013.
  25. Bajpai, Kanti P., and Harsh V. Pant. India's National Security: A Reader. 2013.
  26. Das, S. K. The Civil Services in India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  27. Ray, Partha. Monetary Policy. 2013.
  28. Sikdar, Soumyen. Capital Flows and Exchange Rate Management. 2013.
  29. Acharyya, Rajat. Trade and Environment. 2013.
  30. D. Religious
  31. Singh, Prakash, and Maneesh Agnihotri. A Celebration of Faith and Spirituality: Mahakumbh, 2013. 2013.
  32. Menen, Rajendar. Karma Sutra: Adventures of a Street Bum. 2012.
  33. Chopra, Swati, and Aditi Ghosh. Sadhus & Shamans. 2012.
  34. Obeyesekere, Ranjini. The Revered Book of Five Hundred & Fifty Jātaka Stories: Translated from the 14th Century Sinhala Version. 2012.
  35. Kalupahana, David J. A Sourcebook on Later Buddhist Philosophy. 2008.
  36. Kalupahana, David J. A Sourcebook of Early Buddhist Philosophy. 2007.
  37. Raman, N. S. S. Hinduism. 2013.
  38. Pande, Govind Chandra. Buddhism. 2013.
  39. Robinson, Rowena. Boundaries of Religion: Essays on Christianity, Ethnic Conflict, and Violence. 2013.
  40. Ḍuṅgaḍuṅga, Glaiḍasana. Whose Country Is It Anyway?: Untold Stories of the Indigenous Peoples of India. 2013.
  41. Globalization, National Development, and Tribal Identity (National Seminar), and S. N. Chaudhary. Globalization, National Development, and Tribal Identity. 2013.
  42. E. Literature
  43. Sharma, Suman K. Tales from the Tawi: A Collection of Dogri Folk Tales. 2007.
  44. Mahātmā Gāndhī Antararāshṭrīya Hindī Viśvavidyālaya (Wardha, India). Bhīshma Sāhanī. 2001.
  45. Faiẓ, Faiẓ Aḥmad, K. K. Mohapatra, Leelawati Mohapatra, and Paul H. St. Pierre. Faiz Ahmed Faiz: last night : the quatrain in multiple translations, translated from the Urdu. Bhubaneswar: Four Corners, 2011.
  46.   F. Food
  47. Prasada, Neha, Ashima Narain, and Priya Kapoor. Dining with the Maharajas: A Thousand Years of Culinary Tradition. 2013.
  48. Halarnkar, Samar. The Married Man's Guide to Creative Cooking and Other Dubious Adventures. 2013.
  49. Tennebaum, Tara Deshpande. A Sense for Spice: Recipes and Stories from a Konkan Kitchen. Chennai: Westland, 2013.
  50. Dasgupta, Kaushik. First Food: A Taste of India's Biodiversity. New Delhi: Centre for Science and Environment, 2013.
  51. Purohit, Anjali, and Bahinabai Choudhari. Ragi-Ragini: chronicles from Aji's kitchen. New Delhi: Yoda Press, 2012.
  52. Khosla, Ishi. Is Wheat Killing You?: The Essential Cookbook and Guide to a Wheat-Free Life. New Delhi: Penguin Books India, 2011.
  53. G. Art, architecture, and design
  54. Vajrācārya, Gautamavajra, Vidya Dehejia, and Savita Chandiramani. Frog Hymns and Rain Babies: Monsoon Culture and the Art of Ancient South Asia. 2013.
  55. Satya Sai, M. S. C. Stop, Look, Go: Rupturing of a Flow / Narrative : Decemebr 2009, Delhi. 2009.
  56. Sengupta, Paula. The Printed Picture: Four Centuries of Indian Printmaking. New Delhi: Delhi Art Gallery, 2012.
  57. Desai, Devangana. Art and Icon: Essays on Early Indian Art. 2013.
  58. Agrawal, Ashvini. Legacy of Indian Art: Continuity in Change. 2013.
  59. Nevile, Pran. The Raj Revisited. 2012.
  60. Gangoly, O. C. Masterpieces of Rajput painting: selected, annotated and described in relation to original Hindi texts from religious literature, with an introduction. Calcutta: Republication by Subhasis Chatterjee on behalf of Rabindranth Roy Charitable Trust, 2012.
  61. Rag, Pankaj. Known & Unknown: An Encyclopaedia of Historical Monuments of Madhya Pradesh. Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Madhyam for Directorate of Archaeology, Archives & Museums, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh, 2008.
  62. National Museum of India, Daljeet, Rajeshwari Shah, and Tejbir Singh. Dasavatara: the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu = Vishṇū ke dasa avatāra. New Delhi: National Museum, 2009.
  63. Chauhan, Muktirajsinhji, and Kamalika Bose. A History of Interior Design in India. 2007.
  64. Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust, World Heritage Centre, and Nepal. The Patan Royal Palace Restoration and Conservation Project: Joint Mission Report, December 2006. 2006.
  65. Parikh, Pranali, and Yatin Pandya. Hindu Notions of Space Making. Ahmedabad: SID Research Cell, School of Interior Design, CEPT University, 2008.
  66. Jose, Mridula. An Eclectic Juxtaposition: A Perspective Study of the Transformation That Set in on Account of the Early Trade to the Kerela Built Form with Respect to Its Defining Interior Elements & Its Aesthetics. 2007.
  67. Vyas, H. Kumar. Design the International Movement: With Indian Parallel. Ahmedabad, Gujarat: SID Research Cell, School of Interior Design, CEPT University, 2009.
  68. Bose, Kamalika. Seeking the Lost Layers: An Inquiry into the Traditional Dwellings of the Urban Elite in North Calcutta. 2008.
  69. Manu, Sanyogita, and Rajan Rawal. Exploring the Realm of Energy and Comfort in Interiors: "Experiments" to Understand Thermal Effects of Furniture on Interior Environments. 2006.
  70. Ramaswamy, Sakthivel. Biomimicry: An Analysis of Contemporary Biomimetic Approaches. 2007.
  71. International Seminar on Vernacular Settlement. ISVS IV: Pace or Speed? : 4th International Seminar on Vernacular Settlement, Ahmedabad, India, February 14-17, 2008 : Proceedings. 2008.
  72. Thakkar, Jay, and Sheila Skye Morrison. Mātrā: Ways of Measuring Vernacular Built Forms of Himachal Pradesh. Ahmedabad, India: SID Research Cell, School of Interior Design, CEPT University, 2008.
  73. H. Comics and graphics
  74. Vakil, Mohammed Ali, and Mohammed Arif Vakil. 40 Sufi Comics. 2012.
  75. Anant Singh, and Abhijeet Kini. Chairman Meow and the Protectors of the Proletariat. 2012.
  76. Rāvu, Anil Sī. Yes. Hyderabadi Biriyani. 2012.
  77. Arora, Karan Vir. Karan Vir's Shiva: The Legends of the Immortal. 2011.
  78. Bakshi, Aditya, and Dipak Prajapati. Col N J Nair AC, KC: The True Maratha. 2009.
  79. Vakil, Mohammed Ali, Mohammed Arif Vakil, Rahil Mohsin, Abdul Gafur Madinal, and Muqtar Ahmed. The wise fool of Baghdad. Bangalore, India: Sufi Comics, 2012.
  80. Bakshi, Aditya, Sony Thokchom, and Dipak Prajapati. Maj Sandeep Unnikrishnan AC: Braveheart of Mumbai. 2010.
  81. I. Childrens' and music
  82. Jain, Geetika. Birds and Animals in Indian Art. 2008.
  83. Bond, Ruskin, and Kollol Majumder. The World of Trees. 2008.
  84. Joshi, Usha, Manjula Padmanabhan, and Mala Singh. The Rainbow. 2011.
  85. Kamakshi Balasubramanian, and Yusuf Bangalorewala. Waiting for the Rain. 2008.
  86. Devnath, Lakshmi, Ajay Krishnan, and Madurai Mani Iyer. Madurai Mani Iyer: The Joy of Song. 2012.
  87. Devnath, Lakshmi. G.N. Balasubramaniam: Speed Thrills. 2011.
  88. Devnath, Lakshmi. M.S. Subbulakshmi: The Queen of Song. 2011.

Collected by Philip McEldowney, Library. 2014 August 15.

Monday, October 6, 2014

South Asia New in Fall 2014

New books for the Fall of 2014 from South Asia. Cook with new books, one the Jewels of the Nizam and the other "Oh! Calcuatta". History and politics - partition, colonial clubs, Ghadar, Habib on economics, Bengal Zamindar. Then social aspects of Anglo-Indians, Dalits, social scientists. Literature - Ruskin Bond and others English.  Delhi in the eyes of a Pakistani, Delhi's architecture, also Kolkata and Mushidabad.  A graphic book of the legend of Karna. Early portrait photography, and some stunning photos of tigers and an anthology of almost 100 writings (V. Thapar's Tiger Fire). Finally a kids' colorful picture book on Diwali.  And, of course, many more, too many to list. Check them out, have a look. [Click on a title to see more at WorldCat; Click on an image to see a larger version.]


Chatterjee, Anjan. Oh! Calcutta Cookbook. 2013.


Chokshi, Shaili. Study of Colonial Clubs As a Building Type. Ahmedabad: CEPT University Press, 2012.

Tiwari, Manish, and Rajan Pandey. Battleground U.P.: Politics in the Land of Ram. Chennai: Tranquebar Press, 2013.


Grewal, J. S., Harish K. Puri, and Indu Banga. The Ghadar movement: background, ideology, action, and legacies. 2013.

Habib, Irfan. Indian Economy Under Early British Rule, 1757-1857. [Aligarh]: Aligarh Historians Society, 2013.

Satyanarayana, K., and Susie J. Tharu. The Exercise of Freedom: An Introduction to Dalit Writing. New Delhi: Navayana Pub, 2013.

Santra, Manas Kumar. The Largest Musalman Zamindari in Bengal: Birbhum Under the Pathan Royal Family, 1600-1765. Kolkata: Progressive Publishers, 2013.
Muthiah, S., and Harry MacLure. The Anglo-Indians: A 500-Year History. 2013.


Mukalel, Benny M. J. Joseph. Vistas: A Study on the Early Writings of Ruskin Bond. 2013.

Dehejia, Harsha V., and Keśavadāsa. Rasikapriya = Rasikapriyā : ritikavya of Keshavdas in ateleirs of love. New Delhi: D.K. Printworld, 2013.


Sur, Anuradha Dutta. Lal Kot to Lal Qila: The Architectural Heritage of Delhi : a Journey Through Time. New Delhi: ABI Prints & Pub. Co, 2014.

Das, Neeta, and Rosie Llewellyn-Jones. Murshidabad: Forgotten Capital of Bengal. 2013.

Halder, Sibabrata, and Manju Halder. Colonial Architecture of Kolkata: Reflections of the European Building-Art in Eastern Enterprise. Kolkata: Urbee Prakashan, 2013.


Pinney, Christopher, Beth Citron, and Rahaab Allana. Allegory & Illusion: Early Portrait Photography from South Asia. New Delhi, India: Published by Mapin Pub. and Alkazi Collection of Photography, 2013.

Thapar, Valmik. Tiger Fire: 500 Years of the Tiger in India. New Delhi: Aleph Book Co, 2013.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Tagore Songs again - now cataloged

The audio CDs and the book of translations of Tagore songs are now cataloged and added to the University of Virginia library collections.

We thank Sugata Bose for donating the set of 4 CDs of the first title to the University of Virginia library.  Professor Bose is also the selector of his favorite Tagore songs on the second title, My Tagore.  And to complete this set of three related titles, he is also the translator into English of Tagore poems and songs in the third title, a book which includes most of the songs recorded on the CDs of the first title World Voyager.

Click on any of the covers to see a larger image.

1. Tagore, Rabindranath, Sugata Bose, and Pramita Mallick. Viśvayātrī Rabīndranātha: Tagore, the World
Voyager : Songs Composed During Tagore's Overseas Voyages During 1912-1934. Kolkata: Bhavna Records and Cassettes, 2010. Sound recording. 4 audio CDs. http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/u6369501 http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/u6369501


2. Tagore, Rabindranath, Subrata Mukhopadhaya, and Gopa Roy. Amaar Rabindranath: My Tagore. , 2010. Sound recording. Audio CD. http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/u6369514 http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/u6369514


3. Tagore, Rabindranath, and Sugata Bose. Tagore, the World Voyager. , 2013. Print. Book. http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/u6369344
You can see a list of the songs on the CDs by examining the detailed cataloged record.  
But listen to any of the 10 songs on title #2 My Tagore above by going to the playlist 
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLe7YCEY3tGNVtMHwEkDeR9huszzceDSLT

Here is a list of the 10 songs -
  • Kul theke mor gaaner tari
  • Amaar bela je jay sanjh belate
  • Aaji marmardhwani keno jagilo ret
  • Ogo sundar, ekoda ki jani kon punyer phale
  • Tomar binay gaan chhilo
  • Tumi ki kebali chhabi
  • Sakarun benu bajaye ke jay
  • Ami chini go chini tomare, ogo bideshini
  • Tar hate chhilo hashir phuler har
  • Ami tomay jato shuniechhilem gaan
I hope that you also might check out these items - have a listen to the wonderous Bengali songs of Tagore and enjoy reading the English translations of Tagore's poetry and song lyrics.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Recordings of Tagore's Poems and Songs


Sung by Pramita Mallick. Translations and Readings by Sughata Bose, 2010



Rabindranath Tagore songs - I'm enjoying listening to the words, translations, and singing of 40 poems/songs on this 4 CD Pack, and 10 more on another CD. Harvard historian Sugata Bose has done a marvelous project and Pramita Mallick sings these 40 Bengali poems, to my great enjoyment. Post or graphics 1 of 3 on this topic. The front and back of two CDs - A "The World Voyager" (40 songs listed on the back) and B "My Tagore" (10 songs listed on the back) [Click any image for larger]





Question - Is it possible for Westerners to enjoy and appreciate poems translated from another language - Bengali, and turned into song? Harvard historian Sugata Bose discusses this briefly in a 2:18 minute video, about translating Rabindranath Tagore poems and songs. Post 2 of 3 on this topic.

http://youtu.be/XcGojv8uDLg



A sample of Tagore's poems and songs from the 40 poem / song set, which historian Sugata Bose has translated and Pramita Mallick sings on the CDs of "Tagore: The World Voyager" (Bhavna, Kolkata. 2010). Worldcat listing = http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/814443824

Have a listen. Post 3 of 3 on this topic. 4:33 video - words and song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGCX14uJXU0



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Friday, May 31, 2013

Gifts from abroad May 2013

It is almost like Christmas, when shipments arrive from Library of Congress offices - Delhi, Islamabad, Cairo, etc.  What an excitement, surprises, and joy to unpack the boxes and open up all those gifts - books, serials, DVDs, etc. These sets of shipments arrive 3 or more times a year - this month it was mainly South Asian and Delhi materials, Christmas in May! And consisted of some Art and Archeology books, Bangladesh DVDs, and titles in English, Urdu, Hindi, Sanskrit, Arabic, Pali, etc.

Here are three lists followed by some descriptions
1) Art and Archeology http://www.worldcat.org/profiles/uvalibrary/lists/3128498
2) Bangladesh DVDs http://www.worldcat.org/profiles/uvalibrary/lists/3127124
and 3) Selected Titles http://www.worldcat.org/profiles/uvalibrary/lists/3128566


 1) Art and Archeology
 5000 years of Indian art by Sushma Bahl
wow. Archeology and Roots - before and after Harappa and the Indus Valley. Mughals again - gardens. And what is it with these Bengalis - prolific, interesting, amazing. Did Tagore die recently or about 100 years ago or something - lots and lots of books on him in recent years. The Bengal volume is amazing - good representations, little biographies and interesting time lines, all within the confines of only 463 pages of this huge volume. See also the 3 volume "Encyclopaedia of Indian temple architecture" which includes Khajaraho in the second volume and some Nagpur temples in its third volume; besides Indian art, there is the Bangladesh modern architecture book, and Sri Lanka book on an art project of Tamil life during the Civil War.

2) Bangladesh DVDs
33 Bangladesh DVDs on various social, political, economic, and women's issues, from the "Steps Towards Development" organization. Mostly from the 2000s, mostly with English subtitles of Bengali language films. Running time mainly between 20-60 minutes.

3) Selected Titles 

Tigers in the emerald forest : Ranthambhore after... by Valmik Thapar

How the Firefly Got Its Light. by Kumar, PradyumnaChurning the earth : the making of global India by Aseem ShrivastavaMany interesting books here. Bihar's Champaran district has its own coffee table - now Saran distict needs one with photos of the Hathi Bazaar at the Sonepur mela. Another coffee table book on Rajasthan followed by one on its tigers in Ranthambhore. A re-publication of Mussoorie merchant's letters of the 1830s. Fascinating examples of fading indigenous knowledge and skills. How did the firefly get its light? a beautiful graphic book. Three fading groups of people as their soul survivors. Global India's warming ecology plus an autobiography of one of its foremost activists, Sunderlal Bahuguna. And more, much more - Islam, colonial ethnography (Mushirul Hasan edited), Gandhi's khadi, Sufis, four books on women (two on Sri Lanka and post-tsunami), Premchand's short stories in translation, Mir Taki Mir, Kalidasa - the Cloud (not the iCloud though). Two great photographic books - one of 19th century photos of buildings as well as social groups (photos, video), and one of panoramic views of India today (photos, video).

Tell me about other great and exciting books you have seen recently.  Or what do you think of these?

The Selected list -

A bibliography of selected titles received from Delhi, May 2013.
(Philip McEldowney, University of Virginia)

  1. Tiwary, Nishant. Celebrating Bihar: The Charm of Champaran. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  2. Thapar, Valmik, Amita Chhabra, and Sanjna Kapoor. Tigers in the Emerald Forest: Ranthambhore After the Monsoon. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  3. Sahaney, Ranee, and Sanjay Singh Badnor. Rajasthan, a Romantic Odyssey. New Delhi: Printo India Publishers, 2005.
  4. Monk, Mauger Fitzhugh, and Ganesh Saili. Letters of a Mussoorie Merchant. New Delhi: Niyogi Books, 2012.
  5. Kumar, Pradyumna, and Butalia, Urvashi. How the Firefly Got Its Light. Mapin, 2012.
  6. Bharati Debi, and Anshu Prokash Nandan. Indigenous Knowledge. Kolkata: Anthropological Survey of India, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, 2011.
  7. Malhotra, Anu. Soul Survivors: Apa Tani, Konyak, Tibetan Nomads. New Delhi: AIM Television, 2011.
  8. Sunderlal Bahuguna. The Road to Survival. Kozhikode: Mathrubhumi Books, 2009.
  9. Shrivastava, Aseem, and Ashish Kothari. Churning the Earth: The Making of Global India. New Delhi: Penguin, 2012.
  10. Noorani, Abdul Gafoor Abdul Majeed. Islam, South Asia, and the Cold War. New Delhi: Tulika Books, 2012.
  11. Gonsalves, Peter. Khadi: Gandhi's Mega Symbol of Subversion. Thousand Oaks, Calif: SAGE Publications, 2012.
  12. Hasan, Mushirul. Writing India: Colonial Ethnography in the Nineteenth Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  13. Green, Nile. Making Space: Sufis and Settlers in Early Modern India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  14. Kolaskar, A. S. , and Motilal Dash. Women and Society: The Road to Change. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  15. Cittiralēkā, Mau, and Sarala Emmanuel. Penkalin Nilam: A Study on Women's Land Rights in the Post-Tsunami Resettlement Process in Batticaloa. Batticaloa: Suriya Women's Development Centre, 2010.
  16. Banerjee, Paula, and Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury. Women in Indian Borderlands. New Delhi: SAGE, 2011.
  17. Herath, Tamara. Women in Terrorism: Case of the LTTE. New Delhi: SAGE Publications, 2012.
  18. National Seminar "Swadesh Samaj, Rabindranath Tagore and the Nation", Swati Ganguly, and Abhijit Sena. Rabindranath Tagore and the Nation: Essays in Politics, Society and Culture. Kolkata: Punascha in association with Visva-Bharati, 2011.
  19. Premacanda, and Rakhshanda Jalil. The Temple and the Mosque: The Best of Premchand. New York: Harper Perennial, 2011.
  20. Afz̤āl Ḥusain. Mīr kī shiʻrī lisāniyāt. Dihlī: ʻArshiyah Pablīkeshanz, 2010. (Urdu)
  21. Mahakavi Kalidasa aura unaka mahakavya-silpa. Nai Dilli: Ayushmana Pablikesana Hausa, 2012. (Hindi)
  22. Kālidāsa, Jagadīśa Śarmā, Prabhunātha Dvivedī, and Mallinātha. Meghadūtam. Ujjayinī: Kālidāsa Saṃskr̥ta Akādamī, 2009. (Sanskrit)
  23.  Panjiar, Prashant, and Sanjeev Saith. Pan India, a Shared Habitat. 2012.  
  24. One Hundred Vintage Views of India. New Delhi: Tasveer & Bernard J Shapero Rare Books in association with Ganjam, 2011. 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Sanskrit Buddhist Manuscripts on microfiche

This library material,  titled the Sanskrit Buddhist Manuscripts, appears to be a very rich set of texts on microfiche, which other libraries and scholars have begun to request copies of some of the 495 titles though InterLibrary Servies.  That raises several questions for our library.

These microfiche were gifted or donated to the University of Virginia about 5 years ago. Our main concern is that these microfiche may be unique (the only holder of them in the world as far as we know?), and we are reluctant to lend them without retaining a copy for ourselves. We are in discussions and are investigating how to best manage these materials, especially if we are going to lend them to others.

What is this set?  There is a 1975 catalog of these, which lists 495 separate Sanskrit titles in the set. OUr VIRGO listing http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/u4851109 indicates there are 1206 microfiche, each microfiche may contain 24 images (x 1206 = about 29,000 images).  We have searched for an institution or company which makes copies of microfiche. There seem to be plenty of companies  around which do microfilm duplication, but few that do microfiche duplication..  But, we may have recently found one which may do this - and at the same time they would also make digital image copies of the texts.  They are estimating the cost.

Still, there are a concerns about copyright and lending / sending digital copies or microfiche to others.  There is no information in the 1975 catalog as to how and when these were microfiched in 1975 or before.

Below are some images of the microfiche, with samples of scans at the end.

 1. Four boxes of microfiche on the left, with the List title, and print outs of scanned individual title and a text page on the right.

 2. Left the cover of the list of Titles, and right top a scanned title page, 
and right bottom a scanned text page.

 3. The four boxes with the microfiche.

 4. The four boxes opened up to display the microfiche
5. The first box and the last box

6. Sample microfiche from the first and last microfiche sets, which have two microfiche.  The bottom is the first fiche of the title and is filled with the 24 frames.The upper fiche is the second of a title and shows empty frames.
 7. Samples. This is an identification first frame and a title scanned from the microfiche.

8. Samples. Scans of the beginning text frame on the left and the end text frame on the right.

Does anyone else have any comments or questions? - if so, please write to me at pm9k@virginia.edu

Trying a Google search for"Sanskrit Buddhist Manuscripts" one gets several hits.  Are these the same texts as we have at the University of Virginia, but held at other institutions, especially in Nepal?
See, for example, these two links
1) http://blpusa.com/digital-sanskrit-catalog
2) http://www.dsbcproject.org/manuscripts/short-history