Brief Profile of the Center
The MRC & MCC came into being in the Department of History, Tripura University on 20th December, 2010 after signing MOU with National Mission for Manuscripts,Ministry of Culture, Government of India, New Delhi. The Centre was inaugurated by Prof. Amiya Kumar Bagchi, the Hon’ble Chancellor, Tripura University on 12.4.2011.
Name of the CoordinatorProf. Satyadeo Poddar
Professor, Dept. of History, Tripura University.
Details of Staff working at the MRC & MCC: 04 (Four)
|Sri Shibabrata Roy Chowdhury||M.Sc in Museology||Conservator||UNESCO Training in Conservation from NRLC,Lucknow & Museology training from National Museum, New Delhi, INTACH, Bhubaneswar|
|Sri Nirmalya Karmakar||M.A. in History Ph.D (Pursuing)||Conservator||Preventive & Curative Conservation Training from National Mission For Manuscripts(NMM) New Delhi, INTACH Bhubaneswar & Govt. State Museum Imphal.|
|Mrs Papri Das||M.A. in History||Asst. Conservator||Library Science Conservation Training from INTACH Bhubaneswar|
Syllabus for Various Courses Offered:
Details of Conservation Workshops/ Seminars/Awareness Programmes/
Tattvabodha Lecture Series held during the last three years:
- Manuscriptlogy and Paleography Workshop, 2010:
Fifteen Days’ Workshop on “Manuscriptology & Paleography” was organised on the auspices of Dept. of History, TU from 23rd-7th August, 2010 before the Centre came into being.
- Preventive Conservation Workshop, 2011:
a. Five Days’ Basic Level Workshop on “Awareness and Preventive Conservation of Manuscripts”
b. The Workshop started from 25th of April & continued up to 29th April, 2011.
c. 30 persons including Librarians of different Libraries of Tripura, Curators and Technical Persons from Tripura State Museum, State Archives & Tripura Legislative Assembly, Major Repositories of Tripura, Private collection owners, Research Scholars from Dept. of History, Sanskrit, Bengali were trained.
d. The librarians are doing preventive conservation work at their own libraries with the help of MCC, Tripura University. The MCC is also taken up the Preventive Conservation work in State Museum, State Archives in collaboration with Govt. of Tripura. The Research Scholars of different departments are doing post survey work with the MCC. The repositories also come to know about the preventive conservation techniques and now they are implementing it in their own houses with the help of MCC.
- Tattvabodha Lecture:
Tattvabodha Lecture programme held on 2nd May, 2011 at Tripura University on “Reflection of Indian society and culture in English Manuscripts”. Prof. Ranjit Sen from Calcutta University was the main Speaker.
- Awareness Programme of Manuscripts:
Awareness programme on “Prevention & Conservation of Manuscripts” at Netaji Subhash Mahavidyalaya, Udaipur, South Tripura on 8th of August, 2011.
- Tattvabodha Lecture:
b. Tattvabodha Lecture held on 26th September, 2011 at Govt. Degree College, Dharmanagar, North Tripura on “Manuscript and Ancient Indian Literature”, Prof. Sitanath Dey from Dept. of Sanskrit, Tripura University was the main speaker.
- Awareness Programme of Manuscripts:
a. Awareness programme on “Prevention & Conservation of Manuscripts” at Govt. Degree College, Dharmanagar, North Tripura on 26th of September, 2011.
b. Awareness programme on “Prevention & Conservation of Manuscripts” at Michael Madhusudan Dutta College, South Tripura on 15th of December, 2011.
- National Seminar:
a. Three Days’ National Seminar on “History of Tripura as reflected in the Manuscripts”. The Seminar started from 19th January and continued upto 21st January, 2012 at the auspices of MRC & MCC, Tripura University.
b. 25 Research Papers were presented by the eminent Scholars and Academicians not only from India but also from Dhaka University. Bangladesh. The Resource person came from University of Kolkata, North Bengal University, Bihar University, Rabindra Bharati University, Assam University, Varanasi, Manipur, Silchar and also from differnt Institutions of Tripura.
c. Large no. of participants were actively participated in the Seminar including the Research Scholars of Various Departments, Manuscript Repositories from all over Tripura, Technical Persons, Librarians from different Libraries were actively attended the technical sessions and discussions. Through this they had come to know the different aspects of the Seminar.
d. The 25 research papers presented by the eminent scholars in the seminar will shortly going to publish by the MRC & MCC, Tripura University after going through the editing by the panel of experts. The papers are now returned to the scholars for correction and editing.
- Preventive Conservation Workshop, 2012:
a. Five Days’ Workshop on “Preventive Conservation of Manuscripts.”
b. The Workshop started from 30th April & continued upto to 4th May, 2012.
c. 35 persons including Librarians of different Libraries of Tripura, Curators and Technical Persons from Tripura State Museum, State Archives & Tripura Legislative Assembly, Major Repositories of Tripura, Private collection owners, Research Scholars from Dept. of History, Sanskrit, Bengali were trained.
d. Participants from North Eastern States like Kamalanagar, Mizoram, Tai Ahom Institute, Moranhat, Assam, Guwahati University, Librarians from Lady Brabourne College, Kolkata, Assam University, Silchar were present in the Workshop.
e. The major highlight of the Workshop was the participation of the different tribal communities of Tripura specially the Mog & the Chakmas where a large number of Manuscripts are lying under their custody. The Mog people representing from remote villages of Manu Bankul, Satchand, Shilachari Sabroom, South Tripura & the Chakma people are from Pencharthal, Damcharra, Nalkata, Unakoti. Few Buddhist monks from Dhamma Dipa, Sabroom were also actively participated in the Workshop. The Awareness Programme organized by MRC & MCC at Pencharthal, Unakoti District is possible because of the Changma Sahitya Fuu, a Chakma Literary Research & Publication. Another Awareness programme is yet to be organized in the Mog village of Manu Bankul, Sabroom South Tripura with the help of Mog Socio Cultural Organisation.
f. The technical persons are doing preventive conservation work at their own respective places with the help of MCC, Tripura University. The MCC is also taken up the Preventive Conservation work in State Museum, State Archives, D.M & Collectors office where manuscripts of different temples are preserved in collaboration with Govt. of Tripura. The students of different departments are doing post survey work with the MCC. The repositories also come to know about the preventive conservation techniques and now they are implementing it in their own houses with the help of MCC.
g. This Workshop has been very much appreciated by the local as well all national print & electronic media. Few articles were published in reputed websites based on the Work of MRC & MCC in the entire Tripura State specially highlighting the Awareness Programme at Pencharthal, Unakoti District. The articles are attached with this Feedback Form.
- Awareness Programme of Manuscripts:
a. Awareness programme on ‘Conservation of Manuscripts’ on 24th August, 2012( Friday) at Pencharthal Town Hall in collaboration with Changma Sahitya Fuu, Chakma Literary Research & Publication, Pencharthal, Unakoti.
b. This Awareness Programme has been highly appreciated by the Local as well National Media. Media Houses like Anandabazar Patrika, The Telegraph, PTI, Zee News and others covered this news tremendously.
- Awareness Programme of Manuscripts:
One mini awareness camp held at Khumulwng, Tripura Tribal Area Autonomous District Council on 13th of September, 2012. 30 numbers of participants (mainly from Tripuri tribal community) had participated in that programme.
- Preventive Conservation Workshop, 2013:
a. Five Days' Workshop on "Preventive Conservation of Manuscripts" started from 12th March & continued up to 16th March, 2013. Prof. Anjan Kumar Ghosh, Ho’ble Vice Chancellor, T.U. was present at the Chief Guest. Other dignitaries including Sri Kishore Ambuly, Pricipal Secretary, Dept. of Higher Education, Govt. of Tripura, Sri Bikach Chowdhury, Prof Satyadeo Poddar were also present in the Inaugural Programme.
b. The most crucial part of the Workshop was the participation of the different tribal communities of Tripura like the Mog, the Chakmas, the Tripuri’s. Some Manipuri people also attended the Workshop where large number of Manuscripts are lying under their custody. Owner of around 60 manuscripts in tribal language including Chakma and Mog participated along with the Librarians of different Libraries of Tripura, Curators and Technical Persons, Private collection owners, Research Scholars from Dept. of History, Sanskrit, Bengali were also trained. Few participants were from North Eastern States like Mizoram, Assam, Guwahati.
c. Renowned technical persons around the country such as Mr. P. Perumal from Saraswati Mahal Library, Thanjavore, Tamilnadu, Mrs Malobika Ghosh from National Library, Kolkata, Vibhash Kumar from Patna State Museum has given their valuable lessons to the participants about the Conservation of Manuscripts.
d. As a part of the Workshop One Awareness Programme cum Valedictory Programme was organized by MRC & MCC at Santirbazar, South Tripura District in collaboration with the Mahamuni Welfare Organisation, Manu Bankul, Sabroom on 16th March, 2013. Prof. Dipti. S. Tripathi, Hon’ble Director, NMM, New Delhi, Sri Manindra Reang, Hon’ble Minister for Tribal Welfare (TRP & PTG),Home (Jail) were among the the dignitaries present on that occasion.
e. The manuscript owners are doing preventive conservation work at their own respective places with the help of MCC, Tripura University. The MCC is also taken up the Preventive Conservation work in different tribal villages. The students of different departments are doing post survey work with the MCC. The repositories also come to know about the preventive conservation techniques and now they are implementing it in their own houses with the help of MCC.
f. This Workshop and Awareness Programme has been very much appreciated by the local as well all national print & electronic media such as Times of India, Anandabazar Patrika, ANI News, Tripurainfo.com etc. Few articles were published in reputed websites based on the Work of MRC & MCC in the entire Tripura State specially the Awareness Programme at Santirabazar, South Tripura District.
g. During the workshop and specially in the Awareness Programme, participants were taught the process of how to protect their age old manuscripts from heat, humidity, fungus, temperature and biological agents, which contribute to the deterioration in the condition of a manuscript. Apart from that participants were also taught the proper methods of handling and storage of these manuscripts, which is information essential for the owner of any manuscript. The workshop also aimed at discussing the methodology adopted for conservation of manuscripts with methods such as storage, reorganization and emergency treatment of the document through use of various chemical reagents and techniques such as digitization.
- Awareness Programme of Manuscripts:
Also organized One Awareness Programme cum Valedictory Programme of the Five Days’ Workshop on Mog Manuscripts at Santirbazar, South Tripura on 16th of March, 2013. An Exhibition of Mog Manuscript was organized wherein different types rare and old Mog Manuscripts were shown.
- Upcoming Programmes:
Tattvabodha Lecture programme under “Tattvabodha” series of lecture programme of National Mission for Manuscripts, Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Prof. Nabanarayan Bandopadhyaya, Director, School of Vedic Studies, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata will going to deliver the lecture.
- Manuscripts donated to MRC & MCC, To view details, Please click here
Manuscript Resource & Conservation Centre, Tripura University, PIN - 799022
Status Report of the Centre:
- As per the previous Pre-Survey conducted in the year 2006 by Govt. of Tripura, the total no of manuscripts found from different parts of Tripura were 567. Out of 567 manuscripts, Hare Krishna Acharjee of Udaipur, South Tripura (Individual repository) has 250 Nos. Manuscripts lying in his custody.
- During the Post-Survey done by the MRC & MCC, TU in the West Tripura, South Tripura, North Tripura, Gomati, Unakoti, Dharmanagar, Khowai, Sabroom & in other parts of Tripura, approximately 500 new manuscripts discovered so far in last year. The post-survey is still in progress
- Vast collection of manuscripts is lying in Shilachari, Manubankul in Sabroom, Kailasahar, Damchara, Kanchanpur, Machmara, Pencharthal in North Tripura and Unakoti, Kamalpur & Khowai which has already been traced out by the MRC & MCC, TU.
- Vast collection of Manipuri manuscripts found in the custody of Sri Gobinda Banerjee, Khowai, Sri Ramgopal Sinha, Chechuria and Sri Bijoy Sharma, Bishalgarh.
- Vast collection of Mog Manuscripts found in Manu Bankul, Shilachari, Satchand, Shantirbazar in South Tripura District. The MRC & MCC will shortly going to organize one Awareness Programme in Dhamma Dipa, Manu Bankul.
- Vast collection of Chakma Manuscripts found from Pencharthal, Damchara, Nalkata, Panisagar, Kanchanpur in Unakoti and North Tripura District during the Awareness Programme.
- Rajib Chandra Paul, Research Scholar, Dept. of Bengali from Kamalpur. Dhalai District has a good collection of Manuscripts. L. Leisam Sharma, Research Scholar of Assam University, Silchar from Kailsahar, Unakoti also has a large no. of collection of Manipuri Manuscripts.
- The MRC & MCC has taken initiative to preserve the old rare books, documents and manuscripts of the temples and other institutions of Tripura which has currently been assigned under the custody of the District Magistrate & Collector.
- The Centre has also taken initiative to preserve the Princely State Documents, manuscripts, rare books, paintings, coins and most specially the letters of Rabindranath Tagore which is under the Custody of Royal family of Tripura. The Royal Family gladly accepts our proposals to preserve these valuable items. In coming times MRC & MCC and the Royal Family of Tripura will jointly organize Exhibition of these Items at Rajbari premises.
Performance of the MRC, Tripura University:
- The MRC has taken up the task of documenting the precious documentary heritage of Tripura. The manuscripts found were written mostly in Bengali and Sanskrit scripts.
- Recently good number of Mog and Chakma Manuscrpts written in Brahmi and Chakma Scripts were found from Sabroom and Pencharthal area respectively.
- Since its inception, the MRC has been very active in survey and documentation work. The MRC has so far Catalogued and Documented massive number of manuscripts.
- Cataloguing & Documentation of manuscripts related to different languages e.g. Metiei, Burmeese, Mog and other tribal languages is going to start shortly. Listing of Manuscripts on the Data Sheets supplied by the NMM and also Preparation of accession catalogue.
- It is also looking after the Post Survey programme in the entire Tripura State and also preparing a national register for manuscripts. The survey is still in progress in all the 8 Districts of Tripura.
- MRC has conducted surveys in Government Museum, State Archives, M.B.B. College, Khumulwng TTAADC Library, private libraries and personal collections like "Ramaprasad Gabeshanagar" & "Rajendra Kirtishala" in Tripura.
- MRC has carried out extensive communication programmes in the State. It has worked on disseminating information on the Mission's activities through Workshops, Seminars, Lectures, Awareness Programmes, publicity campaigns.in earmarked areas for educating people about the importance of manuscripts as valuable source of history and culture
- These programmes conducted by the MRC yielded good response among the general public and made it easier for the Surveyors to travel to the interiors for documenting manuscripts hidden in that region.
- MRC have already installed E-Granthavali software for documentation of the Manuscripts and Converting this information in electronic formats and submission in the form of CD to database of NMM for larger interests of Manuscripts.
Performance of the MCC, Tripura University:
- Tripura University started functioning as an MCC from March, 2011. The MCC is primarily involved in preventive conservation and create a Creating a Conservation nucleus in the state of Tripura. A small conservation laboratory has been set up with basic infrastructure and basic chemicals. They have taken up the work of preventive conservation in 3 institutions such as Tripura Government Museum, Maharaja Bir Bikram College and Tripura State Archives.
- MCC has also done the preventive conservation in the "Ramaprasad Gabeshanagar" & "Rajendra Kirtishala"- two privately owned research centre. Except than that The MCC done the preventive and Curative Conservation of Manuscripts in other places also during the Survey where manuscripts exist. MCC has also started to conserve rare collection of books which are more than 100 years old.
- This MCC has a 4 member team to look after conservation activities. This MCC has got a very good collection of Paper manuscripts which are in good condition and are stored properly. It has so far taken preventive care of near about 800 manuscripts. The manuscripts are found to be written mostly in Sanskrit, Bengali, Chakma and Mog Scripts. It has documented more than 500 manuscripts in different subjects like Ayurveda , Tantra/Mantra , Jyotisha , Pujavidhi, Drama, Medicine etc, out of which most are found to be written in Medieval Bengali script.
- The MCC has taken up the task of documenting the precious documentary heritage of the Tripura, focusing on the areas covering 8 districts, documenting and cataloging of manuscripts on various subjects such as astrology, history, literature and medicine. These are found in scripts such as ancient and medieval Bengali and Sanskrit. Recently we have found the Chakma and Mog scripts. The primary role of MCC is to Create a Conservation nucleus in Tripura State and necessity of preserving this age old valuable Manuscripts.
- Awareness, publicity programmes in different areas of the state and advertisements in the media in different districts yielded good response among the general public and made it easier for the Surveyors to travel to the interiors for documenting manuscripts hidden in that region. The Centre has carried out extensive communication programmes in the State. The Centre is going to start Awareness Campaigns in the School level in the entire state.