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From palm leaf to palmtop, manuscripts go digital | Hyderabad News

HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are home to a large collection of palm-leaf and paper manuscripts. The National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM), launched by the Union ministry of culture in 2003, documented about 2. 63 lakh manuscripts in the united Andhra Pradesh.
About 6,000 palmleaf manuscripts were digitised under this project.
Speaking to STOI, former director of Oriental Manuscripts Library Prof Jayadheer Tirumala Rao during whose tenure the NMM was taken up in the united Andhra Pradesh, said that the manuscripts are mostly found in the bordering areas of the state such Karnataka border. “I served as the surveyor of NMM for (united) Andhra Pradesh. The project documented 2. 63 lakh manuscripts in the state,” said Rao.
Rao, who is currently serving as the director of Aadya Kala museum, said that they imported tissue paper from China to laminate the paper manuscripts under NMM. “In the sub sequent phases, we started digitising the manuscripts. The safeguarding re sponsibility has been left to the owners of these ancient texts,” said Rao.
The national mission for manu scripts is aimed at documentation, conservation/preservation and digiti sation of manuscripts. It documented about 43. 16 lakh manuscripts in differ ent scripts and languages till 2019.
NMM follows the guidelines pre pared by National Research Laboratory for Conservation of Cultural Property (NRLC), Lucknow for conservation of manuscripts.
According to official statistics, preventive con servation of 3. 92crore folios and curative con servation of 36. 56 lakh folios was done till 2019. Digitisation of 2. 83 lakh manuscripts con sisting of 2. 93 crore pages of manuscripts was done.

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