Travel Diary

To: "Min Nuul" From: "Kannan" Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 08:11:27 +0100 Subject: [e-suvadi] Travel Diary 22.01.0 Reply-to: [email protected]
Dear Suvadians U.Ve.Swaminatha iyer was rightly called the Tamil Thatha. His collection of suvadis at the library named after him exceeds 3 lakhs individual leaves, according to his great grand son Mr.Venkatakrishnan. Thanks to Prof.V.C.Kulandaisamy, his teacher and Chairman of the library board who asked him to be there when I visit the library! I spent severals hours at the library. There is an amazing person called SaiRam who knows every book and suvadis in the library. He showed me U.Ve.Sa's diaries, books that he published with his foot notes, and his detailed home work and his entire collection of suvadis. Very well kept. Whatever may be their maintenance the books show their age and the diaries may not last next few years. Mr.Venkatakrishnan, one of the board members showed interest in the digitization process. He promised me to place this idea before the board. At high resolution scans, the 300,000 leaves would take nearly 10,000 hours of scanning!! With enough resources his entire suvadi collection could be digitized in two years. Looking at the books demands our attention as the oldest among the suvadis, a Kamba Ramayanam (Alwar thirunagari edition) suvadi of 17th century looks far better than the printed books of his time!! There are 1000s of books like that in the library. On a relative scale U.Ve.Sa library is not huge. Could be moderised easily! If the board is willing we shall chart out a plan. According to Mr.Venkatakrishnan Rs.50,000,00 scheme was thought about (US $ 100,000) for making this library a research center. We need to think in advance for the diaspora might that could help in making this centuries old tamil treasure house an open, modern research center for Tamil studies. Comments are welcome. anbudan Kannan