March 1, 2017

Manuscript Mission Update, February, 2017

BRC Manuscripts Mission team has recently finished their latest project in Chinsura Kisorpragatisangha Sahar Granthagar, a 100-year-old library in the Hoogli district of West Bengal. It is maintained by Kishor Prayati Sanga.


Chinsura Kisorpragatisangha Sahar Granthagar Librarian, Roma Das with her assistant Kamalika Dey.
It was an especially fruitful undertaking for our team as an extensive collection of Vaishnava manuscripts was uncovered, cataloged, and digitized. It was the first time they had found an entire manuscript collection solely related to Gaudiya Vaishnava philosophy. 

"In all of West Bengal, we have not found anything else like this," said Smt. Bharati Roy, BRC's Archivist and Assistant Librarian.

Over 100 manuscripts were digitized there. These photos show the condition of the manuscripts collection there before we arrived and after:




The Manuscripts Mission Team has also recently taken up surveying the various collections at Chinsuraha District Central Library:





Prasenjit Purokayastha, Librarian at Chinsuraha District Central Library