India’s Best Kept Secret – The Sarasvati Mahal Library – Talk – Feb 13, 11-1, DPI Campus #Chennai

start: Feb 13, 2016 11:00AM
End: Feb 13, 2016 01:00PM

Venue: Madras Literary Society, DPI Campus, College Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai. Phone: 044 28279666. Landmark: Next to Women’s Christian College and Opposite to Sankara Nethralaya. The first building to the left as you enter the DPI campus.

Description: India’s Best Kept Secret – The Sarasvati Mahal Library

The Sarasvati Mahal Library, which dates from the 16th century, has a staggering collection of manuscripts, many not found elsewhere in the world. The subjects range from philosophy, music, dance, water divining, medicine, veterinary science, food and astrology. Remarkable examples include one where the same slokha when read right to left reads the Ramayana and in reverse tells the Mahabharata. The talk will focus on such rare texts.

Date and Time: Saturday, 13th February 2016 at 11:00 AM

Venue: Madras Literary Society, DPI Campus, College Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai. Phone: 044 28279666.
Landmark: Next to Women’s Christian College and Opposite to Sankara Nethralaya. The first building to the left as you enter the DPI campus.

About the Speaker: Hailing from Tirunelveli with an education in KFI, MCC, JNU (Delhi) and LSE (London), Pradeep Chakravarthy has always had a passion for the History and Heritage of Tamil Nadu. His background in HR/leadership development and coaching though his assignments in TVS, Cognizant, Infosys and McKinsey helps him connect the past to the present and the future.
Pradeep pioneered temple walks in Madras. His deeply invested interest in the music, food, literature of Tamil Nadu allows him to present succinctly and simply even the dreariest topic in history. He has authored several books and has over 300 articles in The Hindu, Marg magazine, India Express, Times of India etc., to his credit. He has lectured in several prestigious venues like IIC (Delhi), IC (London) and is an awardee from the Tag Foundation. He recently with Sikkil Gurucharan, curated an exhibition of the Sarasvati Mahal Library in Delhi at the India International Centre.

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