This paper explores the immediate need for conserving rare manuscripts. India is a land of historical and cultural diversity and is known as the harbinger of manuscript writing, documentation, conservation and preservation. Countless number of written documents popularly known as manuscripts are housed in Manuscript Conservation Centres and Archival Museums across India. The oriental research institute of Mysore (ORI) is one such institution which has conserved nearly seventy thousand manuscripts. One such rare manuscript is the document of Kautilya?s Arthashastra rediscovered by Sanskrit scholar R Shama Shastry and published in 1909. This manuscript was handed over to the ORI by a Sanskrit scholar from Tanjore. Scholar R. Shama Shastry published this manuscript and the publication of this manuscript influenced the Indian heritage and reflected on the political thoughts in India since 3rd Century BC.. India was heralded as a birth place of several economic and administrative strategies. The authorities of the institute take extra care in preserving manuscripts but still the document which is 450 years old is deteriorating. The condition of the manuscript is causing concern and the issues relating to modern conservation techniques are being questioned. The academicians and custodians of conservation are reviewing traditional Indian methods of conservation. The manuscript needs to be protected along the lines of ancient Indian conservation methodology and evade losing this rarest manuscript.
R .Shamashastry , Arthashastra manuscript , Oriental research institute , traditional methods of conservation , new methods, challenges
Veena. H.N. "Redefining Preservation-applying Traditional Techniques To Conserve With Special Reference To R Shamashastry Edited Arthashastra Manuscript" Iconic Research And Engineering Journals Volume 2 Issue 6 2018 Page 56-58
Veena. H.N. "Redefining Preservation-applying Traditional Techniques To Conserve With Special Reference To R Shamashastry Edited Arthashastra Manuscript" Iconic Research And Engineering Journals, 2(6)