Kashmir to digitize rare manuscripts to preserve cultural heritage

Srinagar , Wed, 31 Jul 2013 ANI

Srinagar, July 31 (ANI): In an endeavour to preserve the art and culture of Kashmir and make the future generations aware about the rich heritage, authorities have take steps to digitize six hundred rarest of the rare manuscripts.

Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages began the digitization process a few months ago under the supervision of experts who were sent from Delhi to Kashmir.

Mohammad Ashraf Taak, Chief Editor, Culture Academy, said the manuscripts were on various topics.

"We have about 1000 manuscripts, may be more than that. But of all those manuscripts there are 600 manuscripts which fall in the category of rarest of rare. These include writings on religion, medicine, history, music. There are also some diaries and travelogues." Taak said.

The digitization of the manuscripts would make the future generations aware about their culture.

A writer, Dilshad Mustafa, said: "Today's youth wanted to know about Kashmir's history and other important event and its past."

The digitization process will make the manuscripts easily available to the people online.

"The digitization process that has been undertaken has not only proved beneficial for the academy but also for anyone who would visit us. Everything will be available on our website and anybody can access it easily," a computer operator Tariq Ahmad said.

Kashmir Valley is famous for having millions of similar manuscripts and all efforts are being made to preserve them.

Kashmir is the only place in Asia where such old manuscripts are found in abundance.

These manuscripts are related to Kashmir's religion, politics, astronomy, logic, history and thus need to be preserved as a part of Kashmir's treasure.

There are also various manuscripts on maths, music, calligraphy and jurisdiction. (ANI)



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