Professor Radha Vallabh Tripathi

with Dr Naresh Keerthi and Dr Arpan Guha

25–26 October 2023, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

*Limited seats, registration mandatory

India International Centre

This introduction to South Asia’s manuscript traditions and the study of manuscripts will be conducted over four sessions. On the first day, we will see how scribes in ancient India contributed to the development of literature, and how illustrated manuscripts illuminate narratives and philosophical concepts. On the second day, we will look at how manuscripts made the journey to printed editions, and understand the process of critically editing texts.

Entry is free and open to all. Please register in advance, as we have limited seating.


Prof. Radha Vallabh Tripathi is a pre-eminent creative writer and scholar of Sanskrit, known for his studies on Natyashastra and Sahityashastra. He has published over 180 books, apart from research papers/critical essays, and received over 35 national and international awards and honours for his literary contributions to Sanskrit. His creative and critical work are the subject of numerous studies. Among his recent books are Sahitya Ka Loktantra, Bharatiya Sahityashastra Ki Nai Rooprekha and Vada in Theory and Practice.

Dr Naresh Keerthi is Head of the Department of Sanskrit at Ashoka University. His doctoral research was on the semantics of colour in Sanskrit, at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. He is interested in kāvya and nāṭya literature in Sanskrit and Prakrit, and their interactions with South India’s literary cultures. He studies topics at the intersection of the lexicon, grammar and poetics, and is investigating the development of poetic topoi in kāvya literature.

Dr Arpan Guha is Research Associate, SAMHiTA: South Asian Manuscript Histories and Textual Archive. A Sanskrit scholar who has worked in manuscriptology, paleography and epigraphy, he completed his doctoral thesis on socio-lingual aspects of Sanskrit’s third gender and on different sexualities from Jadavpur University, West Bengal. He is co-author of ‘Prakrita Vaibhava’ (in Bangla), a translation and study of select Prakrit inscriptions.

Event Venue:

25 October: Lecture Room II, IIC Annexe Basement

26 October: Conference Room II, IIC Main Building, above Dining Hall

This workshop is part of SAMHiTA: South Asian Manuscript Histories and Textual Archive, a project of the IIC supported by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.