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Front facade of the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP)
Front facade of the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP)
Rear side view of the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP)
Rear side view of the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP)
Garden of the IFP
Garden of the IFP
Main Indology Hall of the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP)
Main Indology Hall of the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP)
The Library reading room of the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP)
The Library reading room of the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP)
Jawaharlal Nehru Conference Hall
Jawaharlal Nehru Conference Hall
Visit of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP) on October 4, 1955
Visit of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP) on October 4, 1955
Dr. Jean Filiozat, 1st Director of the IFP
Dr. Jean Filiozat, 1st Director of the IFP
Inauguration of NACLIN 2014 in the presence of former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
Inauguration of NACLIN 2014 in the presence of former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, presenting at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on March 23, 2015, the Presidential Award of Certificate of Honour to Pandit S. Sambandan Sivacharya
President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, presenting at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on March 23, 2015, the Presidential Award of Certificate of Honour to Pandit S. Sambandan Sivacharya
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From a case study in Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu (South India), this project aims at analyzing the craft production of terracotta pottery. This production is characterized by its subaltern position in the field of so-called « cultural industries »: it concentrates a series of challenges related to its sustainability and territorial heritages, and,...
Kāvyadarpaṇa of Rājacūḍāmaṇidīkṣita is a Sanskrit rhetorical text that explains in detail the concept of merits, demerits and consistency of poetry. By understanding this text the composing of poetry becomes easier. Likewise, the grammar, essential for understanding the etymology of language, the Alaṅkāraśāstra (rhetorical treatise) is essential,...
Objectives Śivopaniṣad, consisting of approximately 700 verses and spread out in seven chapters, deals with Siva-temple construction, some important festivals such as the Car festival, various forms of special offerings and services to the common people and the devotees of Siva.  Unlike the Agama-s this text teaches a general form of Saivism that...
Objectives The KARANAGAMA, a voluminous text belonging to the Saivasiddhanta Agama corpus, is an authoritative canonical text, of which IFP possesses many manuscripts in its collection. It is one of the oft-consulted text of authority for the plan and construction of the Siva-temple, for the various rites of installation, worship, and festivals...
Objectives The Amsumadagama is one of the hitherto unedited canonical texts of the Saivasiddhanta system. Consisting of many chapters on various rites - both private and public -, detailed instructions for temple building and other less known but interesting ceremonies concerning royal personnages, this voluminous text is a storehouse of important...
Objectives Kriyakramadyotika is an extensive Saiva ritual manual composed in Tamilnadu by the 12th century Saiva teacher-cum-commentator, Aghorasivacharya. All aspects of Saiva ritual are clearly expounded in detail. Two commentaries that further explain the source as well as the intricacies the Saiva ritual system have been composed around the...
Objectives   Production, exchange and redistribution practices based on solidarity can be found in almost all areas of economic activity. Long ignored, these Social and Solidarity Economic (SSE) practices are receiving growing attention by scholars and by public authorities. This increasing interest however, remains gender blind, even though...
Objectives   This research project aims at analysing the multiple facets of financialisation by considering them as illustrative of wider structural processes- the retreat of public provisioning and the withering away of “welfare state” politics, the emergence of new forms of risk-sharing between society and individuals, and the transformation...
Sambhupuspanjali
Objectives:   The main objective of this project is to bring out critical edition of rare unique and old manuscript for the future scholars. The Śambhupuṣpāñjali is a ritual manual (paddhati) containing the details of the mantras as well as the rituals for the performance of daily worship (nityapūjā) of Lord Śiva. This text is a compilation...
Objectives:   Photography arrived in India in the 1840s. The first photographic society in South India was created in Madras in 1856. During the early decades of Indian photography, photography was accessible almost exclusively to the colonial administration and Indian elite. However by the 1880s, commercial photography studios had found their...

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