A workshop on "Siddha Palm Leaf Manuscripts" organized by the French Institute of Pondicherry and the Centre for Traditional Medicine and Research (CTMR), Chennai, with the support of Arcadia and the British Library, will be held at the Sadakathullah Appa College, Palayamkottai on 7th February 2016.
As a part of the project EAP810 "Conservation, Documentation And Preservation Of The Knowledge Of Siddha Medicine", funded by Arcadia and managed by the British Library, the aim of this one-day workshop is:
1- to present the programme EAP 810 and the process of preservation and digitalisation of manuscripts to the siddha practitioners of the southern part of Tamil Nadu.
2- to present the contents of manuscripts for which the catalogue has been already realised.
3- to present the difficulties linked to the variability of terminologies used in the texts.
4- to honour siddha practitioners who shared their manuscripts.
5- to receive the manuscripts from new participants willing to share their material.
Officials from Siddha colleges, and Tamil scholars, will deliver talks on the importance to preserve and digitalise manuscripts and items belonging to the siddha tradition, for facilitating research in social and medical sciences.