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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Asiatic Society Museum, Kolkata - 92

The museum hosts rare, valuable and illustrated manuscripts from all over Indian and South-East Asia. The exhibits include the Bhabru Rock Edict of Ashoka, copper plates belonging to 11th and 12th century A.D., and a collection of rare books.

Asiatic Society Old
Guys, Asiatic Society was demonstrated on 15 January 1784. Its founder Sir William Jones (1746-1794) began his work with a dream, that projected a centre for Asian studies including almost everything concerning man and nature within the geographical limits of the continent. Most of the secrets of this vast land, like its old inscriptions in Brahmi, were still undeciphered, and Comparative Philology as a discipline or science was not yet born.

In the early days of the Asiatic Society, William Jones for all his efforts could not procure even a slice of land wherein to house his dream. The Society which in no time was to be regarded as the first and best of its kind in the whole world had no permanent address, no fixed place for holding its meetings and, which was most disconcerting, no funds.

Guys here you must visit at the Library of Asiatic Society. You can find here following interested books like:

1. Printed Books and Periodicals
2. Manuscripts and Archives and
3. Museum Objects


The Printed Books Department has four sections such as,

1. European Languages
2. Sanskritic and other Modern Indian Languages
3. Perso-Arabic and Urdu and 
4. Sino-Tibetan and South-Asian Languages


Asiatic Society New
Here you can find printed books from almost all the major languages of the world. There are about 1,49,000 volumes, particularly rich in works on Indology and Asiatic Lore, and in standard philological and scientific serials. The printed books in this department range in date from the latter half of the fifteenth century A.D. and one of its special features consists in the many items of rare works, otherwise unavailable, or scarcely available, including books printed in India in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Total number of Manuscripts in 26 scripts and languages are 47,000 (approx). The total numbers of Journals are about 80,000.

So, I suggest you if you are on the tour of Kolkata then do not miss the opportunity to visit at Asiatic Society Museum. You can visit here from 10.00 am to 06.00 pm except on weekends and Public Holidays. No fees has been charged to visit here.

Address:

1, Park Street, Kolkata – 700 016
Tel.: 2290779/7251. Fax: 2260355


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