Monday, 5 March 2012

India's Best Kept Secret?: the Saraswati Mahal Library

Illustrated talk by Pradeep Chakravarthy

at the Nehru Centre, 8 South Audley Street, London W1K 1HF

on Tuesday 27th March at 7pm.

The core of this library in Thanjavur, South India, dates from the 16th century and much of the collection it houses is rare. Philosophy, music, dance, drama, literature and religion share the racks with manuscripts on water divining, food, medicine, veterinary science, astrology and astronomy. The lecture will go into the rarer texts, interspersed with slides and song!

The speaker, Pradeep Chakravarthy, is a native of Tamil Nadu who studied in Madras, Delhi and London (LSE) and currently works as an executive coach in a well known IT company. A writer on heritage for more than a decade, he has recently published Thanjavur - A Cultural History.

If you would like to attend this event, register with your name and e-mail address on the Nehru Centre web site at

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