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BHU’s Bharat Kala Bhawan Museum remained closed for many months in the COVID-19 period, meanwhile, around five and a half thousand ancient manuscripts have been preserved and are in danger of being destroyed. Original and first copies of almost all rituals from Vedas, Ramayana, Ayurveda have also been preserved in this museum. Along with this, many parts of the original Kashikhand are also present here, but their condition is not so good due to lack of proper maintenance.
Taking caution about this, the exercise of bringing these manuscripts into digital format has started soon. Deputy Director of Bharat Kala Bhawan Museum, Dr. Jasminder Kaur says that work will be started on digitizing the manuscripts as soon as the remaining works in Bharat Kala Bhawan are completed. A framework is being created by interacting with the digital formatting institutions.
Manuscripts can be easily read
According to Dr Kaur, the hidden extracts and mysteries of manuscripts will soon be easily read and understood in digital format. In addition, researchers can use the said things as a source. He said that even though this museum has been closed for the last several months in public, the work of digitization of the equipment kept here is going on fast. So far, sixty per cent of the digitization of coins, paintings, textiles, archaeology, metals and stones has been completed, while the remaining works will be finished by the end of this year.
Manuscripts preserved with bamboo paper
Vinod Kumar, assistant director of Bharat Kala Bhavan, says that out of around 5500 manuscripts, only 2600 have been preserved with acid-free paper, while the rest are wrapped with bamboo paper, which has caused a deep crisis on their existence. It is now very important to preserve the original documents, letters, research. Many research & thesis of great personalities are kept in it.