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Workshop: Indo-Persian Archival Materials


Professor Chander Shekhar will discuss a range of Indo-Persian manuscripts and documents, such as ‘arzdashtnishanfarman, etc., from the 17th-19th centuries.

Lecture: Calligraphy in the Paleographic Study of Persian in Premodern India


This talk will focus on the codicological and literary aspects of illustrated and non-illustrated manuscripts in the context of Hindu scribes and authors and their love for calligraphy and copying of Persian manuscripts. Works from the Mughal period by Bal Krishan Brahman, Bhimsen (Nuskha e Dilgusha), and Rai Chaturman Kayasth will be compared with those by their Muslim colleagues.

Professor Chander Shekhar teaches in the Department of Persian at the University of Delhi. For a number of years he was the Director of the Lal Bahadur Shastri Centre for Indian Culture in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Indo-Persian literature and codicology. He has edited many Persian texts on poetry, history, and the book arts.

Co-sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center and the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute.