The Chennai-based Centre for Traditional Medicine and Research (CTMR), a voluntary organisation of siddha and traditional medicine, is organising one day workshop on ‘Tamil siddha palm leaf manuscripts’ on February 7, at Sadakathulla Appa College in Thirunelveli in south Tamil Nadu.
The programme is conducted in association with the British Library which gives financial support to CTMR to translate and digitize palm leaf manuscripts, the treasure trove of siddha medicines.
Dr. Mohammad Sadik, principal of Sadakathulla Appa College will inaugurate the function and Dr. T. Thirunarayanan, secretary of CTMR will give a brief about the programme and siddha manuscripts. Dr. Brigittee Sebastia, medical anthropologist of French Institute in Pondicherry will address the participants.
Briefing Pharmabiz about the workshop, Dr. Thirunarayanan said that this workshop is organised by CTMR to discuss the contents and the dialect differences of the palm leaf manuscripts digitized and catalogued so far. They include seventy bundles consisting of over 100 texts and personal clinical experiences of healers of past century before paper came into existence. A team of 50 persons consisting of language experts, siddha traditional healers, members of Indian siddha medical graduates association, teaching faculties and researchers will participate and contribute in this programme.
He said this workshop will also honour the siddha physicians who have volunteered in collecting the palm leaf manuscripts and shared the valuable possessions for future conservation.
CTMR has digitized and created catalogue of Tamil siddha palm leaf manuscripts with initial funding from the department of Ayush three years ago. So far, the Centre has digitized over 450 texts and handed them over to the Central Research Council of Siddha and to the ministry of Ayush for conservation, said the secretary.